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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.



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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 (12Ó). Spread: 30cm (12Ó).
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Orlaya grandiflora

White Lace Flower

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An attractive addition to bouquets. Orlaya makes an easy to grow, quick border filler with decorative snow-white lacy blooms produced all summer long. Perfect for cutting.
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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

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Lupin 'Avalune Lilac'

Lupinus hartwegii

Quite unlike perennial varieties, this dwarf, hardy annual Lupin has a more relaxed shape that is perfectly suited to growing at the front of borders. Lupin ‘Avalune Lilac’ forms a low bushy plant with masses of short bicolour flower spikes throughout summer. The contrasting purple and white blooms have a lovely sweet fragrance similar to sweet peas. This quick growing annual flowers in just 12 weeks from sowing making it perfect for bedding displays and filling gaps at the front of borders. Grow it in large drifts for maximum impact. Height: 40cm (16"). Spread: 35cm (14"). More info
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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Honeywort

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The original species, native of S. Europe with sea green bracts often tinged in purple. The tubular flowers are a wonderful bicoloured contrast of yellow and maroon. May also be sown in situ.
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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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Nigella papillosa 'Delft Blue'

Love-In-A-Mist

Delicate blue and white blooms are produced freely above a haze of airy, finely cut foliage. Flowering in colours reminiscent of the well known pottery, Nigella papillosa 'Delft Blue' makes a useful filler for gaps in summer borders. Commonly known as Love-In-A-Mist, this easy to grow hardy annual is a well loved cottage garden plant. Try direct sowing in bold drifts to soften border edges. Faded Nigella flowers can be left in place toward the end of the season for their decorative seed pods which make useful material for cut flower arrangements, either fresh or dried. Height: 55cm (22"). Spread: 30cm (12"). More info
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Californian Poppy 'Jelly Beans'

Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy

Fully double blooms in a vibrant colour range glisten above a mass of feathery blue-green foliage. 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: 25cm (10”). Spread: 25cm (10”).
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Poppy 'Bridal White'

Papaver rhoeas, Corn Poppy, Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy

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Rarely-seen, pure white field poppies. The simple purity of this single colour, Poppy Bridal White makes a dramatic display when sown in drifts in borders in the autumn or spring.

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    • 1 packet (500 seeds)

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Salvia horminum 'Claryssa Mixed'

Salvia viridis var. comata, Annual Clary

Dwarf, compact habit and broader, bright mixed colour blooms (bracts). Superb for cutting and dried as an everlasting flower. Easy to grow - direct sow into borders where they are to flower.
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Poppy 'Ladybird'

Papaver commutatum, Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Charming relative of the corn field poppy producing shining crimson single blooms with a black blotch. Easy and cheerful. Developed using a species introduced by our founder Wm. Thompson, from Russia in 1876.
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Sunflower 'Italian White'

Helianthus annuus

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Boldly contrasting, big creamy white flowers with deep chocolate centres. Excellent for flower arranging and great at back of borders or against a tall wall where they provide atmosphere and contrast. Flowers summer. Height 4-5ft.

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.


Useful links:

Companion Planting

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Calendula officinalis 'Oopsy Daisy'

English Marigold, Marigold, Pot Marigold

This charming Pot Marigold sports unusual bicolour blooms in gentle shades of pale orange and gold. Masses of daisy-like flowers cover the bushy, rounded plants of Calendula officinalis 'Oopsy Daisy' to create a compact, colourful summer spectacle. Like all Calendula plants, these are easy to sow and grow, in almost any garden situation and even grow well in coastal areas. A lovely choice for patio pots or planting at the front of beds and borders. Height: 20cm (8"). Spread: 25cm (10").

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

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