If you’re new to growing plants from seed, sowing hardy annuals is a great job for beginners. These tough plants can be sown in autumn for flowers the following year, or in spring for flowers later in the same year. Hardy annuals include familiar favourites, such as sweet peas, cornflowers and field poppies. The speed with which they develop flowers means they’re ideal for sowing in bare patches of soil or the gardens of rented accommodation, where you might not want to spend lots of money. Don’t worry if you don’t have any bare ground for them – you can easily sow hardy annuals in pots and containers, too.
In this video No Fuss Guide, David Hurrion shows you how to sow a variety of hardy annuals including cornflowers and calendulas in a bare patch of ground. The result is a patchwork of colourful flowers that will bloom for months.
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