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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!
Giant Lily, Lilium giganteum
This astonishing hardy perennial makes a fascinating talking point. The tall stems of the Giant Himalayan Lily tower to 2.5m (98") or more in an awe-inspiring display. With maturity Cardicrinum giganteum is topped with a crown of white Lily-like blooms from June the July. The trumpet shaped flowers have a powerful fragrance, attracting plenty of pollinating insects, before they are replaced by interesting oblong seedpods in late summer. The Giant Himalayan Lily may take 3 or more years to flower but is well worth the wait.
This fascinating plant is monocarpic, meaning that it dies after flowering - but don't be put off, it leaves behind offsets that will flower in 3 to 5 years time. Cardiocrinum giganteum is a most unusual plant that will add a real focal point to lightly shaded exotic gardens and woodland borders. Height: 250 cm (98"). Spread: 45cm (18").More info
Dianthus plumarius 'Ipswich Pinks Mixed'
Carnation, PinkIpswich Pinks were made famous by Joseph Sangster, the breeder and proprietor of T&M from 1913-52. They create a solid mass of colour in pinks, reds, bicolours and white, above blue foliage that is close and tightly knit. Ground smothering weed suppressors, they remain evergreen (blue). Floriferous and fragrant, they are welcome cut flowers and a necessity for the cottage garden, border or rock garden, being also suitable for edging or walls. A hardy perennial, they grow to a height of 23cm (9in) and can spread 60-70cm (24-30in). Flowering extends from late spring till the end of summer.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Lord Anson's Pea
Lathyrus nervosus, Sweet Pea
A highly desirable and sought after half hardy perennial with handsome, clear blue sweet pea flowers on completely wingless stems. The scented blooms of Lathyrus nervosus are produced in profusion throughout summer, beautifully complimented by leathery grey-green foliage. Lord Anson's Pea has a sprawling bushy habit that makes it ideal for weaving through shrubs or romping over low walls and hedges. Height: Up to 5m (15'). Spread: 30cm (12").
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