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.
One of the most beautiful of all annuals, corn cockle seed should be planted outside in garden beds in autumn. ‘Ocean Pearls’ is a new strain which produces pure white silky flowers some 3 to 5cm across on 60 to 70cm tall stems during spring.
A new and more useful cut flower as the dark red spikes are shorter, more graceful, arching rather than trailing. Young plants have edible leaves and can be used to make a natural food dye.140cm by 60cm.
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.
A new and exciting variety with strongly architectural spikes of orange-bronze flowers on a 100-120cm tall plant. Excellent cut flower as well as a terrific garden subject. Easily grown from seed sown in situ during spring.
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 pure white 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 lemon 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.
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 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.