This tall variety of Ageratum with strong self supporting 60-70cm tall plants carrying soft mauve blue flower heads from January until May. Sow seed indoors during early spring and plant into a sunny spot in the garden when weather warms up and frost danger is over.
So many people who visit the garden are intrigued by this easily grown annual. Growing up to 140cm tall it carries 80cm long dangling green flowers tassels from early summer until autumn. It is much sought after by flower arrangers.
This Egyptian wildflower makes a fine addition to the garden and to a vase. 15cm diameter white lacy flower heads are produced on a strong 50-60cm tall, self-supporting plant. Sow seeds from mid-autumn until early spring.
This terrific new snapdragon series carries many flowers on strong metre tall stems. Bred for flowering during the hotter months it is as good in the vase as in the garden. Sow seeds during spring for an early summer until autumn display of clear pink flowers.
This terrific new snapdragon series carries many flowers on strong metre tall stems. Bred for flowering during the hotter months it is as good in the vase as in the garden. Sow seeds during spring for an early summer until autumn display of pure white flowers.
Charming old fashioned columbines with open faced clematis like flowers. Easily grown and self sowing when once established. Sow during late winter and spring for best results. 45cm tall by 40cm across. Happy in sun or some shade.
This dark purple variety could well have been growing in our garden here for a hundred years. It is very like the wild form of this species. Free flowering and self sowing it will grow 60cm tall by 40 cm across. Happy in sun or light shade.
This is a terrific cut flower strain with very large flowers, 6 to 9cm diameter, held on sturdy upright stems. The colours range is excellent, blue, light blue, rose red, salmon, white and yellow. Height 90cm width 30 to 40cm. China Asters are old fashioned cut flowers.
Last summer and autumn this was the most enquired about annual in the garden. It produces dark purple flowers, reminiscent of a bat's face, in abundance. Needs a sunny or lightly shaded spot. Sow seeds in situ or into individual pots during spring.
Bellis perrenis ‘Monstrosa’ is an extra large flowered strain of double English daisies. The flowers are a mixture of white, pink and crimson. As these daisies are biennual sow the seed from late summer until mid-autumn for a fine show the following spring.
This is an ancient variety of sweet william dating to at least the early part of the 19th century and saved from oblivion by a keen eyed English west country gardener. 'Nigricans' has dark almost black leaves, a black stem and heads of really dark red flowers.
This easily grown annual has long been a star in the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s garden at Cruden Farm. Clear blue flowers each with a cream eye are carried for most of summer and autumn on 60cm tall stems. Sow seed in situ in spring thinning to 20-30cm.
Lime green flowers are produced on 60cm tall leafy stems from spring until autumn depending when the seed is sown. Makes a good cut flower and is used as a commercial filler looking especially beautiful mixed with strong primary colours.
Fiesta Gitana is a neat dwarf grower, 30cm tall by 30cm across, with showy orange or yellow flowers some 6 cm in diameter. The flowers are charming in posies. Plant seed in situ from late summer until early spring. Height 30cm width 40cm.
Seed planted straight into the garden during late summer and autumn will produce a bright, happy display of long stemmed flowers which will last well in a winter or early spring vase. This is a mixture of lemon, yellow and orange flowers some green centred others black.
Californian poppy, the state flower of California, is an easily grown annual best planted by thinly sprinkling the seed in the garden during spring. It will germinate grow and produce its flowers in 6 to 8 weeks.