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Heleniums brighten up the garden in summer with their cheerful daisy-like flowers. They look set to be back at the height of fashion again with the current trend towards hot colours like yellows, oranges and reds. 'Bruno' is fine variety with orangey-red blooms that are held proudly above the plant in July to August. Cut off the dead flowers to encourage more blooms to follow. Plants will not reach their final height until their second year. To restrict their size, cut back to about 30cm (1ft) tall in May. This not only reduces their final height but will also delay flowering by a week or two. To propagate, divide plants in spring. Dividing in autumn often fails as the small plants produced die during the winter.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: February to March
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