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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 'Red Chief'
Eschscholzia californica, California PoppyCustomer Rating
The best red we've seen in a Californian Poppy! We trialled Californian Poppy 'Red Chief' over several years to make sure the flowers maintained their vibrant and rich red colour. Outstanding in our trials, the intensely coloured blooms are produced all summer long above low-growing mounds of feathery blue-green foliage, and are attractive to bees and hoverflies. Performing well in all weathers, this Eschscholzia variety is easy to grow in beds, borders and containers, or let it self-seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 25cm (10"). More info
Californian Poppy 'Cherry Swirl'
Eschscholzia californica, California PoppyStraight from T&M’s own breeding programme! Eschscholzia ‘Cherry Swirl’ boasts flamboyant semi to fully double, bright red blooms with contrasting golden eyes. The papery petals stand up to all types of summer weather, blooming throughout the season above attractive ferny foliage. Eschscholtzia flowers attract pollinating insects, and make pretty, albeit short-lived, cut flowers. These dainty hardy annuals are tougher than they appear and positively thrive on poor, dry soils. California poppies are easy to grow in beds and borders, or let them self seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height and spread: 25cm (10"). More info
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