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Hardy annuals can be sown directly into their flowering positions in the spring and will tolerate a certain amount of cold. Well-known flowers such as sweet peas, poppies, stocks and sunflowers fall under this category, as do some of the more unusual flowers - gomphocarpus & ratibida for example.
Californian Poppy 'Jelly Beans' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection
Eschscholzia californica , California Poppy
Californian Poppy 'Jelly Beans' is an easy way to create vibrant splashes of colour in your borders or containers. Spectacular fully double blooms in a bright mix of oranges, pinks and apple blossom shades and feathery foliage provide a colourful display all summer. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 25cm (10").More info
Nigella bucharica 'Blue Stars' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection
Slightly different to traditional Love in a Mist. The small, yet pretty lavender-blue flowers of Nigella 'Blue Stars' are produced freely throughout the summer. Its loose branching habit makes it the perfect choice to add to a cottage garden border. Height and spread: 50cm (20").More info
Sunflower 'Colossus' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection
Show off to the neighbours or have a bit of fun with the children or grandchildren, growing a giant sunflower. The eye-catching huge yellow flowers of Sunflower 'Colossus' are up to 30cm (12") in diameter and stand proudly aloft tall stems. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 60cm (24").
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.
Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.
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Godetia 'Dwarf Mixed' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection
Clarkia amoena, Satin Flower, Godetia amoena, Godetia grandiflora, Eucharidium
Godetia 'Dwarf Mixed' looks like an azalea from afar. These amazing annuals will create a kaleidoscope of summer colour in your borders or containers. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 38cm (15").More info
Lavatera trimestris 'Twins Hot Pink' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Range
Mallow, Annual Lavatera
Add a hint of satin to your borders with Lavatera 'Twins Hot Pink'. Bushy plants become smothered in a beautiful array of fully round, hot pink blooms. Stunning in borders or containers on a sunny patio. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 45cm (18").More info
Calendula officinalis nana 'Apricots & Oranges' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection
English Marigold, Marigold, Pot Marigold
A striking colour combination of daisy-like flowers on dwarf, bushy plants. Very quick and easy, perfect for summer bedding and patio containers and an excellent cut flower. Calendula 'Apricots & Oranges' is ideal for almost any garden situation and even grows well in coastal areas. Height: 25cm (10”). Spread: 30cm (12”).
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
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