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New flower seeds for 2019: my pick

Sweet Pea Duvet Mix. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Sweet Pea Duvet Mix. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

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. Picture; Suttons
Nasturtium Bloody Mary. Picture; Suttons

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. Picture; Dobies
Poppy Black Swan. Picture; Dobies

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 Pink Champagne. Picture; Chiltern Seeds
Sweet pea Chiltern Seeds Pink Champagne Mix. Picture; Chiltern Seeds

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. Picture; Plant World Seeds
Erysimum Jumbo Orange. Picture; Plant World Seeds

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. Picture; Mr Fothergill's
Morning Glory Party Dress. Picture; Mr Fothergill’s

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. Picture; Johnsons
Cornflower Classic Magic. Picture; Johnsons

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, Picture; DT Brown
Sunflower Suntastic, Picture; DT Brown

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.

Timeless sweet pea. Picture; Matthewmans
Timeless sweet pea. Picture; Matthewmans

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.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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