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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.
Lupin 'Avalune Lilac'
Lupinus hartwegiiQuite unlike perennial varieties, this dwarf, hardy annual Lupin has a more relaxed shape that is perfectly suited to growing at the front of borders. Lupin 'Avalune Lilac' forms a low bushy plant with masses of short bicolour flower spikes throughout summer. The contrasting purple and white blooms have a lovely sweet fragrance similar to sweet peas. This quick growing annual flowers in just 12 weeks from sowing making it perfect for bedding displays and filling gaps at the front of borders. Grow it in large drifts for maximum impact. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 35cm (14"). More info
Lupin 'Dwarf Fairy Pink'
Lupinus elegansA unique, fragrant, dwarf annual Lupin in beautiful shades of soft pink. Free flowering, bushy plants, with a delightful sweet pea fragrance in the evenings. Can be enjoyed in a sunny border or large container on the patio.Height: 60-75cm (24-30in). More info
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