Many people are daunted by the thought of growing flowers thinking it will be too hard to get a beautiful display when growing from seed or very young plants. They go to the garden centre and buy expensive large mature plants for an instant garden colour, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Many varieties of seed are easy to grow, especially hardy annual types, which can most often be sown where they are to flower.
Here at Suttons we have tried to make it easy for you to spot the easy to grow seeds by putting a selection of them into our ‘fastflowers’ range. A collection of garden favourites such as night scented stock, viola and sunflowers which can all be sown direct and will flower in 6 to 12 weeks depending on the variety. They are ideal for beginners or if you want to get your garden off to a flying start with the minimum of effort.
But remember seeds are not just the only way to get a colourful garden with little effort. Many people just don’t realise how easy it is to grow from bulbs. Say ‘bulbs’ and people immediately think of daffodils and tulips but there is a large range of bulbs, corms, roots& tubers that come under the heading of summer bulbs that are also easy to grow and provide masses of colour for very little effort. And even better, unless you dig them up by accident when weeding, many can be left in the ground until next year so take even less effort the second year. If you look at their stunning colours and rose like flowers you will see why begonias are one of our best sellers and ho could resist the fragrance of oriental lilies. And all of these are so easy to grow, just plant at the correct depth and wait for the results!