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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.
Californian Poppy 'Monarch Mixed'
Eschscholzia caespitosa, California PoppyA regal mix of semi-double and single blooms in cerise, carmine, red, orange and yellow. These dainty hardy annuals are tougher than they appear and positively thrive on poor, dry soils. The papery flowers attract bees and hoverflies, and make excellent, if short-lived, cut flowers. California poppies are easy to grow in beds and borders, or let them self seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height: 23cm (9”). Spread: 25cm (10”). More info
Californian Poppy 'Golden Tears'
Eschscholzia maritima prostrata, California poppyA California poppy with a difference! From an early sowing it transplants without setback, flowering in May and still smothered in wondrous golden-yellow flowers in September. Growing to only 23cm (9”) high but with amazing semi-trailing stems up to 60cm (24”) long, Eschscholzia 'Golden Tears' naturally suits all types of containers and ground cover. Bred by T&M, it has also been awarded a Fleuroselect Quality Mark! Height: 23cm (9”). Spread: 60cm (24”). More info
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