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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.
Poppy 'Tallulah Belle Blush'
Papaver somniferum, Opium PoppyA real stunner! Splendid fully double blooms in fabulous lilac and violet shades make this poppy a 'must have' for this year's summer borders. Poppy Tallulah Belle Blush is best sown directly into the garden in drifts from March to early June; the resulting large pom-pom head poppies will flower all summer and will provide attractive seed pods in the autumn for dried flower arrangements.
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
Heartsease, Wild PansyA charming and prolific baby pansy with an unbeatable combination of 3-4 colours in each FLOWER! It will flower continuously from summer to winter, is compact enough for rockeries, walls or edging and will self sow seedlings. Flowers summer to winter. Height: 15-23cm (6-9in). The petals make a colourful addition to green salads, can be candied to top desserts etc. or used to make violet soup. Write to us for a free leaflet with recipes for a wide range of edible flowers.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Larkspur 'Fancy Purple Picotee'
Consolida ajacis, Annual Delphinium, Consolida ambiguaElegant spires of pretty white blooms with a delightful lilac-blue picotee are carried on strong, sturdy stems above attractive feathery green foliage. Flowering all summer long, Larkspur 'Fancy Purple Picotee' looks fabulous at the back of borders and makes a majestic cut flower for a vase indoors. Easy to grow, this hardy annual can be direct sown for months of colour in summer beds and borders and is superb for lending a cottage-garden feel. Height: 120cm (47"). Spread: 40cm (16"). More info
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