Some gardens where you can see Heleniums growing.

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In compiling this list I have asked fellow Helenium enthusiasts for their help. One reply, commenting on a UK midlands National Trust Garden, said . . . "Very fashionable Borders in Blue, Pink and Mauve. DULL." At another National Trust garden, I offered the head gardener some heleniums to brighten up his borders. He replied "As long as they are not those brassy yellows." He may have remained faithful to the gardening dictats of some long departed owner but just think of the fun he's missed!

What on earth is wrong with brassy yellows? Or bright scarlet? Or rich crimson? Plants are living, vibrant organisms - let's use them to good effect and inject a bit of life and robust colour into some of these terribly contrived, dreary and lifeless planting schemes. Pastel colours might look acceptable in a funeral parlour . . . but in a living garden? Nature has no problem with pink ragged robin growing with golden yellow buttercups. Strong colours together can work wonderfully. Just look at this wonderful planting at Great Dixter, Sussex UK in which heleniums are a component.

Great Dixter in midsummer

Summer heat at Great Dixter garden which uses Heleniums, Dahlias, Rudbeckia, Helianthus, Achillea.

This page lists some of the few gardens which seem to use Helenium's to good effect. They may also use other strongly coloured plants - Rudbeckias, Dahlias, Solidago, Coreopsis, Hemerocallis, Salvias, Crocosmias, Asters, Echinacea, Canna and others. Perennials which can help lift us from the pastel shades of garden gloom.

My own garden experiments use heleniums in naturalistic situations and a few of these are shown on the "in context" page. The genus works particularly well with the larger later flowering grasses and combines effectively the bright colours of rudbeckias, helianthus, heliopsis and solidago.

I'd love to know of other gardens which use the genus. If you who have visited gardens which are open to the public and which make good use of Heleniums then please tell me. It may be where they are used and grown well as part of a mixed border, or perhaps used in an interesting and unusual way. Information from other countries is especially welcome.

Gardens in Germany

Gardens in the Netherlands

Gardens in United Kingdom

If you know of any gardens that should be added to this in UK, Europe, the US or elsewhere, then please use the "contact us" link on the left.

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