Walking along cypress tree lined paths flanked by vines, looking out over small red tiled roofed villages, you truly feel like you are inside the film “Under the Tuscan Sun.,” however no film or camera can truly show the beauty of the picturesque region. I recently returned from a trip to Tuscany, traveling as a guest of , specifically to visit their Tenuta di Arceno estate and vineyards outside of the ancient, walled village of San Gusmé, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Tuscan Sun is heat tolerant and will tolerate somewhat dry soils. While deadheading may encourage additional blooming it isn't strictly necessary for a long bloom season. The breakthrough here is an easy flowering Heliopsis with a shorter plant size, outstanding garden performance and disease resistance. A long known great garden plant with good manners and a long flowering season, also makes a great cut flower!
Frances Mayes, author of the bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun...says that for a good adventure in Italy, just drive. "Avoid the main roads and turn on impulse. Once in the Tuscan countryside you might witness sausage-making, the braiding of garlic and onions, or olive picking."
‘Tuscan Sun’ is a dwarf oxeye cultivar that is perhaps the shortest member of the genus available in commerce today. Daisy-like flowers (2” diameter) with yellow rays with orange-gold centers bloom throughout summer atop stiff stems. Plants are well-branched plants with ovate, dark green leaves. Plants in the genus Heliopsis are both similar in appearance to and closely related to those in the genus Helianthus, the true sunflower. Heliopsis is sometimes commonly called false sunflower. Good fresh cut flower.