Standing tall in the clear October sunshine, this perennial Sunflower defies the season, looking fresh and cheerful as if it were midsummer.
From a distance, brilliant clusters of large golden flowers appear to be floating on thin air. Despite the airy quality that allows it to wave in the wind, 'Santa Fe' stood strong through recent gusts and first rains.
Perennial Sunflowers are an essential addition to a large perennial border, and just a little goes a long way. Since yellow tends to jump forward visually, they are most effective placed in the back of a garden or against a dark backdrop. With over 50 species and easily as many cultivars, genus Helianthus gives you plenty to choose from, including the edible Sunchoke (Helianthus tuberosus).
After watching thousands of visitors observe the perennial garden, I have noticed that Sunflowers, whether perennial or annual, seem to make people smile. Maybe it's because facing and reflecting the sun, they seem to be smiling themselves.