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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.
Asarina antirrhiniflora (Mixed)
Maurandella antirrhiniflora, Violet Twining SnapdragonThe very pretty 2.5cm (1in) long snapdragons that will thrive in sun or shade. The "Climbing Snapdragon" comes in shades of red, pink, violet and blue, with speckled creamy lips. This attractive quick-growing half-hardy annual will twine itself around trellises, or creep down from pots. The pale green foliage gives a soft foil for the dainty flowers. Also useful for pots or hanging baskets, flowering from early summer to late winter if protected from frost. Grows to 120-180cm (4-6ft). More info
Dianthus barbatus 'Noverna Clown' F1 Hybrid
An eye-catching and unique colour combination! These large heads first open white, then the blooms change quickly to pink, purple and salmon shades whilst still retaining the occasional white flower. Sure to add interest to borders or to cut flower displays. Often grown as a biennial, this short lived perennial is ideal for cottage garden borders, beds and containers. Height: 40-45cm (16-18in).
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
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