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.


Knautia arvensis

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Knautia arvensis Seeds

The Field Scabious is one of our most beautiful and popular wildflowers. This lovely perennial plant produces tall wiry stems topped by masses of lilac-blue flowers. As you can see from these photos, blooms are full of nectar and easy for Bees and Butterflies to land on. In fact they are great for lots of pollinating insects and listed by the RHS as Perfect for Pollinators.

Lovely for cottage gardens and for wilder parts of manicured gardens such as an orchard, Field Scabious flowers from May until August. They are also suited to naturalistic planting schemes and wild flower meadows because they grow beautifully with grasses, ox-eye daisies, geranium and other wildflowers.

Knautia arvensis is lovely both in the garden or as a cut flower. Grow in full sun with well drained soil for best results.

GenusKnautia arvensis

Common nameField Scabious
Plant TypePerennial Wildflower. May also be treated as an annual. Cut Flower.
Height & Spread60-90cm (2 feet) tall x 30cm (1 foot) spread
Sow SeedsFor the earliest flowers direct sow in autumn (September-October) for blooms from May onwards. Alternatively sow in spring (February-April) for flowers from June all summer long. Young plants produce the most flowers so I recommend allowing them to self seed or sow a fresh batch every three years to maintain that vigour.

Thin/Plant OutAllow a minimum space of 30cm per plant.
Conditions RequiredField Scabious love well drained soil. They prefer a site with plenty of sunshine. They are hardy perennials and will survive cold winters as long as the soil isn't waterlogged.
Flower ProductionBlooms are produced from May until August/September. Once flowering is over cut back or mow over the plants if they are naturalised in grass.
PickingCut flowers regularly and dead-head to make sure that your plants continue to produce new blooms. When cutting place the cut flowers into a tall bucket of clean water. Allow to rest overnight before arranging. Knautia arvensis lasts up to 7 days as a cut flower.
Planting CombinationsIf you have the space I suggest you grow plenty of these lovely Field Scabious. Grows particularly well with Grasses, Ox-Eye Daisies, Geranium and other Wildflowers.

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