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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.
Calendula officinalis nana 'Apricot Twist'
English Marigold, Marigold, Pot MarigoldCompact, extra-bushy plants quickly become smothered in gorgeous fully-double apricot flowers. With a dwarf habit, Calendula 'Apricot Twist' is ideal for planting towards the front of beds and borders, or in containers on the patio. The 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 and spread: 25cm (10”).
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Californian Poppy 'Peach Sorbet'
Eschscholzia californica, California poppyMore info
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