Helenium 'Rauchtopas'

sneezeweed

9cm pot
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained
  • Rate of Growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Flowers: yellow, orange and red
  • Other features: useful as cut flowers
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The unusually coloured flowerheads consist of a ring of ray florets, which are irregularly blotched with shades of yellow orange or red, radiating from a prominent brown central cone. Ideal for hot themed borders.

  • Garden care: Support with bamboo canes or link stakes well before the flowers appear. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring every two to three years.

Cosmos atrosanguineus

chocolate cosmos

Deep red, chocolate-scented flowers

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Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail'

red bistort

Bright red spikes in late summer. This plant loves wet soil!

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Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

montbretia

Bright red flowers are ideal cut flowers

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