Plant these low-care perennial flowers that bloom all summer in the full sun or partial shade from seed to save you on the budget for gardening.
Best Perennial To Grow From Seed
When talking about perennial flowers, I like the non-invasive ones, fast growing, low care, and easy to grow from seeds. While most perennial flowers will bloom in the second year of its life, but it is worth a try to start it from seed and save you money for your gardening needs.
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Propagating most perennials will do better by dividing their root system or from cutting to make it grow into their full size in a short amount of times. But planting them from seeds will also save you on a budget if you tend to buy plant starters.
Perennial Flower For Full Sun
Alyssum-basket of gold
While it has a similar name to the annual sweet alyssum that is useful for tomato companion planting, but this flower has a yellow bloom and larger leaves that grow in full sun to partial shade.
I start the seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost, and it blooms the following year in the late spring.
The plant will form a clump. You can move it throughout the yard without any problem.
This plant is one of the mint family and very easy to grow from seed. I start the plant from seed 8 weeks before the last frost, and it blooms in the summer of the same year.
Get your Anise Hyssop seed here.
You can direct sow the seed as soon as the ground is workable after the danger of the hard frost. Anise hyssop will attract pollinators especially bees. The flower has a minty anise scent.
Plant it in the full sun or partial shade. Anise hyssop will self-sow so you will get lots of extra plants in the following year without being invasive.
Some of the bellflower varieties are considered invasive one as it can take over the garden quickly. I start the seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost also sprinkle it outside in the early spring.
Both ways grow at the same rate, and it blooms in the spring to summer in the following year. This low growing flower grows in full sun to partial shade, and it is perfect for a rock garden.
I start the seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost, and it blooms in the mid summer of the same year. The flower blooms much earlier the following year though.
Get your Black-eyed Susan seed here.
Plant black-eyed susan in the full sun. Pair it with coneflower or autumn joy for late summer garden color.
Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)
Although it is easier to plant catmint from cuttings or dividing the clump, it also easy to start the plant from seed. I start the seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost, and it grows fast as it is one of the mint family, but it is non-invasive one.
Catmint has purple flowers bloom from spring to fall that is excellent for the border or line the pathway. If you are limited to grow lavender due to soil condition, for example, grow catmint to substitute lavender, and cats would love your yard during the summer.
I grow Walker’s Low catmint throughout the garden in the sun and partial shade. I like the benefit of this plant to attract pollinators especially bees.
I sprinkle the seed outside in the early spring, and it grows quick to fill up the gap between the rock garden. Creeping thyme is excellent for ground cover.
I start the seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. While it is easy to grow but it took quite some time to reach the full size from a little seedling.
Get your Coneflower seed here.
It tolerates a poor but well-drained soil. Coneflower will bloom in the second year from seed around mid to late summer.
The flower has a fuzzy appearance, and it is one of the easy perennial to grow from seed. I plant the seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost.
Get your Gaillardia seed here.
But you can also direct sow the seed outside in early fall or after the last frost. Plant gaillardia in full sun, and it blooms in the late spring to fall.
I start a Munstead lavender variety from seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. While it takes longer to reach the nice clump but it is easy to plant it from seed.
Get your Munstead Lavender seed here.
I have clay soil, so to grow lavender, I replace the clay with well-drained soil and put some gravels around the base of the plant to create heat for the plant. Lavender grows best in the full sun, and it blooms from late spring to mid-summer.
This plant has a flower spike with scented foliage and grows fast into a big clump. I start the seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. Salvia grows in full sun and blooms in late spring to summer.
Get your Salvia seed here.
Salvia will self-sow so you will get more seedlings for free. I move the clump throughout the garden without any problem in the spring after the hard frost pass.
Perennial Flower For Partial Shade
This beautiful flower is hardy to zone 3, and it comes with blue, mauve, purple, indigo, rose, white. I start delphinium from seed by direct sow outside in late spring up to early summer.
Get Delphinium seed here.
Once you prepare the planting area with plenty of organic matter and well-drained soil, you just scattered the seeds and cover it with about 1/2 inch of soil, water it and keep it moist. The seeds will germinate within 2 weeks, and it will continue into young plants, then go dormant in the winter.
These plants will start flowering in the next year around late spring to summer. If you let it go to seed, delphinium will self-sow, and you will have more plants for free.
I grow lupine seed indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. The plant is blooming in the late spring of the following year, and it self-sow freely. Lupine is one of the legume family, and it fixes nitrogen in the soil.
Get your Lupine seed here.
The leaves form a ladder-like pattern comes in green or variegated one. The flower is purple bell shape.
Jacob ladder plant grows in partial shade, and it will bloom in late spring to early summer of the following year. The plant will form a clump, but it spread by seeds.
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Keep in mind that any plant that started indoors needs to harden off process before moving to its final spot in the garden. This process is as simple as gradually exposing the plant to the outside environment for an hour and increasing more hours every day for two weeks.Plant these 13 easy to grow perennial flowers from seed to save the cost for gardening. #perennialflowers #bestflowers #cottagegarden Click To Tweet
Most perennials that grow from seeds will bloom in the second years. Most perennial seeds also need cold stratification, this can be done by putting the seed in the fridge for a certain amount of times if you start planting the seeds indoors.
If you get seeds from the package, it usually says the detail on the label if you need to give the seed cold stratification first before planting.
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Planting perennials from seeds will take longer into mature size, but the cost will be far cheaper than a starter plant from the nursery. Another strategy to cut the budget for gardening is getting these perennials while on sale in the fall usually or propagate perennial by dividing the root.
Keep in mind, you can always direct sow any perennial seed outside anytime during the growing season, except seeds that need cold stratification.