It’s easy to grow your own flowers from seed. Here’s beautiful flowers, growing information & seed collections for gifts.
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 elegans Queen Lime
Zinnia elegans Queen Lime
If you love Dahlias you will love these Zinnias. Queen Lime has fully double Dahlia-like flowers on long strong stems. Huge blooms are produced for months on end in a bright lime green colour. They are brilliant for cut flowers and perfect for pollinators... bees and butterflies love Zinnias.
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|Plant Type||Half Hardy Annual|
|Height & Spread||60-75cm/2-2.5 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot wide|
|Sow Seeds||Sow under cover in April in cells or small pots… needs 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 sow 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 production of side shoots.
|Conditions Required||Zinnias 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 Queen Lime grown for cut flowers need netting support 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.|
|Picking||Pick when the flowers are fully open and the stem is stiff (if it is soft and bends easily 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 Combinations||Grow Zinnias with other half hardy annuals such as Cosmos, Dahlias and Nicotiana.|