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Sow half-hardy annuals in early spring, making sure that you protect them from frost. Plant them out after all risk of frost has passed and you'll be rewarded with delightful flowers all throughout the summer. Hint: use the selections in the left menu to narrow down your search for the perfect half-hardy annual seeds for your garden. For direct sowing take a look at our stunning range of hardy annual seeds.
Melothria scabra, Mexican gherkhin, Mouse Melon
If you want to be on trend in the kitchen and in the garden, join top chefs and celeb gardeners by putting the unusual fruits of cucamelon on your menu this season. This easy to grow fruiting climber performs strongly on a sunny patio or border and even better in the greenhouse, producing heavy crops of mini melon fruits tasting of cucumber with a twist of lime! Eat the grape-sized fruits fresh from the vine all through summer, but do try to save some for salads, salsas and pickles!
The vigorous decorative foliage makes this lush climber truly dual purpose - grow this trendy patio fruit on an ornate obelisk and make it a talking point feature of your summer garden. For maximum fruit production, stop main stems at 2.4m (8ft) and trim back all side shoots to 45cm (18"). Height: 2.4m (8ft). Spread: 50cm (20"). More info
Cucumber 'Decorative Ornamental Mixed'
Cucumis, Ornamental CucumberThese ornamental cucumbers are fun and easy to grow, producing a mixture of inedible, decorative fruits, with smooth patterned and unusual spiky skins. This half hardy annual climber makes an intriguing and decorative border plant for the border or patio containers. Pick the fascinating fruits and use them for autumn decorations indoors where they will last for up to 3 months. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 45cm (18"). More info
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