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Poppy ‘Brilliant’



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Great for wildlife
June - August
100cm x 50cm
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

A striking addition to our nursery beds, we recommend this Papaver for sunny spots in the middle of a border. It is a delight to watch numerous insect visitors indulging in the feast provided by the large, orange-red flowers on their fuzzy, slender stems. Once their flowering period has ended, the seed head contents are a great snack for birds in Autumn.

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RHS Plants For Pollinators
RHS Garden Merit Award


Poppy 'Brilliant' is our stand-out choice to elevate your garden design.  A striking botanical marvel, this oriental Poppy boasts captivating, brilliant orange-red blooms that unfurl in a dramatic fashion. The velvety black centres add a touch of mystery, while splashes of dark hues enhance the overall visual impact. Standing tall on sturdy stems reaching up to 90cm, 'Brilliant' gracefully sways above other perennials, creating a stunning focal point in the backs of your beds and borders. Fast-growing and enchanting, this perennial rises to prominence in early Summer, contributing an irresistible vibe to any garden design. Carefully selected by our dedicated growers for its breath-taking impact, 'Brilliant' adds a burst of intense colour that stands out your garden. The downy, mid-green leaves provide a textured backdrop, enhancing the overall visual appeal. While the 'Brilliant' Poppy is short-lived (ephemeral), its ability to self-seed offers a fascinating natural process, allowing it to transition along borders if desired. Recognized with the RHS Plants for Pollinators award, this Poppy not only captivates with its beauty but also supports various pollinating insects, as well as feeding birds in Autumn too! Whether enhancing wildflower meadows, gracing cottage gardens, or adding vibrancy to urban landscapes, 'Brilliant' Poppy remains a beloved favourite. Embrace the height and exuberance of this botanical gem, transforming your garden into a haven of brilliant coloured poppies and fully-hardy textural interest.  

Planting Conditions

When planting Poppy 'Brilliant' consider key factors for optimal growth. Choose well-drained soil in a sunny location, providing a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight daily. Maintain adequate spacing of 12-18 inches between plants to allow proper air circulation. Optimal planting times are in early Spring or Autumn for successful establishment, avoiding planting in frosts. These factors contribute to the health and vigour of 'Brilliant,' ensuring a robust display of classic poppy blooms in your garden. Following these planting conditions provides a solid foundation for the perennial's growth and overall performance in your outdoor space.

Watering & Feeding

To maintain Poppy 'Brilliant,' adopt an 'easy-care' approach to watering and feeding. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid waterlogging, especially during dry spells. This perennial doesn't demand excessive watering, making moderation key. As for feeding, 'Brilliant' is relatively undemanding. A balanced, slow-release fertiliser applied in early Spring provides sufficient nutrients for healthy growth. However, avoid over-fertilising to prevent excessive lushness. With careful attention to watering and modest feeding, this poppy variety will reward you with its vibrantly dramatic blooms, showcasing its natural beauty without any overwhelming maintenance.

General Care

Caring for Poppy 'Brilliant' is straightforward. Regular deadheading with the removal of spent blooms, encourages continuous flowering and maintains a tidy appearance. We suggest cutting back hard after flowering to promote a second flush of flowers. Monitor for potential pests and diseases, addressing any signs promptly to preserve the plant's health. Adequate spacing of 12-18 inches promotes good air circulation and reduces the risk of fungal issues. This perennial generally requires minimal care beyond these considerations, allowing you to enjoy its classic poppy blooms with ease. With straightforward care measures, 'Brilliant' stands as a resilient and dramatic addition to your garden, bringing a timeless elegance to your outdoor space.