O is for Oriental Poppy

Oriental poppies are a mixture of five or six different species. As a result they vary in height, colour and form. However all provide tissue-paper flowers with pepper-pot middles before most other summer-flowering perennials open so they are extremely useful to the gardener. Their flowers only last for a short time, nevertheless they deserve a place in your border.

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Oriental poppies are very long-lived and have deep roots. This makes them difficult to eradicate, so only plant them where you want them. Otherwise you’ll never get rid of them.