Annuals

Annuals are flowers that complete their life cycle within one growing season. Having some annuals in your garden is a must because they flower all season long, keeping lots of colour in your garden. Planting a variety of annuals each year gives you lots of flexibility to change the look and feel of your garden year after year.

  • Ageratum

    Ageratum

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    Also called 'Floss Flower', A favourite for edging beds and borders, and boasts attractive compact plants with fluffy, tassel-like blooms. Start seed indoors 8 weeks prior to setting out.

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  • Alyssum Sweet

    Alyssum Sweet

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    Sweet Alyssum is easy-to-grow with tiny fragrant blooms that form dense carpets of colour. Add the mounding plants to containers and garden edging.

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  • Asters

    Asters

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    Popular and long-lived cut flowers, China Asters offer a jolt of welcome colour to garden beds, containers and window boxes. Sow the seed indoors in late March, or plant directly in the garden once all risk of frost has passed. The seeds germinate best at 18-25 degrees C. The disease resistant plant produce the best show of colour with successive sowings every few weeks.

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  • Bachelor’s Button

    Bachelor’s Button

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    These easy-to-grow annuals are often called 'Cornflowers'. Seeds may be sown directly in the garden in April or May, when the soil becomes workable or in the fall before the ground freezes. For an abundance of brightly coloured blooms all summer long, sow seed successively every few weeks. Bachelor's Buttons prefer full sun to partial shade and will even succeed in less-than-ideal soil conditions. Makes great cut or dried flowers.

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  • Balsam

    Balsam

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    These showy annuals are easily cultivated from seed and form a tall bushy plant that blooms all summer long. Large double blooms are produced in a generous array of bright colours. Start the seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out. Press the seeds lightly into the soil surface, leaving them uncovered as they require light in order to germinate. A temperature of 21 degrees C is ideal. Once all risk of frost has passed, transplant the seedling into the garden.

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  • Calendula

    Calendula

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    This charming favorite, also known as 'Pot Marigold' is a free-flowering annual that may be used in mixed borders, containers and window boxes. As the hardy plants thrive in cool temperatures, the seed may be planted directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked in early spring. The brilliantly coloured blossoms are edible and make an attractive addition to salads.

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  • Candytuft

    Candytuft

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    Annual Candytuft produces a bounty of attractive dome-shaped flower clusters that may be cut for fresh bouquets or dried and added to everlasting arrangements. Sow directly in a sunny spot.

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  • Castor Bean

    Castor Bean

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    The tall stately plants of the Castor Bean offer lush tropical foliage. As the quick-growing plants can rapidly reach 300cm (10') in height. * Please note: Castor Bean seeds are highly poisonous and must be kept away from children and pets.

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  • Celosia

    Celosia

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    Celosia produces generous-sized flower heads in a wide range of brilliant colours. The velvety blooms are wavy and crested, resembling a rooster's comb. Start the seeds indoors in April, keeping the temperature above 20 degrees C.

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  • Cleome

    Cleome

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    Also known as the 'Spider Plant', a very unique, colourful plant that is perfect for back borders. Cleome are tolerant to heat and dry weather.

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  • Coleus

    Coleus

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    Well-known for its beautiful ornamental foliage. Coleus is very easy to grow and thrives in most garden conditions. Sow seeds indoors as early as February, setting out when all danger of frost has passed. Germinate at 20 - 24 degrees C. Cuttings root easily and may be taken in early spring.

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  • Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    Cosmos will produce an abundance of colourful daisy-like blooms. The delicate flowers have lengthy stems. Sow seed en masse for an outstanding display! Deadhead spend blooms to encourage continuous flowers.

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  • Dahlias

    Dahlias

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    Dahlias make an attractive addition to flower beds, borders, containers or fresh bouquets. Start the seeds indoors in late winter. Once all risk of frost has passed, transplant into a sunny spot. Dig up the resulting tubers of the best plants in autumn to store for next season.

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  • Eschscholzia

    Eschscholzia

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    California poppies are very easy-to-grow and adapt extremely well to the hot, dry areas of the garden where many other plants languish. Sow seed directly in the garden in early May and enjoy a continuous profusion of brightly coloured blooms until late autumn.

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  • Flowering Kale

    Flowering Kale

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    A staple of the autumn garden, these hardy accent plants offer long-lasting colour that intensifies in cool weather. Use these easy-to-grow plants in beds, borders or containers for an outstanding fall display! Sow seed directly in the garden as soon as the ground can be worked.

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  • Fuseables

    Fuseables

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    Easy-to-grow Fuseables multi-pellets are specially formulated to deliver a balanced mix of varieties that germinate and grow together to produce a natural looking mixture in the garden, container or basket. Halifax Seed has 4 different Fuseables to choose from that are perfect to grow in our Maritime climate.

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  • Gazania

    Gazania

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    Gazanias flower late spring and into the summer. Plant prefer full sun and can tolerate drought conditions. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost. Deadheading flowers can encourage new blooms.

