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.


Cerinthe major Purpurascens

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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' Seeds

Cerinthe major is an early flowering hardy annual with glaucous foliage and deep purple bell-like flowers. Cerinthe seeds are large and are very easy to sow and grow. Cerinthe is good in the garden grown with Borage and Salvia viridis and excellent for cutting providing both flowers and interesting foliage.
Commonly known as Honeywort, butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects love Cerinthe! Sow Cerinthe in spring for summer flowers then again in autumn for early flowers next year.

GenusCerinthe major
Plant TypeHardy Annual (actually a perennial best grown as an annual) Cut Flower & Perfect for Pollinators
Height and Spread45/60cm x 30/45cm (18/24 inches tall x 12/18 inches)
Sow SeedsEasy to grow. Sow outdoors in August/September then again in March/April/May
Thin/Plant OutAllow 30/45cm (12-/18 inches) between plants.
Conditions RequiredPrefers well drained soil in full sun. Keep picking and dead heading to encourage new flowers. Cerinthe are medium tall plants with heavy flower heads and need some support or the stems will bend.
Flower ProductionTakes 12 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers June to September.
PickingPick Cerinthe early in the morning, remove lower leaves and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 30 seconds to help water uptake. Lasts 7-10 days in a vase.
Planting CombinationsCerinthe is one of the best annual foliage plants you can grow. Looks great with blue flowers. They grow particularly well with Calendula officinalis and Salvia viridis and lovely contrasting Calendula.

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