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.


Dianthus barbatus 'Auricula Eyed'


Dianthus barbatus 'Auricula Eyed' 00085

Dianthus 'Auricula Eyed Mixed' Seeds

Gorgeous Sweet Williams with clusters of large colourful flowers on long strong stems. Each flower has a distinct eye which gives them a most attractive appearance. Blooms are upward facing which makes Sweet Williams jolly useful in the garden or as a cut flower. The petals are edible and can be added to recipes or used to decorate cakes. Grow a row of these in the cutting patch or in a mixed border in full sun for best results.

All Sweet Williams are extremely easy to grow and very prolific giving you lots of flowers for not much time, money or effort!

GenusDianthus barbatus

VarietyAuricula Eyed Mixed
Plant TypeHardy Biennial
Height & Spread60cm ( 2 feet ) tall x 15cm (6 inches) spread
Sow SeedsSow outdoors in a well prepared seedbed when the soil is warm from the end of May to August. Alternatively sow in modules indoors and plant out six weeks later in August/early September.
Thin/Plant OutThin seedlings to 10cm/ 4 inches to allow plenty of space for the foliage to grow over winter. In autumn plant out where you’d like them to flower next year. Allow a minimum of 15cm per plant. In most situations these plants will need some support.
Conditions RequiredSweet William love moist but well drained soil. They prefer a site with plenty of sunshine. Feed and water regularly to keep flower production going all summer long.
Flower ProductionSow this summer for flowering next spring. Like many biennials Sweet William flowers early in the year (May onwards) before hardy annuals and perennials come into flower in June. Clusters of scented blooms are produced for up to four months until the end of August.
PickingCut flowers regularly and dead-head to make sure that your plants continue to produce new blooms. When cutting strip the lower leaves and place the cut flowers into a tall bucket of clean water. Allow to rest overnight before arranging. Lasts up to two weeks as a cut flower.
Planting CombinationsIf you have the space I suggest you grow plenty of these lovely Dianthus. Auricula Eyed grows particularly well with other Sweet Williams such as Dianthus 'Sooty' and Dianthus 'Albus'.

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