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Flowers to sow in October

We pick some of the flower seeds you could be sowing in the garden in October, including bee-friendly and shade-loving plants.

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While there might be an autumnal nip in the air, there are several flowers you can sow in October for beautiful blooms.

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If sowing seeds directly, be sure to prepare the ground first – weed thoroughly, then fork over the soil, treading to consolidate it, and rake to create a level surface and fine tilth.

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Discover some of our favourite flowers to sow in October.

Cowslips (Primula veris) are tough little perennials that relish a partially shady spot in the garden.

Phacelia

While not native to the UK, this annual is one of the best plants for bees and other pollinators, and it makes a great green manure. Prepare a patch of bare soil and direct sow the seeds for spring blooms – a spot in full sun is ideal.

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Mauve flowerheads of phacelia
Mauve flowerheads of phacelia

Cow parsley

Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’) self-seeds readily, but you can give it a helping hand or introduce it to new areas by sowing the seeds directly now. When harvesting the seeds, keep the starry flowerheads intact as they’ll provide lovely winter interest.

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Burgundy-stemmed cow parsley planted beneath trees
Burgundy-stemmed cow parsley planted beneath trees

Sweet woodruff

Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a shade-loving perennial, often used as a groundcover plant. Sow the seeds directly in autumn in raked, improved soil for spring germination.

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Tiny white flowers of sweet woodruff
Tiny white flowers of sweet woodruff

Cowslips

Cowslips (Primula veris) are tough little perennials that relish a partially shady spot in the garden. Fresh seeds need a cold period to germinate, so sow fresh seed now where they are to flower. Look for signs of germination in spring.

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Yellow cowslip flowers
Yellow cowslip flowers

Orlaya grandiflora

This pretty Mediterranean native is commonly known as white laceflower. Sow in autumn to overwinter, for early blooms next year.

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Delicate white laceflowers
Delicate white laceflowers