Perennial Seeds you want to be Sowing in Spring and Autumn Fall

It may feel like the midst of winter but the keen gardener will already be thinking about next years plants! Growing new and exciting perennials from seed has always been a hobby of mine and with a wealth of seed companies and gardeners who sell there surplus seed fresh each year, there is no shortage of varieties of flowering plants to sow.

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Sow Astrantia ‘Shaggy’ in October for masses of star like papery white flowers that last all Summer. 

 

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Sow Aquilegia ‘Apollo” for Spring time cheer and stunning Autumn foliage contrast. 

Seed collection should be carried out all year round, whilst winter and spring may bring less in the way of seed harvests come the Autumn an abundance of fresh seed for sorting and cleaning will soon lay leaner harvests forgotten. Typically it’s Autumn where gardeners are pictured, poised and armed with sharp garden tools ready to cut back perennials that have gone to seed and are beginning to look untidy and unkempt.

Before you reach for your secateurs and wade into the middle of the border to cut back flower florets of the Astrantia or seed heads from the popular ornamental onions – Allium’s. Take a moment to collect a few seeds from your best performing perennials, these seeds can be used to safe guard against losses or to gift/sell to friends and family.

Camassia makes drifts of unusual late Spring creamy white flowers that love sun or part shade, Available here for just 99p
Camassia makes drifts of unusual late Spring creamy white flowers that love sun or part shade, 

Freshly collected seed from many perennials can be sown immediately often resulting in the best germination rates. Seeds sown in September will germinate very quickly due to the relatively high light levels and warmer evening temperatures than we would expect as we move toward October.

Lazuli makes a stunning grassy sedge flowered, free flowing perennial that loves to spread quickly and makes a great contract with ferns and Aquilegia. Available here for just 99p.
Lazuli makes a stunning grassy sedge flowered, free flowing perennial that loves to spread quickly and makes a great contract with ferns and Aquilegia. 

Seeds sown in September will need protection from prolong frost, a max/min thermostatic greenhouse heater will help keep the seeds free from freezing conditions or if your budget isn’t for stretching then lining your greenhouse with bubble wrap and covering your delicate seedlings with frost protection fleece will all help to ward off frozen compost, seedlings roots and shoots.

Erigeron 'Profusion" is a fantastic carpet spreading, long flowering sun loving perennial that makes a neat edge to any border or pathway, Buy here for just 99p.
Erigeron ‘Profusion” is a fantastic carpet spreading, long flowering sun loving perennial that makes a neat edge to any border or pathway, 

Hope you enjoyed my selection of easy to grow perennials that can be grown from seed Before you go be sure to check out My Horticultural Journey, it may inspire you to get gardening or at the very least start Growing like iGrow.

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