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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!
Verbascum x hybrida 'Banana Custard'
Mullein, CelsiaA fantastic new Verbascum! Strong, erect spikes literally packed with very large 2in. flowers of brightest, dazzling two-tone yellow. A glowing, valuable back of border, cottage garden plant. Remove spent stems to encourage a second flush of flowers. Height: 150-180cm (5-6ft). More info
Sunflower x laetiflorus
Helianthus x laetiflorus, Perennial Sunflower, Showy Sunflower
A true perennial Sunflower adding height and colour to perennial borders, flowering in their first year. Stunning bright yellow 10-12cm (4-5in) diameter blooms with deep yellow centres, will brighten your garden over a long period attracting birds and butterflies. Height: 150-180cm (5-6ft).
Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a healthy snack. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Verbascum bombyciferum 'Silver Lining'
Broussa Mullein, Celsia
Silver leaves, erect fleecy silver stems, heavily studded with cool yellow flowers.More info
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