I mentioned seed catalogs in a comment this morning and I was remembering that next year I want to plant some different sunflowers. We have a post in the yard with a birdhouse on top. A fence is behind it. I think that it would be a perfect spot for sunflowers. My husband always has trouble mowing that area...if my plants come too close to the edge...so this would be a solution. He would find it easy to manuver the mower and I would have color.My birdie friends would be thrilled.
If you're interested in growing sunflowers, there are lots of new cultivars to try, many of them pollenless, which makes them perfect for bringing into the house. Here are some different types.
Sunflower'Ring of Fire'
'Ring of Fire': An AAS (All-America-Selections) winner with striking 5-inch wide pollenless flowers; bi-coloured petals in dark red around a chocolate brown center taper off to golden yellow tips. Grows 4 to 5 feet tall; late-blooming.
'Claret': An excellent cutting sunflower that keeps its intense velvet burgundy color in the summer sun. Main stem grows 6 feet tall; produces side-shoots with lots of blooms.
'Eversun': A deep yellow, early-blooming pollenless type with big 10- to 12-inch ray flowers around a dark brown disk; flowers produced on one main stem.
Sunflower 'Teddy Bear': Has soft, fluffy, pompom heads that make handsome cut flowers; 2 to 3 feet tall with lots of flowers per plant. A perfect plant for a children's garden (and anyone who is young at heart), as well as containers.
'Giant Sungold': At 5 feet in height with lots of flower-bearing branches, this is a taller version of 'Teddy Bear'.
I think these flowers make everyone smile. The florists are using them in so many arrangements today. We had them in our bouquets at Mass yesterday. Have you ever seen a field of sunflowers?