Flowering from June to July they put on a flamboyant show with their glorious flowers, as soon as the flowers begin to fade snip the stems out to prevent them from producing seed this can help bulk up the flower production. For the flower arrangers the seed heads can be dried and left natural or spray with a little metallic paint for that extra zing they can be used for decorations in the month the man with the red suit pops by (I won’t mention the word a little early I think)
When poppies have finished their glamorous show they can look untidy but don’t despair they are one of the easiest plants to care for, cut all the growth back to just above ground level give them a dressing of fertiliser and a little mulch; in a few weeks they will be producing their hairy leaves again with the possibility of a late flush of flowers around September.
Oriental poppies can leave a gap when cut back this is not a problem plant Asters, or the daisy flowers of Heleniums and Rudbeckias to fill the space these will provide late summer colour and elegance to the garden.
We will have some lovely new poppies next spring Central Park a lovely wine red, Harlem burgundy pink and Helen Elisabeth a lovely salmon pink.