I can’t help but cringe when I browse the perennial section of seed catalogs and see finicky flowers like Himalayan blue poppy without any comments about the challenges of starting them from seed or how many years it will take the plants to bloom. Some perennials are notoriously finicky to grow from seed; others are as easy to grow as cosmos and zinnias.
What follows is my list of 10 perennials that you can start from seed — and expect blooms the first year. For detailed growing instructions, read the article Grow Perennials from Seed.
- Large-Flowered Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora)
- Maiden Pinks (Dianthus deltoides)
- Catmint (Nepeta nervosa)
- Oxeye, False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides scabra)
- Blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora)
- Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
- Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria)
- Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
- Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)