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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. .    
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Helianthus Bott's Strain

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Giant Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Bott's Strain is a huge slender sunflower with smaller, sometimes multiple flower heads, capable of achieving 16ft or more, mine only reach about 12ft so lets see what you can do! A great novelty for the kids.
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Helianthus Craven Strain

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Super Giant Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Craven Strain, a huge, heavy 4" diameter stemmed sunflower with large flower heads 18” across and big leaves, capable of achieving 20ft or more with a rich soil and an early sowing. The original seed source came from a 25ft record height sunflower.  They need an earlt start and a long growing season to develop their full potential and some support will be needed in early autumn as windy conditions set in.
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Helianthus Grey Stripe

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Giant Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Grey Stripe sunflower grown for shear size maybe to 16ft with massive 18” wide flower heads. The challenge with this one is keeping it upright with the weight of the large heads! Heavy 3" diamaeter  stems and large leaves.
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Helianthus Italian White

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White Sunflower Aprx 50 seeds
A lovely creamy white sunflower Helianthus Italian White has dark centres ideal for cutting.  Medium 4” blooms on 6ft tall plants with a good branching habit. A delicate sunflower that contrasts well with other varieties in a mixed border.
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Helianthus Kong

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New Giant Sunflower 20 Seeds
A true monster Helianthus Kong reaches heights of over 14ft with a branching habit giving a longer flowering period. The bright yellow flower heads are up to 20cm across. One of the most unique giant varieties on the market and the first heavily branched, multi-headed plant.
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Helianthus Moulin Rouge

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Giant Red Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Moulin Rouge is a fabulous sunflower and the best red type we have grown. Some flowers are almost crimson as in the photo above but others are almost black or black/brown. The centres are all also nearly black creating a fabulous display. A tall plant to 8ft all with multi branching habit on strong stems.
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Helianthus Prado Red

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Red Sunflower 20 seeds
Helianthus Prado Red, another lovely sunflower that will produce multiple heads if pinched out, otherwise it can be grown to produce single 12” flowers with a deep brown centre and red/brown petals to 4ft tall.
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Helianthus Russian Mammoth

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Giant Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Russian Mammoth is not from Russia but one that the Russians preferred for eating purposes. It bears huge single 22” flower head on strong plants to 10ft. It will probably need staking to support the heavy heads.
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Helianthus Soraya

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Cutting Sunflower 20 seeds

A cut flower type with branching stems and  10 to 15cm rich orange flowers all with a dark centre. Soraya has strong sturdy stems with multi flowering over an extended period and ideal for cutting. This was the first sunflower to be named an All America Winner
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Helianthus Teddy Bear

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Dwarf Double Sunflower 20 seeds
Helianthus Teddy Bear is a dwarf variety only reaching about 40cm tall with intense double yellow golden flowers. Great for borders in a mixed tropical bed. We also offer a taller beautiful red form of Helianthus called Prado.
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Heliotrope Marine

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Heliotrope Aprx 200 seeds
Heliotrope Marine bears beautifull scented clusters of violet blue flowers, which can grow to 6” wide. Good for summer bedding, pots and tubs. Also for indoor pot plants. A half hardy annual, flowering the same year from seed. Prefers a sunny position. Grows to a height of 18”.
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Hesperis matronalis Mixed

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Sweet Rocket Aprx 250 Seeds
Hesperis matronalis Mixed or Sweet Rocket is one of the traditional 'Cottage Garden' plants with a sweet heady perfume which is particularly strong in the evening..  A short lived perennial, it is best grown as a biennial when it will remain in flower from June to September. It will self seed so you need to remove the dead flower heads if you want to prevent it spreading. 2-3 ft. Principally grown for the sweet scent a few plants scattered among your tropical planting will really add to the evening ambience.
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Hibiscus acetosella Red Shield

