This purple cornflower is a sentimental favourite annual - I first saw this colour in the famous Somerset gardens of Hestercombe, which I visited on my great English Garden Tour and Adventure in the summer of 1996.
Purple Annual Cornflower
The very next year the seed became available in New Zealand. Every year since I have grown my own new plants in the spring. I'll never forget my English garden touring adventures back in 1997 - this flower always reminds me of the fun I had.
Of course each year I sow seedlings of blue cornflowers - both tall and dwarf varieties. I always collect my own seeds, but it's easy (and cheap) to buy in seed packets.
A favourite trick is to cut up old cornflowers with scissors to act as a mulch. Usually quite a number of new seedling plants are created this way. Sneaky!