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. more... about Ageratum ‘Tall Blue Planet F1’
The most effective way I’ve grown this was as a backdrop to lime green Zinnias and a greenish white sunflower. In good soil it will grow 160cm tall by 80cm wide. The long green tassels are produced from mid-summer until late autumn.
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.
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. more... about Aster, China ‘Giant Princess Formula Mixed’
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. more... about Bellis perrenis ‘Monstrosa’
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. more... about Black Sweet William 'Nigricans'
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. more... about Browallia americana ‘Blue Lady’
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. more... about Calendula ‘Princess Mixed’
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. more... about California Poppy ‘Brilliant Orange’
‘Carmine King’ has masses of deep carmine rose flowers with a creamy throat on 40cm tall stems. Easily grown in any sunny spot from seed sprinkled onto the surface of the garden. Sow seeds autumn to spring more... about California Poppy ‘Carmine King’
From English seed house Thompson and Morgan comes this terrific new California poppy with double cherry red golden eyed flowers for many months during spring and summer. Sow seeds in situ autumn to spring.
A terrific new double to semi-double variety carry masses of copper-orange flowers for much of spring and summer. Sow seeds from autumn to spring on the surface of a raked spot in the garden and water in. more... about California Poppy ‘Copper Swirl’