Annual Plants

Plants are not available to order online. Plants can be bought at the nursery any time or they can be delivered by mail order between Sept and March.

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Plants of annuals are usually only available briefly in April or May.

Mail order is not generally possible for annuals.

But seeds of them all are available year round in our online shop.

Agrostemma ‘Ocean Pearl’

Beautiful white corn cockle, finest brown veins in throat, hardy annual 36″

(also available as seed)

Agrostis ‘Fibre Optics’

Flowerheads open into translucent sprays tipped with tiny glittering blobs. Good cut flower, blooms all summer. Annual, sun & drainage 18″

(also available as seed)

Alonsoa ‘Bright Spark’

Long stems of small flowers with bright orange reflexed petals around yellow exerted anthers. Easy, likes sun, treat as annual, 30″

(also available as seed)

Alonsoa incisifolia

Long stems of bright orange flowers with dark eye, blue-green leaves Easy, likes sun, treat as annual, 30″

(also available as seed)

Alonsoa ‘Peachy-Keen’

Myriad flat-faced pale peachy-pink flowers on dark stems all summer. Borderline hardy, can treat as annual, self sows. 15”

(also available as seed)

Alonsoa ‘Pink Beauty’

Myriad flat-faced pale peachy-pink flowers on dark stems all summer. Borderline hardy, can treat as annual, self sows. 15”

(also available as seed)

Amaranthus ‘Autumn Palette’

Arching bronze flower spikes. Long-blooming, good cut flower. Annual, likes sun 36”

(also available as seed)

Ammi majus

Like refined cow parsley. Excellent cut flower, 30″, hardy annual, self sows

(also available as seed)

Ammi visnaga

Like giant cow parsley with very fine dill-like leaves. Excellent cut flower, 3-4ft, annual, self sows

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana sylvestris

Anagallis ‘Blue Light’

Gentian blue flowers for 6 months. Tender perennial often grown as annual. Fine leaves, likes sun. Easy, sow in early spring. 10″

Antirrhinum 'Black Prince'

Antirrhinum ‘Black Prince’

Dark leaves and dark red flowers 18″. Annual (or short-lived perennial). Easy

(also available as seed)

Arum italicum italicum

Antirrhinum ‘Night & Day’

White-throated dark red flowers, dark leaves. Sport of A. ‘Black Prince’ 18″. Perennial if not prolonged frost. Easy

(also available as seed)

Argemone grandiflora Prickly Poppy.

Single white 3″ poppies on glaucous prickly leaves. Hardy annual for sunny dry site, self sows 30+”

(also available as seed)

Atriplex hortensis 'Rubra'

Atriplex hortensis ‘Rubra’

PURPLE ORACHE

Easy annual with purple leaves and stems. Edible leaves. Likes sun, not too dry. Sows itself a bit. 36″

(also available as seed)

Browallia sp

NEW, Small intense deep purple-blue flowers. Tender annual. Likes sun 24″

(also available as seed)

Calendula ‘Bronze Beauty’

(looks just like C. ‘Touch of Red Buff’ to me) Creamy daisies tipped with bronze. Easy annual. Good cut flower 30″

(also available as seed)

Calendula ‘Touch of Red Buff’

Pale cream semi-double daisies tipped with red flush. Easy annual, self sows. Good cut flower 30″

(also available as seed)

Camissonia ‘Sunflakes’

Sulphur-yellow round cup-shaped flowers all summer, narrow leaves, low-growing annual 8″ x 24″

(also available as seed)

Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’

Fat deepest purple 1″ heads of ragged petals. Thin greyish leaves. Easy annual, likes sun and good drainage. 24″

(also available as seed)

Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Ball’

Double Blue Cornflower

Fat bright blue 1″ heads of ragged petals. Easy annual, likes sun & good drainage 24″

(also available as seed)

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’

Amazing deep blue bracts droop over violet flowers, glaucous leaves. Hardy annual, full sun, good drainage, self sows. Keep some seed inside 18″

(also available as seed)

Cleome spinosa ‘Alba’

(syn. Cleome ‘Helen Campbell’)

WHITE SPIDER FLOWER

Elegant white flowers with long stamens in big open heads, attractive foliage. 5ft annual, likes sun & drainage

(also available as seed)

Cobaea scandens AGM

Showy vigorous tender climber. Big creamy cup and saucer flowers turn purple. 12ft.

