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A very useful collection of 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.

Agastache Mixed
Anise Hyssop Mixed n]£

(Pr Pkt) £1.95   JS960

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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.

Ageratum F1 Hawaii Blue
Floss Flower n£

Aprx 50 seeds £1.95   JS3245

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Ageratum are old garden favourites and this F1 hybrid produces 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.

Ageratum Red Flint
Pink Floss Flower n£

Aprx 50 seeds £1.95   JS3725

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Ageratum Red Flint 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.

Ageratum White Clouds
Pink Floss Flower n£

Aprx 50 seeds £1.95   JS3247

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Ageratum are old garden favourites and this selection 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.

Alyogyne huegelii
Blue Hibiscus

Per Pkt £1.95   JS325 

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Called the ‘Blue Hibiscus’ (it’s a close relative to the hibiscus) this plant 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.

Alyssum Easter Bonnet
Sweet Alyssum
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Aprx 300 seeds  £1.25   JS2725

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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.

Amaranth Chinese Giant Orange
Chinese Spinach 
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Aprx 100 seeds £1.99   JS3042

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A giant 6ft to 8ft Amaranth with large heads of golden orange given an early start. 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

Amaranth Lotus Purple
Purple Amaranth 
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Aprx 100 seeds £1.99   JS3043

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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

Amaranthus caudatus Green
Love-Lies-Bleeding Green 
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Aprx 200 seeds £1.66   JS1458

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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.

Amaranthus caudatus Red
'Love-Lies-Bleeding Red' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.66   JS1457

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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.

Amaranthus cruentus Oeschberg
'Love-Lies-Bleeding' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.66   JS1357 

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Oeschburg is another good form of Amaranthus with deep purple leaves and branching flowers

Amaranthus Early Splendour
'Amaranthus' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.95   JS1459

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A fabulous new early colour producing variety, with bright scarlet bracts creating a stunning display. Large plants given a hot sunny position to 3ft but in our trials only made 18” from a late spring sowing.

Amaranthus Illumination
'Amaranthus' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.95   JS1354

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This form of annual amaranthus 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

Amaranthus Red Cathedral Superior
'Amaranthus' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.66  JS1358

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A tall variety with upright branching habit and bright blood red flowers

Amaranthus Cruentas Velvet Curtains
'Amaranthus' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.95   JS1355

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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.

Amaranthus Tricolor Yellow
'Amaranthus Yellow ' n£
Aprx 200 seeds £1.95   JS3624

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Amaranthus Tricolor Yellow is another striking variety, with bright yellow bracts creating a stunning display. Large plants to 3ft given a hot sunny position.

Ammi majus Graceland
'Bishop's Weed' n£
Aprx 100 seeds £1.95   JS3466

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An attractive ferny foliage border filler with beautiful, lacy white flower heads. This interesting annual creates a soft cloud of flower umbels to complement other herbaceous perennials. The flowers are also excellent for cutting, with a good vase life. Height to 4ft with a spread of 18" and a good nectar source for bees and butterflies. In my opinion well worth a try but a bit like a more delicate giant cow parsley.

Ammi Majus is the best white filler-foliage plant you can grow and spectacular arranged in a great cloud on its own. It even forms larger, more prolific plants from an autumn sowing.

Anchusa Blue Angel
Cape Forget Me-Not
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25 seeds £1.95   JS2627

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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.

Angelonia Serena Mixed
Summer Snapdragon mixed colours n£
12 pelleted seeds  £3.95   JS1720

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This 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.

Antirrhinum F1 Floral Showers Bi-colour Mixed
Dwarf Bi-colour Antirrhinum
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Aprx 100 seeds £2.49   JS3663

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An interesting early and dwarf (20cm) flowering mixture of apricot, wine and lavender in a lovely bicolour display.

Antirrhinum F1 Madame Butterfly
Tall Butterfly Antirrhinum 
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Aprx 100 seeds £2.49   JS3661

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Lovely Double form open faced Butterfly type in mixed colours to 75cm

Antirrhinum F1 Liberty
Snapdragon
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Aprx 100 seeds £2.49   JS3662

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This series is a real performer in the landscape. The sturdy stems hold the flowers well and its very uniform in habit and timing. 50-60cm.

Asclepias curassavica
Scarlet Milkweed n£
50 seeds £2.32   JS2143

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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.

Asclepias incarnata
Swamp Milkweed n£
50 seeds £2.32   JS2144

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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.

Asclepias physocarpus
"Hairy Balls" n£
Aprox 30 seeds £1.49   JS3440

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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.

Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
Butterfly Weed  n£
50 seeds £2.32   JS2786

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Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed 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.

Aster Giants of California
Bedding Aster n£
Aprx 200 seeds £2.32   JS2147

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Tall plants to 30” with large shaggy Ostrich type flowers on long stems. A good colour range and perfect for cut flowers.

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"

Calendula officinalis Princess Mixed
Pot marigold  n£
(Aprx 30 sds pr Pkt) £1.49   JS23483

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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.

