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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 'Mission Bells Mixed'
Eschscholzia caespitosa, California PoppyA choice mixture of fully double blooms in warm, sun-baked shades. 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 (12Ó). Spread: 30cm (12Ó). More info
Californian Poppy 'Strawberry Fields'
Eschscholzia californica, California poppyMore info
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