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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: 30cm (12").
Alan Titchmarsh says...
"One of my all time favourites - every garden should have one of these!"
Stock 'Tall Clove Scented Mix'
Matthiola incana, Gillyflower
With their spicy, clove-like scent, and tall sturdy stems, these stocks make fantastic cut flowers that bring fragrance and colour to your home. The closely packed flower spikes of this tall, clove scented mix emerge in a blend of at least 6 lovely pastel shades. This customer favourite mingles beautifully in cottage garden borders, or planted in large drifts and containers. Height: 60cm (24”). Spread: 40cm (16”). More info
Cornflower 'The Bride'
Amberboa moschata, Centaurea moschata, Sweet Sultan
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