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Plants that Flower Once | Annuals | Perennials | Biennials

…temperature increases and the weather becomes drier. In both cases flowering finishes and seed ripens as warm, dry conditions suitable for seed ripening occur. Many of the annuals are very familiar - alyssum, aster, eschscholzia and zinnia for example - but two which are not grown as often as they…

Plants for Wildlife | Plants for a Purpose

…and by putting out extra food throughout the harsh winter months. You can also grow a wide range of plants for birds, which produce berries, seeds or nuts at the end of the season. Plants can also be used to provide shelter or nesting sites for birds, protecting them from cats and other predators.…

Conserving Annuals & Biennials

…true from seed. Plants are like music and clothes, today they are in, tomorrow out, but it must be remembered that seed must be collected. An example of this is Cosmos atrosanguineus, a perennial plant which, because of its susceptibility to frost, was raised from seed each year. Seed originally…

What to sow and grow in March

…in March with our seasonal list of flowers, fruit, vegetables and seeds. These can be ordered now for sowing, growing and harvesting over the coming months! Flowers to sow and grow In the greenhouse / indoors * • Sow Aster in a heated propagater for summer and autumn colour. * • Ageratum…

Kew Seed Collection

Special Collections : Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. We've joined forces with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to select two collections of seeds for gardeners. The Kew Collection from Thompson & Morgan and the Urban Garden Collection from Thompson & Morgan. The Kew Collection A range of…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 8th February 2013

…very interesting hybrids when growing from seed. Peony seeds have a 'double dormancy' meaning they need to be exposed to two winter chill periods with a warm summer in between. The best way to achieve this is to sow your seeds in pots of soil-based seed compost such as John Innes, at a depth of…

Damping Off

…F1 hybrid seed varieties, which are more expensive than open pollinated seed become available it really is important to give the seedlings the best possible conditions for growth. Seedling collapse, or damping-off is a wide-spread problem for gardeners and commercial growers. As seeds germinate they…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 18th May 2012

…see no growth by autumn, then accept defeat and buy a new one. Name: Alejandro Canepuccia Question: Hi, I purchased seeds of Lathyrus odoratus and L. latifolius. I grew these seeds at our autumn (Southern Hemisphere). The L. odoratus grew vigorously, but the tips of young leaves of the L. latifolius…

Encouraging Bees in your garden

…Einstein. Bees also play a key role in our gardens, particularly in the vegetable plot, and in pollinating flowers which would be unable to produce seed without pollination. There are two main types of bee; the Bumblebee and the Honeybee. Populations of both have suffered huge declines in recent…

Native vs Non Native

…take a look at our 'Plants for wildlife' guide. Quick Links: * Wildlife gardening * Growing plants for wildlife * Buy wildflower seeds * How to sow wildflower seeds Native plants are important food plants for much of the UK's wildlife, although non-native plants will still provide shelter, berries,…

Natural Pest Control for Wildlife Gardens

…birds, including some handy wildlife gardening tips see our 'Plants for wildlife' guide. You may also be interested in our 'How to sow wildflower seeds' guide. Animals and insects as natural pest control To help garden wildlife, try and be patient with pests. Not only are pests a source of food for…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 24th June 2011

…fragrant), Spiraea nipponica and Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’. Good perennials for this situation include Daylilies, Hardy Geraniums, Aster alpinus, Centaurea dealbata (perennial cornflower), perennial sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius), Campanulas, Crocosmia (Montbretia) and Veronica…

Facebook questions Jan 13th 2012

…Hello, I need some seeds for my garden. I don’t know what I want but they need to be suitable for kids/dogs/bunnies as I have all of them in my family. Flowers please as veg don’t seem to do well in my garden, its 50ft long, but we have beds down the sides. Looking to seeds to start off…