Congratulations, Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Lorraine Sunshine’, you are the flower of the day, of the week, of the side border where you live.
You shine above all others right now, at three feet tall and just as wide with your very variegated foliage and bright yellow flowers. And you are doing this all on your own with very little help from me. No extra water, mulch or pruning! Just a tiny bit of deadheading and a sunny spot in the garden, but that’s not too much to ask for. And you are strong and hold up well with no staking. My zone 5 winters and summers are a walk in the park for you, since you’ll grow from zone 3 to 9.
In honor of your outstanding achievement this year, ‘Lorraine Sunshine’, I’m going to stop complaining about all the seedlings you leave that aren’t varigated, because just as many are variegated. I’m also going to give you a prize package worth… well, I’ll at least give you some of the very best compost from the compost pile.
So, Congratulations, Lorraine Sunshine, you are the flower of the day!