Two ways of sowing hardy annuals in a border

Monty Don shows two ways to sow hardy annuals in a border, plus reveals his tip on telling the seedlings apart from weeds.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

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Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Hardy annuals are ideal for filling gaps in borders and they couldn’t be easier to grow. In this Gardeners’ World clip from May 2013, Monty Don demonstrates two methods of sowing hardy annuals directly in his Writing Garden.

First he ‘broadcasts’ seeds of the white poppy variety Papaver somniferum ‘White Cloud’, aiming for an informal, random effect. Then he sows Nigella papillosa ‘African Bride’, sharing a tip for planting in defined shapes, so plants don’t get confused with weed seedlings when they germinate. Watch now to discover how to grow hardy annuals in your garden.