Best blooms for a season full of colour and scent
I like nothing better than trawling through the new seed catalogues picking out what to grow next year but I appreciate the choice can be overwhelming.
That’s where I come in – I’ve done the hard work for you. Here are the flower seeds that caught my eye for 2019.
I pick without any agenda but themes inevitably emerge – this year, sweet peas, climbers and vivid colours. Enjoy!
Sweet pea Duvet Mix
Bred especially for blanketing the ground with fragrant colour. Easy to grow and longer flowering than most – ideal for baskets for a different summer container display. Height: 30cm (12″). Spread: 38cm (15″), £2.49, www.thompson-morgan.co.uk.
Nasturtium Bloody Mary
Blood red blooms with a flecked colour pattern and peppery, watercress taste. Flowers July-August. Height 20-30cm (8-12″); spread 20-30cm (8-12″), £2.99, www.suttons.co.uk.
Poppy Black Swan
Double and semi-double frilled blooms on burgundy and black flowers have finely cut petals that will dance in the breeze, £2, Rob Smith Collection, www.dobies.co.uk.
Sweet pea Chiltern Seeds Pink Champagne Mix
This is a new creamy, blush, corally mix (includes Juliet, Heaven Scent and Valerie Harrod), 8ft (2.4m), £2.75, www.chilternseeds.co.uk.
Erysimum Jumbo Orange
Bred by Plant World Seeds, these wallflowers should produce unique, enormous, hardy perennial plants with stout stems, almost trunks, in their second year. They will produce a long-lasting display of fragrant flowers, predominantly orange, deeper-veined in red, but you will invariably discover plants with other colour shades, £2.95, www.plant-world-seeds.com.
Morning Glory Party Dress
Large flowers, noticeably earlier than other varieties. A vigorous climber, ideal for covering trellis or fences. Flowers the same year as sown, height 10ft, £2.35, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.
Cornflower Classic Magic
A quick and easy-to-grow mixture in a highly unusual, harmonious blend of colours. An ideal filler for the border and for cut flower displays. Height 90cm, £2.35, www.johnsons-seeds.com.
Sunflower Suntastic F1
A dwarf sunflower at just 18” tall with a branching habit producing numerous large golden yellow flowers each with contrasting, black centres. The perfect centrepiece for large containers, £2.89, www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.
Sweet pea Timeless
A white, classic sweet pea which has frills in abundance and a sweetly scented perfume, from Matthewmans, £3, www.sweetpeasonline.co.uk.