Annual plants are here-today, gone-tomorrow party girls. They may have just one season in the sun, but what a season: they flower for an incredibly long time and are invariably so spectacularly beautiful you'll lose your heart to them.
We stock two kinds: hardy annuals to sow direct from March onwards, and half-hardies to sow under cover as they don't like frost.
Ammi majus: lacy white flowers over feathery foliage
Poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii): cheery yellow-and-white flowers
Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena): starry blue or white flowers followed by architectural seedpods
Ladybird poppies (Papaver communtatum 'Ladybird'): scarlet papery petals each with a black blotch
Nasturtiums: abundant red, orange or creamy flowers over rounded leaves
Cosmos 'Purity': clear white daisies with yellow centres on long stems
Zinnias: pompom flowers in brilliant scarlets, yellows and purples
Swan river daisy: profuse mauve daisies tumbling over pots and baskets
Nemesia: another perfect container plant with pretty, delicate blooms
Tobacco plant (Nicotiana): charming open flowers in pink, cream and green over big leafy rosettes
Please ask a member of the Lakeside team for more information and advice about choosing and growing annuals.