Common Name: Sunflower
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Time to plant seeds: February to April
Flowering period: July to September
'Pastiche' is a fabulous mixture of sunflower colours in evening sun shades. There are yellows, reds and light buff-brown or maroon, some with a bright yellow or deep red disc around the dark centres. These medium sized flower heads are around 13cm (5in) across and make fantastic cut flowers, lasting for a long time in water. Alternatively leave them on the plant for the birds to enjoy the seed-heads that follow. Plants help to give height and stature to the border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).