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Biennials live for 2 years, whereas perennials live for longer. As a general rule, biennial and perennial seeds should be sown in spring, but some can be sown in autumn as well. Many varieties will self-seed after flowering, giving you even more plants!
Dianthus barbatus 'Kaleidoscope Mixed'
Dianthus plumarius 'Sweetness Mixed'
A true breakthrough! First year flowering from July to September from an early (February) sowing, producing heavily scented pinks. Dwarf, bushy, spreading plants; ideal for cottage or perennial borders. Easy to maintain - simply trim spent blooms with shears at the end of the season.
Vigna caracalla, Phaseolus caracalla, Snail Flower, Snail Bean, Corkscrew FlowerCustomer Rating
This quick growing, evergreen twining climber is a close relative to the runner bean, grown for its pendants of twisted flowers, like coiled snail shells, up to 5cm (2”) across. The fascinating summer flowers are followed by cylindrical green fruits in late autumn. Requiring a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F), Vigna caracalla is best grown in patio containers that can be moved indoors to a heated greenhouse or conservatory for the winter. Alternatively, grow snail vines outdoors as an annual. Height: 6m (20'). Spread: 2m (6'). More info
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