If you can’t jet off to the sunflower fields of Provence this summer, grow your own. No, really—they’re just about the perfect flowers because they grow easily from seed, they’re inexpensive, and they add color and beauty to your garden from mid to late summer and well into fall. Not to mention that pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, go crazy for sunflowers. (Fun fact: They are heliotropic flowers, which means they turn to follow the movement of the sun throughout the day.)
These happy-faced flowers come in every color, from sunny yellow to bright orange to chocolate to creamy white. Some are single stems, while others are branching types with multiple stems and blooms. Both types make long-lasting cut flowers. They’re also available in sizes ranging from two feet to the gigantic types, which can reach more than 10 feet tall! This makes them a fun plant for experimenting in the garden.