I have made a list of my favourite easy to grow flowers to help those of you who have never grown flowers…or perhaps have never grown anything in your life. Generally most of the flower seeds I sell are fairly easy to get going from seed but some will be bursting to grow even if you just show them a patch of ground.
Easy To Grow Flowers.
Peace of cake. Not only are these drop dead gorgeous either as cut flowers or garden plants, they are amongst the easiest flowers to grow from seed. They will self seed the following year too…without you having to do ANYTHING…how easy can it get? My favs are ‘Blue Boy’. (£1.95)
These are a staple of the Higgledy Garden and in look awesome with ‘Blue Boy’ cornflowers. Calendula are cut and come again flowers…pick a flower and two will grow to replace it and they will flower from mid May until the frosts. Truly easy to grow flowers ‘Shinky Shonky’ (£1.50)
It’s important to grow some flowers with good height in your cut flower patch. Godetia certainly fill this criteria. Wonderful pink flowers run up strong woody stems. Easy peasy lemon squeezy to grow from seed. Won’t disappoint. We grow and stock, Godetia ‘Crown’ (£1.95)
Very straight forward to grow from seed and a real beauty t00. Corncockle won’t let you down. Usually self seeds in my garden…but is also really easy to harvest the seeds from and store for next year. Corncockle. (£1.95)
Sow Cosmos ‘Purity’ (£1.95) seeds directly into the soil in mid May and you will have flowers from July until the sharp frosts. One of the most beautiful flowers for cutting in my view. They won’t self sow as the early frosts will knock them dead but you can save the seeds should you desire.
Love them or loath them, they are easy to grow flowers. My favourite for cutting has to be ‘Vanilla Ice’ (£1.95) A real gem…branching stems means loads and loads of lovely creamy yellow blooms.
We simply wouldn’t be without Larkspur. Very reliable. Best put the seeds in the fridge for a couple of weeks before sowing. A cottage garden staple. ‘Imperial Giants’ (£1.95) have good strong stems and a good mix of colour for cutting.
This is my third year growing Malope and I can’t get enough of it. Silky trumpet flowers with bright green stars at their base…they have the wow factor…and are edible too. Malope ‘Trifida’ Vulcan(£1.95) is the best.
Another cottage garden favourite. Will self seed like a trooper so you will have flowers forever and a day. The flowers turn into extraordinary seed pods. Nigella Miss Jekyll White (£1.95)
Have fun one and all.
October 17, 2012 @ 11:33 am
Cosmos is my favorite and I am trilled to see the white color ones you are selling. For one reason or another my pink cosmos are self seeding, I have sowed and planted out a few of them last year and to my delight a few came up this year. Anyway, I really hope your waters are correct concerning next years growing season. Definitely want to try out growing more flowers.
October 17, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
ah Yes…Cosmos ‘Purity’ rock! Cosmos do manage to self seed sometimes…they shouldn’t…being half hardy…but some seem to manage to germinate after the frosts.
Trust me…next year…. ;)
October 16, 2012 @ 8:49 pm
Hi Ben, Nitrogen, eh! Well, whatever turns them on! I think the variety was Deep Red and Earth Walker but next year I’m planting Valentine, Ring of Fire and Vanilla Ice. I have heard that if they’re planted closer together than usual, they support one another. I like to give them the opportunity to bond. I’m told this was a difficult year so I’m looking forward to an easier time in 2013. Thanks for your time. Terri
October 15, 2012 @ 11:52 pm
Hi Ben, Thanks for the seeds you sent and for the complimentary Corncockel. I love a flower that thinks I’m the bee’s knees! This is the first year I’ve had a cutting “Lotty Plot”. I’m still harvesting my Cosmos although I think the disco is playing the Last Waltz now!. Wondered if you could help me with a problem. My sunflowers were very successful but they surprised me by branching out quicker than Costa Coffee on the high street. I managed a Heath Robinson affair with string and bamboo but I wondered if the Higgledy experts have a more considered approach to preventing the stalks from breaking. Good luck in Cornwall, Terri
October 16, 2012 @ 5:46 am
Hi Terri :) Hummm…most people find they can’t get them to branch enough! What varieties did you grow? It may be because you had heaps and heaps of nitrogen in your soil…this would promote green growth and stalk…
Glad it generally went well for you…next year will be an easier growing season…i can feel it in my waters.