Who doesn’t want easy-to-grow flowers that add a touch of beauty to your garden without too much hassle? Direct sowing flower seeds bypasses the need for seed starting indoors and transplanting, making it a perfect approach for busy or beginner gardeners.
In this article, I’ll be sharing eight flowers that you can easily direct sow in your garden, so you can sit back and revel in nature’s blossoming beauty. With a mix of annuals and perennials, these fuss-free flowers will enhance your outdoor space and provide a colorful backdrop for enjoying morning coffees or evening barbecues.
From vibrant sunflowers to delicate cosmos, these flowers cater to various gardening preferences, ensuring there’s something for every gardener to try their hand at. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of direct-sow flowers.
Choosing the Right Location
Determining the right location for the seeds is crucial to their success. Before sowing, I ensure the soil is loose, and the area is free from weeds, rocks, and sticks. I like to give the soil a quick rake to level it out and also remove any small weeds.
To help ease the process of sowing and growing flowers, here are a few tips I follow:
- Read seed packets for specific planting instructions and requirements.
- Protect seedlings from common pests using physical barriers or organic methods if necessary.
- Maintain consistent moisture and do not let newly sowed areas dry out.
Dedicating time to choose the right location for direct-sowed flowers significantly benefits their growth and allows you to enjoy a vibrant and flourishing garden throughout the season.
8 Flowers to Direct Sow
In this section, I’d like to share with you my top 8 picks of flowers you can direct sow in your garden. Each flower is mentioned below, followed by a brief planting and care process description.
Sunflowers are a classic choice for direct sowing due to their fast-growing nature. I sow the seeds in late spring in shallow drills. They thrive best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Marigolds are a wonderful choice for adding vibrant color to your garden. I generally sow the seeds in spring and cover them lightly with soil. Again, make a shallow drill, pop your seeds into it, and then cover.
You can thin the marigolds to the distance you desire once they start to germinate.
Poppies can be sown either in early spring or autumn. I scatter their seeds onto well-draining and well-prepared soil to get the best results. I tend to direct sow poppies in a sunny location, as they produce more vibrant blooms under direct sunlight.
It’s as simple as clearing some soil, giving it a good rake, and throwing some poppy seeds down.
Nigella, or Love-In-A-Mist, is another flower that is easy to direct sow. Sow the seeds in early spring or autumn, ensuring the seeds have contact with the soil. Nigella prefers full sun, but they can also tolerate some light shade.
Give the seeds a quick rake after you have scattered them to bury them under some soil. Water the area well, and then wait for your seedlings to pop up. You can thin them if you want or leave them be.
If thinned, you will get bigger plants and more flowers, but it depends on the look you are going for.
Cornflowers (Bachelor Buttons)
Cornflowers are easy to grow from direct sowing. I typically sow them in early spring, using a rake to cover the seeds lightly with soil. They thrive best in full sun and well-draining soil.
Cosmos is a fantastic addition to any garden, and I often direct sow their seeds in spring or early summer. They do well in a full-sun location with moderately fertile, well-draining soil.
You can grab this seed in your hand and broadcast sow where you want it to grow. Give it a quick rake and a good soaking, and then seedlings should pop up in around three weeks.
Once they start popping up, thin them out to roughly 4-6″ apart to give them room to grow.
Nasturtiums are gorgeous flowers that are also edible! They are great for tumbling down a wall or over the side of a bed.
The large seeds can be direct sown straight into the ground. You can broadcast them and rake them in, but they do better when buried a little deeper.
You can do this by growing in drills, but if you want a more random look, I like to scatter them on the ground and then push them into the soil with my finger.
Calendula (Pot Marigold)
Lastly, Calendula, or Pot Marigolds, is another fantastic bloom for direct sowing. I tend to sow the seeds in early spring, but they can be autumn sown in milder areas. This is definitely one you can broadcast, sow and rake in. They prefer full sun or light shade and need well-draining soil.
They are prolific self-seeders and will come back year after year despite being annual. The blooms are also used in all kinds of balms and such.
What are your favorite flowers for direct sowing? Let me know in the comments below, and if you have any questions, then ask away!