The best Annuals to Grow from Seeds

Annual flowers add a huge amount of colour to your garden; they are beautiful, stylish, elegant and easy to grow from seed. If you get started now you can have them in your garden by May and flowering all summer. They will continue flower as long as you deadhead them constantly. Here are four of my favourites:

Papaver rhoeas ‘Shirley Poppy’

Single flowers with soft-coloured strains – white, pink, yellow, red and orange – some with dark edges. The buds open to reveal crumpled, folded petals, which are good at attracting bees.

This is a hardy annual, sow in March and it will flower in June until September. This poppy likes well drained soil in full sun, H 60cm S 45cm

Shirley Poppy

Ammi Majus

This tall annual, has umbels of lacy white flowers, perfect for the back of the border. Sow in March and it will flower from June right through the summer. This annual likes well drained soil in full sun or part shade. It has beautiful winter presence so don’t cut it down too early. Hardy Annual, H 1m S 1m

Ammi Majus


Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’

The flowers of this annual are a rich velvety crimson colour with delicate, feathery foliage, beautiful, tall and airy. Sow in March undercover, this half hardy annual prefers well-drained or moist but well-drained soil. It will flower from June until the first frost as long as you keep deadheading, H1.2m S 45cm

Cosmos Dazzler


Orlaya grandflora

This annual has exquisite, lace like umbels with feathery foliage. Sow in March/ April and it will flower from June to September. It is a hardy annual and grows in full sun on well-drained soil H 45-60cm S 30cmOrlaya grandiflora

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One Response to The best Annuals to Grow from Seeds

  1. Jackie Ball 22 March 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    Love the selection! I’m definitely going to try and grow the Ammi Majus from seed. They will be perfect for my garden.