Growing Perennial’s from Seed – My Flower Garden


Today I am going to talk about growing perennial’s from seed.   I started several perennial’s from seed for my flower garden this year. I started most of these seeds a few weeks ago and getting ready to plant them in my cottage garden. Below I discuss the different seeds I planted, which seed company and the specifics about each plant.

Botanical Interest Seeds

Columbine – McKana Giants Blend, Zone 3-9, Full Sun to Part Shade. Blooms spring to early summer 24″ to 36″ tall. Heirloom flowers in a range of colors and blooms approx 3″. Attracts hummingbirds and sphinx moths. Deer resistance. Recommend starting seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Seed depth press into surface. Columbine Flowers

Milkweed – Butterfly Flower, also known as the Common Milkweed. Zone 3 and up. Full Sun. Blooms in the summer 24″ to 36″ tall. Native pink flowers to purplish or white. This plant spreads and deer resistant. Start indoors 6 to 8 seeks before the last frost date in your area. Attracts monarch butterflies and their caterpillars and other pollinators. The flowers are sweet-scented cut flower. Seed depth 1/4″ deep. Milkweed

Penstemon – Dazzler Blend, Zone 4-8, Full Sun. Blooms Spring to Summer 12″ tall. This dwarf penstemon blend of soft rose, pink, blue and purple hues. This flower has sturdy stems are great for cut flowers. Recommended for rock gardens. When starting indoors, plant 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date, seed depth press into surface.

Snapdragon – Magic Carpet Blend, Zone 5 and up. Full Sun to Part Shade. Blooms heaviest in cool weather, 6″ to 8″ tall. This snapdragon comes in 4 shades for a carpet color in the garden, container or vase. Recommended starting indoors, 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date. Seed depth press into surface. Snapdragon flowers

Sweet Pea – Perennial Blend, Zone 3-8, Full Sun to Part Shade. Blooms spring to fall, 6′ to 9′ vines. This Heirloom rambling vine, and colorful clusters with white, violet, mauve and pink flowers, usually scentless. Deer Resistant. Plant seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost date. Seed depth 1″.

Burpee Seeds

Baby’s Breath – Early Snowball, Zone 4-8, Full Sun, grows 36″ tall and container friendly. Small white little flowers, dried to add with flower arrangements and rose arrangements. Blooms in Summer. Seed depth 1/4″.

Butterfly Weed – Bright orange blooms, Zone 3-10. Full Sun, grows 36″ tall and drought-tolerant. Produces blooms over a long season and attracts butterflies.


Canterbury Bells – Cups and Saucers mixed colors, Zone 4-10, Full Sun to Part Shade. This four color Biennial blend blooms in the Spring. Grows 30″ tall and is container friendly. Seed depth press into surface. Canterbury Bell flowers


Daisy Shasta – Alaska Margarita Shasta, Zone 5-9, Full Shade to Part Shade. Beautiful white petals 3″ wide with a yellow center, grows 30″ tall and container friendly. Blooms early Summer to Fall. Deer resistant. Seed depth 1/8″.

Delphinium – Pacific Giant Mixed Colors, Zone 3-7, Full sun. This plant gets 5′ tall, good for tall backgrounds, blooms first year and early summer. Seed depth 1/8″.

Dianthus – Arctic Fire, Zone 3-9, Full Sun to Part Shade. White flowers with magenta rings blooms, grows 8″ tall, blooms in Spring. Seed depth press into surface. Container friendly.

Hollyhock – Country Romance Mix, Zone 3-8, Full Sun. Multicolored tall 5′ to 7′ tall. Blooms in summer to fall. Seed depth 1/4″

Lupine – Russell Hybrid Mixed Colors, Zone 4-7, Full Sun to Part Shade. Spiked flowers that blooms during May and June Grows 36″ tall. Seed depth 1/4″. Lupine Flowers

Verbascum Southern Charm Hybrid – Zone 5-8, Full Sun to Part Shade but prefers Full Sun. Dainty 1″ flowers in soft lavender, creamy buff and dusty rose, grows 30″ to 36″ tall. Will bloom first year from seeds if started early. Start indoors 8 to 12 weeks before last frost in your area.


