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.


Cobaea scandens 'Purple'

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Cobaea scandens 'Purple' Seeds

Cobaea are annual climbing plants with vigorous stems and masses of rich flowers produced from mid summer to late autumn. Commonly known as the Cup and Saucer Vine, Cobaea has beautiful cup shaped flowers which start off creamy white and gradually become a fabulous rich shade of deep purple. Leaves are mid green with purple veins and are very attractive too. Both the vines and flowers can be cut and used in arrangements.

Stems easily climb to 3-6 metres / 10-20 feet in a season so this is a brilliant plant for adding height to the garden either grown against a wall, along a fence or trained up a framework of sturdy poles. Cobaea vines are very good for cut flowers and both flowers and foliage are in demand by floral stylists to add interest to arrangements.

Don't let the exotic appearance of Cobaea put you off growing them. They are reliable performers in British gardens sometimes flowering until December in sheltered places. They have also been given the RHS Award of Garden Merit for their garden performance.

GenusCobaea scandens
Plant TypeHalf Hardy Annual Climber. Cut Flower/Vine. RHS AGM
Height & Spread
3-6 metres /10-20 feet tall x 30cm/12 inches
Sow SeedsFor best results sow seeds under cover in January - April. Sow on edge in a seed tray or individually in 9cm pots. At 18-21°C Cobaea takes 14-21 days to germinate. Grow seedlings in 2L pots with canes for 8 -10 weeks then plant out your young plants in May after the last frost.
Thin/Plant OutCobaea need plenty of space to develop and grow.
When planting out allow about 30cm/12 inches between them.
Conditions RequiredThey will sulk if the weather is too cold so don't plant out too soon. Grow in full sun in moist but well drained soil. Provide sturdy support such as canes or trellis or allow them to trail along a low wall or fence. Young plants grow very rapidly clinging to the supporting structure and netting as they grow.
Flower ProductionCobaea takes around 18-20 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers are produced from July until the first hard frosts in October or even longer in sheltered places. If you are growing Cobaea vines for sale they can be grown year round inside a greenhouse and will flower continuously.
PickingCut vines 1m long when the flowers are just beginning to open. Pick when it’s cool… early in the morning or in the evening. Sear stem ends for 10 seconds then pop them straight into a tall bucket of fresh water.
Planting CombinationsCombines beautifully with other late flowering Climbers like Ipomoea and Nasturtiums and Half Hardy Annuals such as Dahlias, Cleome and Cosmos.

Thanks very much for your Reviews of Cobaea scandens Seeds!

1st January 2018 "Arrived with personal letter. Everything perfect, can't wait to see them bloom."

24th April 2018 “Seeds are of high quality and already germinating. The instructions were excellent. Also thanks to Gillian for sending me a packet of FREE seeds. Love Irena” Irena H

12th Jan 2017 “Seeds arrived quickly. Excited about growing cup and saucer vines this year. Thanks for the special nigella mix too! Will recommend you to my gardening friends.” David H.

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