Easy-to-grow members of the sunflower family yielding a profusion of yellow, orange, maroon, or reddish flowers. Deadhead for longer bloom; use hedge shears to remove large numbers of spent blooms. Both annual and perennial kinds are easy to propagate—annuals from seed sown in place or in pots, perennials from seed or division. Plants tend to self-sow; seeds attract birds.
The species listed here are from the eastern and southern U.S. unless otherwise noted.
Grows to 1–2 ft. high, spreading to 3 ft. Narrow dark green leaves with three to five lobes. Bright yellow, 2 1/2–3-in. single flowers bloom all summer, carried high above the foliage on long, slender stems.
Nearly sterile selection with single, flat, 2-in.-wide yellow flowers over a long period.
Mediterranean native is a weed in many parts of the West. Self sows prolifically, thanks to small dand...
Native to Japan, China, and Korea. Twines to 15–30 ft. Grows fast in mild regions, more slowly w...
Native to Europe. Creeping perennials that spread by surface and underground runners to form low, dens...