The sun rose is a cushion-like growing half-shrub with pink flowers!
The botanical name of this enchanting plant is Helianthemum. The pink sunshine is a feast for the eyes in any location. The semi-shrub belongs to the cistus family. It is a perennial and displays enchanting pink flowers from May to August. Sun roses delight every observer with their pink cupped flowers. They are oriented towards the sun. The pink flowers resemble wild rose petals. The plant grows like a cushion, almost like a carpet. It reaches a height of ten to 15 centimetres. It is sun-loving and thrives best in a full sun spot. If you buy sunflowers, you can plant them in the rock garden, the alpine garden, flower beds, borders, on the top of walls or in the garden. The plant also looks perfect as a grave ornament or in the front garden.
A striking structural element with the magic of flowers
When you buy a sun rose, it is best to plant it in a full sun location. The sun rose is a great ground cover. The plant grows low and broad. The shoots become woody at the base over time. The flowers are rather small, but due to the large number they form an attractive flower cover. Bees, butterflies and bumblebees also appreciate this and feast on the nectar. The green leaves of Helianthemum are very small. Their shape is slender and narrow. As sunflowers are wintergreen, they beautify the garden all year round. This plant is also completely uncomplicated. It makes hardly any demands on the ground as long as it is permeable. Even on stony or dry soils, the sun shade can show off all its charm.
The luminosity and colour brilliance of sunflowers are overwhelming.
A great garden picture is created when you plant out Helianthemum between stones or in a group. In this case, up to twelve sunflowers can be planted per square metre. Even in small tufts of three or five plants, the sun roses are hard to beat. The plant is also a practical bedding plant and can be combined with numerous perennials. Great planting partners are, for example, mountain mint, lavender, ribbon flower, carnations or decorative grasses.
Caring for sunflowers
Sunflowers are a joy to grow, even for those new to gardening. Pruning in autumn is not necessary. As the sun rose is only winter-hardy to a certain extent, you should protect young plants with some mulch or brushwood. Then you will enjoy this small shrub for many years. If you want to design your garden with enchanting flowers, the sunflower is the ideal plant. Added to this is its ökological importance as a valuable bee pasture. Helianthemum is a must in every rock garden.