The yellow flowers stand proud above dark green ferny foliage on 50cm tall stems. The seed heads are ornamental and dry well for dried flower arrangements. Sow seed 1/2cm deep in situ during late winter and spring. Will self sow.
A tried and true garden strain with all the colours, white, pink, lemon, red, yellow each as beautiful as the next. Easily grown in any sunny garden bed. Broadcast seeds in situ during late autumn and winter for flowering from late winter until early summer. Read more about Papaver nudicaule ‘Excelsior’
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'