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Cottage Flowers that Reseed Themselves

Beautiful cottage flowers that reseed themselves. A simple way to get masses of gorgeous flowers on a budget. Start with one and get a hundred more!

Cottage Flowers that Reseed Themselves.  Have you seen some PINS on Pinterest that read something like this: “Don’t plant these 20 Flowers!” or “32 plants you should never grow!” then you read the article and they list tons of the plants I share here? 

I really have a hard time with misinformation like that.  Here is why.

For one, gardening is an ongoing endeavor. And anyone that has gardened for any length of time knows that any easy to seed plant can become a problem if you don’t keep them in check.  

How do you keep them from getting to be a problem? 

Easy, you dead head as the flowers begin to fade and before seed heads develop. I have an entire article on deadheading you can read here.  

The added benefit to deadheading is it encourages the plants to continue blooming.  So don’t be afraid to plant any of these (unless for some reason they have been listed as invasive in your area) and enjoy easy to grow flowers year after year. And the best part, it is free.  

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 some.

Late Summer Garden 2016, Ten cottage flowers that reseed themselves

1. Foxgloves

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.

For more on growing Foxgloves click here!

2. Morning Glory

ten cottage flowers that reseed themselvesIf 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.

More on Growing Morning Glories

3. Sweet Williams

Ten Cottage Flowers that Reseed ThemselvesSweet 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!

More on Growing Sweet Williams

4. Sweet Peas

Ten Cottage Flowers that Reseed ThemselvesSweet 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.

How to Grow Sweet Peas


5. Hollyhocks

Ten Cottage Flowers that Reseed ThemselvesHollyhocks 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.

Hollyhocks 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.  That is always a fun surprise in gardening.

How to Grow Hollyhocks

6. Daisies

Ten Cottage Flowers that Reseed ThemselvesThe 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.

How to Grow Daisies

7. Black Eyed Susies

How to Grow Black Eyed Susans, easy flowers for your cottage garden. Easily reseeds for years of enjoyment and ease. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comBlack 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.

How to Grow Black Eyed Susans



8. Echinacea aka Coneflower

How to Grow Purple Coneflower aka EchinaceaEchinaceas 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.

How to Grow Echinacea (aka Purple Coneflower)


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.



10. Cosmos

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.




More flowers that reseed themselves beautifully:
Toadflax (Linaria)

What flowers do you grow that reseed and spread for you?

Happy Gardening!

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Kate Q

Sunday 7th of June 2020

In zone 6 I have Bupleurum, Clary Sage, and Lunaria that self seed all over the place! Bupleurum is a spring annual, terrific cut flower, easily removed where not wanted (ie evey path!) It can also be deliberately Clary Sage and Lunaria are both biennial, and easily controlled the first year. Clary sage is an amazing cut flower, blooms for weeks, as well as lower shoots when cut. The leaves smell like grapefruit when bruised, and the first year plants transplant wonderfully. They also like the pathways. Lunaria self seeds quite well, flowers in a lovely pink early spring second year, about 3'. The oval green seed pods must be left to dry on the plant if you want the Silver Dollar which is between the pods outer coverings. All of these plants do well in part sun, on minimal care. when I control seed these plants I just sprinkle the seeds generously on the soil and let nature do the rest.

Tee Billingsley

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

@Kate Q, I have had luminary for 38 years. Mine blooms purple and has scattered over these years to make the most beautiful spring time. I think this is the best written article about reseeding and invasive plants. We moved on our farm in 1982 and that was covered with what God has planned it here. There are many large grapevines, trumpet vines, and every other kind of vine that grows wild. I have two plants that you might be interested in adding to the list. The first one is obedient plant and the second one is garlic chives. Keep up your excellent posting. My garden is a mixture of native and hybrid plants that I love.


Sunday 7th of June 2020

Great recommendations, thank you.

Linda J Jackson

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Add linaria or toadflax. They are a perennial which reseeds freely. I have pink and purple. they are easy to pull out if they grow where you don't want them.

frank peterson

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

My Mom has found that her Bleeding hearts reseed themselves SO heavily that she is pulling them out of the lawn where she really does not want them, and she gives plants away every year because she has more than she will ever want or need.


Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Yes, the downside many face with plants that reseed easily is they will come up in other areas. Deadheading is the only way to keep that from happening.

Nancy Kelley

Friday 2nd of November 2018

How about Forget-me-nots! They fill the nooks and crannies of my garden and are one of the first flowers to come out in the spring. (Northern California) One packet of seeds and you will have Forget-me-nots forever! I also love our California Poppies, foxglove, and daisys.


Friday 2nd of November 2018

I love Forget me Nots, I have a ton in my front flower bed and yes they do spread so well by seed. I should add them to this post.

Kathy Webster

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

Trumpet Vine is hideously and totally invasive. Datura is another story all together. Many folks call them Moon Flowers!!! I have no issues with Moon Plants or Moon Flowers (Datura), but I would be very, very happy if I could totally eradicate the Trumpet Vine that someone planted long ago in this area! It is hateful and insidious!!!

It tries to kill my rose bush every year. It has roots under my house and it grows everywhere it can travel! The roots travel along the ground and it comes up everywhere!!! I have been trying to kill it for years!!!


Thursday 23rd of August 2018

I love my trumpet vine but I have it contained in barrels and I prune it hard each Fall before seeds develop. One friend of mine that had issues with it coming across the fence from a neighbors was to cut off the suckers then paint the cut end with gysophylate. Here is an article she referenced:

I hope you get it eradicated from you garden. I dislike when plants get out of control! We have a perennial sweet pea here that is a nuisance so I totally get what you are saying.

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