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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' NCG 094 Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Cerinthe, Honeywort, Blue shrimp plant

Deep purple, almost indigo, clusters of bells dangle above attractive glaucous, grey-green foliage. This wildflower is much loved by bees and butterflies. It self-seeds happily (but not invasively) in the gravel patio area in my garden, where it looks charming.

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Cleome hassleriana NCG 286 Cleome hassleriana
Spider flower, Skunk flower

A striking plant, with spiky, pink or mauve flowers from June to early Autumn on tall stems with palmate leaves. The whole plant has a musky odour that has been variously described as skunky or not unlike that of marijuana, though others think it more akin to citronella!

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Cobaea Scandens AGM NCG 166 Cobaea Scandens AGM
Cup and Saucer Vine

This climber, which must usually be treated as an annual in the UK when situated outside, but can be successfully grown as a perennial indoors if warmth and some humidity are provided, is the perfect choice for a sunny, sheltered wall, trellis or pergola. Once the young plants have acclimatised,…

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Cobaea scandens f. Alba AGM NCG 396 Cobaea scandens f. Alba AGM
White Cup and Saucer Vine

A white-flowered version of the more familiar purple/blue, this climber, which must usually be treated as an annual in the UK when situated outside, but can be successfully grown as a perennial indoors if warmth and some humidity are provided, is the perfect choice for a sunny, sheltered wall, trellis…

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Consolida ajacis NCG 017 Consolida ajacis
Larkspur, Annual Delphinium

More dainty than the related delphinium, larkspur produces pink or deep blue blooms freely throughout the summer months, on tall stems with finely cut, feathery foliage. Quite variable in height. A good cut flower, if you can bear to remove it from the garden, where it always looks so beautiful!…

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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Rose Bon Bon' NCG 816 Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Rose Bon Bon'

A lovely variety of cosmos, with mid-pink, fully double flowers. For best effect plants should be as close to each other as 9 inches or so and planted en masse. Soil should be reasonably fertile, but if it is too rich, tall, lanky plants may result. As with most cosmos…

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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Snow Puff' NCG 887 Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click Snow Puff'

A wonderful addition to the cosmos family, this variety has pure white, fully double flowers. For best effect plants should be as close to each other as 9 inches or so and planted en masse. Soil should be reasonably fertile, but if it is too rich, tall, lanky plants may…

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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Mixed' NCG 322 Cosmos bipinnatus 'Mixed'
Cosmos 'Mixed'

A mixture of white, pinks and muted-red flowers - some striped - on stems a metre or more high, clothed in finely divided foliage. Although the recommendation is to plant 18in apart, for best effect plants can be as close to each other as 9 inches or so and planted…

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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Xanthos' NCG 811 Cosmos bipinnatus 'Xanthos'
Cosmos 'Xanthos'

A beautiful dwarf cosmos studded with pale yellow blooms, fading to white in the centre. A lovely plant for the front of the border, where it will bloom all summer and into autumn.

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Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. 'Double Click Cranberries' NCG 395 Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. 'Double Click Cranberries'
Cosmos 'Double Click Cranberries'

A wonderful addition to the cosmos family, this variety has deep-red, fully double flowers. For best effect plants should be as close to each other as 9 inches or so and planted en masse. Soil should be reasonably fertile, but if it is too rich, tall, lanky plants may result.…

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Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. 'Fizzy Pink' NCG 519 Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. 'Fizzy Pink'
Cosmos Ex. 'Fizzy Pink'

A wonderful addition to the cosmos family, this long-flowering variety has stunning pink, semi-double flowers. For best effect plant en masse as close to each other as 9 inches or so apart. Soil should be reasonably fertile, but if it is too rich, tall, lanky plants may result. As with…

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Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. Semi-Double White NCG 019 Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. Semi-Double White
Cosmos, semi-double white

Masses of pure white, semi-double blooms with yellow centres (with perhaps the odd single) throughout the summer, on tall stems with finely divided foliage. Drought tolerant. Some say it is unnecessary to thin direct sown plants. Soil that is too rich may result in tall, lanky plants. I cannot guarantee…

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Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. Single white NCG 815 Cosmos bipinnatus Ex. Single white
Cosmos, ex. single white

Masses of pure white, singe blooms with yellow centres throughout the summer, on tall stems with finely divided, bright-green foliage. Drought tolerant. Some say it is unnecessary to thin direct sown plants. Soil that is too rich may result in tall, lanky plants. NOTE: Seeds, when offered, are collected from…

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Cosmos sulphureus 'Bright Lights' NCG 178 Cosmos sulphureus 'Bright Lights'
Cosmos 'Bright Lights'

Flowers in shades from pale yellow through to deep orange, about 4cm across, borne on stems with attractive divided leaves. Pinch out young plants to encourage branching. May need some support.

Jumbo plug plants, when available, will be ready to plant out but may need some protection from slugs, etc.…

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Craspedia globosa 'Drumstick' NCG 301 Craspedia globosa 'Drumstick'
Billy Balls, Billy Buttons

Originating in Australia, where it is perennial, this quirky hardy annual has a long flowering period, producing bright-yellow, ping pong-shaped flower clusters (glomerules), about an inch in diameter, on strong, straight, unbranched stems rising from basal rosettes of leaves. Excellent for use in both fresh and dried flower arrangements.

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Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hearts of Gold' NCG 490 Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis 'Hearts of Gold'
Cantaloupe or Musk Melon 'Hearts of Gold'

An heirloom variety, dating back to 1895, which has stood the test of time and is very suitable for growing in the UK. The fruits are ribbed, dark-green with heavy white netting and the deep-orange flesh is very sweet and fragrant.

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Cucurbita pepo 'Yellow Golden' NCG 102 Cucurbita pepo 'Yellow Golden'
Courgette, Zuccini 'Yellow Golden'

The golden-yellow fruits of this variety are particularly sweet! Pick when young, but allow some to develop to full-sized 'marrows' at the end of the season... they will keep in a cool, airy place all winter and are delicious stuffed with a Mediterranean-style filling, the base ingredients being onions, sweet…

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Cynara cardunculus NCG 625 Cynara cardunculus
Cardoon

The cardoon, also called the artichoke thistle, is a member of the sunflower family. It is native to the western and central Mediterranean region. A robust plant, growing up to 2.4m/8 feet tall, it produces large, purplish-pink, thistle-like flower heads above divided, grey-green foliage. The immature flowers, called globe artichokes,…

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Datura metel 'Blackcurrant Swirl' NCG 696 Datura metel 'Blackcurrant Swirl'
Angel's trumpet 'Blackcurrant Swirl'

Although strictly speaking a perennial shrub, this dynamic plant is usually grown as an annual, but container-grown plants can be overwintered in a conservatory or heated greenhouse. HIGHLY POISONOUS!!!

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Datura stramonium NCG 234 Datura stramonium
Jimson Weed, Thorn Apple

Datura produces white, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers and light green foliage, but the most striking part of the plant is its large spiky seed pods. They make a very interesting addition to dried flower arrangements. Although originating from warmer countries, this plant has become widely naturalised in the UK. HIGHLY POISONOUS!!!…

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