Emerging from a handsome clump of foliage, the flowers of Helenium Wyndley provide a welcome injection of colour as summer progresses. Each daisy-like flower head unfurls to reveal a sunburst of crisp, butter coloured petals, set off against a deep brown centre (a welcome late source of nectar). As the bloom matures, this brown cone stands proud of the flower and the petals take on an orange striation, as if the brown had gently seeped into the yellow.
It is said that Heleniums are named after Helen of Troy; if so, they valiantly uphold her reputation for beauty. While so familiar to English herbaceous borders, these sophisticated, grown up ‘daisies’ originated in North American meadowland and are extremely hardy as a result.
H. Wyndley is particularly welcome if you have a smaller space in your border because it is more compact than other varieties and the flower heads are held erect on shorter, unbending stems. The robust nature of these stems makes them excellent candidates for late summer arrangements.
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 90cm x 60cm
Preferred Soil Type: Moist, well drained, fertile
Aspect: Full sun
Flowering Period: July– September
Care: Deadhead to prolong flowering season