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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. .    

Helianthus Craven Strain

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Super Giant Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Craven Strain, a huge, heavy 4" diameter stemmed sunflower with large very heavy 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 early 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.

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.

Helianthus Harlequin

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Cutting Sunflower 10 seeds

Sunfower Harlequin Mixed is a very striking, branching variety with large, bicoloured flowers in rich shades of yellow, orange, brown and rose-pink, the latter being very unusual colour in sunflowers.  A pollen free variety suitable for cutting growing to 4ft with 6" heads.Like most Sunflowers the seeds are edible. Try toasting the seed kernels for a quick snack.

Helianthus Italian White

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White Sunflower Aprx 25 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.

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.

Helianthus Mongolian Giant

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Super Giant Sunflower 10 seeds
Mongolian giant reaches up to 14ft tall with one of the largest flowering sunflower seed heads available. These can achieve up to 18in across. From my experience the plants will need support though in windy conditions because of the very heavy heads. I also learnt to harvest them early if you want the seeds as they are a favourite of many birds!!

Helianthus Moulin Rouge

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Giant Red Sunflower 10 seeds
Helianthus Moulin Rouge is a fabulous sunflower and one of 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.

Helianthus Red Sun

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Red Sunflower 20 seeds

Helianthus Red Sun is an easy to grow Sunflower, with its dark red to maroon flowers with dark centres.This variety is brilliant for back of borders and also makes a beautiful cut flower. It will reach an approximate height of 5ft with 4" to 5" flowers.

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.

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

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”.

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.

Hibiscus cannabinus

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Hibiscus cannabinus - Indian Hemp 15 seeds
Hibiscus cannabinus 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.

Hibiscus trionum 'Simply Love'

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Annual Hibiscus Aprx 50 seeds

A lovely cultivated variety that flowers for most of the summer An easy-to-grow bedding plant 50cm to 80cm, it forms bushy plants bearing lovely chocolate-centred, silvery-yellow, Hibiscus type 2" flowers. Typical of the species that is closely related to Okra the flowers are followed by attractive seed pods.

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.

Larkspur 'Sublime Mixed'

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Larkspur Aprx 250 seeds 

A cottage garden favourite Larkspur Sublime is an ideal flower for garden display and for drying. An excellent strain of solid stems and fully double flowers to 120cm. Considered to be the best variety for use as a dried flower.

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.

Lobelia String of Pearls Mixed

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Bedding Lobelia Aprx 1000+ seeds per packet
Try the well established String of Pearls variety in mixed colours that I have been growing for about 30 years!

Lunaria annua Chedglow

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Purple Honesty 20 seeds җ җ җ

Lunaria Chedglow is a hardy biennial flowering from April to early May with dark purple leaves, stems seedpods and purple flowers growing to 3ft. Like normal Honesty the decorative seed heads persist with translucent discs that can be used in dried flower arrangements. Best to remove any seedlings with green stems.

Maize quadricolour

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Ornamental Maize 10 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.

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.

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.

Mesembryanthemum Magic Carpet Mixed

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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.

Mirabilis jalapa

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Four o'clock Plant or Marvel of Peru 20 seeds
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.

Mirabilis jalapa Marbles Mixed

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Striped Four o'clock Plant or Marvel of Peru 20 seeds
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.