(also available as seed)

Cobaea scandens Alba

Showy vigorous tender climber. Big creamy cup and saucer flowers. 12ft.

(also available as seed)

Coleus 'Palisandra'

Coleus ‘Palisandra’ (now Solenostemon ‘Palisandra’)

Solid black velvety leaves, small bright blue flowers. Compact, 15″. Good houseplant. Tender

(also available as seed)

Cosmos 'Bright Lights'

Cosmos ‘Bright Lights’

Brilliant yellow-orange 2″ flowers, many kissed with red-orange at tips, shimmers with hot colour. Annual, likes sun.

(also available as seed)

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Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Purity’

WHITE COSMOS

Annual, fine foliage, big pure white, simple flowers. Likes sun, may self sow, 36″. Easy

(also available as seed)

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata’

WHITE COSMOS.

Annual, fine foliage, big pure white, simple flowers. Likes sun, may self sow, 20″. Easy

(also available as seed)

Cuphea viscossisima

Adorable annual. Deep purple mouse-eared flowers. Easy, likes sun 20″

(also available as seed)

Dianthus chinensis ‘Black & White’

(syn. D. chinesis ‘Velvet ‘n Lace’)

Large double black and white flowers 14″. Pretty much annual, sometimes lives another year.

(also available as seed)

Didiscus coerulea ‘Blue Lace’

(syn. Trachymene)

Beautiful pale blue flat lacy umbels. Fragrant. 24″. Annual, likes sun & drainage. Sow early spring.

(also available as seed)

Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'

Geranium pyrenaicum ‘Bill Wallis’

Small vivid violet flowers over low mound of leaves. Short-lived, more or less annual, but self sows. Likes sun, 12″. 8-10 seeds

(also available as seed)

Hibiscus trionum

Hibiscus trionum

Beautiful annual. Large wide open creamy trumpets with nearly black throats. 18″, easy, likes sun. Collect seed.

(also available as seed)

Ipomoea 'Kniolas Purple-Black'

Ipomoea ‘Kniolas Purple-Black’

PURPLE MORNING GLORY

Tender annual climber. Start in warm, likes sun 6ft

(also available as seed)

Mina lobata

Ipomoea lobata

(syn.Mina lobata)

Annual, climbs to 6ft. Narrow curved flowers of red, orange, yellow and cream on one-sided spike. Needs sun and warmth. Startling.

(also available as seed)

Lablab (syn. Dolichos lablab) ‘Ruby Moon’

HYACINTH BEAN

Purple leaves, fragrant purple flowers, edible shiny dark purple beans. Tender climber, can grow as annual. 10ft

(also available as seed)

Lathyrus 'Matucana'

Lathyrus odoratus ‘Matucana’

THE ORIGINAL SWEET PEA

Very very fragrant hardy annual. Blue-purple above, red-purple below, not huge flowers, 5ft. Sow autumn in cold frame or early spring.

(also available as seed)

Lathyrus sativus

Lathyrus sativus

TUTANKHAMEN’S PEA

Found in his tomb. Small but brightest blue flowers on 3ft annual climber. Sow autumn in cold frame or early spring.

(also available as seed)

Lathyrus sativus ‘Albus’

WHITE FORM OF TUTANKHAMEN’S PEA

No fragrance, small white flowers all summer. Very long-blooming, vigorous and early. Hardy annual 6ft

(also available as seed)

Lathyrus tingitanus

THE TANGIER PEA

Annual climber, no fragrance but very showy big magenta-purple flowers very vigorous and early 6ft

(also available as seed)

Limnanthes douglasii rosea

Adorable white (not pink) flowers with clear pink lines in petal, fine leaves. Does not look like poached egg plant cousin. Easy hardy annual, sow autumn or spring. Should self sow, we shall see. 4″

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana sylvestris

Linaria aeruginea

Weird shades of cream, red, brown and grey flowers on fine grey leaves. Easy annual, likes sun, may self sow, 4″ x 8″

(also available as seed)

Linaria aeruginea ‘Neon Lights’

Small brilliant red, orange and pink flowers on fine grey leaves. Easy annual, likes sun, may self sow, 4″ x 8″

(also available as seed)

Linum grandiflorum ‘Blue Dress’

Slender stems topped with saucers of purest sky blue, fine leaves. Short-lived, collect seed. Hardy, likes sun & drainage. 18″

(also available as seed)

Lupinus texensis

Lupinus texensis

TEXAS BLUEBONNET

Bright blue annual Lupin, tip of spike white to pale blue, likes sun and drainage, collect seed, 12″

