Helenium 'Rauchtopas'

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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.

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The Chelsea Chop

In the third week of this month you can 'Chelsea chop' your summer-flowering perennials to delay their flowering times. Sedums can be cut back by two thirds to provide lusher foliage, but at the expense of flower.

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Add a touch of warm red

Heleniums make great partners for Rudbeckias, igniting those golden yellows with a touch of rufous-red. Taller varieties flower later than their shorter cousins. Helenium 'Rauchtopas’, meaning smoky topaz, has petals swept up like the rim of a sombrero,

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