Richard Hope, winner of this year’s Thompson & Morgan Tallest Sunflower Competition, gives us his top tips for growing sunflowers.
Thompson & Morgan offers a wide range of sunflower varieties to grow at home. There are the giant varieties, like Tall Timbers or Mongolian Giant and Russian Giant - the seeds of the latter are endorsed by the RHS for children and are great for young gardeners - as well as many others which come in different colours and sizes. You could always grow some of our smaller varieties to contrast with the height of your taller specimens. Try Dwarf Yellow Spray which can be used to create an unusual hedge to enclose beds or borders. Or for something quite different from a traditional sunflower, why not go for Sunflower ‘Teddy Bear’? It’s a dwarf variety and produces wonderful fluffy ‘pom-pom’ flowers that are quite different to the usual sunny sunflower faces that we’re used to.
We’d love to hear about your sunflower growing stories and see photos of your plants, so don’t forget to get in touch. Whether you grow a monster or a tiddler, let us know!
It’s worth mentioning that some parts of sunflowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack; sprinkle them on salads and add to breakfast cereals or smoothies for a nutritional boost. For more details about edible flowers, click here.
Birds also love the seeds of sunflowers, so you’ll be doing your bit for wildlife by growing a few in your garden!
Timely tips for growing a towering giant: