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Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Sunflower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (40706)

Plant details

A terrific alternative to the lamp-post sunflowers which try and hit the chimney, it has a multitude of soft yellow flowers set against the veined, dark green leaves from the end of summer to mid-autumn. It gets off to a slow start in late August and early September, but quickly revs up adding a mellow touch. Provide stakes to support the stems. Occasionally divide to keep it young and vigorous. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helianthus

Cultivar: Lemon Queen

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 120cm


Reader reviews

gardenbear

I can't find it anywhere either - help, please. I'd like seeds, but will buy plants if I have to.


ThePotsmith

After seeing Monty Don move his Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' last night, I felt the urge to get myself some seeds so that I can grow some next year, but I am struggling to find any anywhere!


Jonny-AppleSeed

A fantastic Perennial - so trouble free! You can get it from Gardenbypost.com's Webshop along with a number of other Helianthus species. I have grown this with Eupatorium maculatum 'Atropurpureum' and they make such a good combination!


Woodsie

I bought this many years ago at a car boot sale from a delightful lady who loved it, as it always came into flower on her husband's birthday in mid August. It is slow to get going but then adds a real touch of colour from late summer into October. I find that it spreads gently and rarely requires staking as the stiff stalks support themselves well. It also responds well to being divided and I have given loads away to family and friends. Definitely worth looking out for.


Lynphil

I wanted to buy this beautiful plant from Beth Chatto’s exquisite nursery in Essex. Unfortunately they were sold out. But a staff member came up with a novel solution. Off he went to raid Beth Chatto’s own personnel plant! Minutes later he returned grinning and with a handful, announcing that ‘should do you’. It most certainly did. The plant is now flourishing beautifully in my own garden. I will forever have a little piece of Beth Chatto. Now that is what I call service. It has proved to be a reliable grower and adds much needed colour at the end of the gardening season. A must for outdoors and indoors as cut flower, and one for the bees.


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