Plants to grow from seed

Check the details when you buy and pick appropriate plants for your situation

Key: Common name

Species & 'Variety'

Approx. height

Flowering season

Full sun

Sweet alyssum

Lobularia maritima, 0.15m, Jun-Oct

Aubrieta

Aubrieta, 0.15m, Mar-May

 

California poppy

Eschscholzia californica, 0.25-1.2m Jun-Oct

 

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum, 0.3m, Jun-Sept

 

Love-in-a-mist

Nigella damascene, 0.45-0.75m, Jun-Sept

Annual rudbeckia

e.g. Rudbeckia 'Marmalade', 0.45m, July-Oct

 

Pot marigold

Calendula officinalis, 0.5m, Jun-Oct

Cosmos

Cosmos, 0.5-1.2m, Jun-Oct

 

Rose campion

Lychnis coronaria, 0.75m, Jul-Sept

 

Greater knapweed

Centaurea scabiosa, 0.75m, Jul-Sept

 

Tobacco plant

Nicotiana, 0.75-1.5m, Jun-Sept

Dark Mullein

Verbascum nigrum, 1.2m, Jun-Sept

 

Sweet rocket

Hesperis matronalis, 0.9m, May-Jul

Bishop’s weed

Ammi majus, 1.5m, Jun-Sept

Evening primrose

Oenothera biennis, 1.5m, Jul-Aug

Part sun/part shade

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum, 0.3m, Jun-Sept

Annual rudbeckia

e.g. Rudbeckia 'Marmalade', 0.45m, July-Oct

 

Pot marigold

Calendula officinalis, 0.5m, Jun-Oct

 

Rose campion

Lychnis coronaria, 0.75m, Jul-Sept

Tobacco plant

Nicotiana, 0.75-1.5m, Jun-Sept

 

Sweet rocket

Hesperis matronalis, 0.9m, May-Jul

Bishop’s weed

Ammi majus, 1.5m, Jun-Sept

Grow in flowerbeds or containers. Most are available as seedlings / plug-plants if you prefer. Many are annuals (although some of these will self seed for the following year)

Organic seeds are thought to be best if they’re available to avoid traces of pesticide in your flowers. Suppliers include  www.organiccatalogue.com