(also available as seed)

Mina lobata

Mina lobata

(syn. Ipomoea lobata)

Annual, climbs to 6ft. Narrow curved flowers of red, orange, yellow and cream on one-sided spike. Needs sun and warmth. Startling. (10 seeds)

(also available as seed)

Molucella laevis ‘Pixie Bells’

Bells of Ireland. Fragrant pale green flowers and pale green leaves. Easy annual, good cut and good dried. Sun. 30″

(also available as seed)

Nemophila ‘Penny Black’

Round black flowers with white edge, crinkled-edge leaves. Adorable hardy annual, may self sow. Sun or light shade. 5″

(also available as seed)

Nicandra physalodes 'Violacea'

Nicandra physalodes ‘Violacea’

SHOO FLY PLANT or APPLE OF PERU

Pale blue flowers, nearly black stout stems and fruits. Handsome hardy annual, easy, self sows, 36″

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana ‘Hot Chocolate’

Mahogany flowers, pale green reverse, larger and darker than ‘Tinkerbell’. Long flowering annual, 36″. Surface sow spring.

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Pale apple green tubular flowers flared at mouth dangle delicately. Annual. 36″

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’

AGM Annual, very long flowering and easy, wonderful with everything 36″

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana mutabilis

Nicotiana mutabilis

Amazing 5 ft display of small dangling white flowers which turn pink. Blooms June-Nov. Annual / short-lived. Sun or shade. Easy. New .

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana sylvestris

Nicotiana sylvestris

Very fragrant long tubed white flowers in graceful whorls at top of stout stems. 4-5 ft Short-lived (1-2 years). Sun or shade. Easy and quick.

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana ‘Tinkerbell’ (syn. Nicotiana ‘Red Face’)

Strange pale green flowers with dark red faces. Annual, very long flowering and easy, 36″

(also available as seed)

Nigella papillosa ‘African Bride’

White Love in the Mist flowers with shiny black horned seedpods. Easy hardy annual, self sows. Good cut flower, fresh or dried. 30″

(also available as seed)

Nicotiana sylvestris

Nigella papillosa ‘Midnight’

Deep purple Love in a Mist. Unusual dark purple horned seedpods. Easy hardy annual, self sows. Good cut flower, fresh or dried. 30″

(also available as seed)

Oenothera ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Brilliant salmon-pink / orange round flowers atop upright stems, greyish leaves, 20″. Likes sun and drainage, short-lived, easy from seed, self sows Needs cold to germinate.

(also available as seed)

Orlaya grandiflora

Orlaya grandiflora

Exquisite white umbel like broderie Anglaise, large and small petals mingled. Hardy annual, 18″, may self sow.

(also available as seed)

Oryzopsis miliacea

Plain grass below, but finest airy seedheads beautiful all winter. Hardy, likes sun self sows. 40″

(also available as seed)

Papaver commutatum

Papaver commutatum

THE LADYBIRD POPPY

Shining deep red poppies with lartge black blotches. Hardy annual, self sows, likes sun. 15″

(also available as seed)

Papaver miyabeanum

Clear pale yellow tiny poppy. Intricate blue-green leaves. Blooms June. 4″. Seedheads like marbles. Needs sun & drainage, short-lived perennial

(also available as seed)

Papaver nudicaule ‘Party Fun’

DWARF ICELAND POPPY

Big tissue paper flowers in yellow, orange, pink & red. Likes sun & good drainage. Hardy, but short-lived. 16″

(also available as seed)

Papaver rhoeas ‘Mother of Pearl’

Exquisitely subtle pale pink white grey lavender poppies with fine dark stippling, sometimes slightly double. Hardy annual, self sows 24″

(also available as seed)

Papaver rupifragum

Papaver rupifragum

Semi-double apricot /orange perennial poppy. Blue-green leaves, 18″. Blooms June-Oct. Self sows gently. Needs sun & drainage

(also available as seed)

Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'

Papaver somniferum ‘Black Beauty’

DOUBLE BLACK OPIUM POPPY

Very double purple-black flowers, pale gre-green leaves. Hardy annual, best sown in situ or in individual pots, autumn or spring 4ft

(also available as seed)

Papaver somniferum single deep plum (probably ‘Laurens Grape’)

SINGLE DEEP PURPLE OPIUM POPPY Exquisite large flowers. Annual, dislikes root disturbance 36″

