Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:36
You can grow from seed but it will take you three years to a flowering plant.
Hayloft sell seedlings , they will take two years of growing on to flowering size.
The best way to do it is buy plants in flower in large pots in January, or February. As they are variable from seed, that way you know exactly what you are getting. Some exceptional plants are micropropagated, expect to pay £30upwards a plant.
In my opinion , the best plants for gardens are Ashwood hybrids. If you can get to their nursery near kingswinford in the west midlands on their open days in February, you get to pick the cream of the crop.
Look on Ashwood nursery website for more details.