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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.You may also like to view our range of half-hardy annual seeds which can be sown in early spring.
Matthiola incana, Gillyflower
To one of the most beautiful annuals, T&M have added one of the loveliest of colour combinations and Mother Nature has supplied the fragrance. Perfume, beauty and elegance in pink and white all rolled into one. Invaluable summer bedding plants with dense showy spikes of sweet scented flowers. Justifiably popular for beds, borders, cut flowers and they also make magnificent plants for winter flowering in the cold greenhouse. Flowers early summer. Height: 30cm (12in).More info
Calendula officinalis 'Fiesta Gitana Mixed'
English Marigold, Marigold, Pot MarigoldA Fleuroselect Bronze Medal winner, Calendula 'Fiesta Gitana Mixed' is an easy to raise hardy annual that will flower virtually all summer long. With a wide colour range of fully double blooms and a compact habit, this is a superb bedding mixture. The plants are tolerant of even the poorest soils and are good subjects for outdoor containers. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 20cm (10").
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. The light peppery taste of the flowers can be added to breads for extra flavour with a touch of colour. Can also be used as a substitute for saffron when colouring rice dishes. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Helianthus annuusThis collection comprises; 'Italian White', 'Harlequin', and 'Velvet Queen'. Sunflower 'Italian White' - Unusual cream flowers with a deep chocolate centre surrounded by a golden 'halo'. Sunflower 'Harlequin' F1 Hybrid - A stunning bicoloured blend, which includes a very unusual rose-pink shade. Sunflower 'Velvet Queen' - Unique colour; deep velvet-red to copper, medium-sized flowers.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
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