It’s easy to grow your own flowers from seed. Here’s beautiful flowers, growing information & seed collections for gifts.
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.
COUNTRY GARDEN SEED SHOP
Eryngium alpinum 'Superbum'
Eryngium are hardy vigorous plants with strong stems, metallic silver-grey foliage and plenty of beautiful egg shaped violet blue flowers. The Sea Holly's flowers are striking in the garden where their colour and form provide contrast to the more usual mounds and spires of summer flowers. Excellent for wildlife. Attracts Bees, Butterflies and Ladybirds. Excellent Cut Flower and lovely in large containers too.
Eryngium are brilliant plants because they are very long lived, easy to grow and super hardy. They provide a good show in the garden, they're great for container planting, they are full of nectar for insects and to top it all produce masses of flowers for picking. What's more they are perennial. Leave the stems and foliage after flowering, they are very attractive throughout winter months and provide homes for hibernating insects. Cut back in early spring, give them a good mulch of organic matter and they'll regrow to flower again.
|Genus||Eryngium alpinum 'Superbum'|
|Plant Type||Hardy Perennial. Cut Flower.|
|Height & Spread||75-90cm tall x 60 wide (2.5-3 feet tall x 2 feet spread)|
|Sow Seeds||Sow in late summer/autumn or January/February/March covering very lightly with compost. Eryngium needs a period of cold moist stratification and germinates at 10-16°C in 30-90 days so patience is required. It's worth it though! Allow seedlings to grow until well established then pot on into 9cm pots and grow on until it's warm enough to plant outdoors.|
|Plant Out||Plant out after the last frosts from May onwards. Once plants are established they are hardy all year round to -10 to -15°C.|
|Conditions Required||Eryngium prefers moist but well drained soil and a sunny spot. Water thoroughly in dry spells.|
|Flower Production||Masses of blooms produced from July to October. Eryngium flowers in the second year, approximately 9 months after sowing the seeds. Cut the flowers, deadhead and feed regularly to keep flower production going.|
|Picking||For cut flowers pick regularly to encourage repeat flowering. It's best to pick early in the morning or in the cool evening and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Long lasting cut flower (up to two weeks) and can be dried too.|
|Planting Combinations||Eryngium are some of the most architectural and long lived perennial flowers that you can grow. You will be amazed at how many flowers are produced. They make a great show on their own and with other summer flowering perennials such as Achillea millefolium, Echinops ritro, Geranium pratense, Agastache 'Astello Indigo' and shrub roses in a traditional herbaceous border.|