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Helenium is a newly released novel by author Aimee Carter. It tells the story of Evan, a gifted but restless teen, and her best friend, Liesel. For years, Liesel was able to keep the strongest force in the world at bay: the shadow people that threatened their small town.This beauty will blow you away with its incredibly saturated oranges, yellows and reds. In full bloom, Salsa Helenium takes over the spotlight in the landscape, so you can plant it as a pick-me-up for when things are fading in late summer to early fall. Pollinators will also be thankful for the late-season treat. Even for beginners, Salsa's not likely to cause any problems in the garden, as it's virtually disease and pest free. It's a nice way to spice up a planting of ornamental grasses. Growing about 18-20" tall, it's compact enough to fill in a patio pot nicely. Wherever you grow it, snip a few blooms for a long-lasting fresh cut bouquet. Deer tend not to bother helenium.
Heleniums are an excellent addition to mixed perennial borders as well as informal, naturalized plantings. They are a must for butterfly gardens because the flowers are an important source of late season pollen and nectar. Heleniums prefer soil that stays relatively moist, so they are often included in rain gardens.In areas that get plenty of summer rainfall, heleniums may grow up to 4 feet tall and need to be staked. If your plants regularly grow taller than you’d like, pinch back the new growth in late spring. This will delay the flowers by about a week, but the overall plants will be stockier and self-supporting.Add some much-needed late summer color to your garden with helenium. This sun-loving, easy care North American native perennial is a cinch to grow and will flower reliably year after year.
Occasionally called sneezeweed, helenium does not cause hay fever, but happens to bloom about the same time as wild ragweed which is the main pollen source for hay fever sufferers. Helenium grows 3 to 4 feet tall and produces pretty orange, red, yellow or bi-colored flowers that look great in the garden and in fresh-cut bouquets. Birds and butterflies also enjoy helenium for its late-season bounty of pollen and nectar. Helenium is drought and disease resistant, as well as deer resistant. Hardy from zones 3-8.Helena Mix helenium plants produce vivid daisy-like flowers from July to October, on easy-to-grow 4 ft. plants. Plants explode into bloom with flowers in shades of yellow, bronze red and bicolors. Butterflies love these flowers, and they are excellent for cutting. At the rear of flower borders Helena Mix provides much needed mid to late season color. Winter hardy to zone 3. (Source: www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com)