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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 from the wide range available in our Northallerton and NORTHALLERTON garden centre.


Cosmos: graceful daisy-like flowers on 90cm tall stems: 'Purity' is exquisite white.

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

Please ask the staff at Whitegates Nursery for more information and advice about annual flowers you can pick for the house.

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