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 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.


Centaurea cyanus 'Snowman'

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Centaurea cyanus 'Snowman' Seeds

These lovely white Cornflowers have button shaped double flowers and strong grey-green cotton stems. Snowman has well branched stems with many blooms produced on each plant. Cornflowers are brilliant for the cut flower trade, for drying, for confetti and perfect for pollinators. Often known as Bachelors Buttons this White Cornflower is particularly lovely for buttonholes and other wedding flowers.

Sow in spring for summer flowers then sow again in autumn. From an autumn sowing cornflowers produce the largest plants and masses of flowers. Cornflowers are extremely hardy annuals, easy to grow and perfect for cutting.

GenusCentaurea cyanus
Plant TypeHardy Annual
Height and Spread90cm x 30cm (3 feet tall x 12 inches wide)
Sow SeedsEasy to grow. Sow outdoors in March/April, then again in May for later flowers. Extremely hardy. Sow in August/September for sturdy early flowers next year.
Thin/Plant OutAllow 30cm (12 inches) between plants.
Conditions RequiredPrefers moist but well drained soil in full sun. Snowman Cornflowers are tall and need netting support to help them grow straight or the stems will bend.
Flower ProductionTakes 12 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers May to August. Keep picking and dead heading to encourage new flowers.
PickingPick Cornflowers early in the morning, remove lower leaves and stand in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Lasts 5-7 days in a vase.
Planting CombinationsCentaurea Snowman looks great with lime green foliage. They grow particularly well with other Cornflowers such as the lovely pink Centaurea 'Classic Romantic' and the lacey white flowers of Orlaya grandiflora and Ammi majus.
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