HELIOPSIS

Yet another summer-flowering yellow Daisy for the middle of the border. This group of flower types is an overcrowded one, but Heliopsis has at least three points in its favour. The 3 ft high plants are compact and bushy, they do not have to be lifted and divided every few years, and the blooms are unusually long-lasting. It will grow in almost any type of soil and very little attention is needed. The 3 in. flowers are yellow or golden, and may be single, semi-double or double. At the end of the season cut the stems down to ground level.

VARIETIES: H. scabra has provided the garden varieties – height 3-4 ft. Spacing 2 ft.

Flowering period: July-August. The single-flowered types are ‘Gigantea’ (4 ft) and patula (3 ft). The popular choice is the double-flowered ‘Golden Plume’ (3.5 ft) – well-formed Sunflowerlike blooms which are excellent for cutting. ‘Incomparabilis’ (3 ft) has Zinnia-like blooms and the novelty is ‘Goldgreenheart’ with lime-centred flowers.

SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

H. scabra ‘Golden Plume’

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