Sarah Raven top cut flower and wildlife seeds

Ammi majus and Californian poppy are most popular

Ammi majus
Ammi majus. Picture; Johnsons

Growing annuals for cut flowers is booming and top of the sales charts in the Sarah Raven Cut Flower Collection and Wildlife Attracting Collection makes interesting reading.

Both ranges were launched in 2012 in partnership with Johnsons Seeds, with 47 varieties, but eight easy hardy annuals have dominated sales and another six remain the best sellers for wildlife gardening.

All are strong garden performers that can be direct sown where they are to flower.

Since the ranges were launched, Ammi majus has been the best-selling variety in the Cut Flower Collection, while Eschscholzia Orange King (Californian poppy) has held either first or second position in the Wildlife Attracting Collection.

Top 10 cut flowers since 2012:

Californian poppy Orange King
Californian poppy Orange King. Picture; Johnsons
  1. Ammi majus
  2. Cosmos Purity
  3. Poppy Black Beauty
  4. Mixed Cut Flowers
  5. Nigella African Bride
  6. Sweet Pea Muse
  7. Cosmos Dazzler
  8. Cerinthe major Purpurascens
  9. Nigella Moody Blues
  10. Sunflower Valentine

Top 10 wildlife attracting since 2012:

  1. Wildlife Mixed
  2. Eschscholzia Orange King
  3. Nasturtium Tip Top Mixed
  4. Cornflower Polka Dot
  5. Sunflower Taiyo
  6. Sweet Pea Midnight Blues
  7. Poppy Wild
  8. Cosmos Bright Lights
  9. Larkspur Giant Imperial Mixed
  10. Cornflower

Johnsons brand manager Helen Clayton said: “The popular cut flower varieties in the collection are not often seen in florist shops – while they each make elegant vase specimens they don’t transport well from field to store to home.

“Gardeners can quickly and easily transfer them from the garden to a vase for simple chic bouquets that you won’t find on the high street.

“The top sellers in our Wildlife Attracting Collection go to show that your garden doesn’t need to look wild to support wildlife.

“California poppies are some of the prettiest and elegant annuals you can grow, yet they also support a wide range of garden pollinators.”

Varieties in both ranges can be direct sown in April for stunning garden displays this summer. View them here: Sarah Raven’s Cut Flower Collection and Sarah Raven’s Wildlife Attracting Collection.

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