In a narrow bed, we planted a sunny bouquet garden loaded with several sunflower varieties, golden coreopsis, and trailing amaranth for cut flowers all summer long
Lauren Dunec Hoang
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Numerous leafy stems yield cheerful daisy-like typically brown-centered blossoms with yellow, orange, red, or coppery rays. Helenium ‘Short n Sassy’ (pictured) complements the rich hues of ‘Autumn Beauty’ sunflowers.
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Sunflower ‘Autumn Beauty’
Plants grow up to 7 feet tall and produce 6-inch blossoms in sumptuous fall colors of bronze, rust, and deep burgundy.
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Sunflower ‘Big Bear’
Fuzzy, cushion-like 6-inch flower heads top plants that reach 6 feet tall. Excellent as a cut flower in bouquets mixed with other sunflowers and summer bloomers.
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Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
These vigorous growers require little care to reach 6 feet tall and produce an abundance of blooms. Both the velvety green leaves and showy hot orange flowers are beautiful in summer bouquets. Plants have hollow stems; cut carefully to avoid bending stalks.
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Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora)
These easy-to-grow members of the sunflower family yield a profusion of flowers from early spring into fall.
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The chartreuse foliage and dangling flower tassels of amaranth ‘Green Tails’ complement the bright golds and rich burgundies of sunflowers in the bed and in the vase.
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Creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia)
This easy-care annual grows as a low mound with trailing stems and forms hundreds of tiny, star-shaped yellow flowers. Useful planted as edging for summer garden beds.
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Golden feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium aureum)
Golden feverfew billows over the sides of the bed beneath the sunflowers. From mid-spring to fall, plants are covered with white daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. In bouquets, the flowers fill in gaps between large sunflower blooms.
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Sunflower garden bouquet
A rustic metal vessel is the perfect choice for this casual bouquet designed by Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers. Sunflower ‘Autumn Beauty’ commands attention with its multicolored petals and giant center. It's paired with fluffy ‘Big Bear’ sunflowers, blazingly bright orange Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia), golden feverfew, sprigs of rosemary, dangling amaranth ‘Green Tails,’ and Helenium.