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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.
You might also be interested in our stunning range of perennial plants which flower every year.
Marigold 'Strawberry Blonde'
Tagetes patula, French Marigold
Your eyes aren't deceiving you! A breeding break through has created a new French Marigold with flowers in totally unique russet tones; bringing pink shades to the marigold colour palette for the very first time. These bushy, vigorous, free-flowering French marigold plants are set to be this year's must-have bedding plant. Marigold ‘Strawberry Blonde’ has high weather tolerance ensuring a long season of colour in beds, border and containers. Great as a ‘mixer’ but it truly comes into its own when planted en masse in drifts or blocks. Height and spread: 25cm (10"). More info
Geranium 'Bug Off' Collection
Banish mosquitoes from your summer patio tables with this unique plant!
Nothing spoils a summer evening in the garden like an attack of marauding mosquitoes! Scented leaf geraniums go a long way in deterring these little biters, but these leafy plants often lack the visual impact needed around garden seating areas and patios.We have the decorative answer with Geranium 'Mosquitaway'. Crossbreeding leafy geraniums and pretty Angel Geraniums has brought the best of both worlds to a unique duo of scented leaf geraniums with masses of lavish flowers. First is the dark flowered 'Eve', which is perfectly contrasted with the near opposite flowers of her paler sister 'Lizzy'. These dainty pelargonium plants look fantastic planted in combination in small table-top containers, where the pungent foliage will keep the mosquitoes away. Alternatively set them around the patio to banish the bugs. Easy to grow, and flowering non-stop too - order early and grow on in the greenhouse and these beautiful plants will bloom from April right though to October. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 25cm (10"). More info
Petunia 'Ruby Buttons' (Mini Petunia)
Try calibrachoa plants alongside the more traditional petunia and you won't look back! Calibrachoa 'Ruby Buttons' is the perfect hanging basket variety. The trailing stems of this mini petunia are smothered in rich-ruby blooms right through the summer and their smaller size means they stand up better to weather extremes. A compact habit and dense flowering makes 'Ruby Buttons' a star addition to your summer container displays. Height and Spread 25cm (10").More info
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