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Best cottage garden plants to grow from seed

Best cottage garden plants to grow from seed



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Best cottage garden plants to grow from seed

This week we take a look at some good cottage garden plants to grow from seed.

You can find more info about these plants and their characteristics in our post on gardeners tips for seed starting in cold frames.

If you’re like many people starting out growing your own garden from seed, you want to give it as much of a head start as possible. Of course you can always start your seedlings indoors and transplant them into the garden once they have been hardened off, but sometimes it can take months before your seedlings really start to grow. In these cases it’s better to start them from seed as soon as you can. So to help you out we’ve put together some suggestions for the best cottage garden plants to grow from seed to help you out.

Seed propagation

When you buy plants in a garden centre or grow them from seed it is known as propagation. When you buy them in this way you do not only buy seeds. You also buy a lot of ‘root stocks’ and compost.

There are many different methods of propagation you can use, including growing them on in a pot with a mixture of potting compost, gravel and sand, or growing them in a seed tray filled with potting compost and water. Some people grow them in a seed tray first before sowing them out into the garden as a first planting. It’s your choice as to what you want to do with the plants you buy.

You will have to be careful to protect your plants from the elements and the wildlife that might otherwise feast on them. If you are choosing to grow your plants in a pot or seed tray in a cold frame or in a greenhouse you can do so throughout the winter to ensure they are ready to be moved out in the spring. You can read more about starting seeds indoors in cold frames in our post.

There are lots of different plant varieties available to buy at the nursery that you might want to grow from seed, but to help you out we have put together some suggestions for the best cottage garden plants to grow from seed.

Here are some of the seeds that we think you should grow, some are annuals and others are perennials:

Mixed borders

If you like an established flower border with lots of different plants you will want to take cuttings from your cottage garden. As we have said before you may need to add some mulch to prevent your plants from drying out when you are taking cuttings.

It is best to take cuttings early in the year before they have put on any leaves or flower buds, before the plant develops. Cuttings need to be taken at the end of a summer or autumn and they should be placed on damp but not waterlogged compost in a clear tray, with a piece of perforated plastic over it.

If you have taken cuttings successfully you may want to try to grow a mini-version of the same variety in another pot.

Here are some of the best cottage garden plants to grow from seed:

Ajuga (bugloss) – Grow a collection of the different varieties of this very popular cottage garden plant from seed. It looks great planted in pots on the patio and will grow to fill a big corner with colour all year round. The variety ‘Pom Pom’ makes a great cut flower.

Trollope daisies (Eremurus) – These beautiful cottage garden flowers make perfect cutting flowers and also look good planted in a vase indoors. If you have had success growing them from seed, why not grow more? The variety ‘Alba’ is easy to grow and makes lovely cut flowers.

Calendula – If you are a fan of the flower ‘pots and vases’ then these beautiful cottage garden flowers are a real treat. They look lovely planted in big pots on the patio or in a window box, but they also make great cut flowers and have a lasting fragrance. The variety ‘Album’ is the easiest to grow and is available at good garden centres.

Rosa hybrida – The cottage garden rose is certainly a good plant for this site and it makes a lovely, large, bold specimen. Grow up several plants of this variety and then in different seasons make lots of different types of roses! If you have had success growing them from seed then try growing more to make sure you get the best.

Cucurbita moschata – The summer squash is a great vegetable to grow in the cottage garden. Easy to grow and tasty too, why not grow up a collection of summer squashes? The variety ‘Chantenay’ is easy to grow and makes lovely pumpkins if you give it time.

Papaver alpinum – Forget traditional garden beds and instead try some hardy sedums instead. This variety has lots of different looks and has the advantage of being hardy which means it can be planted outside in winter and will be able to grow through snow. If you are short of room then this could be your plant for your outdoor area.

This week I have been looking for inspiration for my latest design. I recently purchased a collection of ‘Art Nouveau’ type prints at a sale and I love them. I love this era of design because it was one of my favourites growing up and I think it is lovely to return to it once in a while. I also really like the patterns that it uses because they look good everywhere.

So how to create a garden area to fit into my home with this theme in mind? Here is a few ideas that may inspire you to get out into the garden this weekend!

Terracotta flowers and plants with Art Nouveau designs.

Potting areas in the garden that look like you would see them in an Art Nouveau painting.

Add some Art Nouveau chairs to your garden table.

If you’d like some more help this week then let me know and I can point you in the right direction. Don’t forget that even if you think your garden isn’t very big or small, you can always change it to fit your own style. I hope that my suggestions will help you to create your own garden paradise!

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