Gardening is such a great thing; it offers the opportunity to learn and grow new things like the beautiful Jade sunflower. I’ve been growing sunflowers for years but this time around I wanted to focus on a specific variety.
I’ve been seeking unique qualities that include smaller blossoms, additional blooms per stem, a lemon shade of yellow, shorter stem length and a presentation that offers versatility. All of these traits make for an amazing cut flower which is one of the reasons why I grow flowers.
Being surrounded by fresh cut flowers indoors just makes me feel alive and happy, so it’s no surprise when June arrives I’m arranging pretty vases or jars with cuttings from the garden.
They Welcome Smaller Blossoms
The appearance of smaller blossoms was the main attraction to the Jade variety. The flower blooms between 3-4 inches wide and if you can believe it, they’re pollen free. It doesn’t take them very long to go from a bud to full beauty which is wonderful to watch.
This year I took the time to recognize that development and it was amazing.
Growing huge sunflowers is also enjoyable but over the years I’ve found them to be difficult to arrange with other cut flowers. They seem to be better by themselves or left in the garden for the birds and bees to enjoy.
Additional Blooms Per Stem
The Jade sunflower offers additional blooms per stem which was another perk. I like this because there’s an opportunity to use those cuttings for extended table decorating.
Enjoy the freedom to select single flowers spread out in small vases, or use the entire stem for a grand focal point. Several blossoms floating in water with candles would also look nice. Additional blooms offer endless possibilities for a nice presentation.
Beautiful Shade of Yellow
This particular bloom caught my attention through its peek a boo approach, it felt like there was something it was trying to say. Or maybe it was reminding me to slow down and notice the detail of simplicity.
This is when I observed that wonderful shade of lemon yellow, shortly after that moment the Jade sunflower moved to the top of my favorite list. This color is refreshing where the thought of good things transpire. What do you think of this color?
Jade also presents a green center that displays very delicate details; it reminded me how thankful I am to have a bright future as big as the Texas blue sky.
Shorter Stem Length and a Nice Presentation
The stems include additional perks because they’re manageable which keeps them from falling over when it gets really windy. As you can see they kind of branch out and reach between 35 – and 48 ft. Since I planted in tires they appear much taller and we’ve had a lot of rain recently so that lower foliage has turned yellow.
These sunflowers would also look great in smaller raised beds like I mention in Startle Garden, offering a grand presentation that provides shade for other plants nearby.
The Jade sunflower is not one to overlook and there’s still time to plant a crop in your own garden. Seeds can be purchased at Johnny’s Selected Seeds here. It takes between 55-60 days to mature which means planting some Jade might be a great addition to your garden, who knows they may even inspire your next idea. Do you have a favorite sunflower?