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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.
Papaver somniferum, Opium PoppyA delighted T&M customer discovered this very unusual apple green coloured Poppy in their garden. Its striking pom-pom blooms stand out above tidy grey- green foliage. Very eye catching in borders when planted en masse. Height: 60-90cm (24-36in).
Culinary note: All poppies are poisonous. However, the seeds produced by somniferum and paeoniflorum poppies only are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Bupleurum rotundifolium 'Green Gold'
Thorow-Wax, Common Hare's EarThis useful hardy annual adds zingy spring freshness to borders and cut flower arrangements later on in the season. Euphorbia-like, citrus green flowers bloom on tall stems from July to September. The foliage is reminiscent of Eucalyptus, with intriguing stems that appear to grow through the leaf. Versatile and easy to grow, Bupleurum riotundifolium ÔGreen Gold' makes a superb filler for summer borders. Sow it alongside tall Ageratum, such as ÔTimeless' for beautiful cut flowers, or interplanted with wildflowers for a stylish Cottage Garden look. If you like the look then let it set seed in late summer for drifts of fresh seedlings next year. Height: 80cm (31"). Spread: 40cm (16"). More info
Sunflower 'Key Lime Pie' - Kew Collection Seeds
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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