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Gillian McCullochWelcome to Country Garden Seeds!

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 August

August is a great time to sow Wild Flowers. The soil is warm and seeds germinate fast producing lovely healthy plants before winter sets in. British wildflowers are quite hardy and will survive the worst of our winter weather. As soon as temperatures warm up in spring they’ll start producing more shoots and leaves ready for flowering in early summer. Buy them individually or in collections for specific areas of your garden.

Order Annual Seeds August is a great time to plan your Cutting Patch or Annual flower scheme for next year. Order your favourite seeds now to make sure you get exactly what you want. I recommend sowing super hardy annuals outdoors at the end of August or in September so your new plants can produce good foliage and roots before it becomes too cold. You’ll always get the strongest plants with most flowers by sowing early like this and you’ll save precious time in spring too.

If you’re looking for beautiful plants to grow with your spring bulbs then sow plenty of Biennials such as Wallflowers, Forget-me-nots, Iceland Poppies and Sweet William. Taller plants like Foxgloves, Honesty and Sweet Rocket are brilliant in semi shaded places. Get them in now in August because they need to form sturdy young plants before winter sets in. Biennials are brilliant for early flowers next spring and just a little forward planning pays off big time. Many Biennials are beautiful in your garden, excellent for wildlife and brilliant for cut flowers too.

  1. You can have MASSES of blooms in a colour scheme of your choice.
  2. There’s no need to break the bank… seeds are plentiful and INEXPENSIVE.
  3. There’s little effort required and anyone can do it. Sow them outdoors and let them grow on either in a ‘nursery’ bed OR where you want them to flower next spring.

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Anchusa italica 'Dropmore'

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Anchusa italica 'Dropmore' Seeds

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.



GenusAnchusa italica

VarietyDropmore
Plant TypeHardy 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 & Spread75-90cm tall (2.5 feet) x 45-60cm spread (18-24 inches)
Sow SeedsSow 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 OutGrow on in 9cm pots then plant out when the soil has warmed up.
Allow a minimum space of 45cm per plant.
Conditions RequiredOnce established Anchusa prefers very well drained soil. They prefer a site in full sun.
Flower ProductionBlooms are usually produced for a good three months from May until July/August. They usually flower the year after sowing.
PickingCut 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 CombinationsIf you have the space I suggest you grow plenty of these lovely Anchusa. Grows particularly well with Geum, Geranium, Orlaya and Grasses.

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