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.Coreopsis lanceolata
Grows to 1–2 ft. high, 1–1 1/2 ft. wide. Narrow, somewhat hairy foliage, mostly in tufts near plant’s base; some leaves on lower part of flower stems have a few lobes. Yellow, 1 1/2–2-in. blossoms on pale green stems bloom in late spring and summer; make excellent cut flowers. When well established, persists year after year. Has naturalized in Hawaii.
Madagascar periwinkle grows to 1–2 ft. tall and comes in mounding and trailing forms. It excels ...
With the look of a small-flowered, trailing zinnia, this Mexican native grows only 4–6 in. high ...
Thought to have originated in South America; related to squash, gourd, and melon. Pumpkins are availab...