Royal Pavilion Garden Plant of the Month, August 2019: Helianthus annus

For the sunny month of August, the Royal Pavilion Gardeners have chosen the Helianthus annus, otherwise known as the sunflower.

It originates from the USA to central America and was introduced to the UK in 1596.

The sunflower is cheery looking and easy to grow from seed. Children particularly like to grow it because it is a speedy and spectacular grower and brings out the competitive spirit for size and height.

There are three beautiful sunflowers in the Pavilion gardens, in the bed central to the garden near the weeping elm tree.

The newly restored Saloon in the Royal Pavilion is based on the sunflower with a huge sunflower radiating from the centre of the carpet.

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