Annuals for picking

    One of the great luxuries of gardening is collecting armfuls of cheerful flowers for filling vases to overflowing with colour and scent for the house. Some of the best flowers for picking are easy-going annuals and we've picked our top ten!  

    Bupleurum: lime-green flowers and foliage, contrasting perfectly with brighter colours

    Cosmos: graceful daisy-like flowers on 90cm tall stems: 'Purity' is exquisite white, and 'Dazzler' is vivid pink

    Ammi majus: frothing umbels of pure white flowers, like an elegant cowparsley

    Tobacco plant (Nicotiana): tall, airy flowers in colours from white to pink to lime green

    Snapdragons (Antirrhinum): pretty cottage-garden flowers with generous blooms

    Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus): blue is the classic colour, but they come in white, pink or darkest purple

    Sweetpeas (Lathyrus odoratus): choose Spencer types for scent, and Grandifloras for big, blowsy flowers

    Love-in-a-mist (Nigella): exquisite starry blue or white flowers are followed by architectural seedheads

    Larkspur (Consolida): a rich royal blue flower with tall spikes produced till the first frosts

    Bells of Ireland (Molucella laevis): curious curving spikes of vivid green bell-like flowers veined with cream

    Please ask a member of the Lakeside team for more information and advice about annual flowers you can pick for the house.

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