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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.
Dianthus chinensis 'Edwardiana'
Carnation, Chinese Pink, Indian Pink
A sumptuous blend of attractive antique shades of red, rose, pink, white and stunning bicoloured blooms. Bushy, free-flowering plants with outstanding garden performance are ideal for creating a long lasting, trouble free display in borders and containers.
Height: 40cm (16in).
Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Linaria maroccana 'Northern Lights Mixed'
Toadflax, Annual Toadflax
A highly original bedding plant, the Linaria is low-growing and has attractive grey-green foliage. This is flanked, through the summer months, by a myriad of flowers in a wealth of bright and striking shades.More info
Lupin hartwegii 'Avalune Red-white'
Lupinus hartwegiiUnlike larger perennial varieties this dwarf, hardy annual lupin has a more relaxed habit that is perfectly suited to growing at the front of borders and in large patio containers. This east grow lupin forms a low bushy plant with masses of short bi-colour flower spikes, right through summer. Contrasting red and white blooms have a subtle evening fragrance similar to that of sweet peas - plant close to seating areas for maximum enjoyment. This quick growing annual flowers in just 12 weeks from sowing making it a quick border filler perfect home grown bedding plant. Grow in large drifts for maximum impact. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 35cm (14"). More info
Gaillardia pulchella 'Sundance'
A truly outstanding annual*. Bushy, free flowering plants smothered in masses of attractive, double, bicoloured blooms of fiery red and orange. This superb All America Selections Winner, is at home in borders or bedding displays. *Sow in Jan-Feb for flowering late July onwards.More info
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