Poppies come in a variety of forms, from sumptuous oriental popppies to annual field popppies that crop up on cultivated land. They grow in most soils but for the best results grow in a well-drained soil in full sun. All poppies are loved by bees, and make a valuable addition to the wildlife garden.
The larger oriental types come in a variety of flower colours and shapes, with ruffled, crimped or shaggy petals. They flower in May and June and once the flowers have gone over the foliage also dies back. Plant them in a sunny border among low-growing perennials, such as hardy geraniums, that will fill the gap when the foliage dies back.