Ten Cottage Flowers that Reseed Themselves
One thing I have found so very helpful in having a beautiful cottage garden is the discovery of cottage flowers that reseed themselves. There are tons of them, both annuals and perennials but for today I am going to share just ten.
Foxgloves are a cottage garden staple. One flower that makes wonderful vertical accents in your garden borders.
They love dappled sun or part shade. Many are long lived and super long flowering.
Usually considered a bi-ennial some newer varieties will actually bloom for you the first summer if sown early enough.
2. Morning Glory
If you are looking for a great, fast growing climber that will knock your socks off with an abundance of blooms, give Morning Glories a try.
Just make sure you have something for them to climb on to show off their gorgeousness.
Some states have deemed Morning Glories as invasive plant, check before planting in case your state is one.
3. Sweet Williams
Sweet Williams put on a dazzling show in borders, beds and containers. As the name suggests they add a beautiful sweet fragrance to your garden.
Though typically blooming in Spring and early Summer there are new varieties that are day neutral and will bloom all summer long with dead heading.
Pollinators love them!
4. Sweet Peas
Sweet Peas live up to their name, they have the loveliest scent and keep on blooming all summer long with constant cutting. They make wonderful bouquets to bring indoors and enjoy.
Only the annual sweet peas have scent, the perennial one does not.
Hollyhocks are described as sturdy and stately old fashioned plants. With an array of colors and types (aka: doubles or singles) you won’t have a hard time finding something that will fit into your scheme.
They bloom over a long summer season. And like other reseeding flowers they cross pollinate so the volunteer seedlings that come up will often be different colors than what you originally planted. Always a fun surprise in gardening.
The Shasta Daisy is a classic, they happily spread by seed of their own volition but are not hard to dig up if they sprout where they are not wanted. One packet of seeds can produce plants that look a bit different from each other.
Daisies are great for cutting and summer bouquets which keeps them blooming longer. If you want to clone a particular daisy because of its unique beauty you can always take root divisions.
7. Black Eyed Susies
Black Eyed Susans are one of my favorite flowers in mid summer. They are reliable, tough as nails and so prolific that you can’t go wrong.
Their sunny disposition and drought tolerance make them a dry garden must have.
8. Echinacea aka Coneflower
Echinaceas come in a variety of colors and are another drought tolerant beauty. There are many sterile hybrids available that you can’t grow from seed but there are dozens of others that you can.
They are easy to direct sow in the garden in abundant drifts.
9. Bachelors Buttons
Bachelor’s Buttons need little care. Flowers attract butterflies, are superb additions to fresh or dried arrangements. Plants are deer resistant.
In mild summer areas Bachelor’s Buttons will continue to flower until September when old blooms are removed. Sow seeds in fall in mild winter areas, and early spring everywhere.
Cosmos are wonderfully easy. They thrive in hot sun, poor soil and drought conditions.
They come in a variety of colors, heights and styles. They also attract pollinators and bloom until first freeze.
What flowers do you grow that reseed and spread for you?
There are more but I will save those for another time.