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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?
Just sow a few packets of seeds for gorgeous flowers that your wildlife will love too.

In this shop you will find flower seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife. Here are some of the best, most beautiful and easiest plants for you to grow.

News August 2020

August is the month to sow Perennial Flowers that will perform year after year and Biennials for early flowers next year. You can also sow Hardy Annuals this month too.
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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.

Genus Centaurea scabiosa

Common name Greater Knapweed
Plant Type Perennial Wildflower.
Height & Spread 75-90cm (2.5-3 feet) tall x 30cm (1 foot) spread
Sow Seeds Sow 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 Out Allow a minimum space of 30cm per plant.
Conditions Required Greater 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 Production Blooms are produced from July until September. Once flowering is over leave the seed heads on to provide food for wild birds.
Planting Combinations Grows beautifully with grasses such as Briza maxima and wild flowers such as Knautia arvensis, Leucanthemum vulgare, Geranium pratense and others.

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