Allium sphaerocephalon

Flowers to sow in November

Take a look at five of the best flowers to sow in November, including bee-friendly favourites.

November is a quiet time in the garden, but there are some flower seeds you can sow this month, saving you time on spring sowings.

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Don’t be alarmed if your seeds don’t germinate immediately – many require a period of cold, called stratification, to break their dormancy. Then, in spring, they’ll burst into growth. 

Follow our step-by-step advice on how to sow seeds in autumn.

Take a look at five of the best flowers to sow in November, below. 

Bugle, Ajuga reptans, is a fantastic UK native and a useful groundcover plant in sun or partial shade. 

Eryngiums

Eryngiums are bee-friendly perennials that require a period of cold in order to germinate. Sow the seeds in pots, trays or modules and place in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame over winter. 

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Bugle

Bugle, Ajuga reptans, is a fantastic UK native and a useful groundcover plant in sun or partial shade. You could also try sowing the showier native Ajuga genevensis, which doesn’t spread as quickly. Both provide evergreen colour.

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Corysdalis solida

Also native to the UK, Corydalis solida is a pretty perennial that enjoys a cool, moist spot in dappled or partial shade. Fresh foliage emerges in spring, and is followed by blooms that can vary in colour, from purple to white. 

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Sweet peas

Sweet peas can be sown in autumn or spring, so it’s not too late to sow some now. Here’s our advice on growing sweet peas from seed.

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Allium sphaerocephalon

These striking alliums are a hit with bees and other pollinators. Sow Allium sphaerocephalon any time of year, either directly in the soil, or indoors in containers before planting out. 

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More UK native plants to grow

  • Hedge woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
  • Clary sage, Salvia sclarea
  • Meadow saxifraga, Saxifraga granulata
  • Field scabious, Knautia arvensis
  • Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum
  • Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris
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  • Great burnet, Sanguisorba officinalis