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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.
Lathyrus chloranthus 'Lemonade'
Sweet PeaEyecatching and unique, this annual Lathyrus species is the only yellow sweet pea you’ll find. The small, unscented, acid yellow flowers are produced on vigorous stems against a backdrop of soft green foliage throughout midsummer. Lathyrus chloranthus ‘Lemonade’ makes a striking feature and a real talking point. Perfect for patio containers or growing as an annual hedge or screen. Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 30cm (12"). More info
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
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