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4 Beautiful Annuals You Can Grow from Seed

Sowing a flower garden from seed will bring you a garden brimming with blooms, all summer long. 

Our latest partnership with Fruition Seeds includes a selection of organic flower seeds. 

While each variety is beautiful, they are also unique. Take a look a a few of our favorites.

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4 Annuals to Grow from Seed


Organic Evening Colors Sunflower 

A truly unique and gorgeous variety of sunflower 2-Jan-13-2021-09-46-35-77-PM

Delectable diversity! Sunflower petals are delicious in salads and we just love the vivid hues Evening Colors brings to the garden, vase and table. Evening Colors blossoms midsummer to frost, her largest heads bobbing at the top with dozens of smaller flowers on long, strong secondaries perfect for cutting. If you want the tallest sunflowers you've ever seen, sow Evening Colors with a shovel or three of compost!

Growing Instructions:

Direct Seed (recommended): After frost, sow 2 seeds every 18-24” & thin to one. More fertility, space & sun = larger plants & flowers. Harvest blooms for continued flowering.
Transplant: Sow indoors 2 weeks before & transplant after last frost at spacing above, disturbing roots minimally. More fertility, space & sun = larger plants & more flowers.

Sowing Date: After frost; Late May- early June
Seed Depth: 1/2 inch
Days to Germination: 7-10 days at 70-75 F

Organic Sun Ball Craspedia

A charming "Dr. Suess Inspired" annual that perfectly aligns with 3-Jan-13-2021-09-46-35-45-PM2021 design trends!

Craspedia goes by many marvelous names, from drumstick flower to billy balls to sun ball. She's easy to grow, producing a bustling skyline of inch-wide golden blossoms on long 20+ inch silver stems perfect for cutting. Her understory of silver foliage is an ornamental tuft unto itself. Craspedia makes very few demands, thriving in poor soil and even in drought.

Planting Instructions:

Transplant Only: Sow indoors ~4 weeks before final frost, 2 seeds per cell barely covered with soil. Thin to strongest one & pot up once second set of true leaves emerge. Harden off (reduce water & temp for 3-7 days outside) & transplant after danger of frost, in full sun with 12" between plants.

Sowing Date: Indoors, ~4 weeks before last frost
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Days to Germination: 14-18 days at 70-75°F
Days to Maturity: 100
Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches


Organic Cornucopia Strawflower Mix

Cut flower lasts months to years!4-3

Jewel-colored fireworks from early July all the way through frost in fall. Starflowers quickly grow in any soil, up to 4 feet tall with dozens of vivid blossoms by the end of the season. Cut and dried, starflowers bring joy for years, retaining their color and shape with astonishing grace. For best, long-lasting dried flowers, harvest young blossoms when they are only 20% open.

Dry them in a warm place out of the direct sun, most of their leaves removed, before tucking them into inkwells, old mason jars, garlic braids and wreaths.

Growing Instructions:

Transplant Only: Sow indoors ~6 weeks before final frost, 2 seeds per cell barely covered with soil (light is required for germination). Mist to avoid covering seeds with displaced soil. Thin to 1 & transplant after danger of frost, 12” between plants. Harvest increases yield. Cut when 2-3 layers of petals have unfurled for greatest longevity.

Sowing Date: After frost; Late May - early June
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
Days to Germination: 7-10 days at 70-75 F
Days to Maturity: 75-85
Plant spacing after thinning: 6 inches
Height: 36 inches

Organic Nasturtium

The flowers & leaves are deliciously edible!5-2

We love these long, tailing vines of verdant green circular leaves with bright edible flowers the colors of jewels. Easy to grow, our classic mix of red, rose, orange and yellow blossoms adds a peppery lift to salads, soups and sandwiches.

Growing Instructions:

Transplant: Sow indoors 3 weeks before frost, 2 seeds 1" deep per cell and thin to 1. Don't over-water. Harden off and transplant outside after last frost at spacing below.
Direct Seed (recommended) : Sow 2 seeds 1" deep every 12", 2 weeks before last frost; thin to 1 once true leaves emerge. Hanging baskets or containers: 5 seeds thinned to 3.
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Sowing Date: After frost, late May to early June
Seed Depth: 1/2 inch
Days to Germination: 7-14 days at 60-65°F
Days to Maturity: 45
Plant spacing after thinning: 18-24 inches
Height: 1 foot


See the entire selection and purchase these seeds now on our garden center online store. 

 

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