10 Not-to-Be-Missed Sunflower Blooms

Nothing better symbolizes summer than a robust sunflower's bright yellow face, often so high you could easily mistake it for the sun itself.

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  1. Starting Sunflowers

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    North American natives, sunflowers thrive as long as they get full sun, about six to eight hours a day. To plant sunflowers, start from seed and be sure to mix some organic fertilizer into the soil to satisfy the sunflower's nutrient-needy growth. Looking for some variety? Check out these showstoppers. 

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  2. 'Strawberry Blonde Hybrid'

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    Bred by Burpee for its rose-pink shade, 'Strawberry Blonde' grows tall and forms six-inch blooms that are ideal for cuttings.

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  3. 'Mammoth Grey Stripe'

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    Great not only for its giant, cheerful face, but also for its large seeds, 'Mammoth Grey' will ensure you have birdseed for the winter season.

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  4. 'Red Sun'

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    This stunning variety's long blooming season provides plenty of time to appreciate its deep crimson petals, which balance on stalks that are shorter than those of most sunflowers.

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  5. 'Peach Passion'

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    Guaranteed to bring a little passion to your garden, these pastel blooms take about 55 days to mature. An added bonus? A pollenless variety means no-mess bouquets!

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  6. 'Lemon Queen'

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    Boasting pastel yellow petals, ‘Lemon Queen’ is poly-headed, offering multiple flowers along the stalk, and much coveted by pollinators.

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  7. 'Sunzilla'

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    These NBA-size stalks go from seed to 16 feet in one summer. Try planting a row of ‘Sunzilla’ for a living hedge.

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  8. 'Dwarf Sungold'

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    A flurry of thin petals makes for pompom-like blossoms on this self-sowing dwarf that grows no more than three feet tall.

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  9. 'Golden Cheer'

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    Double the cheer with this double-petaled variety that can be pinched back early for more flowers. Although it’s not the best for seed production, its lengthy vase life makes up for it.

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  10. 'Cherry Rose'

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    This hybrid quickly produces its bicolor flowers early in the summer. Each blossom's chocolate brown center contrasts pleasingly with its gold-tipped petals.

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  11. 'Elf'

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    At only two feet tall, dwarf ‘Elf’ makes for a great container filler, or add its sweet yellow face to a border and expect some butterflies to visit.

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  12. A Note About Harvesting

    Harvest

    Once autumn hits and the petals have fallen, many sunflower varieties offer up a second harvest with their nutritious seeds. To avoid losing the seeds to the ground, reap them by covering the flower heads with a brown paper bag until fully dried. Harvest once the bloom’s head turns brown. Alternatively, cut the flower and dry indoors.

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