Even in extremely hot summers, when I have had to revive it with buckets of water on occasions, it has performed well.It is particularly stunning in autumn when the rich colours shine out in the clear, sharp light.All heleniums respond to deadheading so take off any spent flowers as they fade. Where to buy Sampford Shrubs, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton, Devon (01884 821164; Cotswold Garden Flowers, Sands Lane, Badsey, Evesham, Worcs (01386 833849; net) Reader offer Gardening readers can buy a long-flowering Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' supplied in a 9cm pot for £12.95 including p&p, or buy three for £28.85, saving.£10. TL368, or send cheques made payable to Telegraph Garden to Telegraph Helenium Offer, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG. This copper 1 Duit was issued by the Dutch East India Company between 17.By the time it appeared in late July my garden was already too parched and the plant flagged horribly.I was also disappointed in the colour, described as crimson but more like a drab mahogany to me.Although many helenium varieties are the work of breeders such as Karl Foerster and Alan Bloom, spontaneous crosses do occur.'Sahin's Early Flowerer' was found as a seedling in a bed containing a seed mixture called 'Autumn Leaves' at the Sahin trial grounds in Zeeland, Holland.
Or use a fiery orange alstroemeria like 'Flaming Star'.
Good companions Accentuate the warm tones of 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' by blending it with equally sunny and vibrant flowers.
The clear-red Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is a good July partner and there are later, shorter crocosmias that flower until September.
They will do best where afternoon or morning sun falls.
But they also need moisture-retentive soil and prefer alluvial loam.