(also available as seed)

Papaver somniferum single white

SINGLE WHITE OPIUM POPPY

Exquisite large flowers. Hardy annual, best sown in situ or in individual pots, autumn or spring 36″

(also available as seed)

Pennisetum villosum

Long white open feathery panicles July-Sept. Fairly hardy perennial, can grow as an annual, likes sun & drainage 24″

(also available as seed)

Persicaria orientalis

KISS ME OVER THE GARDEN GATE Bizarre stout stems topped wth bright pink plumes. Hardy annual 4ft

(also available as seed)

Ratibida columnifera f. pulcherrima

Mexican Hat or Prairie Cone Flower. Long thin dark brown cone surrounded by reflexed mahogany brown petals. Fine leaves. Strangely attractive. Short-lived, in fact I would say annual for me. Likes sun and good drainage. 12″

(also available as seed)

Ricinus communis ‘New Zealand Purple’

PURPLE CASTOR OIL PLANT Big metallic red/purple leaves. Red/purple flowers and seedpods Fast-growing annual, likes sun, 7 ft. Poisonous (3 seeds).

(also available as seed)

Roemeria hybrida

VIOLET HORNED POPPY Rare purple poppy, long narrow straight seedpods. Likes sun and drainage. Annual, not sure how hardy

(also available as seed)

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’

Fully double 3-4″ flowers in intense shades of deep red, yellow, bronze, mahogany. Good cut flower, likes sun. Annual/short-lived 30″

(also available as seed)

Salvia roemeriana AGM

Bright scarlet flowers on many short stems. Long- blooming if dead-headed. Short-lived, in fact more or less annual for me. OK in half shade, fairly hardy, may self sow. 10″

(also available as seed)

Sanvitalia procumbens ‘Irish Eyes’

Myriad tiny yellow-orange daisies with green eyes. One of the longest blooming tender perennials, June-November in my garden. Uusually grown as annual. Does not need deadheading. Trails over the edge of a basket or makes low mats in garden. 4″

Salvia patens

Schizopetalon walkeri

Dainty fringed white flowers like squared-off snowflakes, very sweet almond smell especially in the evening, trailing 10

(also available as seed)

Setaria viridis (or S. italica?)

Purple flushed leaves and fluffy purple seedheads. Easy handsome annual, self sows. Good cut flower. 15″

(also available as seed)

Silene armeria ‘Electra’

Blue-grey leaves covered in brilliant hot pink flowers for 6 weeks. Hardy annua, self sowsl. 18″

(also available as seed)

Thunbergia alata ‘African Sunset’

Shades of peach and coral and cream on tender climber. 4ft. Sow April in warm, plant out after frost.

(also available as seed)

Tithonia rotundifolia

Brilliant red-orange 3″ daisies on sturdy 6ft plants. Annual, likes sun.

(also available as seed)

Tithonia rotundifolia

‘Red Torch’ Shorter version.

Exactly the same brilliant red-orange 3″ daisies on sturdy 4ft plants. Annual, likes sun.

(also available as seed)

Trachelium caeruleum ‘Black Knight’

Lacy deep violet flowerheads on upright purple stems, dark leaves, good cut flower. Tender perennial usually grown as annual 36″

(also available as seed)

Tragopogon crocifolius

Tragopogon crocifolius

Lavender Jack-Go-to-Bed-at-Noon

Big flat lavender stars with darker lavender centres. Flowers close in afternoon. Handsome upright plants. Giant architectural dandelion seedheads. Hardy annual, self sows. 18″

(also available as seed)

Trifolium incarnatum

CRIMSON CLOVER

Brilliant red elongated flowerheads. Hardy annual, should self sow 12″

(also available as seed)

Verbascum blattaria albiflorum

Verbascum blattaria albiflorum

Pink- flushed white flowers on slender stems, dark stems and leaves. Short-lived, in fact more or less annual. Easy, self sows, 30″.

(also available as seed)

Viola 'Bowle's Black'

Viola ‘Bowle’s Black’

Many small black flowers with tiny yellow eyes. Self-sowing annual 4″

(also available as seed)

Viola stojanovii Adorable tiny bright yellow annual Viola 3″ x 4″

(also available as seed)

Zinnia peruviana ‘Red Spider’

Tiny bright red single Zinnias with separate narrow petals making a dark centred star. Blooms Jun-Sept. Annual, collect seed. 18″

(also available as seed)

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