When you think of sunflowers, you probably picture a nice, vibrant yellow. Home Depot even has a paint color called “sunflower yellow.” I know so because it graces my kitchen and bathroom walls. However, you can get sunflowers in other colors too. I seeded some a few weeks ago. Here are the varieties I planted:

Strawberry Blonde Hybrid

I like that one (it's the one pictured) because it is sort of a rose pink combination, kind of like my hair. The Burpee package says they'll grow up to 6 feet tall and take 70 to 75 days to bloom.

Autumn Beauty Mix

These are an assortment of red, brown and golden yellow in one packet. I've also planted a package called Spanish mix, but they seem to be the same colors as the Autumn Beauty Mix. The flowers are supposed to be 8 inches across.

Vanilla Ice

Yes, the name cracked me up. The seeds are really small and took a couple of extra days to germinate when compared to the others, despite the Burpee package stating that germination takes place as early as 7 days. These grow from 4 to 6 feet tall. As the name says, these have pale yellow to creamy white petals. According to the seed packet these are the whitest sunflowers you can get. Although, I've seen some online called Moon Shadow.

How do you get different colors? You can buy seeds for unusually colored sunflowers now in pretty much any garden section. Die-hard gardeners might also experiment with the natural hybridization process. Yes, sunflowers are one of the select flora that takes to hybridization. For the non-gardeners: If you plant different species of flowers next to each other, bees will carry pollen over (called cross-pollination) and if you grow sunflowers on a regular basis, you might come up with your own shades.

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