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 May.

There are lots of lovely Hardy Annual Seeds to sow in April. They are beautiful in your garden, excellent for wildlife and brilliant for cut flowers too.

May is the month to sow Half Hardy Annuals too.  Cosmos Antirrhinum (Snapdragons) Rudbeckia and Cleome can all be sown now.

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Zinnia Pastel Mixed

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Zinnia Pastel Mixed 00182

Zinnia Pastel Mixed Seeds

If you love Dahlias you will love this tasteful mix of Zinnias. Benary’s Giant Zinnias have fully double Dahlia-like flowers on long strong stems. Blooms are produced for months on end in shades of lime green, soft white and the most beautiful shade of salmon pink. They are brilliant for adding a touch of class to your garden and lovely for cut flowers. Bees and butterflies love Zinnias too.

Zinnias are natives of Mexico. They thrive in the sun and dislike wet weather. If you can provide a sunny spot and well drained soil then you will be rewarded with buckets of flowers from mid summer until late autumn. This variety Benary’s Giant is popular with flower growers because it has good strong stems and as the name suggests lovely large blooms. Best of all the more flowers you cut the more you get!

GenusZinnia elegans
Variety'Benary’s Giant Salmon Rose' Benary's Giant White' & 'Benary's Giant Lime'
Plant TypeHalf Hardy Annual
Height & Spread90cm/3 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot wide
Sow SeedsSow under cover in April in cells or small pots… Zinnias need light to germinate. Pinch out tips when plants have four true leaves. Zinnias prefer not to be over watered or have their roots disturbed so plant outside carefully after the last frost. Alternatively Benary’s Giant Zinnias can be sown direct into the flowering position from May onwards. Watch out for slugs – they love Zinnia seedlings!
Thin/Plant Out
Plant out well developed young plants in May 30cm/1 foot apart.
Remove the first tall flower when it reaches 45cm/18 inches to encourage the production of side shoots.
Conditions RequiredZinnias are Mexican plants so they thrive in sun and dislike wet weather.
Grow them in moist but well drained soil in a sunny spot for best results.
Tall Zinnias like Benary’s Giant grown for cut flowers need netting support and regular feeding to encourage flower production.
Flower Production
Takes 12-14 weeks from seed to flowering. Zinnias flower from mid summer until late autumn usually for a good three months. Successive sowings will give you flowers until the first frosts.
PickingPick flowers when the flowers are fully open and the stem is stiff (if it is soft and bendy then wait a day or two) then remove all leaves and side shoots. Leave in deep water for several hours in a shady place to condition. Zinnias last 7 -10 days in a vase.
Planting CombinationsGrow Zinnias with other half hardy annuals such as Cosmos, Dahlias and Nicotiana.


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