Sunflowers are a favorite for many backyard gardeners. Furthermore, sunflower varieties are endless. Each year I look forward to starting my sunflowers from seed. Browsing catalogues and websites in search of the perfect variety to grow each summer is a favorite past time for me. Once I decide on a variety, I plant the sunflower seeds in my bottle greenhouses during the winter. When the seedlings emerge in the spring, I transfer them into the garden. Check out my other gardening tips before your leave.
Next, I have become fond of a few varieties, but searching for new ones can be fun. These sunflower varieties always find a place in my garden. So, here’s a list of my favorites:
- Lemon Queen – A must have in my garden. Because, I love the pale yellow petals on this sunflower. I live in Zone 6B. My Lemon Queens usually get about 4 – 5 feet tall. My Gold Finch love them. They usually produce 1 – 2 heads per stem.
- Autumn Beauty Mix – Another sunflower that I love for cuttings. They can have several heads open on one stem at once, and they make beautiful bouquets. They normally grow around 5 – 6 feet. The flowers are produced in a variety of colors. Usually in orange, red and yellow.
- Butter Cream – The flowers on the Butter Cream are a pale yellow with brown centers. I add these to the Autumn Beauty and Evening Sun Mix bouquets. They look beautiful among the dark flowers in the mix. They normally grow 4 – 5 feet.
- Teddy Bear – Children love Teddy Bears and these Teddy Bear sunflowers are no exception. They are a dwarf variety and perfect for containers and/or borders. Additionally, they look great on patios, front porches and decks too.
- Evening Sun – The Evening Sun Mixtures produces flowers of red, yellow and burgundy, which grow to 6 – 7 feet. I add the Butter Cream variety into the mix for bouquets.
- Mammoth Russian – Mammoth Russians can grow 8 – 12 feet tall with huge sunflowers. I’ve had some flowers that have grown to the size of a dinner plate. I roast the seeds from the Mammoth Russian and snack on them through the winter.
- Moulin Rouge – Needless to say, this flower is an absolute beauty. It is deep, rich, burgundy and is beautiful with the Butter Cream variety in boutiques. It grows from 5 – 8 feet.
- Super Snack Mix – This variety speaks for itself. The seeds are large and great for snacking. The plants grow about 4 – 5 feet and attract butterflies.
- Mexican – This is one of my favorite flowers for attracting butterflies and humming birds. Mexican sunflowers make great cut flowers too.
- Dwarf – I love container gardening so, the Fire Cracker and Sunny Smile are perfect for containers. They are dwarf varieties. They are great for container or borders and provide a nice contrast to the Teddy Bear.
Finally, there are other varieties that are worth checking out. These are just a few of my favorites. Before you plant, decide if you want to use them for seed snacks, wild bird feed or in bouquets. Do your homework and purchase your plants or seeds accordingly. Additionally, sunflowers can be found in a variety of colors other than the typical yellow. There’s burgundy, orange, crème, and more. Start your search for next season’s garden and have fun.
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