Are there any flowering annuals I can still sow in the second half of June? I've just transplanted out some marigolds that I threw into seed compost in the Spring and basically neglected in a corner of the greenhouse ever since. They were getting a bit sad in their seed tray. But after two days out in a comfy bed they're looking brilliant.

I had forgotten how easy they are to grow.

Are there any flowers/bedding plants I can sow at this stage and repeat this trick for some late summer colour in a few weeks time?

I am in the south of the UK.

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I've had good luck planting cosmos late. According to what I see for numbers, you can expect bloom 55-90 days after germination.

Late cosmos in bloom

  • i bought some seeds today. let's see what happens Jun 27, 2011 at 19:57
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    @Tea Drinker: good luck, let me know how it works out 55-90 days from today...
    – bstpierre
    Jun 27, 2011 at 20:52
  • they came out just fine! Nov 15, 2011 at 0:36
  • @TeaDrinker: Glad it worked out, thanks for the update!
    – bstpierre
    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:53

Calendula, sunflowers (they'll be short), dill & nasturtiums. Not sure if you'll get flowers in a few weeks, maybe 5-7 weeks depedning on your growing zone. Oh, and all those flowers are edible.

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