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    Default A Self-perpetuating Annual Flower bed.

    I'd like some ideas for a self-perpetuating annual flower bed please. One that I can sow this year and never have to sow again - but I don't want perennials, just annuals.

    Ideally, the flowers will self seed easily but not enough to be a nuisance, be good for cutting, and attract butterflies & bees. Also they should be easy to grow from seed and need very little maintenance.

    So far............Calendula, Limnanthes, Borage.............
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    How about poppies
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    nasturtiums?
    Do bulbs count....they spread.

    I could send you honesty seed (the pink variety) although it's too late for this year.

    foxgloves and hollyhocks seed all over the place and wallflowers too.
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    Thanks for the offer muddled, but pink Honesty is something I have aplenty Foxgloves too. Strictly speaking, they're biennials - but I think I'll make an exception for them
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    Nigella and escholzia maybe?

    If bulbs can also be included, I'd suggest allium sphaerocephalon. The bees absolutely love them, and after the first year they self seed, so are always multiplying.
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    How about poached egg plant. Comes back every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I'd like some ideas for a self-perpetuating annual flower bed please. One that I can sow this year and never have to sow again - but I don't want perennials, just annuals.

    Ideally, the flowers will self seed easily but not enough to be a nuisance, be good for cutting, and attract butterflies & bees. Also they should be easy to grow from seed and need very little maintenance.

    So far............Calendula, Limnanthes, Borage.............
    What a fabulous idea!
    Will set aside a bed for this but understand less about flowers than veggies. My imagination says that after first year they will organise themselves to come up at right time of year for them and already at right depth. A bit of weeding, a touch of spacing and the joy of watching them emerge.

    First look at 'flower mill' last night, alphabet idea intriguing.

    Would still be reading this forum and asking questions but have longed for a whole day at allotment all week and am just off.
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    Still here- just had another thought- have been bordering and sprinkling flowers in veggie beds- perhaps I cold have a vegetable border around this- some lovely frilly kale maybe....tbc
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