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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.
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold' (Large Plant)
Coneflower, Black-eyed SusanAs the name suggests, this superb Black Eyed Susan erupts into bloom weeks earlier than other perennial varieties and continues right up to the first frosts. Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Early Bird Gold’ produces its sunny-yellow, daisy-like blooms on sturdy, upright stems that make lovely cut flowers for a summer bouquet. Robust and easy to grow, this perennial Rudbeckia is ideal for bringing long lasting colour to herbaceous borders, attracting pollinating insects to its nectar rich blooms. Height and spread: 60cm (24"). More info
Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'
, Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan
Thompson & Morgan's plant breeders are proud to present the first-ever red rudbeckia! These robust plants have outstanding garden performance, producing a mass of attractive, cherry-coloured blooms all summer long. Triumphing over heat and poor soils, these versatile coneflowers look stunning when planted beds, large patio containers, or as sweeping drifts in herbaceous borders. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 40cm (16").More info
Rudbeckia hirta 'Toto'
Coneflower, Black-eyed SusanCompact, well branched plants are smothered in golden daisy-like blooms, each with a deep chocolate central cone. This cheery dwarf coneflower is early to flower and continues blooming from summer right through to autumn, brightening even the dullest days. With its neat, rounded habit Rudbeckia hirta 'Toto' is perfect for filling beds, containers and borders. This RHS AGM winner also makes a lovely cut flower for summer posies. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 30cm (12"). More info
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