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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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Poppy 'Plum Pudding'

Papaver orientale, Oriental Poppy

  • New in 2014
  • Flower of the year 2014
From T&M's own breeding programme comes this superb Oriental poppy. Beautiful tissue-like blooms in a rich shade of plum-pink appear from June, and often give a second display later in the summer. Previously only available as cutting-raised plants, Poppy 'Plum Pudding' is an entirely new colour in seed-raised poppies! The strong stems and non-fading flowers are longer lasting than most varieties, making this a significant improvement on the popular variety 'Patty's Plum'. By late summer Poppy 'Plum Pudding' produces attractive seed heads that make an eye catching feature in wildlife or cottage garden borders. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 60cm (24").
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    • 1 packet (40 seeds)

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    • £1.99
    • Out of stock

Sweet Pea 'Erewhon'

Lathyrus odoratus

  • Breeding breakthrough - a reverse bicolour sweet pea
Take a look at revolutionary Sweet Pea 'Erewhon'! Unlike other varieties this exciting Lathyrus has darker lower petals than its upper pale pink standards - making it a true reverse bicolour. Bred in New Zealand, this striking sweet pea is a cross between L. odoratus and L. belinensis. This superb variety is highly fragrant and makes an eyecatching addition to early summer bouquets. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 30cm (12").

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Press release: Sweet pea tops the Best Seller list

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.49

Heliomeris multiflora 'Sunsplash'

Golden Eye

  • New in 2014
  • Award-winning goldeneye
Eye-catching soft yellow blooms with cream-tipped petals shine out above bushy, spreading growth. An excellent garden performer, Heliomeris 'Sunsplash' is easy to grow and blooms continuously from mid-summer though to early autumn, attracting bees and butterflies to its lovely sunny blooms. The lax habit of Golden Eye means plants knit together well, creating easy carpets of colour in beds and borders. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 50cm (20").
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    • 1 packet (200 seeds)

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    • £1.99

Sweet Pea 'Purple Pimpernel'

Lathyrus odoratus

  • New in 2014
  • Perfect purple shades
A stunning new colour combination in sweet peas! Sweet Pea 'Purple Pimpernel' bears large, fragrant blooms in two shades of purple, atop long strong stems. Ideal as a cut flower for a vase indoors, this variety is also superb for exhibition. The original seed was sent to T&M by an amateur breeder and we liked it so much, we've produced a seed crop to offer to our customers. We hope you like it! Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (20 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of July 2014
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    • £0.99

Sweet Pea 'Robert Uvedale'

Lathyrus odoratus

  • New in 2014
  • Traditional variety with outstanding performance
Named after the Enfield school master generally credited with introducing the sweet pea into England in 1699, Sweet Pea 'Robert Uvedale' is a stunning, bright pink variety with large frilly blooms. Reputedly sent some seeds by the Italian naturalist, Francesco Cupani, Robert Uvedale was apparently the first to grow sweet peas in the UK and the resulting luxuriously scented flowers caused quite a stir in their day. This is a traditional perfumed and climbing sweet pea which boasts outstanding garden performance. Perfect for cutting or exhibition purposes. Height: 180cm (6'). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.49

Annual Early Flowering Mixed

  • New in 2014
  • Flowers in just 40 days!
This delightful mixture of annual plants is quick to flower and includes varieties which bloom at different times for an ever-changing display. Easy to grow, the airy and colourful blooms are attractive to bees and butterflies, and will appear from early summer right through until September. Grow this annual early flowering mixture in beds, borders and wildlife gardens for a pretty and informal summer display. Mixture includes Cosmos, Calendula, Coreopsis, cornflowers, and Gypsophila among others. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 30cm (12").
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Sunflower 'Sunshot Golds Mixed' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

  • New in 2014
  • Up to 20 flowers per plant
Layer upon layer of petals form the striking golden blooms of Sunflower 'Sunshot Golds Mixed'. Free flowering, with a bushy, multistemmed habit, these sturdy little sunflowers boast up to 20 double and semi double blooms per plant. The chrysanthemum-like flowers appear early and last up to 3 weeks, that's 2 or 3 times longer than other double varieties. Use these showy dwarf sunflowers for plugging gaps in summer borders or adding a splash of sunshine gold to patio containers. 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.


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Companion Planting

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    • 1 packet (10 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.99

Larkspur 'Fancy Purple Picotee'

Consolida ajacis, Annual Delphinium, Consolida ambigua

  • New in 2014
Elegant spires of pretty white blooms with a delightful lilac-blue picotee are carried on strong, sturdy stems above attractive feathery green foliage. Flowering all summer long, Larkspur 'Fancy Purple Picotee' looks fabulous at the back of borders and makes a majestic cut flower for a vase indoors. Easy to grow, this hardy annual can be direct sown for months of colour in summer beds and borders and is superb for lending a cottage-garden feel. Height: 120cm (47"). Spread: 40cm (16").
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    • 1 packet (150 seeds)

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    • £1.99

Sunflower 'Shock-o-Lat' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

  • New in 2014
This striking sunflower produces rich chocolate coloured blooms with gold-rimmed edges over a long period in summer. Multi-headed and boasting large pollen-free flowers up to 15cm (6") in diameter, Sunflower 'Shock-o-Lat' is ideal planted en masse at the back of a border. The tall, sturdy stems make fabulous cut flowers for a vase indoors too. Height: 1.8m (6'). Spread: 50cm (20").

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 (20 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £0.99

Sweet Pea 'Juliet'

Lathyrus odoratus

  • New in 2014
With its wonderful cream colouring and unusual fragrance, Sweet Pea 'Juliet' is in a class of its own. Each creamy bloom opens to reveal a hint of apricot, accompanied by a heady sweet-pea scent with citrus overtones. Excellent as a cut flower for a vase indoors, the elegant blooms are of exhibition quality. Sweet Pea 'Juliet' makes a lovely addition to trellis, obelisks, fences or cane wigwams. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.49

Californian Poppy 'Red Chief'

Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy

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  • New in 2014
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 July 2014
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    • £0.99