We attended a two day plant sale last weekend, always an interesting experience. A lot of customers had various questions regarding their proposed purchases, one of the most frequent being “Does it seed?”
That started me thinking about “self-seeders”. I think most people don’t really mean does a plant set seed ( which , thankfully , in most cases is “Yes” otherwise how would us poor nursery people keep going?) but is it over-free with its seeding habits thus being a nuisance.
After the sale I wandered around the nursery garden and although a lot of the planting combinations are deliberate some of the most stunning ( and often transitory) ones are where a plant, often an annual , has just popped up amongst a group of plants.
I guess the answer to the question is “Yes if you’re lucky” after all if you don’t like the self -seeder you can always pull it out and if you do…..well thats what gardening is all about for me!
Some of my favourite self-seeders are :
Alchilla, campanulas, chichory, centranthus ,dierama, digitalis , erigeron, geranium, knautia, nigella oenothera, oregano, primroses, ranunculus, scabious, sisyrinchium,stipa, verbena, veronica and violas! This isn’t a comprehensive list I’m sure to have forgotten something but does go some way to explaining our very relaxed gardening style at Harrell’s Hardy Plants.