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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.
Daucus carota 'Dara'
Wild Carrot, Ornamental CarrotDiscovered by chance at our trial grounds, this ornamental wild carrot is something really different for your borders. The airy blooms appear in lovely shades of pink and burgundy, with the occasional white flower found on traditional carrots. Daucus carota 'Dara' adds height and a soft, hazy feel to cottage garden borders and wildlife gardens. Try planting this hardy annual with tall ageratums or wildflowers for a timeless, easy to grow summer display. Height: 80cm (31"). Spread: 40cm (16"). More info
Bupleurum rotundifolium 'Green Gold'
Thorow-Wax, Common Hare's EarThis useful hardy annual adds zingy spring freshness to borders and cut flower arrangements later on in the season. Euphorbia-like, citrus green flowers bloom on tall stems from July to September. The foliage is reminiscent of Eucalyptus, with intriguing stems that appear to grow through the leaf. Versatile and easy to grow, Bupleurum riotundifolium 'Green Gold' makes a superb filler for summer borders. Sow it alongside tall Ageratum, such as 'Timeless' for beautiful cut flowers, or interplanted with wildflowers for a stylish Cottage Garden look. If you like the look then let it set seed in late summer for drifts of fresh seedlings next year. Height: 80cm (31"). Spread: 40cm (16"). More info
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