Everblooming and bush habit, are not two adjectives or descriptors you would ever expect to give a sunflower, but that has all changed. It’s called Suncredible Yellow and botanically speaking it is a Helianthus hybrid.
I planted it about three months ago right close to a clump of Rockin salvias. Amazingly it has been blooming all summer and continues to do so giving no indication its life as an annual, will be coming to an end.
This will be a new plant product for the gardener reaching 42-inches tall and around 36-inches wide. The flowers are four inches wide and produced in abundance, bringing in bees and butterflies. Those of you with roaming deer populations will rejoice that this plant is typically not on the menu.
It will be reaching garden centers in mass next spring and I know your first thought will be sunflowers don’t last that long in the garden; but this will simply not be true with this new breeding of our loved native Helianthus. It will thrive in just about any soil and will be riveting as long as you give it good sunlight. Space your plants 18 to 24-inches apart.
Suncredible Yellow will keep blooming whether you deadhead or not. In my garden, I have snipped them off a couple of times. Because of their bushy habit, they will excel as the thriller plant in mixed containers; or look stunning as a monoculture plant growing with no partners.
The look screams cottage garden but will be simply amazing just mixed in with perennials and other annuals. Of course, those of you working on a backyard wildlife habitat will be pleased beyond your wildest expectations.
I used a layered design up a gentle slope. In the front, I have the Rockin Deep Purple salvia and the Rockin Blue Suede Shoes. Then going up the slope is the Suncredible Yellow. Next is the amazing Summerific Holy Grail hibiscus. The look is a subtle triadic harmony with blue salvias, yellow sunflowers, and deep red hibiscus.
It has been scoring very well in plant trials. Most trials rate on a score of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. In the University of Georgia trials from June through August it has an average of 4.75. It has seen similar scores in the south. When you score well above 4 the consumer can rest assured they are getting a good bang for their buck.
As you can tell from the length of bloom this native is heat tolerant and I can testify it has a strong degree of drought tolerance as our summer in west Georgia has crept into the miserable category. We celebrate however with colorful flowers.
One last thing very worth touting is this plants ability to give you cut-flowers for the vase. What is better than sunflowers, salvias, and zinnias in the summer vase? It is a great time to be a gardener and the new Suncredible Yellow Sunflower will give you the green thumb and a bounty of flowers too!
Norman Winter, horticulturist, garden speaker and author of “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden.” Follow him on Facebook @NormanWinterTheGardenGuy.