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There are many different types of poppy with some lasting only a season while others last for years. The poppies at suburban-garden are perennials, so they will come back the following year.

 

Papaver orientale are also perennial poppies with extravagant blooms. There are many varieties ranging from whites to pinks, purples and reds. They are recognisable by their bristly, thistle-like foliage and even the seedheads provide interest in the autumn. Papaver orientale have been popular as garden plants ever since their introduction in western Europe in 1714. These poppies do best in some sun and their petals retain their colour for longer. Plant in well-drained soil but will survive in clay soil if grit and compost are added before planting. They may need staking in some instances.

 

Papaver rupifragum otherwise known as the Spanish poppy is a hardy perennial. These poppies prefer full sun and grow best in dry, poor soil.

Papaver orientale 'Aglaja' £5.00

(1.5ltr pot not available this year)

 

Semi-double frilled salmon pink flowers with cherry red shadings at the base of the petals. Flowers from May to June. Plant in moist, well-drained soil in sun with some shade. Dies back in winter. Grows to around 50cm tall with a spread of 70cm. Hardy.

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Papaver orientale 'Allegro' £3.50

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Huge orange-red flowers with black blotches. Prefers full sun in a sheltered place. Dies back in winter. Grows to around 90cm tall with a spread of 60cm. Hardy.

Papaver orientale 'King Kong' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Large slightly brown/grey deeply red flowers on strong, thick stems. Best in full sun in well-drained soil. Dies back in winter and emerges again in the spring. Height 70cm and spread 70cm. Hardy.

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Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding' £3.50

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

White pleated flowers with a black blotch at the base. Flowers from May to June. Grows to around 60cm tall with a spread of 50cm. Best in full sun although can tolerate partial shade. Prefers light, well-drained soil. Dies back in winter and emerges again in the spring. Hardy.

Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum' £5.50

(1.5cm pot available for collection only)

 

Deep reddish-purple petals with an antique hue to them from May to July. Plant in moist, well-drained soil in sun with some shade. Keep out of direct sun for some of the day in order to retain the colour for longer. Will need to be staked. Dies back in winter. Grows to around 80cm tall with a spread of 70cm. Hardy.

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Papaver triniifolium £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

The Armenian Poppy with papery apricot flowers over fine, silvery-green foliage. Plant in full sun or light shade in well-drained, fertile soil. Can cope with poor soil. Grows to around 50cm tall with a spread of 30cm. Hardy.

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Papaver rupifragum 'Orange Feathers' £2.50

(9cm pot available now)

 

Double orange papery petals (later flowers turn to single petals) from May to July and maybe into be into the autumn. This plant thrives in dry, poor soil in full sun. Can cope in partial shade. Grows to around 40cm tall with a spread of 70cm. Hardy. Known as Papaver rupifragum 'Flore Pleno'.

Papaver pilosum spicatum £4.50

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Ethereal pale apricot poppies that appear in early summer above silvery-grey foliage. Plant in full sun or light shade in well-drained, fertile soil. Can cope with most soils. Grows to around 50cm tall with a spread of 50cm. Hardy.

Papaver orientale 'Snow Goose' £4.00

(9cm pot not available this year)

 

Semi-double frilled pink and off-white flowers from May to June. Grows to around 60cm tall with a spread of 75cm. Best in full sun and prefers light, well-drained soil. Does well in drier, warmer places in the garden. Dies back in winter and emerges again in the spring. Hardy.

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Papaver orientale 'Forncett Summer' £5.00

(1.5ltr pot not available this year)

 

Sturdy, deep salmon and crimson flowers with frilly edges from May to June. Prefers full sun in a sheltered place. Dies back in winter. Grows to around 90cm tall with a spread of 45cm. Hardy.