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.

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Helianthus 'Buttercream'

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Helianthus 'Buttercream' Seeds

Buttercream Sunflowers are lovely in the garden and brilliant for cut flowers. Each plant is well branched with many long strong stems. Masses of lovely creamy lemon flowers with a dark central disk are produced for weeks on end. They are easy to grow, great for cut flower production and excellent in the garden too.

Buttercream Sunflowers are daylength neutral so they produce consistent quality flowers. Sow Buttercream Sunflowers in succession for flowers from June to October. For your cut flower patch sow indoors March-April then plant out in May. Sow again when the soil has warmed up outdoors (from May onwards) for a later crop.

If you are serious about cut flower production sow a batch of seeds every two weeks. You'll need plenty! Buttercream Sunflowers are lovely for mixed bouquets and sell well at Farmers Markets. What's more they have the RHS AGM. (Award of Garden Merit)

GenusHelianthus annuus
VarietyButtercream
Plant TypeHalf Hardy Annual. Daylength neutral. F1 Seeds. No Pollen. Cut Flower
Height & Spread90-100cm tall x 45cm wide (3 feet tall x 18 inches wide)
Sow SeedsSow seeds indoors (at 10-16°C) March-April then plant out in late April and May. Sow outdoors in spring (May) for a later crop of summer flowers. Sow every two weeks for cut flower production.
Thin/Plant OutAllow 45cm (18 inches) between plants.
Conditions RequiredSunflowers prefer moist but well drained soil in full sun. Even though Buttercream Sunflowers are shorter than most they will still need sturdy support to prevent damage from wind and heavy rain because of the number of flowers they produce. Water thoroughly in dry spells.
Flower ProductionMany stems with creamy lemon flowers produced from June to October. Each flower head is 8-10cm /3-4 inches across making them perfect for hand tied bouquets. Buttercream usually takes 9-10 weeks from seed to flower.
PickingFor cut flowers pick Sunflowers when the first few petals have unfurled. It's best to pick when it's cool, early in the morning or evening, strip most of the leaves from the stem and stand them in deep water for a few hours. Sunflowers have a long vase life, no preservative necessary.
Planting CombinationsSunflowers are some of the most stunning annual flowers you can grow and Buttercream is popular because of their delicate colour and outstanding performance. These flowers will amaze you with their beauty, speed of growth and long vase life.


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