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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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Sunflower 'Sunshot Golds Mixed' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

  • New in 2014
  • 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. 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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    • 1 packet (10 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.99

Larkspur 'Fancy Purple Picotee'

Consolida ajacis, Annual Delphinium, Consolida ambigua

  • New in 2014
Elegant spires of pretty white blooms with a delightful lilac-blue picotee are carried on strong, sturdy stems above attractive feathery green foliage. Flowering all summer long, Larkspur 'Fancy Purple Picotee' looks fabulous at the back of borders and makes a majestic cut flower for a vase indoors. Easy to grow, this hardy annual can be direct sown for months of colour in summer beds and borders and is superb for lending a cottage-garden feel. Height: 120cm (47"). Spread: 40cm (16").
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    • 1 packet (150 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £1.99

Sunflower 'Shock-o-Lat' F1 Hybrid

Helianthus annuus

  • New in 2014
This striking sunflower produces rich chocolate coloured blooms with gold-rimmed edges over a long period in summer. Multi-headed and boasting large pollen-free flowers up to 15cm (6") in diameter, Sunflower 'Shock-o-Lat' is ideal planted en masse at the back of a border. The tall, sturdy stems make fabulous cut flowers for a vase indoors too. Height: 1.8m (6'). Spread: 50cm (20").

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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    • 1 packet (20 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £0.99

Sweet Pea 'Juliet'

Lathyrus odoratus

  • New in 2014
With its wonderful cream colouring and unusual fragrance, Sweet Pea 'Juliet' is in a class of its own. Each creamy bloom opens to reveal a hint of apricot, accompanied by a heady sweet-pea scent with citrus overtones. Excellent as a cut flower for a vase indoors, the elegant blooms are of exhibition quality. Sweet Pea 'Juliet' makes a lovely addition to trellis, obelisks, fences or cane wigwams. Height: 180cm (71"). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.49

Californian Poppy 'Red Chief'

Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy

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  • New in 2014
The best red we've seen in a Californian Poppy! We trialled Californian Poppy 'Red Chief' over several years to make sure the flowers maintained their vibrant and rich red colour. Outstanding in our trials, the intensely coloured blooms are produced all summer long above low-growing mounds of feathery blue-green foliage, and are attractive to bees and hoverflies. Performing well in all weathers, this Eschscholzia variety is easy to grow in beds, borders and containers, or let it self-seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 25cm (10").
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    • 1 packet (400 seeds)

    • Despatch: By end of July 2014
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    • £0.99