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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.You may also like to view our range of half-hardy annual seeds which can be sown in early spring.



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Poppy (Wild)

Papaver rhoeas, Corn Poppy, Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy

Often seen sprinkling cornfields with its bright scarlet flowers. Ideal for creating a bright splash of colour in a sunny corner where little else will grow, or in the wild garden where it self seeds with ease. Flowers early summer. Height: 18-24 inches. Thompson & Morgan will donate 10p to Royal British Legion Industries (Registered charity no. 210063), for each packet of Poppy Flanders seeds sold, to provide work and support for disabled ex-Servicemen and women and their families.
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    • 1 packet (2000 poppy seeds)

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    • £2.69

Sunflower 'Russian Giant'

Helianthus annuus

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A giant among annuals. Give them plenty of room and you will be rewarded with plants up to 3m (10ft) tall with huge yellow flowers often 30cm(12in) in diameter. Useful to grow against an unsightly shed or fence. Birds love the seeds so grow a few plants close to the house and watch them feed in the autumn. Flowers summer. Height 8-10ft.

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 (60 sunflower seeds)

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    • £1.99

Cornflower 'Blue Diadem'

Centaurea cyanus, Blue-Bottle, Bachelor's Buttons

Powder puff Cornflowers of intense azure blue were once a common sight in summer, dotted throughout golden cornfields. This charming annual still makes an unforgettable impact in grassy meadows and summer borders. Its tall wiry stems and ruffled blooms make Cornflower 'Blue Diadem' is ideal for cutting. The nectar rich blooms attract bees and butterflies too. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 30cm (12").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.


Useful links:

National Gardening Week 15th-21st April 2013 - how to attract wildlife to your garden

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    • 1 packet (200 cornflower seeds)

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    • £2.99

Poppy 'Seriously Scarlet'

Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy

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A dramatic new Poppy with striking scarlet flowers which have a dark purple-blue centre. opening to form an Elizabethan style ruff. The strong, tall stems boast large, highly ornamental, silver-green orientale foliage. Variable seed was sent by a customer to T&M, and breeders have selected for uniformity and trueness to type, resulting in this bright border and cottage garden annual.


Culinary note: All poppies are poisonous. However, the seeds produced by somniferum and paeoniflorum poppies only are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (100 poppy seeds)

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    • £0.99

Stock 'Night Scented'

Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis, Matthiola bicornis

Deliciously scented flowers which open in the evening. Sow anywhere that is close enough to the house to get the benefit of such a beautiful fragrance. Below windows, patio tubs, window boxes, even a small sowing in hanging baskets. Try mixing with Virginian Stock before sowing to provide a mixture of attractive flower and fragrance. Flowers summer. Height 12in. More info
    • 1 packet (2000 stock seeds)

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    • £1.99

Californian Poppy 'Sun Shades'

Eschscholzia mexicana, California poppy

Bright fiery orange and yellow blooms unfurl above a sea of ferny blue-green foliage for a bold summer display. 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: 30cm (12"). Spread: 30cm (12").
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    • 1 packet (100 californian poppy seeds)

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    • £2.99

Sunflower 'Prado Red'

Helianthus annuus

Multi-flowered, with up to 20 flowers on short stems. Superior cut flowers, quick to bloom and producing hardly any pollen.

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 (18 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.89 £0.99

Wildflower 'Honey Bee Flower Mixed'

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A blend of 19 species of nectar and pollen rich annual and perennial wildflowers, which are proven favourites of honey bees in our gardens. Our special selection provides forage over a long season making it an invaluable food source for bees. This colourful wild flower mix is perfect for those gardeners with their own honeybee hives, or those wishing to encourage bees into their gardens. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 30cm (12").

1 gram of seed sows an area of approximately 1 square metre.


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How to sow wildflower seeds

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    • 1 packet (1 gram of wildflower seed)

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    • £2.29

Sunflower 'Mongolian Giant'

Helianthus annuus

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Fun to grow, producing flower heads up to 45cm (18in) across with individual seeds up to 3½cm (1½in) long. As well as producing large yellow flower heads, Sunflower Mongolian Giant will be the envy of your neighbours as it grows up to 420cm (14ft) tall.


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 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.39

Stock 'Appleblossom'

Matthiola incana, Gillyflower

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To one of the most beautiful annuals, T&M have added one of the loveliest of colour combinations and Mother Nature has supplied the fragrance. Perfume, beauty and elegance in pink and white all rolled into one. Invaluable summer bedding plants with dense showy spikes of sweet scented flowers. Justifiably popular for beds, borders, cut flowers and they also make magnificent plants for winter flowering in the cold greenhouse. Flowers early summer. Height: 30cm (12in).

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    • 1 packet (40 stock seeds)

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Sunflower 'Dwarf Yellow Spray'

Helianthus annuus

Now there's something new! A completely original and amazing effect can be achieved with Dwarf Yellow Spray, this exciting new Sunflower. The neat, dwarf habit can be used to create an unusual hedge to enclose your beds and borders. Height: 45-60cm (18-24in). The green buds before the flower opens are delicious cooked in butter sauce and the seeds make a tasty snack. Click here for more information on cooking and decorating food with flowers.

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 (40 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.99

Ammi majus 'Graceland'

Bishop's Weed, Bullwort

An elegant border filler with beautiful, lacy white flower heads that float above ferny foliage. This graceful annual creates a soft froth of blooms that associate beautifully among herbaceous perennials. The airy blooms on slender stems are excellent for cutting, with a good vase life. Ammi flowers are also attractive to wildlife, luring bees and butterflies to their delicate blooms. Height: 140cm (55"). Spread: 50cm (20").
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    • 1 packet (100 ammi seeds)

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    • £2.59