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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!
Helianthus maximiliani, Maximilian Sunflower
Often known as the Maximilian Sunflower, this attractive species produces masses of golden yellow, 7cm (3") wide blooms all the way up the tall stems, which have a sweet chocolate fragrance. Perennial sunflower Helianthus maximiliani makes a stunning addition to the back of borders and a good late summer food source for both birds and butterflies. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 100cm (39").
Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.
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Strelitzia reginae Collection
Strelitzia reginae 'Dwarf', Strelitzia reginae 'Mandela's Gold', Bird of ParadiseCollection comprises one packet each of: Reginae Dwarf - Unparalleled beauty of colour and form. Fantastic, exotic flowers justly famous. Grow them in your own greenhouse. One of the most rewarding of plants, it will take quite a bit of abuse and careless handling. Flowers spring. Height: 60-90cm (24-36in). Mandela's Gold - The rarely-offered, golden-yellow bird of paradise! Height: 120-180cm (4-6ft). More info
Strelitzia reginae 'Mandela's Gold'
Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae 'Kirstenbosch Gold'The rarely-offered, golden-yellow bird of paradise! After 20 years of hand pollination and selection by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a small quantity of seed became available in 1994. Since then T&M has tried to introduce this variety into its catalogue. Patience usually pays off and finally we can offer more gardeners the chance of growing and seeing these flamboyant golden-yellow and purple blooms. Plants can take many years to flower from seed. Height: 1.2-1.8m (4-6ft). More info
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