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.
Northeastern native. Fine-textured plant 1 1/2–2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide, with pink, yellow-centered daisylike flowers from summer to fall. Unlike other species, prefers moist soil.
‘Heaven’s Gate’ has pink flowers with a dark crimson ring around the center.
‘Sweet Dreams’ has threadlike leaves and masses of big white flowers with a raspberry ring surrounding a yellow eye.
Native to Texas and New Mexico. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide. Blooms heavily, bearin...
Hybrid between Cotinus coggygria and Cotinus obovatus. Grows to 15 ft. tall and wide...
Only 1 in. tall, spreading to 3 ft. The cylindrical leaves turn red in fall and winter, green up again...