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cut flowers in vase by window

Jan 23, 2020

Our Favorite Cut Flowers from A to Z

Cut flowers don't have to be a luxury, and you don't have to go into debt to decorate a special event. Growing blooms from scratch is a huge money-saver and it lets you enjoy your garden's bounty indoors. It's not easy to choose favorites, so we prioritized easy growing and off-the-beaten-path plants.
Our 10 Favorite Companion Plants for Spring Bulbs

Oct 3, 2019

Our 10 Favorite Companion Plants for Spring Bulbs

Add some fast-growing annuals and early-waking perennials to your bulb beds to hide spent foliage, suppress weed growth, and balance texture and color in your garden. Here are some Seed Needs favorites you can start indoors from winter through early spring.
gardener trimming zinnias

May 30, 2019

Late Bloomers: Our Favorite Fall-Flowering Plants

Nobody wants their garden to burn out in the middle of summer. Long-blooming and fall-flowering plants help hide fading foliage, and subtly transition a garden from one color theme to another. It's all about the varieties you choose, and how you use them. Here are some of our favorites.
hostas against white picket fence are easy perennials

Apr 18, 2019

12 Easy Perennials That Need Little (or No) Maintenance

The thing is, you don't have time to spend maintaining your yard. These low-maintenance perennials are perfect for gardeners with better stuff to do. Here are 12 of our favorite easy perennials you can incorporate as the backbone of your landscape design. Plant these for a beautiful garden you can grow on autopilot.
growing yarrow from seed

Mar 28, 2019

Yarrow: An All-Around Plant for the Lay-Around Gardener

Yarrow is among our most forgiving, easy-to-grow, versatile ornamentals. These graceful plants will make it look like you slaved in the dirt for hours when in reality, they're the gardener's equivalent to microwave popcorn. Sit back, relax, and start growing yarrow from seed.
growing violas from seed

Mar 26, 2019

Voila! Violas! Growing Viola Cornuta From Seed

We combine pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) with violas on the same catalog page, but aside from their similarities, there's enough of a difference to justify giving violas their own day in the sun (so to speak). If you're into the vibrant colors of pansies, you'll love growing violas from seed.
growing zinnias from seed

Mar 21, 2019

Zinnias: They're Not Outta Your League

Folks think that because zinnia flowers are so exotic and intricate, they'd be a colossal pain to grow and maintain in the home garden. We're here to shatter that misconception. Here's everything you need to know about successfully growing zinnias from seed.
growing snapdragons from seed

Mar 19, 2019

Here Be Snapdragons!

We always re-imagine dragons as reptiles, and we all know toads are amphibians, right? But toadflax and snapdragons are more closely-related than their common names imply. Here, we'll tell you all about bringing both to life in your garden. Three cheers for growing snapdragons from seed!
growing vetch from seed

Mar 14, 2019

Not-So-Floppy-Headed Canadian Milkvetch

When you think of legumes, you're more likely to think of string beans and peas than you are ornamentals. Or maybe you're savvy about pasture plants, and how some vetches help enrich the soil. But we'd like to tell you about Canadian milkvetch, and how you can try growing vetch from seed in your own garden.
growing sweet peas from seed

Mar 12, 2019

The Darlings of the Garden: Growing Sweet Peas from Seed

Sweet peas are the ornamental cousins of the garden legumes we love to munch as part of our early veggie harvest. Where snow peas, sugar peas, and snap peas have similar adorable, lipped flowers and dainty, rounded leaves, sweet peas are bred for their beauty alone. Try growing sweet peas from seed this season!
growing statice from seed

Mar 7, 2019

Statice Update! We've Got Limonium Sinuatum Seeds!

Nope, that wasn't an egregious misspelling—it's a horrible pun. Statice bursts with showy, exotic purple blooms in mid-summer. It may look like it belongs in lush, tropical biomes, but it's a drought tolerant plant that prefers cooler temperatures. Get ready for backyard barbeques by growing statice from seed.
growing strawflower from seed

Mar 5, 2019

Everlasting Color: Growing Strawflower From Seed

Strawflower's claim to fame is its ability to hold up in fresh cut floral arrangements. When the flowers are dried at the peak of bloom, they'll retain their shape, color, and fresh appearance for years. Heck, the flowers might outlive most marriages. Try growing strawflower from seed for your own long-lasting bouquets!