Favourites because of their long-flowering habit and their profusion of blooms, petunias are often regarded as symbols of summer.
Sunflowers are easily grown from seed and are beloved by children. Almost every part of the plant can be eaten, so they’re useful as well as good-looking!
Also called marmalade daisies, rudbeckias are native to North America. Masses of bright orange-yellow blooms reflect the warm colours of summer.
Phlox will grow rapidly to blooming stage. If sown direct where it is to grow, it will produce a mass of (inexpensive) summer colour.
Sun loving Californian poppies have satiny-sheened petals in shades of white, cream, pink, yellow, orange and scarlet. These warm colours contrast with the blue-grey, ferny foliage. Sow seed direct into prepared garden beds.
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