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False Roselle 20 seeds
Hibiscus acetosella Red Shield - a specimen flowering shrub from tropical Africa to 5ft with striking burgundy/black maple like foliage.  Blooms late in the season though, so best grown outside in a warm position for the foliage and then brought inside for its late Autumn carmine flowers.
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Hibiscus cannabinus kenaf

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Hibiscus cannabinus kenaf - Indian Hemp 15 seeds
Hibiscus cannabinus kenaf is an unusual member of the hibiscus family grown for cash crop paper making. They germinate in 24 hours in heat and can reach 18ft tall in 9 months of growth, but more likely 6ft to 8ft in a UK Summer. Useful for a fast growing foliage plant in a tropical border with pale lemon yellow flowers. We have a new strain now with palmate leaves and larger 4” flowers.
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Impatiens Safari Mixed F2

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Busy Lizzie  Aprx 50 Seeds
Impatiens Safari Mixed produces robust, free flowering plants in brilliant colours so, if you like your pots and pouches bright and cheerful, this is the one for you. It also makes excellent edging for beds and borders. The colours include reds, pinks, purples and white. (30cm/12ins). A good choice for F1 seed performance at a lower price!
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Iresine herbstii

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Blood Leaf 10 seeds
Iresine herbstii is cultivated for its striking, colourful foliage Irestine is a short-lived perennial best grown as an annual. Contrasting dark veins on rich crimson waxy leaves. Grow as an edging plant in a bed, in a window box or in a patio container.
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Leonotis nepetifolia

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Annual lion’s ear 15 seeds
Leonotis nepetifolia or annual lion’s ear from South Africa is an erect, loosely branched annual that can get 8ft (2.4 m) tall in its single growing season. In our 2005 trials from a March sowing, they attained large multi branched 7ft plants. The flowers are borne in rounded, spiny clusters, (5cm -10cm) across, that encircle the stems so that it looks like the stems are growing right through the middle of the clusters. As the stems elongate, new flower clusters continue to develop above the older ones. The tubular flowers which peek out of the spiny heads are orange and furry, like a lion’s ear, so rumoured. The flowers are about 1” (2.5 cm) long and curve downward. It has a bad name as a self sowing weed in warmer climates, so be aware of the problem if you reside outside of the UK.
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Lobelia Riviera

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Bedding Lobelia Aprx 1000+ seeds per packet
The Lobelia Riviera range is a superb bedding variety and early flowering, approximately 15 days earlier than standard varieties. They have a vigorous but compact habit to 10cm. We offer  colours in blue with a white eye, a deep marine blue and a strong rose. Alternatively try the well established String of Pearls variety in mixed colours that I have been growing for about 30 years!
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Maize quadricolour

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Ornamental Maize 20 seeds
Maize Quadricolour is a great novelty, an architectural, non edible form of sweet corn, with pink and white striped leaves! Grow this plant in the same way as corn on the cob raising it from seed in April and planting out after the last frosts. I find the plant variable even after years of seed selection and I would advise selecting the best leaf forms before planting out.
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Marigold Hero- French Bedding

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French Marigold Hybrids Aprx 100 seeds
Marigold Hero- French Bedding - a dwarf double type to only 10” tall with large 2” to 3” blooms with a compact, early flowering and uniform habit. Gives a spectacular show. Available in a mixture of scarlet, yellow, gold and maroon with bi-colour markings.
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Marigold Marvel - African

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African Marigold Marvel Hybrids Aprx 50 seeds
I just love these plants for summer bedding and especially mixed with tropical plants like Canna and Banana plants. The Marigold Marvel range that we have selected to complement your tropical bedding, have the largest most fully double flowers on the market today. In Gold, Orange and Yellow they are botrytis resistant with up to 5" blooms on high performance compact plants 12" to 18" tall. What more do you need? However if vivid Orange and Yellow is not your thing,  try our Sweet Cream selection for pure white blooms.
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Marigold Sweet Cream - African

