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Early Black Heart Sunflower
Waiting is the hardest part, when it comes to sunflower growing. 'Early Black Heart,' a 2017 release, shortens the wait with its quick maturity time of 55 days. The bright gold petals with black faces stand out in the vase, and its pollen-free blooms mean no mess on the table. Plants are a manageable five to six feet in height.
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Golden Bear Sunflower
Looking more like a zinnia on steroids than your typical sunflower, ten-foot tall 'Golden Bear' plants produce one large bloom with thousands of petals, and several smaller flowers on branching stems. Schedule your vacation before the end of summer so you don't miss this late-maturing beauty.
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Helios Flame Sunflower
'Helios Flame' is a designer's delight, both in the early fall garden and the vase. The russet and gold bi-colored blooms deliver the brightest autumn hues on a single pollen-free plant. The four to six foot height is impressive, but not so tall that you can't add them to the back of your front yard flower bed.
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ProCut Peach Sunflower
With sturdy single stems and pollen-free blooms, sunflowers in the ProCut series are destined for the vase. The peachy petals and dark discs of 'ProCut Peach' look dazzling when paired with flowers at the opposite side of the color wheel, like bachelor buttons or ageratum.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Italian White Sunflower
'Italian White' sunflowers give you large flowers on branching five-foot tall plants, yielding some of the most pollinator-pleasing blooms you'll ever grow. The creamy petals look divine in arrangements coupled with red sunflower varieties.
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Moulin Rouge Sunflower
As new red sunflower varieties come to market, 'Moulin Rouge' remains a gardener's favorite. The deep red petals don't fade in strong sunlight, and the branching habit and pollen-free flowers are harvest-friendly.
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Ring of Fire Sunflower
Looking more like an oversized gazania than a sunflower, the attractive bicolor pattern of 'Ring of Fire' stands out in the garden. As an All-America Selection winner, 'Ring of FIre' demonstrates the kind of disease resistance, vigor, and novel appearance that gardeners want in their landscapes.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Strawberry Blonde Sunflower
'Strawberry Blonde' gives gardeners an unusual hue for sunflowers, not quite pink and not quite red. A halo of cream replaces the typical yellow color on these five-foot tall flowers. Space the plants at least 12 inches apart in the garden to allow for branching and increased blooming.
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Choco Sun Sunflower
The container garden can benefit from the joie de vivre of sunflowers, and 12-inch 'Choco Sun' delivers. The fast maturing plants are ready to bloom after only eleven weeks.
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Starburst Aura Sunflower
A fantastic form for someone who has experimented with all the different sunflower colors and still craves something unique, 'Starburst Aura' features shaggy petals and fully double blooms.
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Velvet Queen Sunflower
The rich, burnt orange blossoms of 'Velvet Queen' are highly desirable in fall flower arrangements. With a moderate mature height of four feet, the flowers can fit in to your borders without appearing gangly.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Evening Sun Sunflower
If you aren't sure which sunflower cultivar to choose, try the varied blooms of 'Evening Sun,' which may yield flowers of crimson, gold, and blends. The seven-foot tall plants are very attractive to goldfinches in late summer.
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'Sunbright' sunflowers do particularly well in Northern gardens, where shorter summer days and cool temperatures can cause many sunflower varieties to fail. As a single-stemmed variety, 'Sunbright' looks best when planted as a backdrop behind a shorter row of sun-loving flowers like daisies, or coreopsis.
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Sunrich Lime Sunflower
The gold and green discs of 'Sunrich Lime' set it apart from the many brown-centered sunflowers on the market. As an F1 hybrid, 'Sunrich' has consistent features that gardeners can count on with every season, including six-inch blooms, a five-foot mature height, and a quick maturity of 60 days.