Plant name: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Virtues: 'Lemon Queen' is so tall and lovely and self-sufficient that you can plant it once and enjoy it forever.
Flower color: Two-inch soft yellow flowers.
Leaf foliage: Three- to -five inch coarse, medium green leaves.
Goes great with: Given its height, it goes well with a tall grass, such as Miscanthus sinensis 'Silver Feather'.
Habit: Grows five to eight feet tall.
Suggested by: Cheryl Karpeichik of White Flower Farm.
Where does it come from: Native to the Midwestern United States.
Tips: Needs to have 24-inch spacing. Can be grown in practically any soil, but needs plenty of sun. This Midwest native will grow close to eight feet in height. USDA hardiness zones 4-9.