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Helenium 'Gartensonne'

Helen's flower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (34348)

Plant details

Gartensonne' really does bring a bit of sunshine to the late summer garden. Masses of frilly-edged yellow daisies top this back of the border perennial, which hums with bees when in bloom. You can enjoy the sunshine indoors as well, as the flowers are great for cutting. Those with sensitive skin should wear gloves when handling the plant as it can aggravate the skin. 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.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helenium

Cultivar: Gartensonne

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: July to September


Reader reviews

patahall

Usefull - didn't know about cutting back in May -thanks


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