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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.

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Papaver somniferum var paeoniflorum 'Antique Shades'

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Papaver somniferum var paeoniflorum 'Antique Shades' Seeds

Poppies are some of the most beautiful flowers to grow from seed with gorgeous papery blooms. Antique Shades is tall with large ruffled double flowers in antique shades of pink, coral and lilac with cream tones followed by lovely fat seed heads. Flowers are produced from late spring (end of May) to late summer (August). If you are creating a cottage garden or a cutting garden this poppy will give you fast results. Poppies are brilliant planted in drifts and makes a lovely cut flower too. The seed heads can also be used in flower arrangements.

GenusPapaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum
VarietyAntique Shades
Plant TypeHardy Annual
Height & Spread90cm tall x 30cm spread
Sow SeedsSow direct in spring and early summer for flowers this year. Poppies dislike root disturbance so it's best to sow where you want them to flower. Seeds are tiny so do not cover them because they need light to germinate. Take care when watering to prevent the seeds being washed away. Alternatively sow in August or September for slightly earlier flowers next year.
Thin/Plant OutThin seedlings to allow sufficient space (30cm) for the young plants to grow and develop.

Conditions RequiredAntique Shades will grow in most garden situations ranging from full sun to dappled shade. They prefer moist but well drained soil. Protect from slugs and snails because they love Poppies.
Flower Production Flowers produced in 10 -12 weeks from a spring sowing. Grow plenty, cut often to encourage flower production and sow in succession for lots of blooms.
PickingPick in the cool of the early morning or evening when the buds are just starting to break open. Poppies last just a couple of days in a vase but they are productive plants so harvest frequently to keep the blooms coming. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds to prolong vase life and place immediately in fresh clean water. Seed heads can also be used in arrangements either freshly cut or dried.
Planting CombinationsIf you want a good show of blooms and plenty of flowers for cutting then sow 'Antique Shades' with other Poppies in drifts.

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