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African Marigold Sweet Cream 25 seeds
Marigold Sweet Cream a cream/white selection of African Marigold is just the plant if you are not partial to the normal vivid Orange and Yellows of African Marigolds. 2.5" to 3" blooms on compact 16" tall plants.
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Mesembryanthemum Splendid Mix

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Livingstone Daisy Aprx 500 seeds
Mesembryanthemum means “midday flowering". It is a ground hugging, sun loving, spreading plant which can also be used between flagstones and in dry walls. Perfect for dry sunny locations where they will produce flowers in abundance from July to September. We offer a cultivated strain of this splendid annual plant with excellent spreading habit, and flowers in a wide range of brilliant pastel shades of gold, salmon, pink, purple and carmine red.
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Mimulus F1 Magic

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Monkey Flower Mixed Aprx 50 seeds n b
Mimulus F1 Magic is a high quality, UK bred mimulus, producing compact, spreading plants bearing masses of flowers with bright colours, plus some attractive bicolours and pastels. Height 15-20cm. Easy to grow and these attractive plants will flower in 6-8 weeks from sowing. Ideal for beds, borders and patio containers. Prefers full sun or partial shade.
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Mirabilis jalapa

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Four o'clock Plant or Marvel of Peru 20 seeds n b
Mirabilis jalapa is a colourful quick growing plant from Peru with small trumpet-shaped, sweetly scented flowers in solid colours of red, pink, yellow, stripes and mottled, that open in the late afternoon with a lovely evening fragrance. Although a perennial it is best grown from seed each year and either planted out in June in a moist sheltered border or grown in pots for patio use. It forms large underground tubers that can be stored over winter like Dahlias for much larger plants the following year.
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Mirabilis jalapa Marbles Mixed

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Striped Four o'clock Plant or Marvel of Peru 20 seeds n b
Mirabilis jalapa Marbles is a colourful quick growing plant from Peru with small trumpet-shaped, sweetly scented flowers. This one comes striped and splashed in bright cheery colours of yellow, red pink and white. A cottage garden favourite it is exceptionally easy to grow. Trumpet-shaped blooms are true to their name of Four-O-Clocks and open in late afternoon to release a soft, pleasing fragrance.
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Moluccella Laevis

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Bells of Ireland Aprx 150 seeds

A Half Hardy annual with graceful 2ft tall stems clothed with pale green calyces surrounding the small, fragrant white flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dry flower arrangements.
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Nasturtium Alaska

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Variegated Nasturtium 20 seeds
Nasturtium Alaska has unusual cream and green foliage setting off the bright colours of this popular Nasturtium. The 2 1/2" blooms come in a colour range of cherry, crimson, orange, salmon and yellow are produced on dwarf 10" plants. Ideal for bedding, baskets or tubs.
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Nasturtium Blue Pepe

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Edible nasturtium 20 seeds
Nasturtium Blue Pepe is a unique variety that has been bred for culinary use, the edible small round leaves are uniquely coloured steel blue on top with purplish undersides with a peppery flavour. These are offset by the vivid dark red flowers that can also be used in salads, but the plant also makes a stunning decorative annual. Can be used as a baby leaf salad grown in seed trays in a glass house.
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Nemesia Carnival Mixed

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Pouch nemseia hybrid Aprx 500 seeds n b
Nemesia Carnival Mixed is a fine mixture of this popular annual with bright colours and large flowers to 25cm. Weather tolerant and quick to flower. Nemesia hybrids are very useful for carpet bedding, as they are low-growing, dense, bushy plants with bright flowers throughout summer.
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Nicandra physalodes

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Shoo Fly Plant 20 seeds
Nicandra physalodes - a fast-growing bushy plant reaching a height of 3ft to 4ft. It has large lobed leaves, and large pretty blue flowers, followed by papery seed pods containing a large berry which look similar to the Chinese lanterns. The common name refers to the fact that it is regarded as a deterrent to whitefly if mixed among other plants in a greenhouse or outdoor crops. Best grown as an annual
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Nicotiana Perfumed Series Mixed

