Decadent Chocolate Sunflowers Are The Bold Blooms Your Garden is Craving
Are you a fan of chocolate?
That rich creamy goodness covers life’s daily doldrums in a sweet, sugary coating and somehow makes everything just a little more tolerable.
After all, what’s better to offset daily grind stresses like work, cleaning, kids, and traffic than a bite of creamy milk chocolate or a nibble of bitter-sweet dark chocolate?
Nothing is better…
Well, for those of you who love a good chocolatey escape but would prefer fewer calories, how about chocolate flowers – a delectable little low-cal treat for the eyes, perhaps?
And no, I am not referring to something your local chocolatier would whip up – I’m talking about big, bold beautiful blooms that dot your garden like scrumptious little bonbons.
Meet the “Chocolate Sunflower.”
Isn’t she purdy?
This is the dark dramatic bloom your garden – and your dining room table – are craving.
And if you thought Sunflowers only came in yellows and oranges, boy have I got a treat for you.
Chocolate Sunflowers, with their deep brown petals, are poised to be all the rage next Summer.
That’s right, just like “designer fashion,” flowers can also be very trendy.
So, let’s get to know more about these deliciously beautiful chocolate blooms, so you can add them to your spring-time planting rotation next year.
Better Homes and Garden had a great write-up on Chocolate Sunflowers, and they explained the benefits of these hearty and striking blooms.
Beyond being a beautiful addition to a backyard garden, sunflowers are heat tolerant and resistant to pests as well.
The Chocolate Sunflowers should be planted after the soil has warmed to at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the risk of spring frosts have passed. In the Southern US, that’s typically around mid-March or April, but depending on where you are in the world, that could change. I’d suggest consulting the Farmer’s Almanac or your local nursery with questions on planting times.
The Chocolate Sunflower will typically mature within 80 to 95 days.
This means that your garden will burst into glorious blooming color in mid to late summer or early fall, depending on when you plant them.
And while you may have never heard of them, Chocolate Sunflower seeds are really easy to find and fairly affordable.
If you go on Amazon, you can gab a twin pack of 40-seed packets for about $9 bucks. Not bad for a treat that’ll last for months, right?
You can expect your chocolate flowers to grow about 4-6 inches across and get to about 4-5 feet tall….very quickly.
And honestly, who wouldn’t want to have a 5-foot tall chocolate flower?
Please, it’s a no-brainer!
Another bonus is that these decadent beauties will grow profusely throughout the summer months, so you’ll have plenty of dramatic stems to show off on your dining room table or wherever else a little “chocolate inspiration” is needed.
And if you don’t want a whole garden of chocolate, consider using these delectable blooms as a show-stopping border. They’ll give you a rich, dramatic “WOW’ factor that’s sure to make you the envy of all your chocolate-loving friends and neighbors.
So, what are you waiting for? Indulge in some decadent garden eye candy with next season’s most talked-about bloom: The Chocolate Sunflower.
And make sure to snap a few pics and share them on our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you cook up in your garden!