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Annual plants fall under two categories - hardy and half-hardy. Hardy annuals can be grown outdoors and will tolerate cooler tempratures, whereas the more tender half-hardy annuals need protection and must not be planted out until all risk of frost has passed. These delightful summer flowers add colour and interest to beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. Use the selections in the left menu to select the right plants for your garden.
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection
This unusual little plant is one of my garden favourites; and you can always track it down in the garden by listening for the sound of buzzing bees. It's easy to grow too; at home in most soils and producing sprays of electric-blue, metallic blooms, which 'drip' with purple florets. Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' is a real stunner. And if you want to impress your neighbours, this will certainly give them something to talk about. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 45cm (18").
Alan Titchmarsh says...
"One of my all time favourites - every garden should have one of these!"
Cornflower 'The Bride'
Amberboa moschata, Centaurea moschata, Sweet Sultan
Sunflower 'Inca Gold'
Try something different in your containers this summer that will really get the neighbours talking. This cheery little helianthus has lax, trailing stems and a multi-branching habit that billow from hanging baskets in a mass of small sunflower blooms. Sunflower 'Inca Gold' can also be grown as spreading groundcover at the front of informal summer borders. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 45cm (18").
Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.
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