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  • Geranium (Ann)

    Geranium (Ann)

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    Widely used for mass plantings in garden beds and containers. Geraniums flower early and boast a bushy compact growth habit. Easy-to-grow and should be seeded indoors in December or January. Cover the seed with 6mm (1/4") of fine soil and maintain an air temperature of 24 degrees C. To increase soil temperature to an acceptable level, use bottom heat or maintain an air temperature of 29 degrees C. Maintain adequate moisture by covering the seed trays with domes.

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  • Gomphrena

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    Also known as Globe Amaranth, a versatile plant for mixed beds or cut and dried for everlasting arrangements. Sow seed indoors in March, maintaining a warm soil temperature and total darkness for 14 days. Germination averages 40%. Do not over-water seedlings.

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  • Gourds

    Gourds

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    Easy-to-grow ornamental Gourds add a splash of bright autumn colour to seasonal decorations. Sow seed indoors 4 weeks prior to setting out or plant directly in the garden on hills spaced 100cm (40") apart. Vines can be trained on trellises or allowed to sprawl across the ground. After harvest, clean gourds with soap and water, let them dry thoroughly. Dried Gourds may be preserved by rubbing with floor wax.

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  • Larkspur

    Larkspur

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    A close relative of Delphinium, Larkspur is an old-fashioned annual ideal for cottage gardens, cutting gardens and flower borders. Tall, graceful blooms create an eye-catching show of colour. Seed planted directly in the garden in April will produce a continuous supply of flowers from July until the first hard autumn frosts. Cut the large flower spikes for fresh bouquets.

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  • Impatiens

    Impatiens

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    The universal shade plant, Impatiens offer season-long colour for partial or fully-shaded areas. The plants are extremely versatile and may be used in garden beds, pots, window boxes or hanging baskets. Start indoors 10 to 12 weeks prior to setting out, germinating them at 21 degrees C. ** Impatiens Downey Mildew** A fungal disease is affecting Impatiens walleriana in North America. It is identified by light yellow or stippled yellow and green leaves. Leaf edges curl downward and leaves appear wilted with a fluffy white growth on the underside of the leaf. Blossoms drop off first, followed by leaves, leaving bare green stems. Stems eventually collapse and lay flat on the ground. Infected plants are typically stunted and have small leaves. Impatiens can be planted in the garden with no history of this fungus. Be sure to space plants far enough apart to allow good air flow. If you have had this disease before - DO NOT plant impatiens in the same garden that was infected. For alternative plants we recommend Coleus, Begonias and New Guinea Impatiens. If you have any further questions regarding this disease please let us know.

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  • Lavatera

    Lavatera

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    Also known as "Mallow", Lavatera is a beautiful hollyhock-like plant with tall stems covered in shimmering cup-shaped blossoms. Seeds can be started indoors or sown directly in a sunny garden in early spring.

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  • Lobelia

    Lobelia

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    Charming petite blossoms are produced on upright or trailing plants that are ideal for beds, hanging baskets and containers. Lobelia thrives in moist soils and may be planted in full sun or partial shade. Start seed indoors in February, germinating it at 21 degrees C.

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  • Lupin (Ann)

    Lupin (Ann)

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    An easy-to-grow annual variety of the popular maritime plant that is good planted as a backdrop.

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  • Marigolds

    Marigolds

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    Classic bedding plants, Marigolds are dependable, free-blooming annuals that offer bright colour all summer long. The African varieties have large yellow or orange coloured flowers and are ideal for adding impact to sizeable beds and borders. The French Marigolds have a dwarf plant habit, beautifully striped blooms and are perfect for flower beds, window boxes or container culture. Marigolds thrive in full sun and a light soil.

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  • Nasturtium

    Nasturtium

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    Nasturtiums are an old-fashioned garden favourite with fragrant flowers in fiery shades of red, orange and yellow. Use the mounding varieties to create a colourful garden border, or add to window boxes and containers for a season-long show of colour. The foliage, flowers and seeds are all edible and are often tossed in salads to add a peppery flavor. A natural companion in the vegetable garden, trapping and discouraging harmful insects from munching on your crops. Sow seed directly in the garden in mid-May, in a sunny spot with light well-drained soil and no fertilizer.

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  • Morning Glory

    Morning Glory

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    Fast-growing annual vines with heart-shaped leaves and large trumpet-shaped blooms that open at dawn and close at dusk. The easy-to-grow plants bloom continuously and will quickly cover a fence. Seed may be started indoors 3 to 4 weeks prior to setting out, or sown directly in the garden after all risk of frost has passed.

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  • Nemesia

    Nemesia

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    The sweetly scented orchid-like flowers of Nemesia colour the garden in bright shades of orange, pink, yellow, red and white. This attractive annual is a natural addition to rock gardens and excellent in containers. Sow the seed indoors in late winter or directly in the garden in April

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  • Nicotiana

    Nicotiana

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    Fragrant, star-shaped blooms in hues of purple, lavender, white and rose make Nicotiana a striking addition to containers, beds and borders. Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out or sow directly outside in early spring. Situate in full sun or partial shade.

