Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer Ground Cover
Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer (Sneezeweed)
As you might guess from its name, Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer is one of the first Helenium’s to bloom every year, a sought after plant that is ideal for extending the late Summer flowering season. It has fantastic showy flowers, guaranteed to bring vibrant colour to the garden throughout the Summer. It’s erect, branching stems are clothed in slender, lance shaped dark green leaves, topped with showy, daisy shaped flowers in clusters. With an abundance of orangey red petals that become streaked with burnt orange and yellow as they mature, and dark brown and saffron centre cones, these fantastic plants will bloom from June to the end of August. Recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit
One of the taller varieties, Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer is ideally suited to the back of the border, fantastic planted in drifts through a mixed planting scheme, or try planting them in pots for brightening up the patio. Good companion plants are taller grasses, other daisy-like flowers such as Echinacea and Rudbeckia or try with Crocosmia or Achillea. They are ideal for wildlife areas where their flowers are incredibly popular with bees and other pollinators. They also make an excellent cut flower.
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For best results grow Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer (Sneezeweed) ground cover in full sun in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Water regularly to prevent the soil from drying out. To encourage the plant to repeat flower, deadhead back to side shoots that have flower buds emerging, and then cut the plant back as it dies off in Winter. Divide congested clumps every few years, in Spring or Autumn to avoid the middle dying which can weaken the entire plant.
As a rough guide when planting Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Helenium Sahins Early Flowerer
Position: Full sun
Soil and site: Well-drained, moist, fertile soil
Flowering time: June to August
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height 100cm Spread to 50cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy once established
Aftercare: Feed and water plants regularly until they are fully established. Deadhead faded flowers to encourage more blooms to be produced. Divide overcrowded clumps of helenium in spring and apply a mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant.