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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. 

Calendula officinalis Princess Mixed

Pot marigold Aprx 30 seeds 

A mix of mostly double blooms with some singles suitable for cut flowers with 18" stems. The 3" flowers have golden yellow or orange petals with some black centres and some green centres. Can also be used in borders or containers.
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Campanula Champion Mixed

Canterbury Bells 10 seeds
Campanula or Canterbury Bells are an old favourite with tall, open spikes of bell-shaped flowers. This one though can be grown from seed each year without the hassle of trying to over winter them as a biennial (mine always seem to die in bad winters!)  The Champion series sports 1" to 2"inch-long, upward-facing flowers in four colours: Blue, Pink, Light Blue and Lavender on spikes to 2ft tall and often used as a cut flower.
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Capsicum annum Bolivian Rainbow

Ornamental Pepper 10 seeds
Capsicum Bolivian Rainbow is a beautiful ornamental pepper with purple foliage and flowers, it bears a profusion of fruit in a rainbow of colours on tall 2ft to 3 ft. plants. The small cone-shaped, 1" fruits start out purple, but turn yellow to orange, and finally to red, with all colour stages on the plant at once! The very hot peppers are edible, but are mainly grown for their striking appearance.
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Capsicum Masquerade

Ornamental Pepper 10 seeds
Capsicum Masquerade is an early variety that starts with purple fruits that turn to yellow and finally red. Lovely pot plant from an early spring sowing
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Capsicum Medusa

Ornamental Pepper 10 seeds 
Capsicum Medusa has twisted cone shape fruits with non - pungent flavour for ornamental use. Colour changes from ivory to yellow then bright red.
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Capsicum Purple Flash

Ornamental Pepper 10 seeds
Capsicum Purple Flash - the intensity of this new ornamental pepper is quite stunning with smoky-black foliage occasionally streaked with white, violet and green.  The clusters of marble-sized ebony fruits are edible but very hot. This is a well branched, compact plant to 15” and ideal for flowerpots or an annual flower bed.
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Celosia Century Mixed

Plumed Celosia Aprx 50 seeds 
The flowers of this plumed celosia cluster together in great numbers and look like silky, feathery plumes in vivid hues of yellow, red, magenta, or apricot. The plumes rise above the foliage on 2-foot-tall stalks, which wave their flags of colour in the breeze from July to autumn frosts. Good for planting out or for large containers with 30cm plumes.
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Celosia Chief Gold

Yellow Cockscombe Aprx 50 seeds 
A Yellow version of Celosia Cristata to 2ft and useful for cutting with huge flower heads resembling a Yellow Cocks Combe.
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Celosia China Town

Red Plumed Celosia Aprx 50 seeds 
Celosias are not always the most exciting plant and not that fashionable at the moment but this one is simply stunning and I for one cannot wait to bed it out. An American Fleuroselect winner it produces abundant flowers with beautiful red/bronze dark leaves support almost fluorescent bright red plumes. A tough Celosia growing to 40cm tall and about 20cm wide on strong non wilting stems.
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Celosia cristata

Red Cockscombe Aprx 50 seeds 
The Celosia Cristata varieties produce tall 2ft plants useful for cutting with huge flower heads resembling a Cocks Combe. We offer the standard red Cristata, a superb red hybrid with bronze/red foliage and stems and a yellow called called Chief Gold.
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Celosia Flamingo Feather

New for 2014!

Pink/White Plumed Celosia Aprx 50 seeds 

Tall plants producing slender flower spikes on sturdy stems to 1m with soft pink plumes turning to white. The flowers branch out near the top of the stems excellent for either cut flowers under protection and outdoors for feature bedding.
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Celosia Kurume

New Scarlet Bronze Cockscombe  Aprx 50 seeds 
A superb new scarlet Celosia cristata variety with bronze foliage.
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Celosia Super Dwarf Kimono Mixed

Plumed Celosia Aprx 50 seeds 
A dwarf mix of plumed Celosia ideal for pot growing. A cheerful mixture of reds, pinks, salmon, orange, yellow and cream.
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Centratherum intermedium

Brazilian Bachelor Button 10 seeds 
The Centratherum intermedium plant, originally from Brazil has attractive, fluffy, lavender-blue, button-like flowers approx 3/4" across which are produced all summer on bushy plants with an unusual, pineapple fragrance to the foliage. Very heat and drought tolerant, attracting butterflies and adding fragrance to sunny borders or containers. To 2ft tall.
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Cerinthe major Kiwi Blue

