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Hardy Annual Seeds


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.



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Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'

Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan

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Following the 2002 success of Cherokee Sunset®, Thompson & Morgan flower breeders are proud to present the first-ever red Rudbeckia from seed! These robust plants have outstanding garden performance, producing a mass of attractive, cherry-coloured blooms all summer long - triumphing over heat, drought and poor soils! Stunning when planted in drifts in borders or can be planted in large containers to create a feature plant on a patio or terrace.
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    • 1 packet (50 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
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    • £2.99

Poppy (Wild)

Papaver rhoeas, Corn Poppy, Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy

Often seen sprinkling cornfields with its bright scarlet flowers. Ideal for creating a bright splash of colour in a sunny corner where little else will grow, or in the wild garden where it self seeds with ease. Flowers early summer. Height: 18-24 inches. Thompson & Morgan will donate 10p to Royal British Legion Industries (Registered charity no. 210063), for each packet of Poppy Flanders seeds sold, to provide work and support for disabled ex-Servicemen and women and their families.
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    • 1 packet (2000 seeds)

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    • £2.69

Sunflower 'Helios Flame' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

A lovely tall stemmed, bicolour sunflower! Each large golden bloom of Sunflower 'Helios Flame' is embellished by a dark mahogany ring at its centre that makes this a particularly eye catching variety. The tall, sturdy stems each support a single bloom - perfect for bringing height to the back of sheltered borders and wildlife gardens. Like all sunflowers, this superb variety makes an excellent cut flower with a good vase life. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 50cm (20").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (20 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.89

Sweet Pea 'Matucana'

Lathyrus odoratus, Grandiflora Sweet Pea

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A lovely heirloom (Grandiflora) type, that was first introduced into Britain in the 17th century by Sicilian monk, Franciscus Cupani. Despite its slightly smaller flower size, Sweet Pea 'Matucana' retains the original captivating Sweet Pea fragrance that has become so characteristic in today's modern varieties. This striking bicolour produces masses of crimson and violet blooms on very bushy plants that are ideal for scrambling over obelisks. Height: 180cm (71”). Spread: 30cm (12”)..

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

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    • £2.69

Sunflower 'Velvet Queen'

Helianthus annuus

Unique colour, deep velvet red to copper, medium sized flowers.

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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Companion Planting

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    • 1 packet (18 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
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    • £2.69

Poppy 'Seriously Scarlet'

Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy

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A dramatic new Poppy with striking scarlet flowers which have a dark purple-blue centre. opening to form an Elizabethan style ruff. The strong, tall stems boast large, highly ornamental, silver-green orientale foliage. Variable seed was sent by a customer to T&M, and breeders have selected for uniformity and trueness to type, resulting in this bright border and cottage garden annual.


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.

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    • 1 packet (100 seeds)

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    • £0.69

Sweet Pea 'Firecrest'

Lathyrus odoratus

A fiery red sweet pea that won't bleach in the sun! The bold scarlet flowers of Sweet Pea 'Firecrest' are set upon tall, straight stems that make eye-catching exhibits for the show bench. This fragrant variety is equally at home in the garden or a vase indoors, filling the air with its powerful scent. Height: 180cm (71”) Spread: 30cm (12”).

Useful links:

How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (20 seeds)

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    • £2.99

Poppy 'Ladybird'

Papaver commutatum, Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Charming relative of the corn field poppy producing shining crimson single blooms with a black blotch. Easy and cheerful. Developed using a species introduced by our founder Wm. Thompson, from Russia in 1876.
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    • 1 packet (300 seeds)

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    • £2.69

Sunflower 'Solar Flash' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

  • Pollen-free sunflower
This dwarf, bushy sunflower makes an impressive container plant for adding a bright splash of colour to the patio. Sunflower 'Solar Flash' is multi-headed and early flowering, producing distinctive gold and bronze sunflowers with a chocolate coloured, pollen free centre. Growing to just 50cm (20") tall, this charming little sunflower makes a fantastic cut flower. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 35cm (14").

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.


Useful links:

Companion Planting

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    • 1 packet (12 seeds)

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    • £2.69

Calendula officinalis 'Sherbet Fizz'

English Marigold, Marigold, Pot Marigold

Specially selected for its striking colour combination, Calendula 'Sherbet Fizz' has unusual buff-coloured petals with alluring darker red undersides. Sow pot marigolds in drifts for a spectacular display in beds and borders. The daisy-like flowers are excellent for cutting and can also be added to salads as an edible flower. Quick and easy to grow, Calendula copes in almost any garden situation, and even grows well in coastal areas. Height: 45cm (18Ó). Spread: 30cm (12Ó).

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (80 seeds)

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    • £2.49

Californian Poppy 'Red Chief'

Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy

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The best red we've seen in a Californian Poppy! We trialled Californian Poppy 'Red Chief' over several years to make sure the flowers maintained their vibrant and rich red colour. Outstanding in our trials, the intensely coloured blooms are produced all summer long above low-growing mounds of feathery blue-green foliage, and are attractive to bees and hoverflies. Performing well in all weathers, this Eschscholzia variety is easy to grow in beds, borders and containers, or let it self-seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 25cm (10").
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    • 1 packet (400 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
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    • £1.99

Sweet Pea 'Midnight'

Lathyrus odoratus

Seldom available. Beautifully formed, large blooms of maroon-red, almost black. An amazing colour!

Useful links:

How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2015
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    • £0.99