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Easy to grow from seed, sunflowers are not only attractive with large colorful flowers.

They are fast growing, hardy in the heat of summer and with careful planting can offer shade to other plants, especially newly planted ones.

These are are annual plants and planting sunflower seed in spring will give you a wonderful display in late summer.

Helianthus annus is the botanical name and Sunflowers are not only a popular flowering annual. They have been grown for centuries as a commercial food crop as well as to produce oil.

Plants are usually grown from sunflower seeds collected from previous years.

So to start

Choose your seeds, sunflowers come as giant and dwarf varieties, as well as in a range of flower colors. You can use 'Pet store' bird sunflower seeds, they are cheaper. However you will not know what type you are planting.

Sunflower varieties include:

  • Sungold Dwarf Sunflower (Teddy Bear)
  • Autumn Beauty
  • Velvet Queen
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Mammoth
  • Double Dandy
  • Sunspot Dwarf Sunflower
  • Chocolate Sunflower
  • Giant Russian
  • Shades of Bronze
  • Russian Giant