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 May.

There are lots of lovely Hardy Annual Seeds to sow in April. They are beautiful in your garden, excellent for wildlife and brilliant for cut flowers too.

May is the month to sow Half Hardy Annuals too.  Cosmos Antirrhinum (Snapdragons) Rudbeckia and Cleome can all be sown now.


Daucus carota 'Dara' & Scabiosa 'Black Knight'


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Scabiosa 'Black Knight' & Daucus 'Dara' Seeds

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Black Knight' has fascinating lime green buds and glamorous rich dark burgundy flowers followed by amazing seed heads. It is easy to grow and produces masses of flowers for cutting.

If you love lacy flowers you will adore Daucus carota 'Dara'. It has long stems and feathery foliage topped by large flowers in shades of burgundy and soft pink. They add a delightfully airy touch planted in drifts in borders. Daucus is good for cutting too… add them to mixed bunches of flowers to create a lovely contemporary look. You may know Daucus carota as the Wild Carrot or False Queen Anne’s Lace. ***Please note that this plant is not edible***

Strictly speaking Daucus Dara is a Biennial plant and Scabiosa 'Black Knight is a short lived perennial but I suggest you treat them like Hardy Annuals so you can choose the flowering time. Sow in January or February indoors for flowers from late May onwards, direct sow in April/May for flowers in summer and autumn. Finally treat them as biennials and sow in summer from June to September for early flowers the following year.

These two darkly dramatic flowers compliment each other very well. They make a good combination in the garden and they're lovely in a vase together too.

GenusTwo packets of seed: Scabiosa atropurpurea & Daucus carota
VarietyBlack Knight and Dara
Plant TypeHardy Annuals (actually perennial and biennial plants treated as annuals.)
Height & Spread75-90cm tall x 30cm wide (3 feet tall x 12 inches)
Sow SeedsSow indoors in early autumn then plant out in flowering position 4-6 weeks later.
Sow indoors in late winter/early spring then plant out in April/May.
Sow direct from May onwards.
Thin/Plant OutAllow 30cm (12 inches) between plants.
Conditions RequiredPrefer well drained soil in full sun.
In cold areas may need protection in winter.
Flower ProductionGlamorous flowers produced from June to October as long as you keep picking. Interesting seed heads form if you let them.
PickingPick early in the morning and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Lasts 7 days in a vase.
Planting CombinationsSome of the loveliest flowers you can grow for cutting. Great in the garden or in a vase with other dark or lime flowers.

Thanks very much for your reviews of Daucus Dara!

17th March 2018

"Wow! I received my seeds this morning having only ordered them yesterday. They arrived with a lovely handwritten note as well as a free sample of Sweet William seeds. The growing advice includes helpful tips for prolonging the flowering season and cutting for floristry. All are detailed and clearly written by someone who loves what they do. I can't wait for this snow to go away so I can get planting! Thank you Gillian, I will certainly be buying from you again." Kaya

28th June 2018

"What a lovely company! My seeds arrived much earlier than expected. In the package were my seeds, a lovely card from the company, full instructions on how to sow, plant, cultivate and use as cut flowers. Added to that there was a free pack of Gypsophila seeds to compliment the Daucus seeds. Very impressed indeed. If all companies treated their customers with this much respect and consideration.....the world would be a better place. Thank you Country Garden Seeds." Freckles

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Daucus carota 'Dara' & Scabiosa 'Black Knight'