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How well will these species self seed ?

Hi there ! I hope all are doing well :3 

I am planning on buying a lot of blues for the garden and want to do my best to keep it to wildflowers rather than cultivars . I want many plants to self seed. I am in a rather fortunate position in the North West of England , the soil is well draining , seemingly has a neutral pH and there's a lot of organic matter and wildlife.

Before I spend a lot on everything wonderful on Chiltern , I'd like some advice as to how well any of the following species grow (Sorry for the Latin , it always feels so clinical somehow) 

Aquilegia vulgaris ,
Nigella Damascena ,
Polemonium Caerulum ,
Consolida Ajacis ,
wild Delphinium Elatum, 
Echium Vulgare
Campanula Glomerata ,
Anchusa Azurea 'Dropmore' ,
Myosotis Sylvatica ,
Pulmonaria Officinalis
 and Gentiana Asclepiadea (This one seems the most expensive ! Hope it's worth it, if it self seeds well) 

It is asking a lot of knowledge I know , and there's not much I can do but offer my sincerest gratitude for any advice, I love the look of every single one of these species 

Many thanks in advance , John Joe 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,889
    All easy to grow from seeds and being perennials will spread, by root and seeds.
    have a look on eBay for them, I buy all of my seeds from companies such as Nutsncones, Premier seed, lots of places offer discounts in bulk, such as buy 5 get one free, or free postage,  as long as you don’t buy from China you’ll be ok.
    The campanula gets slug eaten, but if you sow enough some will have to survive 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Great fan of www.seedaholic.com the information they give on their seeds is amazing.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,889
    Me too, there are some good sellers on eBay. I buy from Seekay as well.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,373
    I wouldn't rely on the Consolida to self seed and the Anchusa is  a cultivar so may not seed true. The Campanula spreads by root very well, not sure about seed. Never grown the Gentiana.
    The rest will be fine.
  • theend00theend00 Posts: 48
    I have noticed slugs seem to have a fondness for all campanulas , I might have to opt for some sacrificial marigolds 

    Thank you for the site suggestions Lyn K67 , I am looking to buy in bulk , many of the Amazon ones looked very suspicious selling rainbow roses and the like haha , so its nice to know some are a tleast genuine 

    The gentian and consolida seem to be the riskiest then , seems like they will require much more maintenance than the others , it's a shame if they are so difficult to naturalise and rare in the wild , they look stunning , thanks for the information on the others Nutcutlet :3 
  • Nick_MannNick_Mann SomersetPosts: 13
    Hi - you could try Cornflowers too. 
  • theend00theend00 Posts: 48
    Hi Habitat Aid ! 

    Cornflowers have established well in my garden now I've reduced the lawn's size , I've got them mixed in next to Cupid's darts, vetches and poppies :D , can see why they were once considered a weed , regrettably not so much anymore 
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