The ‘Edge in July: Sunflowers et al.

One day in April I sowed some sunflower seeds in pots and placed them on a windowsill.

Some time later they were big and brave enough to be planted out in the garden, in the newest bed.

The sun shone, it rained, and they grew. Can you see them among the other shrubs?

And they grew some more, and as I wrote in my post here, they got so tall so quickly that they were almost uprooted in a storm early July, so they got some nice robust stakes to prop them up…

As promised then, an update on the sunflowers…. Well, the bed has filled out tremendously!

The ‘Edge is a long curved bed that is being planted as an open ‘hedge’, marking the edge of the flower garden. As fillers this year I planted Sunflowers and Tithonia.

They are a mix of seeds I had left from previous years…

Oranges, reds and golden yellow are the theme in this bed…

 

The shrubs I put in are doing well and perennials are currently providing summer colour, but I will plant spring bulbs this autumn too.

A favourite combination is the Physocarpus ‘Lady in Red’ with these Monarda ‘Gardenview Scarlet’…


And this Heliopsis (‘Sommersonne’) is wonderful. It started flowering early July…

The Crocosmia (‘Lucifer’) goes nicely with the deep red Gaillardia ‘Burgunder’ and Cosmos Xanthos.

Here is the Gaillardia close up…

Heuchera ‘Black Pearl’ has proved to withstand baking sun without any scorching, so I will plant more of them later too.

The overall impression I have of this new bed is pleasant surprise, as well as astonishment at how quickly everything got established… the weather was ideal for a change!

And just to put the size of my sunflowers in perspective, here’s a photo of me hiding among them! 😉 (I am 1.7m in my shoes).

 

Have a good weekend and Happy Gardening!