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Cosmos Kiiro. Picture; Johnsons
Cosmos Kiiro. Picture; Johnsons

Exclusive new Cosmos Kiiro leads the way

Yet more new seeds for gardeners to dream about for next season, this time flowers from Johnsons.

Cosmos Kiiro

This exclusive Cosmos is the result of new Japanese breeding (Kiiro means yellow in Japanese). The flower has yellow petals with peach reverses, provide a stunning display, (£2.40 for 75 seeds).

Dianthus Hollandia Purple Crown. Picture; Johnsons
Dianthus Hollandia Purple Crown. Picture; Johnsons

Dianthus Hollandia Purple Crown

This beautiful annual flowering Sweet William (£2.40 for 100 seeds) was trialled at the Johnsons grounds in Kentford. The scented blooms are excellent for cut flowers and border displays.

Zinnia Cresto Mixed. Picture; Johnsons
Zinnia Cresto Mixed. Picture; Johnsons

Zinnia Cresto Mixed

A striking crested ‘scabious’ type, with long-lasting domed blooms on sturdy stems, perfect for cutting, (£2.85 for 50 seeds).

Cosmos Antiquity. Picture; Johnsons
Cosmos Antiquity. Picture; Johnsons

Cosmos Antiquity

The unusually coloured flowers mature from rich burgundy to a mellow bronze-pink with an almost metallic sheen, (£2.65 for 30 seeds).

Calendula Calexis Yellow. Picture; Johnsons
Calendula Calexis Yellow. Picture; Johnsons

Calendula Calexis Yellow

A pot marigold with unusual quilled, spiky petals. These hardy annual, easy-to-grow bright flowers provide season-long colour, (£2.40 for 75 seeds).

Echinacea Mellow Yellow. Picture; Johnsons
Echinacea Mellow Yellow. Picture; Johnsons

Echinacea Mellow Yellows

Extraordinary yellow coneflowers that are loved by bees and butterflies, this long-lived perennial variety can bloom from the first year, (£2.85 for 10 seeds).
Antirrhinum Twilight Mixed. Picture; Johnsons
Antirrhinum Twilight Mixed. Picture; Johnsons

Antirrhinum Twilight Mixed

A compact new variety, with attractive dark, almost black foliage which contrasts with the colourful blooms, (£2.40 for 750 seeds).

Alison Mulvaney, Johnsons technical manager said: “We’ve been watching this variety for a few years through the supplier’s breeding programme, so it’s great to finally see it available for us to sell to our customers. We think it will be a really popular addition to the Johnsons flower range.”

Fleuroselect Approved Novelty status

Echinacea Mellow Yellows and Antirrhinum Twilight Mixed have been awarded Fleuroselect Approved Novelty status, having been recognised by the Fleuroselect judges to be sufficiently new and different to existing cultivars.

The new Johnsons range is available now from selected garden retailers or online at www.johnsons-seeds.com.

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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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