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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.
Nigella damascena 'Mulberry Rose'
Nigella papillosa 'Delft Blue'
Love-In-A-MistDelicate blue and white blooms are produced freely above a haze of airy, finely cut foliage. Flowering in colours reminiscent of the well known pottery, Nigella papillosa 'Delft Blue' makes a useful filler for gaps in summer borders. Commonly known as Love-In-A-Mist, this easy to grow hardy annual is a well loved cottage garden plant. Try direct sowing in bold drifts to soften border edges. Faded Nigella flowers can be left in place toward the end of the season for their decorative seed pods which make useful material for cut flower arrangements, either fresh or dried. Height: 55cm (22"). Spread: 30cm (12"). More info
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