Grow some sunshine

Sometimes kids just need to be given the opportunity to garden – start them off with their very own patch of sunshine.

Imagine a field of sunflowers, their bright yellow flowers all turned towards the sun. What a happy place! Get the kids involved in sowing their own little patch of sunflowers. 

When to grow sunflowers: In cool temperate regions, sow sunflowers in spring, after the last frost, while in warm temperate regions, sow from late winter to late spring.

Sunflower Yellow Empress can grow stunning yellow flowers up to an impressive 35cm across.

The plants are large, growing up to 1.5m tall, so this is a variety that needs room to grow and may benefit from staking to stop them from falling over. Kids can get involved in measuring how high the plants grow. Who can grow the tallest sunflower?

Sunflower Dwarf Sensation has bright yellow flowers on a compact plant that grows to around 40cm tall. This variety can be grown in a pot on a sunny balcony or small spot in a courtyard.

So let the kids find a sunny, sheltered spot and help them sow some sunflowers.

Remember to always:

  • Wash your hands well after gardening.

  • Wear shoes to protect your feet.

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen.


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Sunflower 'Yellow Empress'

A very large, bright yellow flower up to 35cm across on a tall branching plant. Ideal as a cut flower or makes an impressive display.