I am adding the following new varieties:
SORAYA SUNFLOWER: First sunflower to win an All-America Selections award. This big sister to Sonja has larger flowers and thicker, sturdier stems. Branches average 20″ and sport 4-6″ blooms. May yield as many as 20-25 stems/plant.
GIANT SUNGOLD: Fully-double, yellow-gold flowers. A tall, Teddy Bear-type with up to 8″ blooms.
Last year, I grew Double Quick Orange (another double/teddy bear sunflower). It was the only flower that did really poor for me. I think I only ended up bringing about a half dozen to the market. A lot of them were deformed and the head was just not pretty. So, I am excited to try a new “double” this year.
STARBURST LEMON AURA Gorgeous, pale yellow, branching double. Lovely, fully-double blooms on long, sturdy stems cover this compact plant. The light yellow shade lends itself well to pastel bouquets making it a great addition to an existing sunflower line.
STRAWBERRY BLONDE Ruby red flowers that hold their petals. Flowers have burgundy, sometimes pink, petals with lemony tips and dark centers. Branching plants have long, strong side stems for cutting.