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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 caryophyllus 'Trailing Carnations Mixed'
Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Penstemon barbatus 'Iron Maiden'
Beardlip Penstemon, Chelone barbata
A glorious and choice border plant which will grace the garden with its bright scarlet, tubular-like flowers. Pendulous, rich blooms borne on tall, slender spikes of green and red, with sword shaped blue-green leaves. Particularly valuable as it starts flowering in August and looks wonderfully fresh and bright when all around is starting to fade. Makes a stunning cut flower. Flowers late summer. Height 90-120 cm (3-4ft.). More info
Oenothera versicolor 'Sunset Boulevard'
Evening Primrose, SundropsCustomer Rating
Well branched plants, red stemmed with rich green, lanceolate foliage. The striking flowers are in whorls, vivid orange/red when fully open and when over, turn to red. Like many Oenotheras, the combination of open and spent bloom together, is stunning. This very choice plant makes a wonderful addition to the perennial border and because it flowers in its first year from sowing, it also makes an attractive annual.
Culinary note: Add petals to any salad to add a splash of colour with a lettuce-like flavour. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Hollyhock 'Fiesta Time'
Alcea rosea, Althaea rosea
Culinary note: try crystallising the flowers for a tasty cake decoration, or use them to make a delicately flavoured syrup to use with puddings. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
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