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29/05/2014 at 21:05
Ok, having posed the question on another thread briefly and having had quite good success with annual seeds and veg (so far - touch wood!), I think I may dip my toes into trying growing biennials and perennials....this means a few more questions from me; 1. Best varieties to grow - not just for colour but for ease as I'm a newbie to it 2. Sowing advice - do they need to be in the GH or outside 3. Any other general tips and advice that I might need Realistically, how much patience do I actually need?? Thanks in advance, again
29/05/2014 at 21:13

Wallflowers are a great one to start with, good range of colours early in the season and fantastic scent.

Very easy to grow, they dont need a GH, I grow them in modules and pot them on once before planting them out in the autumn to overwinter.

29/05/2014 at 21:15
Do wallflowers only come in yellow? I'm not sure, if I'm honest, that I like them.....sorry Scroggin. I'll have a google and see if there are other colours
29/05/2014 at 21:16

Foxgloves much the same technique as wallflowers though they seed themselves once you get them started.

29/05/2014 at 21:19

They're like any other seed Orchid, I sowed some perennials 2 weeks ago in pots, they have all germinated and are getting to the stage where I can pot them on. I just pot on into 7 or 9cm pots in mpc and put them to one side to grow on with some slug and snail protection. I use a cold frame, no lid with sharp sand for them to sit on. By the autumn, they will be ready to plant out. As for your varieties, well take your pick. Sarah Raven does some nice perennials and I get good germination with her seed. It's only a few pence dearer, so I find it's worth it.

29/05/2014 at 21:19
Foxgloves, are they a skin irritant? I have seen some beautiful ones this year. Just found some pinky-purple wallflowers (Sunset Purple) and also some gorgeous deep red ones (Fire King)....,they are both a maybe but not together obviously
29/05/2014 at 21:20
I'm on the Sarah Raven website now Dave, that's where I found those in the post above

Edit to say - they were actually on Suttons where I was before Sarah Raven
29/05/2014 at 21:21

OL, wallflowers come in a large range of colours from deep reds through orange, yellows pink.

Sweet williams are similar to grow and are one of my favourite flowers.

Delphiniums are a good perrenial(just keep the slugs at bay)

29/05/2014 at 21:22

Foxgloves are poisonous, don't know that they're skin irritant. Half the garden is poisonous. Don't eat the flower garden

29/05/2014 at 21:25
Except for Campanula Nut...I'm learning

I like Sweet Williams too and I have Delphiniums already, free from GW

I'm going to look for Sweet Williams now...I only want 2-3 varieties as don't want to end up taking too much on.
29/05/2014 at 21:28

Can you eat campanulas OL?

29/05/2014 at 21:31
Ermmm.....possibly not.....embarrassed face....try Calendula, I was close Maybe I won't eat anything just yet until I've got better at this
29/05/2014 at 21:32

They all begin with C. 

29/05/2014 at 21:34
They do Nut but may have slightly different side effects....oops
29/05/2014 at 21:36
29/05/2014 at 21:37
I thought it was you that actually told me that a few weeks ago Nut? Maybe not
29/05/2014 at 21:39

Last year I started some Knautia macedonica "melton pastels".

This year they are flowering some five feet high and covered in gorgeous pink scabious type flowers. They should flower until the frosts and are good for cut flowers.Only problem is I put them at the front of the border.

 Sow seed now, prick out into pots outside over summer, and plant in final position in Autumn.

29/05/2014 at 21:41
Orchid Lady wrote (see)
I thought it was you that actually told me that a few weeks ago Nut? Maybe not

Not me. I don't eat much from the garden. I even buy my herbs in jars while the plants are growing in the garden

29/05/2014 at 21:44
Thanks Fidget, they sound lovely.

Argyranthemum, I love the typical white and yellow type ones, has anyone else grown them from seed? I was looking at plants the other day and there are so many pretty colours
29/05/2014 at 21:48
They look lovely FB.

So, another questions, herbaceous perennials, they are like Papaver or hollyhock and die down totally then come up again the next year? Is that right?
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