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Hardy Annual Seeds

Solid annuals are the ideal method for making bright summer fringes rapidly and effortlessly. You just sow the seeds where you need the plants to bloom, with no requirement for growing inside in pots with warmth.

Numerous plant specialists don’t have the offices to develop half-strong sheet material plants, for example, begonia, occupied Lizzie, lobelia, petunia and salvia from seed, as they should be sown inside with warmth. Others might not have any desire to purchase youthful plants to develop on, or spend a fortune purchasing bigger plants prepared to plant out. That is the place strong annuals come in.

Hardy annual seeds are sown directly outside. There’s no fiddly sowing seeds in containers in propagators, pricking out the young seedlings, hardening off the plants and planting out. You simply sow the seed directly in the soil where you want the plants to grow and flower.

There are dozens of varieties to choose from, including Calendula (pot marigold),Eschscholzia (Californian poppy), Godetia, Linaria (toad flax), Lobularia (sweet alyssum),Nemophila and Nigella (love-in-a-mist).

Sowing Hardy Annuals

There are two basic ways of sowing hardy annuals.

You can either mark out areas of the bed with a bamboo cane or stick or dry sand and then broadcast sow drifts of each variety over the soil in each area. This gives a natural, ‘cottage garden’ look.

Alternatively, you can sow in rows in these marked out areas. This can make it easier to distinguish between flower and weed seedlings, as you know where the flowers have been sown. It does create a more rigid, formal look.

Hardy annuals can be sown any time in spring, providing weather and soil conditions are conducive for germination and most can also be sown in early autumn, for earlier flowering the following year.