Sunflowers are one of my very favorite flowers to grow in the gardens. There are several different types of sunflowers, and as they all "get along", you can plant different varieties so you'll have many choices for arrangements. Mammoth, Autumn Beauty and Sunbeam are my favorites. Both Autumn Beauty and Mammoth are very tall sunflowers - 6-7 feet - that produce large, beautiful blooms. Mammoth are the traditional yellow blooms, while the Autumn Beauty is an autumn beauty displaying gold, mahogany, and orange-ish blooms. Sunbeam sunflowers grow about 5 feet tall and displays golden blooms. Plant sunflower seeds in loose, well drained soil in sunny areas after threat of spring frost passes. Seeds only need to be 1 inch deep and require very little "follow-up" care. The Mammoth variety flower heads are wonderful bird "feeders" as well. Once blooms die down, cut the flower off and simply lay out the flower head somewhere elevated and watch the birds enjoy the feast! NOTE: save seeds from your sunflower heads and re-seed next spring!
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