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.

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Centaurea scabiosa

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Centaurea scabiosa Seeds

Greater Knapweed is one of our most beautiful perennial wildflowers. This lovely plant produces tall stems topped by dramatic purple-pink thistle-like flowers later in the year than most wildflowers. Blooms are full of nectar and very attractive to Bees and Butterflies such as Common Blue, Marbled White and Meadow Brown. In fact they are great for lots of pollinating insects and listed by the RHS as Perfect for Pollinators. They are a valuable food source for many wild creatures and once seed heads form you'll find that the ripe seeds attract goldfinches and other wild birds.

Lovely for cottage gardens, wildlife gardens and for wilder parts of manicured gardens such as an orchard, Greater Knapweed flowers from July until September. In the wild they are often found growing on dry chalk grassland and they will also grow in other soils and situations as long as the ground is free draining. Greater Knapweed suits naturalistic planting schemes and wild flower meadows where they grow beautifully with grasses, Knautia arvensis, Leucanthemum vulgare, Geranium pratense and other wildflowers.


Centaurea scabiosa is lovely both in gardens and meadows. Grow in full sun with well drained soil for best results.

GenusCentaurea scabiosa

Common nameGreater Knapweed
Plant TypePerennial Wildflower.
Height & Spread75-90cm (2.5-3 feet) tall x 30cm (1 foot) spread
Sow SeedsSow direct in autumn (September-October) or spring (February-April) Alternatively sow undercover and grow on until the young plants are well established then plant out from May onwards.
Thin/Plant OutAllow a minimum space of 30cm per plant.
Conditions RequiredGreater Knapweed love well drained soil. They prefer a site with plenty of sunshine. They are hardy perennials and will survive cold winters where temperatures fall to -15C to -20°C as long as the soil isn't waterlogged.
Flower ProductionBlooms are produced from July until September. Once flowering is over leave the seed heads on to provide food for wild birds.
Planting CombinationsGrows beautifully with grasses such as Briza maxima and wild flowers such as Knautia arvensis, Leucanthemum vulgare, Geranium pratense and others.

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