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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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Sunflower 'Russian Giant'

Helianthus annuus

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A giant among annuals. Give them plenty of room and you will be rewarded with plants up to 3m (10ft) tall with huge yellow flowers often 30cm(12in) in diameter. Useful to grow against an unsightly shed or fence. Birds love the seeds so grow a few plants close to the house and watch them feed in the autumn. Flowers summer. Height 8-10ft.

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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Companion Planting

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Californian Poppy 'Summer Sorbet'

Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy

One of the best new colours to be introduced in recent years, with its mouth-watering combination of rose-pink outer petals, and a delicious creamy white centre. 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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Sweet Pea 'Midnight'

Lathyrus odoratus

Seldom available. Beautifully formed, large blooms of maroon-red, almost black. An amazing colour!

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How to grow sweet peas

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Wildflower 'Honey Bee Flower Mixed'

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A blend of 19 species of nectar and pollen rich annual and perennial wildflowers, which are proven favourites of honey bees in our gardens. Our special selection provides forage over a long season making it an invaluable food source for bees. This colourful wild flower mix is perfect for those gardeners with their own honeybee hives, or those wishing to encourage bees into their gardens. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 30cm (12").

1 gram of seed sows an area of approximately 1 square metre.


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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”). More info
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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.


Useful links:

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

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    • 1 packet (200 cornflower seeds)

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Sweet Pea 'Fragrantissima'

Lathyrus odoratus

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Sweet Pea 'Fragrantissima' embraces the full colour spectrum from white, through all the pink shades, reds, blues, purples, bicolours, and stripes. This large flowered mix has been carefully blended to ensure an even balance of colour and fragrance. Enjoy them in the garden, grown against walls and fences, or cut some of the sturdy, straight stems for a vase indoors. Height: 200cm (79"). Spread: 30cm (12").


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How to grow sweet peas

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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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Poppy 'Candy Floss' (Paeoniiflorum group)

Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy

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A truly fabulous New & Exclusive introduction from Thompson & Morgan. Huge 7-10cm (3-4in) diameter, fully-double pom-pom flower heads stand tall and proud above glaucous foliage. The stunning flowers are followed by large, attractive seed heads which look wonderful in dried flower arrangements.

Sow in large drifts in borders as an easy-to-grow annual which will attract admiration from passers-by and neighbours!


Culinary note: All poppies are poisonous. However, the seeds produced by somniferum and paeoniflorum poppies only are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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Alyssum 'Carpet Of Snow'

Lobularia maritima procumbens, Alyssum maritimum, Sweet Alison, Sweet Alyssum

A magnificent low-growing, wide-spreading hardy annual producing a continuous display of snow white flowers all summer long. Always early to bloom, Alyssum 'Carpet of Snow' has a ground hugging habit that is perfect for rock gardens or cascading from crevices in walls. With a toughness that belies its delicate appearance, sweet alyssum is surprisingly wind tolerant and makes a useful plant in coastal areas. Height: 10cm (4"). Spread: 25cm (10").
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Cornfield Mixture

A mixture of the cornfield weeds of yesterday plus other attractive wild flowers to provide a splash of colour in a difficult area or create a mini cornfield in your wildlife garden. In the vegetable garden they can provide colour and nectar to attract pollinating insects and predators. An excellent 'natural' edge to gravel paths and drives. Flowers summer. Height: 15-60cm (6-24in). Contents: White Campion, Charlock, Corn Chamomile, Corn Cockle, Cornflower, Field Forget-me-not, Corn Marigold, Scentless May Weed, Field Pansy, Wild Pansy, Field Poppy, Long-headed Poppy. Please Note: Even though wild flowers, they should not be scattered in the wild without the authorisation of your local Nature Conservation Trust. Caution: Some parts are harmful if eaten or irritant to skin and eyes.


1 gram of seed sows an area of approximately 1 square metre.

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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. For more details about edible flowers click here.

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