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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.
Sweet Pea 'Hi-Scent'
Lathyrus odoratus, Sweet Pea 'High Scent'
Widely regarded as one of the most fragrant sweet peas available! This beautifully delicate variety bears creamy-coloured petals with subtle violet-blue picotee edges and a heavenly perfume. The heavily scented flowers smother Sweet Pea 'Hi-Scent' as it clambers over trellis, obelisks, fences or cane wigwams. Height: 180cm (71”). Spread: 30cm (12”).
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Poppy 'Candy Floss' (Paeoniiflorum group)
Papaver somniferum, Opium PoppyCustomer Rating
A truly fabulous New & Exclusive introduction from Thompson & Morgan. Huge 7-10cm (3-4in) diameter, fully-double pom-pom flower heads stand tall and proud above glaucous foliage. The stunning flowers are followed by large, attractive seed heads which look wonderful in dried flower arrangements.
Sow in large drifts in borders as an easy-to-grow annual which will attract admiration from passers-by and neighbours!
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
Nigella bucharica 'Blue Stars'
Small and pretty, rather flat lavender blue flowers grow on dwarf, loose-branching, open and feathery plants. Free-flowering and easy-to-grow hardy annual. Also known as the Emir of Buchara or Asian Love-in-a-Mist. Just throw to sow and grow. Summer flowering is followed by attractive seed pods.More info
Legousia pentagonia 'Looking Glass'
Venus's Looking Glass
Attractive Mediterranean annual with the common name of Venus Looking Glass. Plants are covered with pretty purple and lilac blue flowers with a startling white centre which open in sunshine and close up when the weather is dull or wet.
Easy to grow and gives excellent ground cover.More info
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