The Small, The Tall and the Pretty - Some of my Favourite Flowers
I grow most of my summer flowering plants from seed, I then save the seed heads to dry and store in envelopes and plant them the following year.
You can start planting your seeds under cover in March in trays of compost. If you don’t have a greenhouse consider purchasing a plastic covered mini greenhouse. They only take up a small place in the garden and are ideal for plant propagation. Usually comprising of 3 or 4 shelves you will be surprised how many trays of plants it will hold.
These are just three of my favourite flowers that are easy to grow and a lovely addition to any garden.
Try as I might I just cannot seem to pronounce this name, so these delightful little flowers are always known to me as ‘Mesewotsits’
Growing to a height of just 4 inches, they are ideal ground covering plants that look good in borders, rockeries or pots. They like free draining soil and love the sun!
The seeds are very small, so handle them carefully when planting in the trays. It’s best to water them with a mist sprayer. As the seedlings get bigger you can transplant them into bigger trays.
Plant them out in spring after the last frosts. You can also buy these plants from garden centres April onwards.
The plants are small and delicate looking. The leaves are quite unusual, they have a tropical succulent look about them and surprisingly, look as though they have been sprinkled with sugar!
Mesembryanthemum’s are daisy flowers that come in a wide range of brilliant colours, that have a ‘neon’ look about them. They love the sun and on a warm sunny day they produce an awesome display.
Also known as the Larkspur, these perennial flowering plants can grow up to 2 metres tall, varying in colour from shades of blue, pinks, purple and white. They give height and colour in a flower border and are fabulous in flower arrangements.
Again you can grow your delphinium’s from seed, although they won’t actually flower until the following year. Or you can purchase plants from your garden centre. They like well drained soil and full sun.
Delphinium’s flower from late spring to late summer. The main flowering stem is long and erect, each flower has 5 petal-like sepals with 2 or 4 true petals in the centre.
The bedding Aster can be grown from seeds planted in trays undercover, from early spring.
They are bushy, free flowering plants that come in a variety of colours and grow to a height of 10 inches.
Aster’s are bright, cheerful flowers that love the sun and last for ages.
If you haven't grown these flowers before or you are looking to grow something different in your garden this year, I can recommend all three plants they are easy to grow and add beautiful colour at ground level, height in borders and plenty of flowers to pick for indoors.