Sow your seeds in Fall! Planting seeds in Fall can give you a jump start on many perennial and biennial plants. This article includes just some of the fabulous flowers you can get started from seed in the Autumn.
All the plants here I am growing in my very own garden and all of them I started from seeds. Year after year they will reseed themselves if I let them. (to prevent self seeding see this post, Off With Their Heads!) You can have beautiful flowers by summer too if you sow your seeds in Fall.
Each flower name is linked to the source where I get my seeds. Any phrase in blue is a link. I added this because I am getting many requests for where you can get the seeds.
There are tons of flowers you can seed in Fall.
Here are a few I grow including the Purple Echinacea…
and these Forget Me Nots…one of the harbingers of Spring..
White Swan Echinacea is a personal favorite and has reseeded itself for more plants in my own garden. It blooms non-stop through the toughest heat and on into cooler Fall weather.
Gaillardias are a grand performer in the garden as well..I just love them with their fiery colors and tough disposition.
Indian Summer Rudbeckia, a fabulous one for creating swaths of summer sunshine in your garden with ease…they can be single or double blooms.
But always sunny and happy..
Lupine blend I grew from seeds are hardy souls as well, one of the first Spring bloomers, they never fail to wow..
I have the two colors right now…the blue above and the fuchsia
Hollyhocks are a fabulous addition, they height and vigor can be used as a screen. Some say it was used back in the outhouse days as a screen from the house so you didn’t always see the privy. Some can grow to 10 feet tall and quite thickly so I can see where that would work well.
As you can see I have personally grown the plants that I linked to but there are so many more. So take your pick! I linked to the flowers that I showed here so it was easier for you to find these specific ones.
Bachelors Buttons come in a variety of colors, this one bloomed all summer long for me.
My general routine when sowing seeds in Fall is to clear out a bed of weeds and debris. Sometimes it is an area of a bed that already has other plants in it. I clear it, loosen the soil a couple inches with my small shovel, hoe dag or other tool, sprinkle my seeds on heavily (I am not stingy with seeds) and press in with my foot. Then I water in gently so as not to move the seeds around.
Some flowers this should be done after first frost and others you can do before. Many of my plants that reseed themselves do so before first frost so I figure I can too. It is good to read the seed packets and do a little research online for your zone if you are planting any particular seed that is new for you. Many seed companies will also tell you if the seeds you are purchasing can be planted in Fall.
The results are my photos above, all of these were planted from seed in the garden in Fall.
Wonderful thing is many times once you have bought seed you don’t have to again. I save my seed from year to year to replant and share. Click here to see how I save seed!
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