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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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Phacelia tanacetifolia

SKU 00309
£1.95
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Phacelia tanacetifolia Seeds

Phacelia is one of our most useful hardy annuals with abundant flowers soft blue flowers and feathery grey/green foliage. Commonly known as the Purple Tansy or Scorpion Flower, Phacelia has beautiful lavender blue flowers which are hugely attractive to bees and hoverflies.

Phacelia is good in wild flower meadows, cottage gardens, great for cut flower production (it's a cut and come again flower and lightly scented too) and attracts beneficial insects. What's more Phacelia is useful as a green manure too. Sow in March/September and dig in two or three months later before the plants set seed. Alternatively sow in September to overwinter then dig in the following spring.

For lots of flowers for cutting I recommend making two spring sowings, one in March then again in May for flowers all summer long. Sow again in autumn for early flowers the following year.

GenusPhacelia tanacetifolia
Common
names
Purple Tansy. Scorpion Flower
Plant TypeHardy Annual. Perfect for Pollinators. Cut Flowers. Green Manure
Height and Spread60cm / 24 inches tall x 30 / 12 inches wide
Sow SeedsSow in succession for the longest flowering period. Sow indoors March to April then sow direct in May and June. Sow in late summer/autumn for early flowers next year.
Thin/Plant Out30 cm apart
Conditions RequiredGrow in full sun in well drained soil. Needs plenty of water but not waterlogged soil.
Flower ProductionMay to August. Takes 10 to 12 weeks to flower if sown in spring. Each sowing produces blooms for at least 8 weeks.
PickingPick early in the day and strip most of the leaves from the stem. Sear stem ends for 20 seconds then stand them in deep water to condition for several hours before arranging. Lasts 5-7 days as a cut flower.
Planting CombinationsGrows beautifully with Cornflowers, Poppies, Knautia, Ox-Eye Daisies and other airy annual flowers. Perfect for adding a relaxed feel to cottage gardens, meadow planting schemes and bunches of cut flowers.
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