Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Sunstruck’
The first thing you notice about false-sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Sunstruck’) is its striking variegated foliage. Its big and bright yellow flowers come next. They bloom through summer and fall. Even when not in flower, this herbaceous perennial makes an attractive border plant. Its serrated pointy leaves remain white in colour with distinctive dark green veins throughout the season.
False-sunflower reaches a height and width of 40cm/16in. It is an easy to grow plant. Not the least bit fussy. Does well in full sun or partial-shade. Doesn’t mind if the soil is dry or moist. And grows well in polluted areas. ‘Sunstruck’ is a cultivar of the North American native plant false-sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides). Just like the native plant, ‘Sunstruck’ is loved by butterflies and bees.
These July pictures were taken in bed 27 right by the Floating Bridge. Backed by some towering darker plants, ‘Sunstruck’ lit up the bed.
Text and photos by Hughie Jones except for single plant and large group photos, which are by Kumi Sutcliffe.