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Annuals R-Z

Exotic Annuals for Quick Results

Traditional and unusual varieties to bring an exotic dimension to your summer planting. Our selection of annuals including cottage garden and tropical species that can be grown from seed for spectacular summer displays. Most of the ones included here are annuals but some are perennials  best grown as annuals in our climate. 

Ricinus Blue Giant

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Giant Castor Oil Plant 10 seeds

We believe this to be a form of Zanzibarensis. From our trials the produced tall plants to 10ft in a year with attractive blue/grey leaves and stems. The seed capsules are also a grey green.

Ricinus Carmencita Pink

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Ricinus Carmencita Pink 10 seeds 

Ricinus Carmencita Pink - widely grown annual Mediterranean plants producing large attractive purplish leaves on red stems with clusters of red flowers and seed heads between the leaves. I grow it regularly as summer bedding, after witnessing it displayed to perfection in a Portuguese garden. An early spring sowing will produce 5’ plants by September. BEWARE that all parts of this plant are poisonous, in particular the seeds. Some of you may remember the umbrella stabbing of a spy many years ago in London using an almost untraceable deadly poison? This was Ricin, chemically extracted from the seeds of this plant!

Carmencita Pink is an award winning form with clear pink seed heads and green leaves with a grey/pink blush, often used at Wisley for bedding. Carmencita Red is the best red form.

Ricinus Carmencita Red

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Ricinus Carmencita Red 10 seeds 

Ricinus Carmencita Red, a superb selected form of Ricinus to 4ft or 5ft with brighter red seed heads and deep red/bronze  shiny leaves. An outstanding plant. Please note that this plant only produces strong leaf colour when in full sun and as it matures above 2ft.

Ricinus communis zanzibarensis

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Ricinus communis zanzibarensis 10 seeds

Ricinus communis zanzibarensis has huge green leaves and is capable of reaching 10ft in one season, supporting 2ft wide leaves. Great for an unusual green jungle back drop. We now supply a mixed colour form, some with plain green stems and some with a hint of pink similar to a giant form of Carmencita Pink but without the Carmencita pink flowers.

Ricinus Gibsonii

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Ricinus Gibsonii 10 seeds

Ricinus Gibsonii is another widely available form with bright red fruit colouring, growing to 5f or 6ft from an early spring sowing and creamy yellow flowers. Some variability in the bronze/purple leaf colouration though compared with more recent hybrids like Communis Red.

Ricinus impala

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Ricinus impala 10 seeds

Ricinus impala is a widely available form with good red fruit colouring and a short variety, growing to 3f or 4ft from an early spring sowing and creamy yellow flowers. Some variability in the bronze/purple leaf colouration though compared with Communis Red.

Ricinus Mixed Collection

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Ricinus Collection җ

Each packet contains seeds of each of the following and individually packed:-

Ricinus comm carmencita 'pink' 5 seeds
Ricinus comm carmencita 'red' 5 seeds
Ricinus communis Zanzibarensis 5 seeds
Ricinus New Zealand Purple 3 seeds
Ricinus comm 'Blue Giant' 5 seeds

Ricinus New Zealand Purple

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Ricinus NZ Purple 5 seeds

Ricinus New Zealand Purple is a fabulous new Ricinus with deep maroon to purple metallic leaves, stems and fruit. A tall, majestic plant to 7ft with stunning foliage and a must have for any tropical border. We now have sensible quantities for sale. Please note that the seeds need a little more heat than other Ricinus to get them started.

Rudbeckia Autumn Colours

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Black Eyed Susan,  Aprx 30 Seeds җ җ

An attractive mixture of ‘Autumn’ shades with bronze petals, red rings and rusty red centres. An excellent bedding plant for mixed borders and on its own. 60cm.

Rudbeckia hirta Cherokee Sunset

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Gloriosa Daisy,  Aprx 30 Seeds җ җ
Rudbeckia hirta Cherokee Sunset is a new double rudbeckia with unique flower shape and colours making it a great addition to your late summer garden. Ideal for borders or as cut flowers. Height to 60cm and a superb colour range of autumn reds and golds. Rudbeckia hirta are actually short lived perennials but best grown as an annual.

Rudbeckia hirta Cherry Brandy

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Gloriosa Daisy Aprx 30 Seeds  җ җ
A fantastic new colour addition for Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy has deep maroon red flowers complemented by a dark red centre. The flowers are 4" across and produced all summer, even in poor soils. A recent introduction and not one to be missed. Rudbeckia hirta are actually short lived perennials but best grown as an annual.

Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun

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Gloriosa Daisy  Aprx 30 Seeds җ җ
Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun is one of the finest new varieties to arrive with very large clear yellow flowers with a green to lime centre. A superb tall bedding plant to 80cm with a great display of 20cm 5" flower heads on strong stems. Rudbeckia hirta are actually short lived perennials but best grown as an annual.

Rudbeckia occidentalis Green Wizard

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Green Black Eyed Susan,  Aprx 30 Seeds җ җ

An unusual cut flower with strong stems, extremely long lasting in water. Bright green sepals with dark almost black cones. 1.5m.

Salvia hispanica

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"Chia" aprox 1000 seeds

A native of South America this attractive annual (perennial in frost free areas) has flowers of purple to white growing 3ft to 5ft tall. Its grown commercially for the seeds which are used as a health food eaten cooked, raw or as a drink  and classed as one of the new wonder foods favoured by the Aztecs. The seeds are packed with omega 3 , calcium, fibre, iron, vitamin C and an excellent source of dietary fibre.

One of the most important Chia seeds health benefits is that they help in improving the function of the brain - we could all do with some of that!

Salvia hormonium (Clary)

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Mixed Clary Monach Series Aprx 200 Seeds
Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers with bright bracts in pink, blue and white shades. 70cm

Salvia hormonium Oxford Blue (Clary)

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Blue Clary Aprx 200 Seeds

Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers this one has bright blue bracts ideal for colour themed borders. 70cm

Salvia hormonium Pink Sundae (Clary)

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Pink Clary Aprx 200 Seeds

Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers this one has bright pink bracts and ideal for colour themed borders. 70cm

Salvia hormonium White Swan (Clary)

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White Clary Aprx 200 Seeds

Salvia hormonium (Clary) produces compact habit plants to 2ft and easy to grow by sowing directly where to flower. Excellent for dried flowers this variety has white bracts with green veining and ideal for colour themed borders. 70cm

Salvia patens

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Blue Angel 20 seeds җ

Salvia patens is a popular clump forming Salvia with large intense rich sky blue tubular flowers in mid Summer to mid Autumn. Ideal for Summer pots and containers, it is also a perennial in mild areas to about -10c but can be treated as an annual and grown the same way as Salvia splendens. 70cm

Scabiosa Dwarf Double Mixed

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Annual Scabious Aprx 75 seeds
Scabiosa Dwarf Double Mixed is best sown where they are to flower in spring, this variety has fully double flowers in an excellent colour range on relatively compact plants. Colours of maroon, carmine, scarlet, pink, rose and white. They prefer a light, well drained soil and an open sunny position thinned out to 25cm apart.

Solanum Laciniatum

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Kangaroo Apple Pkt
Solanum Laciniatum - a tall growing shrub like plant belonging to the Solanum family. It has blue flowers very similar to Solanum jasminoides but larger to 3” across. The pinnate foliage is fairly attractive and since the plant can achieve 8ft from seed in its first year, it makes a bold statement at the back of any tropical border.

Sorghum bicolor

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Broom Corn 15 seeds
Sorghum bicolour, a member of the corn family with wide strapping leaves and tall seed heads, is an important source of grain in many parts of the world. The stems of some are used for making molasses or syrup, while other types are grown for making brooms or as ornamentals. Seeds can be cooked like rice or popped, and the stems of some varieties can be chewed like sugar cane. Horticultural selections have been made for color and height, and all are easily grown as an annual. The attractive coloured seed heads can be used for fresh or dried arrangements. Many of the available selections are very tall and are a dramatic backdrop for other plants. Our exciting mix contains tall and medium strains, black and white seeded, popping corn, coloured uprights of gold, red, black, maroon, pink and cream with large seed heads for drying. Plus white african to over 8ft useful for syrup and a selection of red strains. I cannot guarantee you will get all of these in packet of 15 seeds but certainly an exciting selection that makes a real impact for the back of any tropical border.

Stocks - Cinderella series

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Stocks Aprx 50 seeds
Stocks - Cinderella series are popular bedding plants with a delicious scent. The 90 day Cinderella range has a very high % of double flowers in a good colour range and uniform habit. The few single flowering plants can be removed by discarding the dark green seedlings.

Sweet Pea Incense Mixed

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Scented Sweet Pea 25 seeds җ
Sweet Pea Incense Mixed comprises of a selection of the world's most fragrant sweet peas. Carefully selected for a stunning colour blend. Don't forget that a late Autumn to Winter seed sowing is best for these lovely climbing plants.

Sweet Pea Mammoth Mixed

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Giant Sweet Pea 25 seeds җ
Sweet Pea Mammoth Mixed are large strong growing plants with long stems excellent for cutting in a lovely mixed colour blend. Dont forget that a late Autumn to Winter seed sowing is best for these lovely climbing plants.