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Flowering Tobacco Aprx 50 seeds
Nicotiana Perfumed Series Mixed has a fabulous fragrance plus large free flowering summer-long blooms, a flowering tobacco that has it all, 6 bright colours including purple on neat little plants just 20” tall and 12” wide! A new hybrid selected for both colour and fragrance.
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Nicotiana sylvestris Only The Lonely

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Tobacco - "Only the Lonely" Pkt
Nicotiana sylvestris Only The Lonely is a very desirable cultivated form of Nicotiana with big beautiful fresh green leaves and producing many candelabra-like sprays of fragrant tubular flowers. It is not so tall as the pink at 5ft but with huge clusters of 3” long tubular flowers and a lovely companion to the pink. Tall and elegant, this plant makes a great backdrop and with a heavy evening scent its flowers light the way through a moonlit garden.
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Nicotiana tabacum pink

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Pink flowering Tobacco Pkt
Nicotiana tabacum pink is a tall to 7ft pink form of Nicotiana also has big beautiful fresh green leaves and produces many candelabra-like sprays of tubular flowers.
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Nicotiana tabacum variegatum

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Variegated Pink flowering Tobacco Pkt
Nicotiana tabacum variegatum is a rare variegated form to 5ft with big beautiful fresh green leaves splashed with white and cream, producing sprays of pink flowers. Seed is variable so pick out the seedlings with the best variegation to grow on.
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Orlaya grandiflora

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Lace Flower Aprx 30 seeds җ җ җ

Orlaya grandiflora 'White Finch' is a very useful cut flower for bouquets or a vase. It makes an easy to grow, border plant with decorative snow-white lacy blooms which resemble lace-cap hydrangeas These appear throughout the summer above the fine, fern-like foliage. This gorgeous hardy annual has an extremely long flowering period and will often flower until the first frosts. Grows to about 70cm.

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Pennisetum glaucum Jester

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'Jester' Ornamental Millet 10 seeds
Pennisetum glaucum Jester has young leaves that are green but as the leaves mature they become more burgundy red in colour. Developing plants to 1 metre tall show a definite multi-colour appearance as leaves mature. Produces flower spikes at the end of the season if sown early.
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Pennisetum glaucum Purple Baron

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'Purple Baron' Ornamental Millet 10 seeds
Pennisetum glaucum Purple Baron or ornamental millet boasts purple foliage that is slightly darker than that of 'Purple Majesty'. The plant's large, thick flower spikes and solid basal branching give the plant a strong, sturdy appearance and add a balanced look to mixed containers. As with 'Purple Majesty,' young 'Purple Baron' plants are green. The stem and mid-rib of the foliage turns purple after about eight leaves have developed, and the foliage will turn dark purple when the plants are moved from the greenhouse outside to full sun. 'Purple Baron' performs well in borders, mass plantings, and mixed containers, and makes a great addition for spring to autumn displays.
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Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty

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Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty 10 seeds
Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty is a recent all American selections gold medal award winner- 'Purple Majesty' Ornamental Millet is a superb annual for a hot sunny position. "Tall, dark and handsome" describes this purple-leaved millet. Young plants are green-leaved, but as they mature exposure to direct sunlight stimulates development of purple leaf color. Mature leaves are long and slender, with a red midrib. Capable of growing 3 to 5 feet tall, the plants are embellished with 8- to 12-inch flower spikes. The immature spikes can be cut and used in floral arrangements, or left on the plant to attract birds that feed on the seeds. 'Purple Majesty' is very easy to grow and is very tolerant of heat and low moisture but you should choose a well-drained, sunny site. The plant is tropical in origin and likes warmth. The sunny location is important because sunlight strengthens the purple colour, which appears after a three-week juvenile phase. Although it can tolerate drought and poor soils, Purple Majesty responds strongly to early fertilizer applications and light watering.  Picture shows Purple Majesty planted with Arundo donax variegata.
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Pennisetum villosum

