Oriental Poppies provide a cheerful display of huge, satiny flowers in late spring and early summer. Plants form a low clump of coarse, hairy leaves, and usually go dormant, disappearing completely by late summer. This selection makes a statement in the late spring/early summer border with its large, ruffled, red petals that fade to white in the centre, surrounding a spotted black throat, on strong stems. Nice for cutting; pick just as the buds begin to open and sear the ends with a match. Because they disappear in summer, plant something beside Oriental Poppies that will get bushy later in the season, such as Rudbeckia, Russian Sage, or fall-flowering grasses. Divide in August to September.