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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.
Zinnia elegans 'Purple Prince'
Outstanding in Thompson & Morgan trials, these robust plants show excellent garden performance, flowering over a long period and producing an abundance of fully double, deep pink-purple, dahlia-like flowers. This is a taller-than-usual variety of zinnia which will add colour and height to border displays as well as to cut flower arrangements. Zinnia Purple Prince will flower all summer until the first frosts, attracting bees and butterflies as well as the admiration of your neighbours!More info
Zinnia marylandica 'Zahara Starlight Rose'
Truly spectacular 2010 AAS award-winning bedding plant! The pretty white flowers with an attractive pinky-rose centre are 6cm (2.5in) across when fully open. Bushy, dwarf plants flower freely and are so tolerant of such conditions as heat, humidity and drought that they were planted extensively in floral displays at the Beijing Olympics.
Non-stop-flowering Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose follows on from the success of Zahara Yellow and will similarly attract beneficial insects, such as butterflies, to the garden. A real 'must' for borders this season!More info
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