That is hardly surprising since they are all supposed to be descended from reputedly the most beautiful Helen of all - Helen of Troy - or more precisely where her tears fell upon the ground from which spot helenium
the plant first sprouted.
were introduced from North and Central America they were seen as similar to another species named for Helen of Troy, helenion in Greek, and the name stuck.
But when it comes to the daisy-like flowers of Helenium
, it seems more appropriate to use Latin than its common name of sneezeweed.
Order by card on 0844 8 1 1 6 7 8 1 (q u o t e SMH14853) or send a cheque payable to MGN Ltd to Helenium
Offer, SMH14853, Rookery Fa r m , J oy s B a n k , Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincs, PE12 8SG.
FOR smouldering late summer planting schemes try Helenium
Moerheim Beauty, an upright, clumpforming perennial with large, darkcentred, copper-red flowers.
To order by credit or debit card call 0844 811 6781, quoting SMH12422, or send a cheque made payable to MGN Ltd, to Helenium
Offer, SMH12422, Mirror Group Newspapers, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8SG.
Surround yourself with lilies, achillea, solidago and heleniums
in fiery shades of red and yellow Pictures: GAP/CLIVE NICHOLS/GARDEN PICTURE LIBRARY/MARSHALLS
I also want very early spring flowering that can continue until May, so I'm planting purple-flowering Helleborus and Heleniums
for late summer colour.
If you want delphiniums, heleniums
, lupins and phlox to provide bigger blooms in the perennial border thin down the number of shoots to half a dozen per plant.
And there's alchemilla mollis, Japanese anemones - especially the white varieties - aquilegias, astrantias, brunnera, campanula persicifolia, coreopsis verticillata, dicentra spectabilis, doronicum Miss Mason, echinops ritro, geraniums Wargrave, grandiflorum and Johnson's Blue, geum Mrs Bradshaw and Lady Stratheden, heleniums
, hemerocallis or day lillies, lupins, lychnis coronaria, monarda, nepeta, phlox, pulmonarias, rudbeckias, sedum spectabile, sidalcea, stachys lanata and tradescantia.
The yellow and brown Heleniums
span the period between late summer and early autumn, following close on the heels of the daisy-like Inulas.
This should benefit plants including lupins (pictured below), delphiniums, heleniums