Helenium autumnale 'Helena Red' (Asteraceae)
We already love Helenium autumnale, but this seed strain is a real stunner. A profuse bloomer and shorter than the species at about 2-3', 'Helena Red' flowers through the dog days of August, when little else looks good. Clumps of winged stems are topped with bouquets that blend mahogany-browns, reds and orangey-yellows. Cut back in spring for a bushier habit, and deadhead for a second flush of bloom.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: late-summer
Container size: Qt.