Fabulous biennials! Gorgeous, nostalgic, and often scented, these flowers are completely perfect for a relaxed, cottage-style type of planting and are a total game changer if you want to extend your flowering season.
A little sowing in midsummer will give you a head start in the flower garden and will provide you with blooms from early spring until your autumn-sown annuals burst into life and the baton is passed on. Biennials are also invaluable to bees who are about early in the year, providing much-needed nourishment.
I used to have a hard time understanding biennials. Why would you want to sow something that sounded as though it would take two years to flower? Where's the fun in that?!
But actually, all it means is that you sow in midsummer to flower the following spring—no hardship at all!
In fact, sowing seeds and knowing you have next year's spring flowers underway will fill you with quiet satisfaction, and then when they spring into life early in the season and you are immersed in colour, scent, and happiness, you'll be so glad you took a little time in June to sow them.
This beautiful box contains 8 gorgeous biennial varieties to make your garden sing in the spring
🐞Foxgloves: Adding elegance with tall spires of elegant flowers
🐞Sweet William: A lovely old-fashioned flower which will bloom for months
🐞Forget-me-nots: old fashioned loveliness in traditional blue
🐞Hesperis Purple: Fabulous and scented, Hesperis lasts well in a vase, and the bees adore it.
🐞Canterbury Bells: Fairy tale style, bell-shaped flowers in purple, pink, and white.
🐞Honesty: The flower that keeps on giving! First up the enchanting purple and white early flowers, followed by (if left to go to seed) the magical, translucent seed pods to use in dried flower arrangements.
🐞Hollyhock: The quintessential cottage garden flower. Tall, statuesque and full of nostalgic gorgeousness
🐞Wallflowers: Pretty and deliciously scented