Poppy - Cherry Glow
Like a giant version of the traditional field poppy, this richly coloured annual is perfect for adding quick and easy colour to bedding and borders. Plus, the eye-catching scarlet petals fall away to reveal decorative seed heads, which are great for drying.
Sow March to May thinly in shallow drills 30cm apart in well cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Alternatively, sow late summer in 7.5cm pots in a cool greenhouse and then overwinter plants in cool, well lit conditions. Plant out the following spring after all risk of frost, 30cm (12 inches} apart. Thin out seedlings to 3cm apart when large enough to handle. Will grow in any well-drained soil in full sun.