Sowing annuals and biennials from seed is a great way to add a wide variety of flowers to your garden, save money and actually have more flowers. Annual flowers grow to adulthood and bloom in the same growing year, before dying. Biennials, on the other hand, grow to adulthood in their first year and then return the second growing season when they will bloom. Seeding a flower garden with annuals and biennials is a great idea if you are trying to establish a garden on a budget, or just want to cover a wide swath of area with bright, cheerful flowers that you do not have to plant individually.
If you want to sow from seed, stick with these easy annuals and biennials.
Easy Annuals and Biennials to Sow from Seed
This is one of the most popular biennial plants because of its early spring blooms and bright white, pink, and red color. Sweet William seeds can be added to a border of a garden to create massive rows of color that will last for up to a month and made a great flower for cutting.
Foxgloves are tall, stocky and push up a thick column of bell flowers that range in color from blue to white to yellow. Most gardeners do not realize how easy it is to sow these biennials from seed because of their huge size, but it is actually the best way to do so and a great option if you want a cottage garden look.
Commonly known as marigolds, calendula, is a very useful annual flower to have in the garden, both for its uses outside of the garden and its ability to deter pest and attract beneficial bugs. Marigolds are short and stocky, but their bright gold flowerheads really pack a punch in the garden.
Another annual flower, snapdragons are a particularly smart investment because they will grow from seed and then reseed themselves next year as well. The annuals are like a small version of a foxglove plant, only more delicate and the flowerheads are not bell shaped, but resemble the head of a dragon, or other animals.
Geraniums can be grown quickly and easily from both seed and cuttings, but if you don’t have cuttings, seed is the way to go. Geranium seeds can be added to flower boxes and potted containers, but they will need to be thinned out well because geraniums do not like to be crowded.
Petunias are one of the most common annual flowers added to the garden, and they come in so many varieties, flower heads, and colors. If you can’t find the specific type of petunia that you want to add to your garden though, it is easy enough to add the seeds to flower beds and achieve the look that you want.