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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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Agastache Mixed

Anise Hyssop Mixed (Pr Pkt) җ

Agastache is an interesting Mediterranean perennial perhaps best treated as an annual in hard frost areas. The mint like foliage has a distinctive liquorice or peppermint smell, with attractive spikes of blue, white, pink  or orange flowers in our special mix that grow to about 60cm.
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Ageratum F1 Hawaii Blue

Floss Flower Aprx 50 seeds
Ageratum are old garden favourites and Ageratum Hawaii Blue is an F1 hybrid producing strong growing plants with attractive large blue flowers. Good garden performance it grows to about 25-30 cm and excellent for edging. Part of our Jubilee Red White and Blue bedding options.
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Ageratum Red Sea

Pink Floss Flower Aprx 25 seeds
Ageratum Red sea is a taller border Ageratum producing branching plants 60 cm to 70 cm tall. They freely produce dense heads of burgundy red blooms and provide useful cut flowers on long stems. Part of our Jubilee Red White and Blue bedding options.
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Ageratum White Clouds

White Floss Flower Aprx 50 seeds
Ageratum are old garden favourites and Ageratum White Clouds produces strong growing plants with attractive large white flowers. Good garden performance it grows to about 25-30 cm and excellent for edging. Part of our Jubilee Red White and Blue bedding options.
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Alyogyne huegelii

Blue Hibiscus Aprx 25 seeds 
Alyogyne huegelii  often called the ‘Blue Hibiscus’ (it’s a close relative to the hibiscus) heralds from dry southern regions of Australia. Excellent for summer bedding in a south facing English border. It is really a perennial shrub to 10ft or more and given the right conditions could be over wintered indoors, but try growing it as an annual. The 12cm flowers are a lovely lilac blue.
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Alyssum Easter Bonnet

Sweet Alyssum Aprx 300 seeds
Alyssum Easter Bonnet is a heavy blooming compact alyssum variety which will flower in a range of striking colours including deep pink, rose, white and violet. The plants reach a height of 10cm and they are a great plant for blanket or ground cover with a wonderful delicate fragrance.
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Alyssum Wonderland

Bedding Alyssum Aprx 300 Seeds

Alyssum Wonderland a classic bedding Alyssum produces scented flowering dwarf plants with a vigorous spread. All are well-matched for plant height and bloom timing. Height: 4", 12" spread. We offer these in deep purple, deep pink and the traditional white colour.

Amaranth Chinese Giant Orange

Chinese Spinach Aprx 100 seeds
Amaranth Chinese Giant Orange is an 6ft to 8ft Amaranth with large heads of golden orange. The young leaves are green with orange ribs and deliciously edible as baby salad leaves. The seeds are lightly coloured also edible and excellent ground into a flour or cooked like oatmeal.  The plant prefers full sun and normal garden soil.  Sow the seed directly in the spring garden and thin to about 1 foot apart or grow in small pots before planting out after frosts have finished.  Part of our "Triffid" pack
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Amaranth Lotus Purple

Purple Amaranth aprx 100 seeds
Amaranth Lotus Purple is a striking 8ft tall robust heavy yielder with thick red-purple flower heads full of purple-black seeds. The young leaves are deliciously edible as baby salad leaves or cooked as spinach. The seeds are edible very nutritious and excellent ground into a flour or cooked like oatmeal.  The plant prefers full sun and normal garden soil.  Sow the seed directly in the spring garden and thin to about 1 foot apart or grow in small pots before planting out after frosts have finished.  Part of our "Triffid" pack
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Amaranthus caudatus Green

Love-Lies-Bleeding Green Aprx 200 seeds
Amaranthus caudatus Green  is the original green form of ‘love lies bleeding’ Excellent in a tropical bedding theme where it emulates the tropical plant Acalypha hispida. The green and red forms are much used in flower arrangements with tassels to 24” long.
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Amaranthus caudatus Red

