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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.
Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'
Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed
Glorious blue flowers buzzing with bees. More info
Tansy-leaf Aster, Aster tanacetifolius, Tahoka Daisy, Prairie Aster
Looks like a perennial Michaelmas Daisy, but is an annual producing a mass of violet-blue single flowers during the summer. Also known as Prairie Aster it blooms over a long period adding late summer to early autumn colour to borders. Attractive addition to large containers on a sunny patio.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
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