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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Great burnet, Sanguisorba officinalis