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Seed Recommendations Please

I have some areas in my garden where I would like to have a variety of annuals throughout the summer if possible. Because of my poor knowledge and gardening skills I would like some recommendations for seeds that I can scatter in the early spring and rake in for a colourful display. 

Thank you in advance.


  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790
    Rather than buying individual seed packets, maybe a meadow mix may be better for you.  This will contain a variety of plants, and you can either buy an annual mix which will only flower for one year (but some of these flowers may self seed and return in future years) or a perennial mix, where the plants come back year after year.

     What kind of conditions do you have?  How much sun does that area get, or is it shaded?  How dry or wet is it?  Is it heavy clay soil, or quite light and sandy.  That will help people to suggest the best options.
  • It is for the borders to fill in some bare patches, different aspects sun wise. Soil is wet and clay under a layer of soil.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,882
    Every year I used to buy these, also in a blue mix.
    its not that easy though, you’ll get lots of weeds as well so you need to recognise seed from weed, when they are really tiny just shooting up, some will get eaten by slugs.
    I always grown mine in a seed tray first so I can recognise which flowers are what. They stand a better chance of survival if you can do that.
    having said that, if you sow enough, some will survive.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,263
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • After my dog passed, I turned the area where she toileted back to a flower boarder, threw down seeds from a foxglove I had bought at boot sale for 80p. I had about 8 very lovely flowers the following year, some where eaten by slug when tiny, you can relocate them to different areas too.  Look for any seeds which state hardy, they can normally been sown outside after frosts finished. 
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