Out on the east end of Long Island sunflower season is in full swing!

sunflowers and veggies

When you stop at one of the many local farm stands to pick up fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables, a bunch of sunflowers is a must.

sunflower market

They’re sunny, beautiful, last long, inexpensive, and just scream summertime!

sunflower al fresco

They can elevate a simple picnic or add a special touch to a little wine and cheese break.

sunflower mason jars

Spread the sunflower love around by cutting the stems short and placing just a few in a mason jar and place around your home to add a little sunshine to every room.

sunflower topiary

Making a sunflower topiary is another great way to display fresh sunflowers.

sunflowers and lemons

The container that you use contributes to the final look too.  A terra cotta planter gives a nice rustic garden look while the white ceramic wine coolers above feel brighter and lighter.

Making a sunflower topiary is much easier than it looks.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Container (if the container isn’t waterproof you will need to use a liner such as a plastic bag)
  • floral foam
  • sunflowers (I find that 6 stems make a nice size topiary.)
  • waterproof tape
  • raffia or ribbon
  • moss

Now watch the how to video below and you’ll be making sunflower topiaries in no time!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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