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Flower Seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife.
Do you dream of a beautiful garden full of scented flowers and buzzing with wildlife?
The truth is that it’s not just a dream but a distinct possibility for you.
In this shop you will find flower seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife. I have grown these flowers myself then selected the best, most beautiful and easiest plants for you to grow. To find out more about a plant just click on the images below to open the page and read more about how to grow them.
Seeds to sow in May.
There are lots of lovely Hardy Annual Seeds to sow in April. They are beautiful in your garden, excellent for wildlife and brilliant for cut flowers too.
May is the month to sow Half Hardy Annuals too. Cosmos Antirrhinum (Snapdragons) Rudbeckia and Cleome can all be sown now.
COUNTRY GARDEN SEED SHOP
Anchusa italica 'Dropmore'
Anchusa Dropmore is one of the best early flowering perennials of all. If you've ever been to Chelsea Flower Show or seen it on the TV you'll have seen Anchusa in many of the show gardens as it's so stunning and flowers from May onwards.
This lovely plant produces masses of upright stems with vibrant blue flowers from May to July or August if you're lucky. The intense blue tubular flowers of Anchusa Dropmore each have five petals and are full of nectar which bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects love. It's brilliant a splash of early colour and for wildlife gardens too.
Anchusa italica Dropmore is a hardy perennial plant originating from Italy, it's thought. Grows widely in free draining soils throughout Southern Europe and parts of Asia. Anchusa is drought tolerant and hardy to -7°C.
Anchusa prefers full sun with well drained soil so they are perfect for large containers and garden borders in cottage gardens where they create a stunning display. The bright blue flowers are edible and can be used on cakes, in salads and hot dishes. I also like to freeze the flowers in ice cubes then add them to summer drinks. They grow beautifully with Orlaya, Geraniums, Geums and Grasses.
|Plant Type||Hardy Perennial. Cut Flower. If you are growing flowers for cutting you may prefer to grow Anchusa as Biennials sowing this summer for flowering next spring.|
|Height & Spread||75-90cm tall (2.5 feet) x 45-60cm spread (18-24 inches)|
|Sow Seeds||Sow indoors from February to July in modules at 16-20°C. Sow direct from May onwards when the soil is warm. To treat as a biennial sow in summer for early flowering the following spring.|
|Thin/Plant Out||Grow on in 9cm pots then plant out when the soil has warmed up. |
Allow a minimum space of 45cm per plant.
|Conditions Required||Once established Anchusa prefers very well drained soil. They prefer a site in full sun. |
|Flower Production||Blooms are usually produced for a good three months from May until July/August. They usually flower the year after sowing.|
|Picking||Cut flowers regularly and dead-head to make sure that your plants continue to produce new blooms. When cutting place the cut flowers into a tall bucket of clean water. Allow to rest overnight before arranging. Anchusa lasts 5-7 days as a cut flower if the stems are seared for 20 seconds.|
|Planting Combinations||If you have the space I suggest you grow plenty of these lovely Anchusa. Grows particularly well with Geum, Geranium, Orlaya and Grasses.|