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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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Sweet Pea 'Robert Uvedale'

Lathyrus odoratus

  • New in 2014
  • Traditional variety with outstanding performance
Named after the Enfield school master generally credited with introducing the sweet pea into England in 1699, Sweet Pea 'Robert Uvedale' is a stunning, bright pink variety with large frilly blooms. Reputedly sent some seeds by the Italian naturalist, Francesco Cupani, Robert Uvedale was apparently the first to grow sweet peas in the UK and the resulting luxuriously scented flowers caused quite a stir in their day. This is a traditional perfumed and climbing sweet pea which boasts outstanding garden performance. Perfect for cutting or exhibition purposes. Height: 180cm (6'). Spread: 30cm (12").

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How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

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    • £2.49

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)

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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)

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    • £1.99

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").

Useful links:

How to grow sweet peas

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    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 3 days
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    • £2.49