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.


Hesperis matronalis 'Alba'

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Hesperis matronalis 'Alba' Seeds

Hesperis matronalis 'Alba' is a hardy biennial plant with clusters of small white scented flowers.
Commonly known as Sweet Rocket or Dame’s Violet Hesperis is popular because it’s easy to grow and quite beautiful. A patch of these tall graceful flowers helps to generate the relaxed look of a cottage garden and brings light to shady places. They make super cut flowers and look especially lovely combined with Foxgloves and Aquilegias.

GenusHesperis matronalis
Plant TypeHardy Biennial
Height & Spread60-75cm tall x 45cm spread
Sow SeedsSow seeds indoors anytime from May to July at 18 - 21C. Do not cover seeds because they need light to germinate. Alternatively sow direct from June onwards.
Thin/Plant OutPlant well established young plants into their flowering position from the end of August to the end of September. Allow sufficient space (45cm) for the young plants to grow and develop into healthy large plants. During autumn and winter Hesperis produces a good root system and forms a large rosettes of foliage ready for flowering in late spring.
Conditions RequiredHesperis will grow in most garden situations ranging from full sun to shade.
Please note that they usually become leggy and need staking in very shady conditions. The perfect spot is a woodland edge situation with dappled shade and sun. They prefer moist but well drained soil. Hesperis will self seed if you leave some of the long thin seed heads on the plant after flowering has finished.
Flower ProductionHesperis flowers from May until July one year after sowing. I suggest that you grow plenty because their early flowers fill the gap after Tulips have finished flowering. Usually flowers are produced for a good two months.
PickingPick in the cool of the early morning or evening when the top few flowers are open. Lasts 5 to 7 days as a cut flower.
Planting CombinationsHesperis enjoys similar woodland edge type conditions to Foxgloves and Aquilegias. Luckily they all look beautiful growing together. If you want a good show of early blooms and lots of flowers for cutting then plant the three of them in drifts.

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