3 new­com­ers to sow now

Amateur Gardening - - Pick Of The Very Best -

echi­nacea ‘Green twis­ter’

This ro­bust and vig­or­ous echi­nacea was a star in my gar­den last year, when it flow­ered into Oc­to­ber. The very large pur­ple flow­ers have star­tling bright-green tips to their pad­dle-shaped pe­tals. Sow one to three seeds per cell.

radish ‘es­cala’

Ideal to sow in the green­house now, ei­ther in the bor­der soil or in deep trays, ‘Es­cala’ is an Award of Gar­den Mer­itwin­ning crisp red radish with a great flavour. It’s un­usu­ally re­sis­tant to dis­ease and rarely cracks.

He­liop­sis ‘Burn­ing Hearts’

An­other suc­cess­ful peren­nial for me last year. Rich pur­ple fo­liage is topped by yel­low daisies, each with an or­ange ring around the eye. It has a very long flow­er­ing sea­son, and will self-sow. Sow one to three seeds in each cell.

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