A wonderful new imported mix of semi-double and double mix of picotees and bicolours, rose, salmon to coral. These poppies germinate very easily but they must be surface planted and kept moist for at least 14 days for success.
This is the strain that the Welsh artist Cedric Morris developed in his Suffolk garden ‘Benton End’. A mixture of soft smoky colours, grey, lilac, mauve, pink, soft orange and white. Many of the poppies are flecked and there are some picotees. Read more about Papaver rhoeas ‘Mother of Pearl’
The simple classic mauve single that can be hard to come by in these days of extravagent doubles. Plant by sprinkling on the surface and keep moist every day and do not cover seed. Best planted from May to July.
Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award Of Garden Merit ‘Silver Cup’ has large hibiscus-like flowers, pink with a silver sheen. A strong compact plant growing some 60cm tall by 40cm across. Direct sow seed in a sunny garden bed in spring. Read more about Rose Mallow ‘Silver Cup’ (Lavatera trimestris)
‘Marmalade’ is a dwarf growing strain suited to pot culture or a spot at the front of a garden bed. Warm orange-yellow flowers are produced on 40cm tall stems from early summer until late autumn. Space 30cm apart.
Marvellous both as a garden bedding plant and also as a cut flower, both fresh and dried, this strain copes with hot weather, even humid, and poor soils. Sow in seed trays in early spring for planting out after the last frosts. Read more about Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'
Marvellous both as a garden bedding plant and also as a cut flower, both fresh and dried, this strain copes with hot weather, even humid, and poor soils. Sow in seed trays in early spring for planting out after the last frosts. Read more about Salvia farinacea 'Victoria White'
It's the bracts which makes this annual Salvia so showy. Easily grown and vigorous it will soon make a 50cm tall by 40cm wide plant covered in blue, pink and white flowers during summer and autumn. Sow seeds in situ or in pots during spring and plant out when big enough. Read more about Salvia horminum Mixed
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.
A marvellous cut flower strain with tall non-branching stems on a vigorous plant. Contains all the colours, pink, white, magenta, purple, lemon and biscuit. Sow seeds during autumn, winter and early spring.
These special flowers are the result of many years of hard work from an Australian flower breeder. Until recently all his seed was sold to commercial cut flower growers. Read more about Sunflower 'Compact Garnet’
Green centres with yellow to orange petals. These dwarf sunflowers are the result of many years of hard work from an Australian flower breeder and represent the latest innovation in sunflower breeding. Average height in a pot is 25-30cm; in a garden 30-35cm. Read more about Sunflower 'Patio Sonnet' (Helianthus annuus)