Are you enjoying the act of gardening this summer? Do you like to water plants, till soil, and watch flowers sway with a warm breeze? What does your garden have growing in it this time of year?
Sunflowers are a main attraction in many yards. Helianthus (as they are scientifically known) seem to catch everyone’s attention. They are popular because of their unique appeal. The flower is commonly associated with happiness because of its unusual height and brilliant color.
The tallest growing flower, with potential of reaching between 8 and 13 feet, is a summer favorite in North America and throughout the world.
Cheer Up Your Garden
Has this summer inspired you to add more color to your life? If yes, consider cheering up your garden with sunflowers.
There are many types of sunflowers you can plant. Some grow taller than a person and develop bright yellow blooms the size of dinner plates. Others come in shades of orange and red.
With tall stems and large, colorful blossoms, sunflowers are known to be useful too. They can create a natural fence to block a neighbor’s unsightly yard and distract from the view with pops of color.
Sunflowers are native to North America but can be found all over the world now. They are easy to maintain and can begin growing within six months of planting seeds. In addition, seeds can be planted up to 100 days before freezing temperatures strike. Any seeds that fall on fertile soil (as this is important for sunflowers) may surprise you by shooting up quickly next spring.
When autumn begins to sweep in, you can cut the head of the flower off a few inches down the stem. Hanging it up in an airy place to dry will produce many seeds. You can gather the seeds and use them for cooking or save them to plant the following year.
Interesting Facts about Sunflowers
Sunflowers are not only a beautiful addition to any garden, they are also interesting. There are many surprising facts about sunflowers. Wet your curiosity with these four truths. Then, learn more by reading this blog:
- A single sunflower is made up of thousands of flowers joined together- each pedal represents one flower.
- Sunflower heads track the sun, which is correctly known as heliotropism.
- Sunflowers are the national flower of Russia.
- The tallest sunflower grew to be over 25 feet tall.
Sunflowers are summer’s glory. There are many ways you can express your creativity this season, and many mediums that allow for artistic expression. Gardening can be a canvas to those who like to be outside in nature.
Yard work does not seem very artistic at times, but think about it this way: no two gardens are the same. By all means, get outside and create your unique art garden this summer.
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We do container gardening & raised bed gardening!! And plant tons of flowers– And this year we planted a huge area in our yard with all wild flower seeds– hopeing to establish an area next to the forrest on the side hill that we don’t have to mow– & wild flowers that will reseed them selves also— we also planted lots & lots of sunflower seeds– all kinds— my husband & my self grew up in Kansas where there are fields & fields of sunflowers planted as crops!!!