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Half-hardy Annual Seeds


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.



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Cucamelon 'Melothria'

Melothria scabra, Mexican gherkhin, Mouse Melon

  • This year's must-have, decorative, fruiting climber, ideal for planters

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").
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    • 1 packet (20 cucamelon seeds)

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    • £1.99

Snake Gourd - RHS endorsed seeds for children

Trichosanthes cucumerina

I'm a strange 'gourd' that makes an exciting plant to grow as I have fruits that look like slippery snakes! When my fruits are dried you can paint me with spots, stars, stripes or whatever you like! Height: 2m. Why Not invite your friends round and see who can paint the brightest or craziest snake?

These seeds are endorsed by the RHS.

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    • 1 packet (5 snake gourd seeds)

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    • £1.69

Nasturtium minus 'Just Peachy'

Tropaeolum minus, Indian Cress

You'll love how the delightful ruffled blooms of Nasturtium 'Just Peachy' sit well above the fresh green foliage of these neat, compact plants. The pretty blooms create a carpet of creamy peach shades that look stunning spilling from borders or containers. Grow some of these easy-to-grow hardy annuals in the vegetable plot too and use the flowers and leaves to brighten salads. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 35cm (14").

Culinary note: The peppery flavour of the leaves and colourful flowers will enrich salads and the unripened seeds can used like capers – delicious combined with cream cheese or butter in canapés. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (17 nasturtium seeds)

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    • £0.99

Zinnia marylandica 'Double Zahara Strawberry'

Boasting an exceptionally long flowering period, we believe Zinnia 'Double Zahara Strawberry' to be the best double, dwarf Zinnia on the market. Large, fully double blooms in a vivid strawberry colour are produced in abundance on compact, low-growing plants. With good heat and drought tolerance and excellent disease resistance, these exciting annuals need little maintenance to put on a fabulous display. Height and spread: 45cm (18"). More info
    • 1 packet (12 zinnia seeds)

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    • £3.79

Swan Gourd - RHS endorsed seeds for children

Lagenaria siceraria, Calabash Gourd

I'm a fun plant to grow as I have spotted fruits with a long neck that make me look like an elegant swan. When my fruits are dried you can paint me with faces or leave me looking like a swan. Height: 2m. Why Not invite your friends round to see who can paint the most beautiful or funniest animal or bird?

These seeds are endorsed by the RHS.

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    • 1 packet (5 swan gourd seeds)

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    • £1.69

Osteospermum 'African Sun'

Dimorphotheca sinuata, African Daisy, Star of the Veldt, Dimorphotheca aurantiaca

Bushy, free-flowering plants, like a radiant sun with eye-catching golden yellow and vibrant orange bicoloured blooms. Stunning n containers as well as hot, dry borders, attracting bees and butterflies. Height: 30-45cm (12-18 inches).

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    • 1 packet (80 osteospermum seeds)

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    • £0.99

Cosmos bipinnatus 'Pied Piper Red'

The only separate colour available in the Sea Shells type, with fluted, shell-like petals of velvet crimson-red. The ferny foliage helps to make this a wonderful cut flower as well as a good back of border plant.
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    • 1 packet (100 cosmos seeds)

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Nasturtium 'Tom Thumb Mixed'

Tropaeolum majus, Indian Cress

Dwarf compact plants bearing brilliantly coloured single' flowers in a wide colour range. Easy plants, for beds, borders, containers and even dry sunny banks. Height 15-23cm (6-9in).

Culinary note: The peppery flavour of the leaves and colourful flowers will enrich salads and the unripened seeds can used like capers – delicious combined with cream cheese or butter in canapés. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (40 nasturtium seeds)

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    • £2.29

Cosmos bipinnatus 'Xanthos'

  • A totally new cosmos that's already causing a big stir!
  • Unique cosmos colour
  • Compact and early flowering
  • Garden performance guaranteed

Unique soft-yellow blooms are produced in profusion on compact dwarf plants, bringing real impact to patio containers, beds and borders. This early flowering cosmos will start to bloom in as little as 70 days from sowing, going on to offer to six months of colour from May to October - keep on top of the deadheading and new flowers will just keep coming!



Use the classy blooms en masse for an elegant feel to your displays, if not, set them in combination with other annuals to complement pastel shades or calm hot colours. The stand-out flowers also make a great underplanting to shrubs and hedging. These compact cosmos plants are the perfect option for exposed gardens where taller varieties would be blown about by the wind. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 40cm (16").
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    • 1 packet (30 cosmos seeds)

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    • £2.49
    • 2 packets (60 cosmos seeds)

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    • £4.49

Cineraria 'Dwarf British Beauty Mixed'

Pericallis x hybrida, Cineraria cruentus, Cineraria x hybrida, Florists' Cineraria, Senecio x hybridus

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Neat plants with a rounded and graceful habit, in a brilliant, range of colours. An economical way of producing early spring flowering pot plants as they need little more than frost exclusion, Winter temperatures should not exceed 13C (55F) and can be as low as 7C (45F). Flowers spring onwards. Height/Spread: 25/25cm (10/10in).
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    • 1 packet (40 cineraria seeds)

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    • £3.69 £0.99

Cosmos sulphureus 'Ladybird Mixed'

Scarlet red together with tangerine and yellow, semi-double flowers.
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    • 1 packet (35 cosmos seeds)

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    • £3.39 £0.99

Cosmos sulphureus 'Brightness Mixed'

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Possibly the most free-flowering cosmos of this type. Dwarf and bushy plants are covered with flowers in a delightful mixture of gold, lemon, orange and red from early summer through to the autumn frosts. Spectacular when planted towards the front of annual borders or in containers.

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    • 1 packet (100 cosmos seeds)

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    • £2.99