An Award of Garden Merit annual producing white flowers some 4-5cm across during spring and summer. The ornamental seed pods are great as a cut flower. Sow seeds during late winter and early spring. When established will self sow. Read more about Nigella hispanica 'Miss Jekyll Alba'
The flowers with shades of grey, purple, navy on a white base with intricate deep purple centres make excellent cut flowers as well as being a good garden subject. The unusual seed pods are useful both fresh and dried. Direct sow from mid-autumn until late spring.
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.
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.
Bicolour pink, cherry and tangerine shades with white centres. A wonderful new imported mix of semi-double and double mix of picotees and bicolours. These poppies germinate very easily but they must be surface planted and kept moist for at least 14 days for success. Read more about Poppy, Shirley Poppy ‘Supreme’ (Papaver rhoeas)
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.