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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.


Verbena hastata 'Blue Spires'

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Verbena hastata 'Blue Spires' Seeds

Verbena hastata is a clump forming perennial with tall candelabra-like stems topped by delicate heads of violet-blue flowers. The tubular flowers are full of nectar that butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects love and they add a delightfully airy touch planted in drifts in borders. Verbena is good for cutting too… add them to mixed bunches of flowers to create a lovely contemporary look. If you love tall 'see through' flowers you will adore this one.

Sow indoors in spring and sow direct from May onwards when the soil has warmed up. Verbena flowers from mid summer onwards and will keep going long into autumn so it's lovely with autumn grasses and autumn flowering annuals such as Cosmos and Rudbeckia. You may know Verbena hastata as Blue Vervain.

GenusVerbena hastata
VarietyBlue Spires
Plant TypeTender Perennial. First Year Flowering. Cut Flower.

Height & Spread120cm /4 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot wide
Sow SeedsSow indoors in spring, from mid February, March and April. Needs light to germinate, cover lightly with vermiculite. Grow on then plant out in May. Sow direct from May -July. Takes 16 weeks from seed to flower from a spring sowing.
Thin/Plant OutThin or Plant out 30cm/1 foot apart after the last frosts when the soil has warmed up in May.
Conditions RequiredPrefers well drained soil in full sun. Drought tolerant. Verbena is a tall plant with slender stems but stands up to wild weather and needs no support. In ideal free draining conditions Verbena hastata is perennial. If your garden suffers from wet, cold winters take cuttings or treat as an annual.
Flower ProductionFlowers from June to November. Keep cutting the blooms and your plants will keep producing flowers well into autumn.
PickingPick in the early morning or cool evening. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds and stand flowers in a tall bucket of water for a good drink before arranging. Verbena flowers last 7 -10 days in a vase.
Planting CombinationsVerbena hastata is great for gravel gardens and drought tolerant beds. It's particularly lovely with Grasses. Verbena pairs well with most blooms especially those in shades of blue such as Salvia viridis 'Oxford Blue' and annuals like Cosmos and Rudbeckia which also flower long into autumn.

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