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!
Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Nights'
Attractive dwarf plants covered in a blanket of dainty midnight-blue flowers. Flowering in their first year from sowing makes them perfect for bedding borders or containers, providing a colourful display over a long summer period.More info
Chrysanthemum indicum 'Charm Early Fashion Mixed'
A much improved form of the cushion-type chrysanthemum with a wide and wonderful colour range of extra dwarf and compact plants with 5cm (2in) semi-double blooms produced in spectacular profusion with well grown plants producing upwards of 1000 blooms! Flowering from late August onwards from late winter sowing. Flowers autumn. Height/Spread: 30x50cm (12x20in).
Companion planting: Try growing Chrysanthemums with chives, whose aromatic leaves will deter aphids.
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Nepeta cataria ssp. citrina
Lemon Catmint, Nepeta cataria 'Citriodora'Quite unlike ordinary catmint, handle or squeeze the leaves and they give off a rich lemony fragrancy which pervades the garden with rich flowery perfume on still, warm summer evenings. It's easy to grow and can be treated as either annual or perennial making a good border or summer hedge plant. Fashion conscious cats are taking it up in droves as the 'in' catmint to brush-up against. 'William' who's enthusiasm for catmint has not diminished since his last starring role amongst T&M's ordinary catmint 11 years ago, was persauded (on a full stomach) to pose against these lemons so that you would know about his new found catmint fragrance delight 'Lemon Scented Catmint'.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info