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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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Chrysanthemum carinatum 'Polar Star'

Ismelia carinata, Painted Daisy

Chrysanthemum carinatum 'Polar Star' is an easy to grow showy annual with unusual tricolour daisy flowers. Each white bloom has an intriguing inner yellow halo surrounding a central darker cushion. Perfect for adding height and interest to borders, as well as making a long lasting cut flower. Height: 75cm (30”). Spread: 40cm (16”).

Companion planting: Try growing Chrysanthemums with chives, whose aromatic leaves will deter aphids.


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    • 1 packet (200 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.49

Sweet Pea 'White Supreme'

Lathyrus odoratus

With its bold, beautifully formed flowers and excellent vigour, Sweet Pea 'White Supreme' is one of the best pure white varieties. The strong growing plants produce an abundance of 4 and 5 flowered, pure white sprays on long stems that are ideal for cutting. This elegant RHS AGM variety makes a striking exhibit on the show bench that will fill the air with rich sweet fragrance. Height: 180cm (71”). Spread: 30cm (12”).

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (20 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.99

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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    • 1 packet (300 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.69

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.


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

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    • 1 packet (200 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of June 2014
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    • £2.69

Sweet Pea 'Blue Ripple'

Lathyrus odoratus

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A beautiful, strong growing variety with rippling ice white petals marbled in a most unusual shade of blue. The deeply scented flowers of Sweet Pea 'Blue Ripple' are carried atop long, straight stems that are make them ideal for a fragrant bouquet. Height: 180cm (71") Spread: 30cm (12").


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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £1.99

Poppy 'Ladybird' - RHS Garden Explorers Children's Seeds

Papaver commutatum, Caucasian Scarlet Poppy

Lady Dotty is very proud of her bright red back and red spots. She will eat the naughty greenfly on other plants. Poppy Ladybird is very easy to grow and looks just like Lady Dotty. Height: 45cm.Did You Know? - There are 46 species of ladybird in the British Isles - big and small, yellow, red or black and with different numbers of spots. See how many kinds you can find and add up all the spots. Play the ladybird game at Nature Detectives.
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    • 1 packet (150 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £1.49

Sweet Pea 'Sugar n Spice'™

Lathyrus odoratus

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This specially bred dwarf sweet pea is guaranteed to spice up your containers and baskets with its unmissable fragrance. Sweet Pea 'Sugar n Spice' comes in a spectacular colour range, including bicolours. The blooms are produced all along the short stems and from each leaf node, forming a ball of rich colour when planted in hanging baskets. The plants are naturally neat and compact so there is no need for pinching. Allow 15 plants per 35cm (14”) basket. Height and spread: 18cm (7”). .

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.99

Sweet Pea 'Firecrest'

Lathyrus odoratus

A fiery red sweet pea that won't bleach in the sun! The bold scarlet flowers of Sweet Pea 'Firecrest' are set upon tall, straight stems that make eye-catching exhibits for the show bench. This fragrant variety is equally at home in the garden or a vase indoors, filling the air with its powerful scent. Height: 180cm (71”) Spread: 30cm (12”).

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (20 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.99

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)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.49

Sweet Pea 'Cream Southbourne'

Lathyrus odoratus

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Without doubt, Sweet Pea 'Cream Southbourne' is one of the best cream varieties available for cutting. Luscious, large, frilled blooms are well placed on long stems with a fantastic fragrance. This elegant variety associates beautifully with other colours but is equally good on its own, grown over obelisks, arches and trellis. Height: 180cm (71”) Spread: 30cm (12”).

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.99

Sweet Pea 'Heirloom Bicolour Mixed'

Lathyrus odoratus, Grandiflora Sweet Pea

An impressive mixture of small-flowered, heirloom (Grandiflora type) sweet peas offering the widest range of beautifully scented bicolours. These old fashioned annual Sweet Peas are superb for cutting and the more blooms you cut, the more the plants will flower! Perfect for filling vases indoors with colour and perfume. Try covering a sunny fence or obelisk, or let them scramble through mature shrubs. Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.49

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 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
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    • £2.69