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Helenium 'Sombrero'

This is one of my choice selections for late summer/autumn pollinators, Helenium 'Sombrero'. I am currently developing a border for pollinators, bees, butterflies etc, they need all the help they can get. 

Last year was a particularly poor year for butterflies, and I feel that wildlife gardening should certainly be more in the forefront of the gardener's thinking strategy for planting.

Already, after being planted for just two weeks, a regular visitor  to Helenium 'Sombrero' has been the Tortoishell butterfly, not to mention the bees happily buzzing around the  yellow flower cones on the warm sunny days.

Helenium 'Sombrero' is a new introduction. This hardy perennial is a compact variety, with a neat branching habit.

I plan to grow them on in this border for next season, with a view to dividing small sections of each plant for replanting for Autumn in 2018.

Kevin Line Posted by Kevin Line

Kevin works as a Freelance Horticultural Plant Consultant in the south Lake District.

He is a member of Butterfly Conservation and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, the Hardy Plant Society, the Wildflower Society, and the Botanical Society Of Britain & Ireland. He also writes for the RHS Plant Review (formerly RHS Plantsman), he is currently researching historic plant propagation/ taxonomy for the Gardens Trust ( formerly Garden History Society ).

Kevin had previously worked for three and a half years developing the garden of an Arts & Crafts period Country House Hotel to National Gardens Scheme standard. (South Lakes)

He has also previously worked as Head Gardener in the Cotswolds for over 10 years, prior to that, BBC Gardeners World, and the National Trust.

2 Comments To "Helenium 'Sombrero'"

Stephen collings On 04.08.2018
How's best way to prune this plant please? Reply to this comment
Kevin Line On 08.08.2018
Hi Stephen, Heleniums respond well to late autumn pruning after the first real frost has stopped the flowers in their tracks. I prune stems back to about 6 inches above ground level , this acts as a natural marker for the plants through the winter months. You can prune harder and mark the position with a cane. Heleniums will still respond well to a late winter early spring prune. It’s all about trial and error, giving things a go. If young plants are purchased and planted for first flowering, I tend to prune those in early spring, I feel this produces stronger plants and offers some winter protection from the stems. Established Heleniums will respond well from late autumn pruning. Happy pruning Kevin
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