Sunflowers are bright and cheerful and a great centre piece in any garden.
Best of all – they’re one of the easiest plants to grow from seed – with some of the most spectacular results!
We all know that sunflowers can grow incredibly tall, which is one of the reasons we find them so fascinating. They’re a fantastic plant to grow with children, too, as they’re very easy to look after.
But there are many different varieties of sunflower. You can also grow dwarf sunflowers, which can be kept in pots and even used in cut flower arrangements, or sunflowers which have multiple flower heads on each plant. And although when we think of sunflowers we usually think of the sunny yellow varieties, they also come in different shades including red, orange, bronze and even white.
They’re a very inexpensive plant to grow, too – with packets of sunflower seeds costing only a couple of pounds – it’s also really easy to save your seeds at the end of the season when the sunflower has dried out – meaning more flowers for next year!
This year, with the Knowsley Flower Show unable to go ahead for a second time, organisers are hoping that people across the borough will take the sunflower into their hearts and join a mass growing challenge instead.