As any gardener can attest to, filling a garden with a rich show of color can be a lot of work and very expensive. Building a garden design around perennials and annuals that seed themselves can really help stretch your budget and avoid the work of planting a whole new bed every spring.
Chinese Lantern is a charming two season plant. Seeds can be sown directly in the bed in the fall. By Spring the foot high plants will have pretty little white flowers. In the mid-summer the seed pods will begin to enlarge, turn pumpkin orange and dry. Just break the pods open and plant the seeds in the fall. Chinese Lanterns will make a nice border or look bring impact when grouped together.Phlox is both a true perennial and a ready seeder. Phlox varieties range widely in height and color so it’s at home in nearly every design and the flowers are great for cutting . It spreads over time and will need to be thinned or split. Phlox attracts birds and butterflies.
what the young plants look like so that they can be moved early in the season if needed. If you have more seeds than you need or are getting tired of your design, consider trading seeds with friends to keep it fresh.
Perennials and plants that seed easily can become the frame work around which a lovely design can be built and enjoyed for years to come. And doing so is a great way to stretch your gardening budget at the same time.
photos by Brandie Shaw