Love-Lies-Bleeding Red Aprx 200 seeds
Amaranthus caudatus Red is the original red ‘love lies bleeding’ Excellent in a tropical bedding theme where it emulates the tropical plant Acalypha hispida. The green and red forms are much used in flower arrangements with tassels to 24” long.
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Amaranthus cruentus Oeschburg

Love-Lies-Bleeding Aprx 200 seeds

Amaranthus cruentus Oeschburg is another good form of Amaranthus with deep purple leaves and branching flowers.
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Amaranthus Early Splendour

Amaranthus Aprx 200 seeds
Amaranthus Early Splendour  is a fabulous new early colour producing variety, with bright scarlet bracts creating a stunning display. Large plants to 3ft given a hot sunny position. The July 2006 heat wave produced a fabulous display.
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Amaranthus Illumination

Love-Lies-Bleeding Aprx 200 seeds
Amaranthus Illumination will challenge any tropical flower for brilliant colour. Only growing to 2ft with purple bronze foliage topped by scarlet and yellow flower bracts like a poinsettia. Excellent as a pot grown patio annual or in groups in a warm border. Can grow taller in warmer climates!
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Amaranthus Red Cathedral Superior

Amaranthus Aprx 200 seeds
Amaranthus Red Cathedral Superior  is a tall variety with upright branching habit and bright blood red flowers
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Amaranthus Velvet Curtain

Love-Lies-Bleeding Aprx 200 seeds 
Amaranthus Velvet Curtain is a fabulous foliage and flower plant for creating a quick tropical foliage and flower effect. This form grows to 4ft to 6ft tall with crimson red 12" flower spikes and large purple leaves. In a group planting quite stunning.
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Anchusa Blue Angel

Cape Forget Me-Not - 25 Seeds җ җ
Anchusa Blue Angel  is a hardy biennial or short lived perennial from South Africa, best grown as an annual.  Blue Angel has great vivid ultra-marine blue flowers on plants with a bushy habit 12" by 12" making this variety ideal for garden borders and mass plantings. Early blooming and extremely long blooming time for any annual. Also ideal for patio pots and containers and attractive to butterflies. Prefers full sun or partial shade.
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Angelonia Serena Mixed

Summer Snapdragon mixed colours 12 pelleted seeds
Angelonia Serena is the first variety of Angelonia, a shrub native of South America, ever to be available from seed for the home gardener. It is a bit shorter than other Angelonias, with 10" to 12" stems on well-branched plants 12" to 14" wide. Treat like a Salvia in a hot, dry position in your garden, however it also fares well in moist soils and is ideal for containers. It doesn't need to be deadheaded as fresh flowering stems simply arise to replace the old ones!

Angelonia although a tender perennial is best grown as an annual in the UK and the Serena range comes in four colours, lavender pink, purple, and white. Blooms 13 to 14 weeks from sowing.

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Antirrhinum F1 Bells Mixed

Dwarf Antirrhinum Aprx 100 seeds
Antirrhinum F1 Bells is a dwarf open ‘butterfly-type’ of antirrhinum on strong basal branching stems in a wide range of colours. The butterfly-type flowers tend to last longer than the snapdragon forms. 20-25cm.
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Antirrhinum F1 La Bella

Tall Butterfly Antirrhinum Aprx 100 seeds
Antirrhinum F1 La Bella, a taller open ‘butterfly-type’ of antirrhinum on strong basal branching stems in a wide range of colours. The butterfly-type flowers tend to last longer than the snapdragon forms. 50-60cm.
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Antirrhinum F1 Ribbon Mixed

Snapdragon Aprx 100 seeds
Antirrhinum F1 Ribbon replaces the well-known Liberty series, this is earlier to flower, with a better base-branching habit and an excellent bright colour range to 50-60cm tall.
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Asclepias curassavica

