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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.You may also like to view our range of half-hardy annual seeds which can be sown in early spring.
Calendula officinalis 'Sherbet Fizz'
English Marigold, Marigold, Pot Marigold
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. The light peppery taste of the flowers can be added to breads for extra flavour with a touch of colour. Can also be used as a substitute for saffron when colouring rice dishes. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Sunflower 'Italian White'
Boldly contrasting, big creamy white flowers with deep chocolate centres. Excellent for flower arranging and great at back of borders or against a tall wall where they provide atmosphere and contrast. Flowers summer. Height 4-5ft.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.
Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.
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Californian Poppy 'Peach Sorbet'
Eschscholzia californica, California poppyMore info
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