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Billy Buttons

Variety: Pycnosorus globosus 

Also commonly known as ‘Drumsticks’ and previously named ‘Craspedia’, Billy Buttons have lovely silver grey foliage with bright yellow ball shaped flower heads on the end of long stems.

They are a perennial wildflower native to both Australia and New Zealand and are extremely popular in floristry and event styling. They also make a great dried flower!

Billy Buttons are happy growing in a sunny, well-drained position. You can sow them directly where they are to grow after all danger of frost has passed, or start them in seed raising trays then transplant the seedlings when they have 2 sets of leaves. Cover seeds with only a light layer of soil as they need some light for germination and keep the soil moist. Germination may take up to 2 weeks.

Once well established in your garden, Billy Buttons will keep coming up for years.

Chrysanthemum

Variety: Chrysanthemum maximum ‘Alaska’

Most commonly known as Shasta Daisy, these pretty, pure white blooms with yellow centers are great for garden borders and are a beautiful cut flower.  This is a long lasting, hardy perennial that grows to 80cm tall and is happy in containers or garden beds with flowering from late spring to summer.

Sow from early spring right through to autumn and keep the soil moist. Don’t bury seeds too deeply as they do like some light for germinating.  Remove flowers as they fade to promote new blooms.

Cosmos

Variety: Cosmos bipinnatus

Cosmos are the seed for those who think they can't grow anything.  They don't mind poor soil, thrive in hot dry conditions and are happy grown in pots or direct in the garden. These bright, delicate, daisy like flowers are almost fluro in colour and will attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects to the garden.

Sow seed in spring & summer at a depth of around 5mm and keep moist until the seed has germinated. While they don't need a lot of water once established, water regularly to ensure an abundant supply of blooms.

Enchanted Garden & Bug Wonderland

Dianthus, Cosmos, Cornflower and Alyssum.

Varieties: Dianthus barbatus, Cosmos sulphureus, Centaurea cyanus, Alyssum Benthamii

Create an enchanted flower garden that will capture the imagination of the child in us all.

This delightful mix of flower seeds attracts beautiful butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects and will brighten any pot or garden patch. A mix of dianthus, cosmos, cornflower and alyssum, all are easy to grow and are garden favourites for young and old.

Simply scatter seeds, cover with a thin layer of soil and keep moist. These quick growing seeds will pop up in a few days and delight any nature lover.

Everlasting Daisies

Variety: Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea

These pretty pink and white flowers are very easy to grow from seed and germinate in just a few days. Sow direct in autumn or winter, cover the seeds with a very light layer of soil and keep moist. Seeds can be started in trays and transplanted when they are around 2cm high, or sown directly where they are to grow.

Rhodanthe chlorocephala prefers full sun and will spring up during warm, sunny weeks, anytime of the year.

Forget-me-not

Variety: Forget-me-not, Myosotis

Forget-me-nots are a delightful cottage garden plant which produce masses of beautiful sky blue flowers in spring. They are easy to grow, require minimal care and will grow well in both sunny and shady areas. Sow in good quality, moist soil.

Forget-me-nots are a good self-seeder and will spread. To encourage reseeding, leave the spent flowers on the plants after they’ve blossomed. To discourage spreading, pinch off the flower heads after they’ve faded. Forget-me-nots can be grown under trees, in rock gardens and flower beds.

Golden Wattle

Variety: Acacia pycnantha

A fast growing shrub or small tree which flowers from August to October.

Acacia pycnantha seeds require pretreatment by soaking the seeds in hot water overnight to induce germination. Once the seeds appear swollen sow in seed raising mix at a depth of 4mm and keep moist. Unswollen seeds should be soaked in hot water again.  Germination takes from 10 to 24 days.  When seedlings are large enough to handle, place them into individual pots and grow in a sunny, protected position before planting out in late spring or early summer.

Kangaroo Paw

Variety: Tall red, Anigozanthos flavidus

Seeds like cooler weather for germination so start seeds in autumn or winter (depending on your area), cover with a light layer of seed raising mix and keep moist. Germination may take a few weeks to a month, so be patient. Covering the tray with clear plastic will help to preserve the moisture.

Once seedlings have grown their second set of leaves, transfer into larger pots in a potting mix designed for Australian natives, and place in a sunny position. Flowering is most likely to occur after a year.

Love in a Mist

Variety: Nigella Damascena

Love in a Mist is an old fashioned cottage garden annual with fine fennel like leaves and a striking blue flower.

Very easy to grow from seed, sow in autumn and spring in a sunny position. Scatter seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil. Love in a Mist is happy in pots or sown direct in the garden. Keep seeds moist until the seed has germinated.

