Monday, June 8, 2009

From Our E Mailbox: Self Sowing Annuals

We always enjoy receiving e-mails from people who enjoy growing from seed. Last week, our Horticulturalist Susan had a request asking us to suggest seeds that are self-sowing.

So without further ado, here are 10 Self-Sowing Annual Flowers:

1. Alyssum

Alyssum is suitable for exposed cool sites, rockeries, paving and walls. Use it in edging paths and garden borders for contrasting color effect. A variety like 'Carpet of Snow' is easy to grow and very early flowering.

2. Calendula

Calendulas will add color to your garden throughout the summer, while
tall varieties add height & interest. Use dwarf varieties for edging.

The 'pulchilla' species produces petals that are lobed at the tips. Plants rarely grow more than 2 feet high.

4. Coreopsis (Annual) Calliopsis Coreopsis tinctoria

Make excellent cut flowers. Coreopsis grows quickly from seed while adding warm color tones to your garden.

6. Mirabilis

7. Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia will grow in a wide range of soil types. Plants are drought tolerant once established. The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and taller varieties make excellent cut flowers.

8. Love-In-A-Mist (Nigella damascena)

This is an easy to grow cottage garden favorite. Provides color all summer long. Also makes a wonderful cut flower.

9. Malope

The perfect plant to fill in a space in any border.

10. Morning Glory-Ipomoea

Beautiful twining climbers. Be sure to chip or soak seeds prior to sowing.

None of these catching your fancy?

Here's a few more suggestions:
Nasturtium Tropaeolum
Snow-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata)
Spider Flower-Cleome
Tall Verbena - Verbena bonariensis
Tobacco Plant - Nicotiana

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