With its earthly tones, dark copper-red daisy-like flowers and dark brown centres, it’s little wonder this beauty was chosen to feature in our Southgate project.
The flowers are produced en masse through the summer, showcasing a vivid block of rich colour in the garden. This beautiful sneezeweed is ideally positioned towards the back of a sunny, moist but well-drained border. It makes a wonderful companion for ornamental grasses and yellow, white or earth-toned flowers. Bees and butterflies love it and it makes an excellent cut flower too.
Heleniums are versatile plants that love plenty of sunshine. They rarely suffer from pests or diseases, however young plants do need to be protected from slug attack. To encourage the plant to repeat flowering, we suggest deadheading regularly. Cut back by half after flowering to help prevent mildew. Cut down to the ground in late winter. Every two or three years in the spring when the new growth is surging away they can be divided to keep them in top condition. Ideally the new growth should be about 7cm high. You can either replant them straight into the ground with loads of well-rotted organic matter to feed them and keep them moist, or plant them into pots, but do make sure they are kept watered.
The striking colour of the Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’, coupled with its heartiness and attraction to bees and butterflies made it an easy choice for us when designing our inner city garden.