Marigold

Variety: Sparky, Tagetes patula nana

A card to say a very special “Thank You”. These beautiful flowers are not only very easy to grow, but are a great companion plant, keeping nematodes at bay in your garden.

Sow seeds in spring and summer, in a sunny position. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings germinate. The flowers will bloom from spring through to autumn.

Native Wisteria

Variety: Hardenbergia comptoniana

Native Wisteria is a climbing plant with purple pea shaped flowers. The seed must be pretreated prior to sowing because of the hard coating on the seed. Place the seeds in hot water then cover and leave stand overnight. The seeds should be softer and will appear swollen if they are ready to sow. If not, they can be treated with hot water again. Seeds that float are infertile

Sow in seed raising mix 5mm deep and keep moist. Covering the pot with clear plastic will help to preserve the moisture.  The seeds will germinate in 1 – 8 weeks.

Poppy

Variety: Shirley, Papaver rhoeas

Poppies are beautiful flowers that are easy to grow from seed and should be sown in autumn and winter. Their delicate orange/ red flowers will blossom in late winter and spring.

The seeds should be scattered in a sunny spot and covered with only a very thin layer of soil as they need light to encourage germination.

Sunflower

Variety: Sunbird, Helianthus annuus

Sunflowers are very easy to grow and produce brilliant giant yellow flowers. Sow in spring or summer and all year round in warm areas. Sunflower seeds are best sown direct where they are to grow but they can be started in pots and transplanted when the plant produces its second set of leaves.

Ensure a warm, sunny position is chosen with good soil and give the plant plenty of room to grow big and tall. Keep the seedlings moist and water the plant regularly, especially in hot, dry weather.

Swan River Daisy

Variety: Brachyscome iberidifolia

This iconic Australian Native annual from the Swan River in Western Australia has white, violet and blue flowers which bloom from spring to summer. A hardy annual that will grow in poor soils but likes good drainage and plenty of sunshine. Start seed in trays and transplant when they are around 3cm high. Keep soil moist until seed germinates.

Sweet Peas

Variety: Knee-Hi Mix, Lathyrus odoratus

A card designed to wish a “Happy Birthday” to your own sweet pea. These stunning flowers also hold a lot of nostalgic meaning for many people. These seeds are best sown in autumn in a sunny position with good drainage. Sweet peas are happy in garden beds or grown in a pot. They benefit from some support so setting up a trellis and growing along a fence line or wall works well.  Alternatively you can let them fall down over the sides of a tall pot or hanging basket. In our experience the seeds take a little over a week to germinate. Sweet peas flower in spring.

Trio of herbs: Parsley, Coriander and Basil

Each of the herbs in this mixed pack are easy to grow, well known and useful in the kitchen. All three herbs grow well in both pots and garden beds.

Sow seed in a sunny position with good soil from spring to autumn. Basil will bloom from spring through to autumn, while parsley and coriander will bloom year-round if seed is sown regularly.

Basil variety: Sweet Genovese, Ocimum basilicum

Parsley variety: Italian, Petroselinium hortense

Coriander variety: Fiesta Green, Coriandum sativum

Thyme

Variety: Thymus vulgaris

Thyme is a hardy perennial herb with fragrant small green leaves which are useful in the kitchen. Best started in a pot, the seeds are very fine so it's important not to bury them too deeply. Simply scatter the seed and cover with a very thin layer of soil then keep moist. Thyme doesn't mind poor soils but does like a sunny position. It can be slow to germinate from seed so you'll need to be a little patient. 

Zinnia

Variety: Zinnia elegans

Zinnias are bright and cheerful puffs of floral goodness and are super easy to grow.

Start seeds in punnets or directly where they are to grow. Sow in spring & summer, in a sunny position with well drained soil at a depth of around 5mm.

Keep moist especially until the seed has germinated. Remove old flowers encourage new blooms.

Sowing Tips

There are two tricks to successfully germinating seeds; don't bury the seeds too deeply, and ensure the soil is kept moist until the seed has germinated. 

Seeds should be buried only as deep as the depth of the seed. For fine seed like poppy and thyme don't bury the seed at all, simply scatter it on the surface of the soil and lightly blend it in.

To ensure the soil stays moist, start the seeds inside in a small pot or germination tray. Once the seeds have been positioned, moisten the soil with a spray mister then cover the pot with a clear plastic bag or a plastic bottle cut in half.  This method will keep the moisture in so you'll only need to mist the soil once or twice a day.

Having trouble getting your seeds to germinate?

We’d love to help! We have selected seeds which are easy to grow however there are lots of variables to consider and we know it’s not always easy. We do our own germination testing in-house but if your seeds just aren’t germinating, get in touch and we will happily send you a new batch to try.

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