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A very useful collection of tropical annuals that bring a tropical dimension to your summer planting. There are many useful tropical effect plants that can be grown from seed, most of the ones included here are annuals but some are perennials best grown as annuals in our climate.

Didiscus caeruleus Madonna Blue
Blue Lace Flower n£
Aprx 50 seeds  £1.95   JS3266

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This excellent annual bears 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.

Eryngium Blue Glitter
Sea Holly n£
10 seeds  £2.95   JS2994

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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.

Eryngium Purple Sheen
Sea Holly n£
10 seeds  £2.45   JS2517

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An attractive annual architectural thistle with vibrant metallic purple blue flower stems and bracts. Less spines than some varieties and the flowers or seed capsules are excellent for cutting and interesting for flower arrangers.

Eschscholzia Mixed
Californian Poppy n£

Aprx 200 seeds Pr Pkt

£1.25  JS3380

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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.

Eschscholzia Thai Silk
Californian Poppy n£

Aprx 200 seeds Pr Pkt

£1.66  JS2353

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This California Poppy makes a bold annual display, with an attractive mix of orange, red, cream and yellow shades. Best sown directly where to flower.

Gazania Daybreak Series
Gazania  n£
Aprx 25 seeds Pr Pkt

£2.99   JS623

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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.

Gypsophila Elegans Covent Garden
Annual Baby's Breath  n£]]]
Aprx 600 seeds Pr Pkt

£1.49   JS3464

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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.

Helianthus Craven Strain
Super Giant Sunflower  n£
10 Seeds  £3.49   JS1957

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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.

Helianthus Kong
New
Giant Sunflower  n£
20 Seeds  £3.18   JS2469

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A true monster reaching 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 Grey Stripe
Giant Sunflower  n£
10 Seeds  £1.95   JS1596

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Another huge 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" diameter stems and large leaves

Helianthus Italian White
White Sunflower  n£
Aprx 25 seeds  £2.11   JS2397

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A lovely creamy white sunflower with 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 Moulin Rouge
Giant Red Sunflower n£
10 seeds  £3.18   JS2376

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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.

Helianthus Prado Red
Red
Sunflower  n£
20 Seeds  £3.18   JS852

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A 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 petals to 4ft tall.

Helianthus Russian Mammoth
Giant Sunflower  n£
10 Seeds  £1.49   JS1840

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This one 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
Cutting Sunflower  n£
20 Seeds  £2.95   JS3474

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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
Heliotrope
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Aprx 200 Seeds  £2.44   JS2150

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Beautifully 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
Sweet Rocket  n£
Aprx 250 Seeds  £1.87   JS2630

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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 acetosella Red Shield
False Roselle  n£
20 Seeds  £2.42   JS1180

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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.

Impatiens Safari Mixed F2
Busy Lizzie  n£
Aprx 50 Seeds  £1.66   JS2394

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Safari 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!

Iresine herbstii
Blood Leaf  n£
Aprx 30 Seeds  £3.99   JS1199

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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'
Larkspur  n£
Aprx 250 Seeds  £1.95   JS3766

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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
Annual lion’s ear  n£
Aprx 15 Seeds  £2.68   JS896

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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.

Lunaria annua Chedaglow

New for 2017!
Purple Honesty 
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20 seeds £1.95 JS3753

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The 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!

Maize quadricolour
Ornamental Maize
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20 seeds £2.55   JS181 

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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
French Marigold Hybrids
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50 seeds £1.95   JS2151 

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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
African Marigold Marvel Hybrids 
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Aprx 50 seeds £2.95   JS1721

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I just love these plants for summer bedding and especially mixed with tropical plants like Canna and Banana plants. The 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.

Marigold Sweet Cream - African
African Marigold Sweet Cream n£
Aprx 25 seeds £3.49   JS1731

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The original ‘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.

Mesembryanthemum Magic Carpet Mixed
Livingstone Daisy n£
Aprx 500 seeds £1.95   JS2625

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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
Four o'clock Plant or Marvel of Peru n£
Aprx 20 seeds £1.89   JS1253

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A colourful quick growing plant from Peru with small trumpet-shaped, sweetly scented flowers in clear 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
Striped Four o'clock Plant or Marvel of Peru n£
Aprx 20 seeds £1.89   JS2975

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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.

Moluccella Laevis
Bells of Ireland
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Aprx 150 seeds £1.95   JS3566

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Graceful 2ft tall stems clothed with pale green calyces surrounding the small, fragrant white flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dry flower arrangements.

Nasturtium Alaska
Variegated Nasturtium n£
Aprx 20 seeds £1.95   JS2730

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The unusual cream and green foliage sets 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.

Nasturtium Blue Pepe
Edible nasturtium n£
Aprx 20 seeds £1.95   JS2916

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This unique variety 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.

Nasturtium Phoenix Mixed
Flame Nasturtium n£
10 seeds £1.95   JS3643

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An exciting new break through in Nasturtiums, the flame like petals on Phoenix are quite unique. With a rich range of colours in yellow orange and red this easy to grow plant is much more compact than other nasturtiums so it can be grown in containers and flower beds without taking over its neighbours.

Nicandra physalodes
Shoo Fly Plant n£
20 seeds £2.13   JS2192

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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

Nicotiana Perfumed Series Mixed
Flowering Tobacco n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.99   JS2152

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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.

Nicotiana sylvestris Only The Lonely
Tobacco - "Only the Lonely" n£
(Pr Pkt) £1.78   JS713

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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.
 

Nicotiana F1 Whisper Mixed
Pink flowering Tobacco n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.75   JS3836

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Nicotiana Whisper is a beautiful architectural plant with good disease tolerance. Produces masses of flowers on tall 3ft to 4ft elegant plants. The delightfully evening fragrant flowers fade from red to pink then white giving an effect of multiple colours. Excellent for planting in drifts and will flower all summer long.

Nicotiana tabacum variegatum
Variegated Pink flowering Tobacco  
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Pkt  £2.95   JS1277

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This Nicotiana 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.
 

Nigella damascena Persian Jewels
Love in a Mist n£
Aprx 100 seeds £0.99   JS3347

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This pretty half hardy annual mix contains semi-double flowers in various shades of blue, mauve, purple, rose-pink and white. The delicate ferny foliage adds to the attraction bearing cornflower like blooms, followed by ornamental seed pods. 50cm.
 

Orlaya grandiflora
Lace Flower n£
Aprx 30 Seeds £1.95   JS3589

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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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