It’s easy to grow your own flowers from seed. Here’s beautiful flowers, growing information & seed collections for gifts.

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 July.

There are lots of lovely Biennial Flower Seeds to sow this month. 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.

Wallflower Sunset MixedPlants like  Erysimum (Wallflowers) Digitalis (Foxgloves) Dianthus (Sweet William) Papaver nudicaule (Iceland Poppies) Myosotis (Forget-me-nots) Hesperis (Sweet Rocket) and Lunaria annua (Honesty) can be sown now ready for flowering next spring.

The best things about growing your own Biennial flowers from seed are:

  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.


Aquilegia Norah Barlow

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Aquilegia 'Norah Barlow' Seeds

Aquilegia Norah Barlow is one of the best early flowering perennials of all. This lovely plant produces masses of attractive deeply divided fresh green leaves with tall stems topped by double flowers in shades of dusty pink edged with cream and green. Norah Barlow Aquilegias are lovely for cut flowers.

Aquilegia are hardy perennial plants often found growing wild in woodland and meadows. They love sun and dappled shade. They are commonly known as Columbine or Granny's Bonnet because the shape of each flower is said to resemble a bonnet.
Aquilegia Norah Barlow is perfect for large containers and garden borders in cottage gardens. They are also suited to naturalistic planting schemes such as spring gardens and woodland gardens. They grow beautifully with ferns, geraniums and wildflowers.

Aquilegia prefer partial shade with well drained soil and they will also grow in full sun.

GenusAquilegia 'Norah Barlow'

Common nameColumbine
Plant TypeHardy Perennial. Cut Flower. If you are growing flowers for cutting you may prefer to grow Aquilegias as Biennials sowing this summer for flowering next spring.
Height & Spread75cm ( inches) 2.5 feet tall x 45cm (18 inches) spread
Sow SeedsSow indoors from February to June in modules at 16-20°C. Cover lightly with vermiculite. Seeds need a cold spell to germinate and usually take no more than 21 days to sprout. Cold Stratification Method
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 RequiredAquilegia love moist but well drained soil. They prefer a site with plenty of sunshine and some dappled shade too. Feed and water regularly to keep flower production going for up to 10 weeks.
Flower ProductionBlooms are usually produced for a good two months from May until June. 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. Aquilegia lasts up to 5 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 Aquilegia. Grows particularly well with Foxgloves, Ferns, Geranium and Wildflowers.

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