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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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Calendula officinalis 'Greenheart Orange'

English Marigold, Marigold, Pot Marigold

Rich orange, serrated petals form a floral 'ruff' around a lime-green centre. Quick and easy to grow, Calendula 'Greenheart Orange' copes in almost any garden situation, and even grows well in coastal areas. Also makes and excellent cut flower. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 45cm (18").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. The light peppery taste of the flowers can be added to breads for extra flavour with a touch of colour. Can also be used as a substitute for saffron when colouring rice dishes. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (80 calendula seeds)

    • Despatch: by Monday
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    • £0.99

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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    • 1 packet (10 cerinthe seeds)

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    • £3.69

Emilia coccinea 'Scarlet Magic'

Tassel Flower

Attractive, small, flame red, fluffy flowers, sway gently in the summer breeze, resembling an artist's brush or tassels, giving the common names of Flora's Paintbrush or Tassel Flower. Ideal for adding a change of height, colour and texture to bedding displays. Height: 45-60cm (18-24in). More info
    • 1 packet (350 Emilia coccinea seeds)

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    • £0.99

Sunflower 'Sunshot Golds Mixed' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

  • Up to 20 flowers per plant
Layer upon layer of petals form the striking golden blooms of Sunflower 'Sunshot Golds Mixed'. Free flowering, with a bushy, multistemmed habit, these sturdy little sunflowers boast up to 20 double and semi double blooms per plant. The chrysanthemum-like flowers appear early and last up to 3 weeks, that's 2 or 3 times longer than other double varieties. Use these showy dwarf sunflowers for plugging gaps in summer borders or adding a splash of sunshine gold to patio containers. Height: 50cm (20"). Spread: 35cm (14").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.


Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.


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    • 1 packet (10 sunflower seeds)

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    • £2.99

Sweet Pea 'Eleanore Udall'

  • Superb for arches, trellis, obelisks, etc
  • Sow October to February indoors, or March to April outdoors
  • Prefers a well fed, free-draining soil in full sun
  • Flowers all summer with regular deadheading

A pretty new form with graduated pink petals and a heavenly scent ideal for garden display and home-made cut flower bouquets. We’ve developed this strain to help raise funds for our nominated charity of the year in 2016, Thrive.


Thrive is the leading charity that operates in the field of disability and gardening. It uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. This is known as social and therapeutic horticulture (STH). For more information visit www.thrive.org.uk

Sweet Pea ‘Eleanore Udall’ has been named after the wife of the founder of Thrive, Geoffrey Udall, who bequeathed his Beech Hill estate near Reading, Berkshire now home to the charity’s head office and gardens. Height: 1.8m (6’). Spread 30cm (12").


50% of the money generated from each sale of Sweet Pea 'Eleanore Udall' will go to Thrive - our charity of year 2016. To find out more about our relationship with Thrive view our blog here.
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    • 1 sweet pea eleanore udall packet (25 seeds)

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    • £2.99

Sunflower 'Pastiche'

Helianthus annuus

A comprehensive mixture of sunflower colours in a host of evening sun shades - yellows, reds and buff, some with a bright yellow or a deep red disc. These medium sized flower heads (approx. 10-13cm (4-5in) in diameter), make fantastic cut flowers, lasting for a long time in water and help to give height and stature in the border. Flowers summer. Height 122-150cm (48-60in).

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. 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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    • 1 packet (40 sunflower seeds)

    • Despatch: by Monday
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    • £0.99

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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    • 1 packet (125 californian poppy seeds)

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    • £2.99

Sunflower 'Velvet Queen'

Helianthus annuus

Unique colour, deep velvet red to copper, medium sized flowers.

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. 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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    • 1 packet (18 sunflower seeds)

    • Despatch: by Monday
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    • £2.99

Cornflower 'Frosted Queen'

Centaurea cyanus, Blue-Bottle, Bachelor's Buttons

A delightful change to the common blue cornflower. These richly coloured flowers glisten in the sunshine, for each of the tiny petals of the very double, powder-puff blooms, is tipped with ice white. Annual Cornflower 'Frosted Queen' is perfect for filling gaps in summer borders where it will attract bees and butterflies. With its tall wiry stems, this pretty annual makes an excellent cut flower too. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 30cm (12").

Culinary note: Add petals to salads as a colourful garnish or sprinkle over omelettes or even pasta. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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    • 1 packet (200 cornflower seeds)

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    • £0.99

Diascia barberae 'Apricot Queen'

Twinspur

The first apricot flowered Diascia from seed! Slender spikes of exquisite flowers spring from a mound of small, glossy, dark-green leaves. Superb for rockeries, borders and containers where it will repeat flowering to early autumn. More info
    • 1 packet (80 diascia seeds)

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    • £2.99 £0.99

Sunflower 'Teddy Bear'

Helianthus annuus

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Big, double, fluffy teddy bear of a flower, producing very dwarf, 15cm (6in) ultra double golden-yellow blooms. A real eye-catcher in the border, looks good in containers and is a must for its long lasting, impressive appearance in a vase. Height 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. 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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    • 1 packet (40 sunflower seeds)

    • Despatch: by Monday
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    • £2.99

Sweet Pea 'Tickled Pink'

Lathyrus odoratus

An extremely beautiful, sweetly perfumed variety with large, rich pink blooms on an almond-cream background. The long flower stems of Sweet Pea 'Tickled Pink' are ideal for cutting so that you can enjoy their powerful fragrance in your home. A lovely variety for growing over obelisks and trellis to add colour and fragrance to your summer garden. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 sweet pea seeds)

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    • £2.99