Wildflower – Perennial Mix, Zone 4-10, Full Sun. Multiple wildflower mix, growing 12″ to 36″, blooms in spring, summer and fall. Deer resistant.

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Bellflowers Blue – Zone 3-8, Full Sun to Part Shade. This blue bellflower grows 9″ to 15″ tall, this plant spreads with clusters of bell-shaped, bright blue flowers in the summer with dark green leaves that are triangular and toothed, Great for cottage and rock gardens.

Carnation – Chabaud Giant, Mixed Color, Zone All, Full Sun, grow up to 18″ to 24″ tall. Great flower for cut flowers.

These carnations have large flowers with a delightful spicy, clove-like fragrance which blooms in many shades of crimson, red, rose, pink, yellow, and white. Seed depth 1/4″. Carnations

English Daisy – Button Shaped flowers, Zone 4-8, Full Sun, Grows 6″ to 8″ tall. Flower is rosette shaped, low-growing biennial has been hybridized to include double flowering, in shades of white, pink, rose-red or purple. English daisy’s good for lower flowering for rock and cottage gardens. Seed depth 1/4″. English Daisy

Foxglove – Mixed Colors, Zone 4-10, Full Sun to Part Shade. The hot part of the day Foxglove likes the shade. Grows 3′ to 4′ tall. This long leafy spikes of bell-shaped blooms. The colors range from white, shell pink, deep rose, with Crimson, maroon and chocolate markings. Forms basal rosettes in the fall, blooms the following summer.


Maiden Pinks – Small flowers, Zone 3-10, Full Sun. This low-growing plant is covered with small, single red, pink or rose blooms in the spring to end of summer, great for boarders, rock and cottage gardens. Grows 6″ to 12″ tall.

Oriental Poppy – Red, Zone 3-9, Full Sun. This oriental poppy will produce large blooms. Needs winter dormant period for long life. Large showy flowers, grows 36″ tall. Container friendly.

Happy Planting!

I am very excited to start planting my seedlings as they continue to grow bigger everyday. I still have some flower bed clean up to do but soon I will be planting!

Did you start any perennials from seed?

if so, which ones?

I would love to hear about your flower garden.

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8 thoughts on “Growing Perennial’s from Seed – My Flower Garden”

  1. I haven’t yet plant perennial’s from seed .Actually, I am buying grown up floral plants of my type and just take care of them.

    So far, my current passion is planting herbs that I can process later. I am already processing one product and sell them to friends.

    But it is also interesting to plant perennials. May be, if government lock down mandate will be lifted up, I maybe able to prepare one of my vacant lots and pursue my gardening in a bigger space.

    • Thank you for your comments.  I have both perennials from seed and I also purchase perennials already established.  I like to do both.  Where are you from?  I expanded my vegetable garden this year too.

  2. Thank you very much for your useful post. I have been wondering with which perennial seeds beginners should start with. And I feel the answer is with those that are easiest to start at home. These are black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), catmint (Nepeta) or perennial geranium. I like all three of them. What’s your opinion about these three? would you suggest one above the others?

    • Hi Paolo,

      Thank you for you comments!  I do have Black-eyed Susan plant here.  I have not grown catmint or a perennial geranium.  I do have annual geraniums.  Black-eyed Susan plants are spectacular.

  3. Thank you Chris for sharing this fabulous information at a time when spring has finally sprung and flowers are a common denominator in making a home, well homey! I was drawn to your article about growing vegetables in containers as I have limited space to work with and found some new projects to consider. My job keeps me moving and sometimes I am at a location for a short period. 

      How do beets fair in containers and how much sun do they need? I always have several tomato plants in containers and they seem to do fair. Is there a particular tomato that does better than others?

    Thanks for sharing your green thumb,


    • Hi Paul

      Sow the seeds in full sun for the best roots; if you don’t have a sunny spot in your garden, plant them anyway — beets still produce a lot of leafy greens in partial shade. They would also need to be planted in a deep container.  You can look at these types of containers that produce under ground.  Grow bags with a lower side flap to harvest through the little door.

      Thank you for your comments

  4. I love flowers so much and love your website as it is so rich with amazing botanical content. Thanks for sharing tips on growing Perennials from seed. Btw the Canterbury bells look so magical. Is there any link where I can order these flowers? I would like to try some of the seeds in my garden. 


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