Flipping excitedly through the Spring 2016 Baker Creek garden catalog was my first time seeing a Salmon Sunset flower. I adored the dual colors of orange and bright pink creating the pretty peachy landscape. Of all the flowers I started from seed, the Salmon Sunset was the heartiest. All the seeds germinated, as well survived transplant. As a garden novice knows, a plant with a Tolerance for Newbie Gardeners is a plant you reseed for life. I transplanted the 2-3" seedlings outdoors around the time of the last frost.
The seedlings grew. And grew. And grew. The final plant isn't so much a plant, but a bush that covers half of my sidewalk, because I did not allow much space for expansion when I planted them as babies. This flower has little scent and did not attract bees as much as some of my other flowers.
What I Learned: Plant triple next year, as everyone wows over these gorgeous flowers and wants a Salmon Sunset in their gardens next year. Allow a minimum of 4' square per plant, however a 2'x4' area is ideal. These plants have been blooming since late June. The blossoms are numerous, even without removing old blossoms. The plant may need an 18"-24" stake on the main stem, which I will provide next year and see how they do. I'll report back.
What I Still Don't Know: How it will survive a zone 4-5 winter.