Campanula Champion Mixed
Ornamental Winter Cabbage  n£]]
(Aprx 50 sds pr Pkt) £2.49   JS2708

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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.

Capsicum annum Bolivian Rainbow Hot & Ornamental!

Ornamental Pepper  n£

10 seeds £2.99  JS3217

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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.
 

Capsicum Purple Flash
Ornamental Pepper n£
10 seeds £2.99  JS2863

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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.

Celosia Century Mixed
Plumed Celosia  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.49  JS2856

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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.

Celosia Super Dwarf Kimono Mixed
Dwarf Plumed Celosia  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.60  JS2855

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A dwarf mix of plumed Celosia to 12" ideal for pot growing. A cheerful mixture of reds, pinks, salmon, orange, yellow and cream.

Celosia cristata
Red Cockscomb  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.49  JS2858

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

Celosia Flamingo Feather
Pink/White Plumed Celosia  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.49  JS3543

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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. 

Celosia Chief Gold
Yellow
Cockscomb  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.49  JS2865

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A Yellow version of Celosia Cristata to 2ft and useful for cutting with huge flower heads resembling a Yellow Cocks Comb.

Celosia China Town
Red Plumed Celosia
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Aprx 50 seeds £1.49  JS2969

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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.
 

Celosia Kurume
New Scarlet Bronze Cockscombe  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.49  JS2866

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A superb new scarlet Celosia with bronze foliage.

Cerinthe major Kiwi Blue
Honeywort n]]£
15 seeds £2.95   JS1453

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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. The reason it is in the hardy section is that it self seeds each year giving a continual yearly display

Cineraria Maritima Cirrus
Dusty Miller n]£

Aprx 100 seeds £1.95   JS2664

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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.

Cineraria Maritima Silver Dust
Dusty Miller n]£

Aprx 100 seeds £1.95   JS2665

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Another 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.

Cleome spinosa Queen Series
Spider Flower n£
(Pr Pkt) £1.65

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The lovely ‘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.

Cleome spinosa Sparkler Mixed
A new FI Hybrid Spider Flower n£
(Pr Pkt) £3.15 JS811

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From the USA the first dwarf long blooming F1 Hybrid! 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.

Coleus Black Dragon
Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
15 seeds £1.78   JS889

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A wonderful Victorian type coleus with deep red centres bordered by purplish black frilly edges. My favourite coleus.

Coleus Rainbow
Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
(Pr Pkt) £1.78   JS3301

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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. Easy to grow and you can pick out the colours that you want from the mixed packet we offer.

Coleus Carefree Mixed
Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
15 seeds £1.78   JS2897

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An attractive and unusual coleus with deeply cut wavy edged leaves and good leaf colours.

Coleus Chocolate Splash Lime
Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
10 seeds £3.95   JS2733

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An unusual Coleus perfect for chocolate enthusiasts with dark chocolate leaves edged in bright lime green. .

Coleus Exhibition Limelight
Exhibition Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
15 seeds £2.28   JS1454

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Another large coleus from the Exhibition series, Limelight has bright golden yellow soft velvet leaves held horizontally. Quite tall, too, growing to 16”. For lovely golden yellow foliage contrasts, or colour themes in a border, this one is a superb hybrid.

Coleus Exhibition Magma
Exhibition Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
15 seeds £2.28   JS1455

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One of the largest 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.

Coleus Exhibition Palisandra
Exhibition Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
15 seeds £2.28   JS1245

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The darkest coleus around. The soft velvet leaves uniformly purple-black, are larger than any other Coleus and are 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.

Coleus Kong Mosaic
Kong Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
10 seeds £3.68   JS2149

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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 are the most striking of the small range available. This Mosaic variety is particularly popular.

Coleus Kong Red
Kong Series Coleus (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
10 seeds £3.68   JS2148

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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 are the most striking of the small range available.

Coleus Wizzard Velvet Red
Coleus Velvet Red (Solenostemon scutillarioides) n£
10 seeds £2.28   JS2374

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A low growing lovely Coleus with narrow curled, velvety plum coloured leaves.

Collinsia heterophylla
Purple Chinese Houses n£]
Aprx 200 seeds £1.95   JS3626

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In spring and early summer this rare Californian half hardy annual produces a great profusion of extremely lovely white and violet bi-colour snapdragon-like blooms, growing in perfect rings of widely spaced bands around the stems forming a kind of pagoda. Adored by bees and butterflies, it is also very easy to grow. Best in semi shade and reaching 10cm to 50cm depending on warmth and soil conditions. Can be raised in a greenhouse in early spring or direct sown outside in a prepared seed bed in April/May

Cosmos Candystripe
Cosmos  n£
Aprx 30 seeds £2.95   JS2899

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The markings on 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.

Cosmos Cosmic Mixed
Cosmos  n£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.95   JS2662

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A yellow, orange and red mix naturally stocky and well branched, very free flowering and only growing to 30cm. 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.

Cosmos Sonata Mixed
Cosmos  n£
Aprx 30 seeds £2.95   JS2663

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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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