Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Sunshine Daydream’
I am proud to be representing North Creek Nurseries in their introduction of a fantabulous new false sunflower (Helianthus x multiflorus) called ‘Sunshine Daydream’. This new selection has many, completely double yellow blooms and deep green foliage on a tall, sturdy plant.
Size: 5 to 6 feet tall by 2 to 4 feet wide
USDA hardiness Zones: 4-8
Sun/shade: Full Sun
Soil: Average garden soil
Moisture: moist, but well drained
Diseases and Pests: This selection is generally free of powdery mildew
Bloom Time: June to August
Landscape use: Middle of the border, foundation plantings, mass plantings, butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, cottage gardens.
*****I saw this plant at the Garden Writers Symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina and fell in love. So I brought it home and planted it in the heat, humidity, and amended clay beds of my backyard. Well–it did well–not blooming much the first season as it was in August when I planted it—but now—after a harsh winter—I see signs of growth!
So I can tell you that much and hope you’ll watch for it—-then you can compare notes with me. We’ll see how it does a full season in my garden. I’m hoping very well cause it is a beauty. I’m doing everything I can to attract butterflies!
And she was sitting there just begging to go home with me!
#####Sunshine Daydream was discovered by North Creek Nursery’s General Manager Tim McGinty in 2006, but it caught my eye while visiting their trial gardens on a trip during the Perennial Plant Association Symposium in 2008. The weather was phenomenal for July in Philadelphia and the trial gardens had been manicured to perfection. This plant really stood out in the trials, so I began asking about its origin. It was covered in blooms and standing there – a group of three plants – straight and strong and five feet tall – in perfect form. The foliage was perfectly clean and there were leaves covering every inch of the stems – even after the wretchedly hot, dry summer it had already endured. This selection really stood out as a gem for the mid-summer garden. It’s a winner. I think it could soon replace all other double-flowered helianthus.