Why You Need Poppies in Your Garden This YearCreate dazzling borders and irresistible wildflower meadows by adding poppies to the mix...
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From the flamboyance of oriental types to the simple beauty of the many annual varieties, poppies will bring vibrancy and movement to beds and borders, as their silky blooms sway in the breeze.
Spoilt for choice
Sowing hardy annual poppies such as the breadseed or opium poppy Papaver somniferum ‘Album’, which is Thompson & Morgan’s Flower of the Year 2018, will inject colour and offers the perfect introduction to these beautiful plants for a beginner. Also try Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’, which features red flowers with black spots, similar to those of the field poppy Papaver rhoeas,
Growing poppiesPoppies prefer a rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun, although some varieties will tolerate shade.
Papaver orientale ‘Allegro’
Perennial with huge, orangey red flowers.
Papaver nudicaule ‘Garden Gnome’
Dwarf perennial with dainty lemon, orange and red blooms.
Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’
Perennial with large salmon-pink flowers that suit a pastel scheme.
Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’
Perennial whose pinky-purple blooms are the designers' favourite
Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’
Annual with bright red flowers that resemble a field poppy.