8 Gorgeous Plants That Self-Seed Year After Year
These are gorgeous plants that will gently populate your garden, whatever its size, making the most of niches where other plants and crops fear or fail to grow.
Self-seeders are pragmatists. Produce enough seed, chuck it about and some plants are bound to come up.
Stepping in to cull or move seedlings when there are too many competing for the same resources may be necessary, but apart from that, all we need to do is wait and see.
#1 Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
Lobularia maritima syn. Alyssum maritimum, common name sweet alyssum or sweet alison, also commonly referred to as just alyssum (from the genus Alyssum in which it was formerly classified) is a species of low-growing flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae.
#2 Borage (Borago officinalis)
Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as a starflower, is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales.
#3 Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
American natives, sunflowers are grow for beauty as well as harvested for seed. An annual plant, sunflowers have big, daisy like flower faces of bright yellow petals (and occasionally red) and brown centers that ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds.
#4 Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum)
Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, is a species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae. It is the species of plant from which opium and poppy seeds are derived and is a valuable ornamental plant, grown in gardens.
Now’s a good time to set the self-seeding ball rolling. Hardy self-seeders sown now will make young plants before winter, and flower from next spring.
You can buy seeds to start with (you’ll probably only ever need one packet of each), or cadge ripening seeds from friends.
#5 Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula officinalis is a plant in the genus Calendula of the family Asteraceae. It is probably native to southern Europe, though its long history of cultivation makes its precise origin unknown, and it may possibly be of garden origin
#6 Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
They have showy, often intensely bright flowers, and rounded, peltate (shield-shaped) leaves with the petiole in the center. The flowers have five petals (sometimes more), a three-carpelled ovary, and a funnel-shaped nectar tube in the back.
#7 Poached egg flower (Limnanthes douglasii)
Limnanthes douglasii is a species of annual flowering plant in the family Limnanthaceae commonly known as Douglas’ meadowfoam or poached egg plant.
#8 California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Eschscholzia californica is a species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae, native to the United States and Mexico, and the official state flower of California.It became state flower of California in 1903
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