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Nasturtium - Cup of Sun

35-52 days • Yellow and gold • 10-12" tall

Cup of Sun grows easily and quickly so plants are soon covered with cheerful flowers. Masses of these perky blossoms shine above the foliage, providing long-lasting garden cheer, while the waterlily-shaped leaves drape gracefully to soften garden edges. Plant these sunny flowers to light up your garden beds, borders or patio containers all season.²

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Johnny Jump Ups

65-85 days • Violet, mauve, yellow and white • 6-10" tall

Also known as Heart’s Ease, these dainty little flowers look like jaunty miniature pansies with pretty flower faces. Johnny Jump Ups are both weather tolerant and long blooming and are good container and edging plants and are lovely planted in spring bulb beds. Johnny Jump Ups blossoms are edible with a mild wintergreen flavor and make tasty garnishes and decorations. These sweet flowers self-sow readily and will enhance every garden. Photo: WxMom / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Sunflower - Bright Bandolier

65 days • Yellow and mahogany • 5-7' tall

This pretty mix of sunny yellow and warm burnished mahogany is a beautifully balanced palette of classic sunflower shades. The easy-to-grow plants bear magnificent big flowers that frame the summer garden with plenty to cut for perfectly contrasting bouquets of clear colors with pretty chocolate centers. After Bright Bandolier’s heat and drought tolerant flowers finish blooming, they offer nutritious seed treats for fall songbirds. Photo: Renee's Garden

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Sunflower - Evening Sun

8-10" • 75-95 days • Yellow and burgundy • 7' tall

This beautiful variety has medium-large blooms in shades of burgundy, rust, bronze, bright yellow, and crimson, with many being bi-colored. The 7-foot plants produce many flowers over a long season.²

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Sunflower - Lemon Queen

3-5" • 70-90 days • Yellow and brown • 5-8' tall

A wonderful poly-headed variety, flowers have a light brown center surrounded by bright lemon-yellow petals. Photo: R. Hartman / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Sunflower - Mammoth

10-12" • 80-100 days • Yellow and brown • 12' tall

This giant single-stalk sunflower is a fast grower with one flower. Easy to grow, not fussy about soil conditions, and is drought tolerant. Edible, gray-striped seeds and edible, bittersweet petals make a sunny garnish on salads and appetizer plates. Attracts pollinators.¹

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Sunflower - Sundancer

65 days • Orange and brown • 5-6' tall

Sundancers' sturdy, branching stalks bear multitudes of stunning golden-orange flower faces. It is an outstanding sunflower that grows quickly and blooms early. The vigorous, multi-branching. plants are quickly covered with masses of cheerful flowers whose perfectly formed, deep golden-orange petals are arranged evenly around a chocolate-colored center disc. Photo: Renee's Garden

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Sunflower - Teddybear

10-12" • 70-90 days • Yellow • 12' tall

This giant, single-stalk sunflower is a fast grower. Easy to grow, not fussy about soil conditions and is drought tolerant. Edible, gray-striped seeds and edible, bittersweet petals make a sunny garnish on salads and appetizer plates. Attracts pollinators. Photo: Rach / CC BY 2.0

Catalog photo credits: UC Master Gardeners—1P. Dimas, 2P. Joki, 3D. Laner, 4T. Loftus, 5G. Myers, 6S. Wentz, 7S. Wood, 8C. Yip, 9Unknown UC Master Gardener of Alameda County.