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This might sound like an odd request but I am looking for some nice looking flowers that grow by just throwing seeds on soil without much effort of caring for them.

I'm not a natural gardener, but basically I have a lot of land that I'd like to "flower up" without the effort of digging etc.

Are there pretty flowers that self germinate like this if they are put on soil? i.e very resilient ones but also look nice?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,588
    It's getting a bit late, but there are hardy annuals that do that. I threw a packet of pink Escholtzia seeds onto a prepared and raked bed, kept it watered, (actually rain did that, it was in May), and now there are lots of little plants. Should flower in July/August. English Marigolds (Calendula), cornflowers, Nigella, Nasturtiums are all pretty easy.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thanks, this might sound lazy but anything I don;t need to water regularly or rake?
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,588
    Rake before you sow the seeds then keep the soil moist until they appear and start growing bigger. If you sow the seeds in a specific pattern or in lines then it's easier to tell what are weeds.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,399
    It's a lot easier to buy plants if you're lazy or impatient. Go and spend fifty quid on reliable long flowering perennials and they'll come back year on year. 
  • Limnanthes douglasii, the poached egg plant, self-seeds itself in large numbers in my garden despite my clay soil. At present it is a solid mass of flowers.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,323
    Borage seed perhaps for this year. Keep watered. For next year ox eye daisies, valerian officialanis, california poppies, purple tansy. For spring, forgetmenots.

    Most seeds need to be kept watered, else they risk drying out. But if you can get some of these plants going in the first year, they might well continue to self seed over future years.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    I find seeds germinate where THEY want not where YOU do, mostly I allow that, also even as a long time gardening lady, difficult to tell weeds from seeds

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