Among the herbaceous perennials we enjoy in gardens year-to-year are some that grown from seed go on to flower within 12 months, making these cost-effective and sustainable choices for new plantings.
While many gardeners know a simple and quick way to increase numbers of perennials is through division, relatively few have a go at growing them from seed. Buying potted plants from garden centres or nurseries works well if you are looking to fill the occasional gap or add new flowers to existing borders, but planting a whole new area can be an expensive business if you rely only on this method, and while dividing existing plants gives you material, it will only be more of the same.
What many nurserymen might rather you didn’t know is that many popular perennials will easily flower in their first year from sowing, and that this process is usually as simple as growing annuals or bedding plants from seed. If you need quantities of plants- perhaps for a drift of Achillea through a sunny border, a swathe of Digitalis below trees or a path edged with Nepeta, growing from seed is worth considering- you’ll find both drought resistant and shade-tolerant perennials among potential choices, as well as some popular and often expensive plants. Many of these are by nature quick-growing so although they may be initially smaller on planting than shop-bought stock, they’ll soon catch up and fully bulk up the following year. There are other reasons why growing from seed makes sense.
•Sustainability; buying from garden centres comes with a cost to the environment, be it in transport (some plants travel around the country or are imported from overseas), compost, pots and associated packaging. Raising from seed cuts much of this and allows you to
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Although insect pests and plant diseases are generally easy to control in the flower garden, animal pests are not. For one, much of our wildlife is protected by law and can’t be indiscriminately eliminated. You may have variable success with repellents, depending on your location or timing. If the animals are not very hungry or population pressures are not too great, repellents may be enough to discourage invaders. But then again, there’s no guarantee that they’ll work.
We'll help you recognize weeds that look like wheat. Some, like Wild Oats and Cheatgrass, seem similar but differ in seed heads. Others, like Jointed Goatgrass and Volunteer Barley, share features but have distinct characteristics. Learning to spot these differences can help you easily identify weeds that might be mistaken for wheat in your garden.
Try these fast-growing microgreens that are ready in just a few days: Radish (5-7 days), Cress (5-8 days), Arugula (7-10 days), Sunflower (8-10 days), Pea Shoots (7-10 days), Mizuna (8-10 days), Mustard (7-10 days), Beet (7-10 days), Kale (8-10 days), and Broccoli (10-12 days). Just plant them in shallow containers, mist regularly, and harvest when true leaves appear. More tips below!
Are you looking for Flowers that Look like Peonies? Then, this list is for you; these beautiful alternatives can bring a touch of elegance to bouquets and gardens. They mimic the charm of peonies, adding a pleasing feel to any setting.
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