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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 August

August is a great time to sow Wild Flowers. The soil is warm and seeds germinate fast producing lovely healthy plants before winter sets in. British wildflowers are quite hardy and will survive the worst of our winter weather. As soon as temperatures warm up in spring they’ll start producing more shoots and leaves ready for flowering in early summer. Buy them individually or in collections for specific areas of your garden.

Order Annual Seeds August is a great time to plan your Cutting Patch or Annual flower scheme for next year. Order your favourite seeds now to make sure you get exactly what you want. I recommend sowing super hardy annuals outdoors at the end of August or in September so your new plants can produce good foliage and roots before it becomes too cold. You’ll always get the strongest plants with most flowers by sowing early like this and you’ll save precious time in spring too.

If you’re looking for beautiful plants to grow with your spring bulbs then sow plenty of Biennials such as Wallflowers, Forget-me-nots, Iceland Poppies and Sweet William. Taller plants like Foxgloves, Honesty and Sweet Rocket are brilliant in semi shaded places. Get them in now in August because they need to form sturdy young plants before winter sets in. 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.

  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.


Lunaria annua 'Alba'

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Lunaria annua 'Alba' Seeds

One of the best cottage garden plants you can grow is Lunaria annua. White Honesty is a hardy biennial plant producing clouds of scented white flowers from April to June. The four petalled flowers are followed by flat round green seed pods which gradually turn into silvery discs, hence the common name Silver Pennies. Honesty flowers are good for bees and butterflies, great for cut flowers and the seed pods can be dried for flower arranging too.

GenusLunaria annua
Plant TypeHardy Biennial
Height & Spread75cm/2.5 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot spread
Sow SeedsHonesty has deep tap roots and is best sown outdoors in it's flowering position in summer so the cold weather can break seed dormancy. Thin seedlings to allow space for plants to grow.
Alternatively cold moist stratify, then sow indoors in summer at 16-21C for planting out in autumn. Lightly cover seeds with compost, pot up and grow on as necessary taking care not to let the plants become pot bound.
Honesty can also be treated as an annual and sown in March (old moist stratify first) for planting out 8 to 10 weeks later when the soil has warmed up in May. Please note that plants and flowers will be smaller if treated as annuals.
Thin/Plant OutPlant well established young plants into their flowering position from the end of August to the end of September. Allow sufficient space (30cm) for the young plants to grow and develop. During autumn and winter Honesty produces a good root system and forms a large well branched plants ready for flowering in spring.
Conditions RequiredHonesty will grow in sun or dappled shade and prefers moist but well drained soil. A woodland edge situation with soil rich in organic matter such as garden compost and leaf mould will produce tall healthy plants. Avoid peat and manure.
Flower ProductionLunaria annua flowers from April until June the year after sowing.
Grow plenty because their early flowers are not only gorgeous they are jolly useful too.
PickingPick in the cool of the early morning or evening when a third of the small flowers are open. Honesty is productive if you harvest frequently to keep the blooms coming. Allow some plants to set seed then those stems can be cut and dried.
Planting CombinationsIf you want a good show of early blooms and plenty of flowers for cutting then plant lots of Honesty together in drifts with Wallflowers.

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