Easiest Flowers to Grow from Seed

14 Flowers to Start from Seed

••• Zinnas. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Do you want to enjoy a beautiful flower garden without spending money on annuals each year? You can save money on flowers for your garden by buying more seeds and fewer plants. The following flowers are among the easiest to grow from seed:

  • Bachelor's Button: These blue flowers look like miniature carnations. They look great next to yellow or orange colored flowers such as marigolds. You can find the seed sold in packets of 200 and you will sow the seeds in your flower bed. They flower from midsummer until the first frost. You can then collect the brown seed pods to sow again. You won't even have to replant the same areas as they will self-seed. Not only do you get to enjoy looking at them, you can also eat them in your salad.
  • Calendula: These blooms are often gold or orange and they make a nice edging plant or container plant. They are edible. You will plant the seeds in your selected area, or you can start them and transplant them later. They will self-seed from season to season.
  • Columbine: These spring and early summer blooms come in many colors and prefer partial shade. They will self-seed and will also come back from year to year as a perennial.
  • Cosmos: These make good cut flowers for bouquets.
  • Four O'Clocks: These flowers open in the afternoon, hence their name, and also have a lovely fragrance. They bloom from mid-summer to fall. You can grow them from seed or tubers. They are perennial and self-seeding.
  • Marigolds: You will have to plant marigolds each year, they are annuals. They will bloom all summer if you keep them deadheaded.
  • Morning Glories: This vine is often grown on trellises or arbors. It is an annual that is started from seeds and can take until the end of summer to produce many blooms. One caution is that the seeds are poisonous.
  • Moss Rose (portulaca): These are best in full sun and make a good groundcover. They are drought-tolerant.
  • Nasturtiums: You can be nasty to nasturtiums and they will tolerate your neglect. The leaves and flowers are edible. They prefer being sown where they will grow rather than being transplanted.
  • Shasta Daisies: These are perennials with a long blooming period and are good for flower borders and using as cut flowers.
  • Sunflowers: You many have eaten sunflower seeds and not realized you could plant them. They are annuals, so you would want to save some from the seedhead for next year.
  • Sweet Alyssum: These have a lovely sweet fragrance. They are annuals you can sow from seed, and they will often self-seed for the next year.
  • Sweet Peas: These annuals are climbers and make nice cut flowers.
  • Zinnias: This annual adds a lot of color to the garden. They love hot weather and may not take off until the heat is really on.

    If you're really trying to stretch your garden budget, use these tips to get your seeds for free. There's nothing like a garden that you started from nothing.

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