A happy mixture of tall sunflowers, which are ideal for any garden type. Sunflowers are very easy to grow and they will grow well in beds and containers. Sunflowers are also long lasting whether used in the garden or as cut flowers, and attract a wealth of beneficial insects. Their spent heads can also be left to feed birds throughout winter.
Sow seeds directly into the ground from March, after last frost for flowers from June to October. Rake the surface to a fine texture and water well, to ensure a good start to seed germination. Germination usually takes around 2 weeks; ideally your sunflower plants should be spaced out 30cm apart to get the best results. Alternatively, start off in trays indoors from February for earlier blooms. Enrich soil with well-rotted manure before planting. Opt for a sheltered position, ideally against a garden wall to protect from strong winds.
As sunflowers grow so tall, it is advised stake the stems to avoid breakage.
Wildlife love sunflowers, especially birds who will eat the seeds at the end of the summer. Leave flowers to die back naturally to provide food for birds during the autumn.
Do not eat ornamental flowers or seeds.
Some plants can be harmful if consumed or cause irritation if touched.
Always wear gloves when gardening and wash hands thoroughly when finished.
See our list of potentially harmful plants here.