Scarlet Milkweed Aprx 50 seeds
Asclepias curassavica  or Scarlet milkweed, a native to South America, is an erect, evergreen perennial sub-shrub, often grown as an annual in our climate. The bushy plants grow to about 2ft-3ft tall with pretty orange and red flowers borne in terminal clusters that are 2”-4” across and loved by butterflies. It blooms continuously from spring until autumn. They like full sun to partial shade and tolerate both dry and wet conditions.
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Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed Aprx 50 seeds
Asclepias incarnata  or Swamp milkweed, a native to Southern areas of the USA, is an erect, evergreen perennial sub-shrub, often grown as an annual in our climate. The bushy plants grow to about 2ft-3ft tall with pretty pink flowers borne in terminal clusters that are 2”-4” across and also loved by butterflies. It blooms continuously from spring until autumn. They like full sun to partial shade and tolerate both dry and wet conditions.
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Asclepias physocarpus

"Hairy Balls" Aprx 30 seeds

A slender, deciduous shrub, usually treated as an annual as it is quick and easy to grow. Best pinched out at the 5th leaf stage to encourage branching, the stems then produce insignificant flowers that magically transform into unusual translucent, soft, spiny balls. An interesting talking point and often used for cut flower arrangements.
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Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow

Butterfly Weed Aprx 50 Seeds
Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow produces many golden yellow, flat-topped flower clusters in early June. Flowering goes on for many weeks. Green pods full of seeds with silky white hairs follow the flowers. An excellent plant if you want to attract a variety of butterflies in to your garden.
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Aster Colour Carpet

Bedding Aster Aprx 200 seeds
Aster Colour Carpet produces compact plants to 8” tall and a popular choice for bedding with double Chrysanthemum type flowers.
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Aster Giants of California

Bedding Aster Aprx 200 seeds
Aster Giants of California  are tall plants to 30” with large shaggy Ostrich type flowers on long stems. A good colour range and perfect for cut flowers.
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Aster Milady

Bedding Aster Milady Aprx 100 seeds
Aster Milady, a dwarf well branching Aster to 25cm with Chrysanthemum type flowers and excellent for bedding out.
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Aster Starlight

Bedding Aster Aprx 200 seeds
Aster Starlight produces compact plants to 8” tall with large 4” flowers with ray type petals in a good colour range. Excellent for bedding, early and floriferous
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Begonia Semperflorens Mixed

Ambassador & Senator varieties available Aprx 100 seeds
Begonia Semperflorens Mixed is splendid bedding begonia with outstanding summer long garden performance. Ambassador (Green Foliage) and Senator (Red Foliage) produce flower in shades of scarlet, salmon, rose, coral, pink and white together with a stunning salmon/white 'picotee'. They are ideal for bedding and excellent for edging; tremendous in tubs and containers. Height 20cm

Brassica oleracea Red Chidori

Ornamental Winter Kale (Aprx 50 sds pr Pkt) җ

Brassica oleracea Red Chidori  are dwarf plants with fringed, ruffle edged leaves.  The cabbage type head develops a strong purple red colour in cold conditions with outer green leaves. Ideal for exceptional winter colour - sow in September - to 9"
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Brassica oleracea Red Peacock

Ornamental Winter Kale (Aprx 50 sds pr Pkt)  җ җ

Brassica oleracea Red Peacock is a pretty feather leaved variety with a distinctive open habit with a red centre and purple-red outer leaves, all finely serrated or deeply notched. It has a large head which is supported by a thick sturdy stem of moderate height and the plant can withstand severe cold winters better than the cabbage varieties. Sow in September for winter colour - to 12" tall and wide
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Brassica oleracea Red Pigeon

Ornamental Winter Cabbage (Aprx 50 sds pr Pkt) җ

Brassica oleracea Red Pigeon produces compact dwarf plants having uniformly round shaped solid heads with slightly waved flowers leaves. Coral-red centre with green outer leaves. Ideal for exceptional winter colour - sow in September - to 9"
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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

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving