Sunflower - Giant Yellow Single - Helianthus annuus - Cottage Garden Flower

Type: Annual
Approximate height: Variable – between 2 to 3 metres
Flowering Time: August
Site and soil type: Moist but well-drained soil in full sun.
When to sow: Mid April to end of May
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil. Inside, into biodegradable pots
Packet contents: Approximately 50 seeds / 4g

This is the traditional tall yellow sunflower with large flowers in August and a lovely plant for children to grow.

Loved by bees and other pollinating insects and the seed heads can be hung up for wild birds and mammals to feed from.

If your local wildlife are likely to eat the seeds or young plants,  (mice, voles, slugs etc.) they can be sown into biodegradable pots under glass and planted out when larger.

When the sunflowers start to get tall support the stem by tying it loosely to a cane or pole.

Sunflowers provide food for the following creatures: 

  • Hoverflies
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Small mammals such as Woodmice and Voles
  • Birds such as Tits and Finches
  • πŸ¦‡ (RHS)
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.