Honeywort 15 seeds  җ
Cerinthe major Kiwi Blue is a half-hardy perennial - usually grown as an annual that flowers from June to frost. A very attractive plant with purple-blue flower heads on deep blue green bracts. Cerinthe major Kiwi Blue has a smaller more branching habit, and deeper blue flower bracts, therefore also suitable for pot displays, but it will be at its most impressive planted out as bedding.
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Cineraria Maritima Cirrus

Dusty Miller Apprx 100 seeds
Cineraria Maritima Cirrus is an old favourite for border edging, tubs, containers and hanging baskets with bright silver foliage all summer. I often use this variety for its larger leaves and bold effect in borders. For smaller containers or hanging baskets please use the "Silver Dust" variety. For the best plants a really early spring sowing in heat under glass is essential as from my experience they are initially slow to develop.
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Cineraria Maritima Silver Dust

Cut leaved Dusty Miller Aprx 100 seeds
Cineraria Maritima Silver Dust is an old favourite for border edging, tubs, containers and hanging baskets with bright silver foliage all summer. "Silver Dust" is ideal for smaller containers or hanging baskets with deep cut silver foliage and a dwarf habit. For the best plants a really early spring sowing in heat under glass is essential as from my experience they are initially slow to develop.
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Cleome spinosa Queen Series

Spider Flower (Pr Pkt)
Cleome spinosa Queen Series or ‘Spider Flowers’ are surprisingly not widely grown, a tall growing annual to 5ft with large 6” wide heads of spidery white, pink or violet flowers. Pinch out the main stem at 12”  tall to encourage side shoots for more flowers. Each flower head continues to grow over many months gradually getting longer. If you have not attempted this plant before it makes a lovely display when mass grouped. For a shorter variety to 3ft, choose the F1 hybrid Sparkler series.
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Cleome spinosa Sparkler

A new FI Hybrid Spider Flower 15 seeds 
From the USA the first dwarf long blooming F1 Hybrid Cleome spinosa Sparkler!  Uniform habit, long bloom time and terrific heat- and sun tolerance of the huge 4- to 6-inch flower clusters on slightly smaller plants reaching 3ft to 4 feet tall with a natural bushy habit. Colours in lavender, rose, white and a pink with a white flush (picture) or mixed.
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Coleus Black Dragon

Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 15 seeds 
Coleus Black Dragon a wonderful Victorian type coleus with deep red centres bordered by purplish black frilly edges. My favourite coleus.
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Coleus Carefree Mixed

Cut Leaf Coleus 15 seeds
Coleus Carefree Mixed an attractive and unusual coleus with deeply cut wavy edged leaves and good leaf colours..
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Coleus Chocolate Splash Lime

Chocolate Coleus 10 seeds
Coleus Chocolate Splash Lime is an unusual Coleus perfect for chocolate enthusiasts with dark chocolate leaves edged in bright lime green.
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Coleus Exhibition Limelight

Exhibition Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 15 seeds 
Coleus Exhibition Limelight, a lovely large coleus from the Exhibition series, Limelight has bright golden yellow soft velvet leaves held horizontally. Quite tall, too, growing to 16” tall. For lovely golden yellow foliage contrasts in a border this one is a superb hybrid.
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Coleus Exhibition Magma

Exhibition Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 15 seeds 
Coleus Exhibition Magma is one of the largest leaved coleus around, Magma has soft velvet leaves deep red with a gold edge held horizontally. Quite tall, too, growing to 16” tall. Some people leave the flowers on and the sky blue flowers contrast well with the foliage. If you are into deep red colours this one is a superb new hybrid.
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Coleus Exhibition Palisandra

Exhibition Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 15 seeds
Coleus Exhibition Palisandra, a very dark coleus with soft velvet leaves that are uniformly purple-black, and larger than many other Coleus and held horizontally. Quite tall, too, growing to 16” tall. Some people leave the flowers on and the sky blue flowers contrast well with the foliage. If you are into black foliage this one is a superb new hybrid.
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Coleus Kong Mosaic

Kong Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 10 seeds
Coleus Kong Mosaic, the Kong series Coleus took the market by storm in 2005. Landscaping plants with face sized leaves! This Mosaic variety is particularly popular.
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Coleus Kong Red

Kong Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 10 seeds
Coleus Kong Red, the Kong series Coleus took the market by storm in 2005. Landscaping plants with face sized leaves! We offer the red and mosaic versions which we think by far the most striking of the small range available.
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Coleus Rainbow

Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 15 seeds 
I cannot get round the new name for this well known plant - far too much of a mouthful for me! A very useful plant for pots, in hanging baskets, tubs and spot plants in a warm summer border with excellent tropical foliage. Coleus Rainbow are easy to grow and you can pick out the colours that you want from the mixed packet we offer.
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Coleus Red Velvet

Coleus Red Velvet (Solenostemon scutillarioides) 10 seeds
Coleus Red Velvet is a low growing lovely Coleus with narrow curled, velvety plum coloured leaves with a red scalloped edge. New introduction to the market in 2008.
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Cosmos Candystripe

Cosmos Aprx 30 seeds
The markings on Cosmos Candy Stripe are unique and vary with each flower. The plants thrive on neglect and reseed themselves easily making them a great choice for wildflower meadows or naturalized areas. Drought tolerant, great for cutting, and attracts butterflies. A tall 3ft to 6ft plant for the larger border.
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Cosmos Cosmic Mixed

Cosmos Aprx 50 seeds
A yellow, orange and red mix naturally stocky and well branched, very free flowering and only growing to 30cm. Cosmos Cosmic Mixed is ideal for bedding with a long flowering season. Because they bloom so freely all summer and into early autumn, they are recommended for highly visible areas for a truly "cosmic" show.
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Cosmos Sonata Mixed

Cosmos Aprx 30 seeds
Cosmos Sonata Mixed is a top selling series of Cosmos available in a mixture of 4 separate colours of white and pink shades. These are dwarf plants with semi-erect habit and very free flowering. Ideal for bedding with a long flowering season. Because they bloom so freely all summer and into early autumn, they are recommended for highly visible show bedding areas.
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Didiscus caeruleus Madonna Blue

Blue Lace Flower approx 50 seeds
Didiscus caeruleus Madonna Blue is an excellent annual bearing finely divided leaves 2" to 4" long, with blooms forming in round umbels at the tips of the stems. The freely produced powder blue lacy umbels are about 3" across. Didiscus can be planted in greenhouses or in the gardens for its excellent long stemmed cut flowers with a vase length of 5 to 10 days and is grown commercially for this purpose in the USA.
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Eryngium Blue Glitter

Sea Holly 10 seeds
Eryngium Blue Glitter is a fast growing eryngium that can add height to the back of a border and a good stem length for fresh and dried cut flower production. 'Blue Glitter' has silver blue stems that unfold into an abundance of small shimmering blue pincushion flowers. Best in hot sunny conditions with a rich fertile soil that needs to be well drained. Actually a perennial but only for very mild areas that are frost free in winter.
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Eryngium Purple Sheen

Sea Holly 10 seeds
Eryngium Purple Sheen, another attractive annual and architectural thistle with vibrant metallic purple blue flower stems and  bracts. Less spines than some varieties and the flowers or seedcapsules are excellent for cutting and interesting for flower arrangers. A perennial in warmer areas it is best grown as an annual in colder areas.
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Eschscholzia Mixed

Californian Poppy Aprx 200 seeds

An easily grown annual this US native will happily self seed in UK if left alone flowering in mid summer.  This mix includes yellow and orange-red flowers. Best sown directly where to flower.
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Eschscholzia Thai Silk

Californian Poppy Aprx 200 seeds
Eschscholzia Thai Silk or California Poppy makes a bold annual display, with an attractive mix of orange, red, cream and yellow shades. Best sown directly where to flower.
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Fuchsia Fete Floral

Triphylla Fuchsia 10 seeds 
A new Triphylla type of fuchsia with exotic looking flowers on glossy dark green leaves that have a reddish reverse. The plant produces many pendulous blooms of bright red in clusters and excellent for patios. A greenhouse perennial, but can be treated as an annual if sown early in December or January. Aprx 20 weeks to flower.
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Fuchsia Swing

Hybrid Fuchsia 10 seeds  
A hybrid fuchsia from seed that produces a high percentage of double and semi double flowers with only 20% single and excellent as a patio pot plant. A greenhouse perennial but can be treated as an annual if sown early in December or January. Aprx 20 weeks to flower.
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Gazania Daybreak Series

Gazania 25 seeds 
Gazania Daybreak Series, a stunning South African daisy that revels in full sun on a well drained soil, useful for edging tropical borders to add a touch of extra colour.
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Gypsophila Elegans Covent Garden

Annual Baby's Breath aprx 600 seeds җ җ җ

This is an elegant hardy annual for the border to 18", producing delicate flowers and foliage. Although it is mainly used for cut flowers it can also be grown as a flowering pot plant. Best grown in drifts or down steep banks for best effect.
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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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