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Feather Top Grass (Annual) 30 seeds
Pennisetum villosum is actually a tufted perennial but usually grown as an annual grass with linear leaves and feathery, whitish-green panicles turning purple with age. To 70cm tall
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Pentapetes phoenicea

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Old World Tropic "Noon Flower" 10 seeds
Pentapetes phoenicea - a rare old-world tropics annual that used to be a weed of rice paddy fields. Long blooming, the bright scarlet mallow flowers are held close to the stem, opening at noon, closing by dawn and appear all Summer long. Makes a tall 4ft multi branching shrub with a strong, upright central stem, it bears interesting & attractive long narrow foliage. Do not plant out until warmer weather as it is not only frost sensitive but chill sensitive.
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Petunia Bedding F1 Daddy Mixed

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Bedding series Aprx 100 seeds
Petunia Bedding F1 Daddy Mixed is probably the best veined series grandiflora type with large 10cm blooms in pink, mauves and blues. Well branched habit and free flowering. One of the all time best selling seed raised petunias for a great bedding display.
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Petunia F1 Picobella

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Bedding Petunia F1 Picobella Aprx 50 seeds

Petunia F1 Picobella, a new generation of milliflora Petunias, Picobella was bred to be slightly more vigorous but compact than previous varieties, making it easier to grow with excellent garden performance.

Petunia F1 Ultra Series

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Bedding series Aprx 50 seeds
Petunia Ultra Crimson Star was the first variety ever to receive an All America Selection Bedding Plant Award. The Ultra range is still one of the best available, early blooming, very tolerant of stress, weather resistant and dependable. Blooms measure 3” to 4” wide, with large white stripes intersecting the main colour at even intervals.  The compact, well-branched plants are 12” to 14” high. Available as individual colours or as a mix.
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Plectranthus argenteus 'Silver Shield'

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Silver Shield 10 seeds
Plectranthus argenteus 'Silver Shield' is a superb silver foliage plant for large borders or patio tubs. An easy to grow plant that will make 2ft tall by 2ft wide in a season with large silver grey, furry leaves. Excellent for contrast planting e.g. Hibiscus acetosella.
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Poppy Dwarf Danebrog

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Poppy "Dwarf Danebrog" Pkt
Poppy Dwarf Danebrog is not really an exotic plant but the colour is stunning when mixed within an exotic border. Huge scarlet poppy flowers with a pure white central cross! We supply a dwarf version of this excellent variety which we believe is more manageable.
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Portulaca Extra Double Mix

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Moss Rose Pkt of Aprx 1000 sds 
Portulaca Extra Double Mix is an excellent mixture of many bright colours in double form. Useful for bedding, rockeries and in crazy paving where seeds can be directly sown where they are required. Portulaca, or moss rose, is a popular drought-tolerant annual. Plants are low-growing spreaders with thick succulent stems and vibrant, cup-shaped flowers. They love it hot and dry and you can even plant them in poor, sandy, soil. They also adapt to average garden conditions. Just give them full sun and any well-drained soil.
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Ptilotus exaltatus Joey

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Pink Mulla Mulla 10 seeds
Ptilotus exaltatus Joeywas was recently introduced into the UK,  (pronounced tilotus) and truly a breeding breakthrough. A native to central Australia, Pink Mulla Mulla offers exceptional beauty with heat and drought tolerance. Large, conical spikes of feathery flowers top thick silver green foliage. The 3- to 4-inch bottlebrush flower spikes are glistening silver with a darker neon pink colour near the tips. Excellent for container work or in annual flower beds, ‘Joey’ is a natural in any sunny garden location.  12" to 15" tall with easy germination.
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Germination -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

Backlog for Fresh Seed Flavour

Hardiness - To -5°C җ To -10°C җҗ Fully Hardy җҗҗ

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