This flower lives up to its name

Nearly as bright as it was in my garden, Gomphrena 'Fireworks'looks great mixed with
dried peonies, oregano, lavender, larkspur and Liatris.

For a sun-lover like globe amaranth, the cultivar ‘Fireworks’ bloomed profusely in my sun-challenged garden, Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ gave me some great dried flowers. They held their color very well—a definite plus when choosing a flower that can be dried—and were easy to dry.

Gomphrena, or globe amaranth, are certainly sun-lovers, and don’t mind the heat. If they aren’t situated in a completely sunny location, they can benefit with support. I placed a decorative fence panel on their south side, as plants will stretch toward the sun naturally and therefore usually lean in a southerly direction to get it. The supporting player to the west of the clump is a good-sized Chamaecyparis pisifera, or threadleaf cypress.

Celosia 'Flamingo Feather' grows 3-4' tall.
This variety of Gomphrena was developed and introduced by Burpee and
can be grown from seed, but if you look around at local nurseries, you might be able to find it. The reason it hasn’t been a big seller at garden centers is probably because it doesn’t look that great in a 4-inch pot. It’s lanky and floppy until you get it into the ground, where it will really take off when the temperatures rise.
Cleome grows 3-4' tall and hummingbirds love it.
Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ is one of those see-through plants that fill in with an airy demeanor around the more bushy types. I can certainly see it getting along very well with Lilium, the taller Achillea, Lavender, Celosia 'Flamingo Feather', Cleome and Cosmos.

Picture Gomphrena 'Fireworks' with Zinnia
'Queen Red Lime', which grows taller in my
sun-challenged garden.

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