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  • Nigella

    Nigella

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    'Love-in-a-Mist' is a very versatile plant, producing not only pretty jewel-shaped flowers nestled in delicate ferny foliage, but also curious balloon-shaped seed pods that are a favourite in dried flower arrangements. Sow seed directly in the garden after the last hard frost and every few weeks thereafter to ensure a continuous supply.

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  • Petunias

    Petunias

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    Petunias are one of the most popular flowering plants in cultivation! They bloom early and continue to produce masses large trumpet-shaped flowers until the first hard frost. Although easily grown, they do prefer rich soil and a sunny location. To encourage non-stop blossoms, pinch off faded flowers. Growing Tips: Petunia seed is very fine and must be handled with care. For best results, sow seed around the first of March in a soil-less growing medium, such as Pro-Mix. Sprinkle seed directly on top of the medium, pressing lightly to ensure good contact. Water thoroughly and cover the seed trays with plastic to maintain humidity and moisture. Place the trays in a sunny location. Once germination has occurred, in about 10 days, remove cover and protect the seedlings from strong light for a day or two. Transplant into peat pots when the plants have attained their second set of leaves. Once all risk of frost has passed, set them out into the garden.

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  • Phlox

    Phlox

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    This old-fashioned annual is a favorite for beds, borders and containers, boasting colourful clusters of rounded blooms produced on free-flowering plants. Sow seed indoors 6-8 weeks prior to setting out. Seeds require complete darkness and a temperature of 15 degrees C in order to germinate. As the seedlings are prone to the fungus 'damping off', provide good air circulation.

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  • Poppy (Ann)

    Poppy (Ann)

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    Annual poppies add bright colour to a garden bed, flower border or wildflower meadow. For the most effective show of colour, plant the seed in masses directly outside as soon as possible in early spring. As poppies do not tolerate transplanting, sow the seed where it is to remain. Successive sowings will ensure a lasting display of colour.

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  • Portulaca

    Portulaca

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    A heat-loving annual that thrives in hot, sunny locations. Its succulent spiky leaves and vivid double blossoms are popular in containers and beds.

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  • Scabiosa

    Scabiosa

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    Also known as the 'Pincushion Flower'. With its large 7cm (3") wide blossoms, it makes a great cut flower. It prefers full sun, cool weather and moist, well-drained soil. Start seed indoors in mid-April or sow directly in the garden in late spring. If starting indoors, germinate at 21 degrees C.

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  • Snapdragon

    Snapdragon

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    Snapdragons are an all-time favourite bedding plant for adding lasting, season-long colour to flower beds, borders and containers. The large flower spikes may also be cut for long-lived fresh flower arrangements. Start indoors 8-10 weeks before setting out, chilling the seed for a few days prior to sowing. Germinate with light at 18-21 degrees C.

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  • Stocks

    Stocks

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    With highly fragrant blossoms, Stocks make a striking addition to flower beds, borders and containers. Long lived, large flowers are well supported on strong stems that offer exceptional colour and rich fragrance to fresh arrangements. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks prior to setting out or direct sow in the garden in late spring. Germinate indoors at 21 degrees C.

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  • Sunflowers

    Sunflowers

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    The queen of all annuals, sunflowers are a universal favourite for their ease of cultivation, large bright flowers and remarkable size. Tall varieties may be used as a backdrop or windbreak in the garden, while dwarf sunflowers will add a splash of low-growing colour to flower beds, window boxes and containers. Although sunflowers make excellent cut flowers, if they are left in the garden to go to seed they will become natural bird feeders.

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  • Sweet Peas

    Sweet Peas

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    Sweet peas are old-fashioned favorites that have been cultivated for centuries! Hardy annuals, these graceful vines thrive in many garden conditions and offer a constant supply of gorgeous fragrant blossoms all summer long. Soak the seed overnight before sowing directly in the garden as soon as the ground can be worked in early spring. As sweet peas are heavy feeders, work generous amounts of organic matter into the soil prior to planting. Mulch may be applied to the soil to reduce temperature and moisture loss.

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  • Thunbergia

    Thunbergia

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    The "Black-eyed Susan Vine", A quick-growing climber with handsome hear-shaped leaves and brightly coloured blossoms. The vigorous vines, growing 180cm (6') tall, will swiftly cover a fence or trellis, and may even be planted in containers and hanging baskets to cascade down. Sow seed indoors 4-6 weeks before setting out, germinating it at 22 - 24 degrees C.

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  • Verbena

    Verbena

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    A popular bedding and container plant, Verbena boasts a dwarf spreading habit and large clusters of vividly coloured blooms. Start seeds indoors in early March, keeping the planted trays in the dark at 21 degrees C until sprouted. Germination is erratic and takes about 20 days.

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  • Zinnias

    Zinnias

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    A cottage garden essential, Zinnias are cheerful and colourful, attracting beneficial insects and butterflies to your garden. They also make excellent and long-lived cut flowers and the more you pick, the more they will bloom! The easy-to-grow seed may be started indoors 6-8 weeks prior to outdoor planting or sown directly in the garden in late spring.

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