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Unless otherwise noted, the following guides are for growing annuals from seed, and general care.




Kochia [Kochia scoparia]
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring

The attraction of this shrub is the foliage. Upright, rounded and bushy, this temporary shrub has dense, finely textured light green 2-3 inch leaves in summer turning to brilliant red in fall. An outstanding background for beds and borders. Height 3 feet.

Start seed inside 6-8 weeks before planting out. Soak seed for 24 hours and then surface sow, do not cover and provide a soil temperature of 21-24°C (70-75°F). Watch out for damping off, keep growing medium on the dry side. May also be direct sowed 1-2 weeks before last frost. Transplant around last frost date, 18-24" apart. If you are planting a hedge, space them 12" apart. Kochia prefers full sun and warm conditions. Will often self-seed.




Lace Flower (Queen Anne's) [Ammi majus]
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring

This is a great look alike from the same family as Queen Anne’s Lace, but much more attractive, use this annual for containers, beds, and borders. Boasting professional cutflower characteristics such as uniform germination, even growth, strong upright stems, and no yellowing of the leaves. Height 2-3 feet tall. Available from Veseys Seeds.

Best direct seeded in early to mid-spring, when soil has warmed. Sow every two weeks to provide successive blooms for cutting. Lightly cover seed and firm. Thin plants to 12" apart when the seedlings are two inches high. Do not fertilize, unless leaves are yellowing, in which case use a small quantity of Nitrogen fertilizer. Grow in a full sun to lightly shaded location.




Larkspur [Consolida ambigua]
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Finely cut, feathery foliage displaying handsome long floral spikes of double blossoms with colors in deep blue, lilac, rose, pink and white. A vigorous grower that blooms abundantly. Height 3-4 feet.

May be started inside 6-8 weeks before transplanting in peat pots, but direct sowing in early spring or late autumn is preferable. Does not transplant well. Cover seed lightly and keep dark and cool; 13-16°C (55-60°F). Space 10-12" apart in a full sun location. May need to be staked.




Laurentia [Laurentia petrea (White Stars), Laurentia axillaris (Blue Stars)]
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring

Delicate star shaped flowers on a very compact, neat plant. Flowers are about 1 inch in diameter. Height 6 inches.

Start seed indoors fourteen weeks before last frost date. Sow on the surface and do not cover the seed and propagate at 18-20°C. Germination should begin to take place after 10 to 14 days. After germination, reduce temperature to 15-18°C. Plant out after last frost date 20cm (8") apart into full sun location. Regular trimming keeps plants looking fresh and producing more flowers.




Lavatera [Lavatera trimestris]
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring

Hardy annual commonly known as Mallow and a cousin of hibiscus and hollyhock. Attractive in cutting gardens, borders, along fences or hedges.

May be started 4-6 weeks before transplanting in peat pots. Does not transplant well, so is often direct seeded in early spring or late fall. Cover seed with 1/4-1/2 inch of soil. Direct seed in late spring or early spring when a light frost is still possible, or once the soil has warmed to 18-21°C (65-70°F). Space plants 18-24 inches apart in full sun. Water, fertilize and deadhead regularly.




Licorice Plant [Helichrysum petiolare minus]
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Oval silver fuzzy leaves on silver stems branching to 8" high and 18" long. Maintains a full, bushy appearance without any pinching. Excellent for hanging baskets and containers in full sun.

Start inside 12 weeks before last spring frost date. Sow pellets on surface, provide light and bottom heat. Seed should germinate in 7-14 days. Use in hanging baskets or containers in full sun. Foliage may appear green in early spring or late fall when day length is short or under shady conditions. Quite drought and heat tolerant. Grows 8 inches high and 18 inches long.




Linaria [Linaria maroccana]
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Delicate, dwarf habit. Bright colored flowers in shades of magenta rose, speckled pink, yellow, blue and white. Ideal for bedding, rock gardens, containers and as a cutflower. A very productive plant which is extra easy to grow. Blooms all summer. Height 4-6 inches.

Start inside 4-6 weeks early or direct seed 2-3 weeks before last frost. Plants grow and bloom very fast. Lightly cover seed and provide a soil warmth of 16°C (60°F). Space 4-6 inches apart in full sun. Water during dry spells. Shear plants if bloom slows down to encourage a profuse second bloom. May self-seed.




Lobelia (Riviera Mixed) [Lobelia erinus]
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Planting Date: Spring

Profusions of blooms mound on compact green and bronze foliage for a unique color combination in this dwarf type lobelia. Contrasting shades of blue, pink, white and lilac. Early flowering and compact growth habit makes Riviera Mix a popular choice. Height 5-6 inches.

Start inside 8-10 weeks before last frost. Sprinkle the tiny seeds on soil surface and press lightly. Do not cover. Provide light and keep warm; 21-24°C (70-75°F). Water only from below and watch for signs of damping off. A fungicidal drench will also help to prevent damping off. Transplant 1 week after last frost. Space 4-6 inches apart in part shade to full sun. Must not dry out. Place plants at least 4 inches in from container edges. Shear overgrown plants to encourage bushier growth.





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