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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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