Sunflowers grow large, tall, and cheerful flower heads that brighten and animate your yard—and though you most commonly see these aptly-named beauties in sunny yellow, the annuals can be red or orange, too. There are so many good reasons to grow them, beyond the fact that they make happy. They’re easy to cultivate, attract beneficial pollinators like butterflies and native bees, and draw beautiful songbirds (many species love these blooms!).
- Choose a planting site in your garden with fertile soil and ample daily sunlight (the spot should receive at least six to eight hours of light per day).
- Sow sunflower seeds 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil.
- Water the seeds with a warm splash of water daily until you see sprouts, which should take about seven days.