The ultimate garden is a hassle free one. I can’t think of anything better than a beautiful garden that takes care of itself. Granted, an entire garden that needs zero intervention is rather unlikely, but a girl can dream, right?
Although there isn’t a lawn that can take care of itself (apart from maybe artificial lawns), when it comes to flowers we get close with self-seeding plants.
These plants do exactly what they say and replant themselves at the end of the season, ready to pop back up the following year. The great thing is that these plants need little to no help or intervention from you!
I’ve gathered a list of self-seeding plants that you can try for your garden.
1. Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea)
(Image: Gardening Know How)
This UK native is a favourite among many British gardeners, and it’s easy to see why. Their beautiful blooms come in bright pink-purple, to lighter shades. Each plant produces a vast number of flowers for you to enjoy.
The Foxglove is a tall self-seeding plant that does well in the shade and acidic soil. Their flowers are shaped in a way to help pollinators land before climbing into the flower.
These plants are ideal for bringing bees and other pollinating insects to your garden year after year.
2. Forget-Me-Not (Myostis Sylvatica)
This self-seeding plant is well known for its delicate blue flowers. In complete contrast to the Foxglove, these plants are a low-growing variety that can add another level to your garden.
They tend to spread out to make a beautiful blue carpet of flowers. This feature means that gardeners love using them in rockeries.
They can spread quickly but are easy to pull out if too many appear.
3. Aquilegia (Common Columbine / Granny’s Nightcap)
(Image: The Green Dragonfly)
This is a plant I had in my garden for a time, and it’s a firm favourite. Every year the kids would look forwards to the blue-purple blooms it usually produced, set against the bright yellow of its pollen.
One year they gave us a bit of a shock when the flowers bloomed a brilliant white with a hint of lavender! This was how we learnt that next generation Aquilegia can flower in a different colour to the parent plant. What a nice way to mix up the colours in your garden without doing a single thing!
They usually grow to a few feet, making them an excellent choice when creating different levels in your garden.
4. The Common Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas)
(Image: L&H Seeds)
The Common Poppy has a talent for springing up in many different places. It can thrive in various types of soil and like a lot of sunlight so will do great in the sunny patch of your garden.
I love Poppy’s for their brilliant red blooms and the striking contrast with their black centre. The flash of colour they bring to a garden is refreshing, and I can’t help but feel that they make a garden look rather British!
A word of caution, the Poppy can spread quickly, so you will want to be careful where you plant it. If your garden verges onto farmland or protected spaces, it’s best to avoid planting them in the joining area.
5. Sea Holly (Eryngium)
(Image: Perryhill Nurseries)
I admit that at first glance, I thought these were Thistles. It was a very quick glance though. When you observe them for longer, you can appreciate the different shades of blue and purple blooms that these plants produce. These flowers are also popular with pollinating insects.
They like to soak up full sunlight and do best when they’re given the space to thrive. Sea Holly are a hardy plant that will grow happily even in poor soil conditions, thus making a great addition to an easy garden.
Their structure is one I find very interesting, one unlike any other plant in most gardens. To add extra interest to your self-seeding garden, the Sea Holly is an obvious choice.
6. Argentinian Vervain (Verbena Bonariensis)
(Image: Landscape Architecht’s Pages)
The Argentinian Vervain is another tall self-seeding plant. Its thin stems produce tiny purple flowers all summer long and provide another way to give height to your flower beds.
Due to its tall, thin structure, it’s perfect for growing amongst other plants as it won’t smother or crowd them. They make a delicate addition to your garden and will do their thing year after year.
As with many self-seeding plants, they are well loved by pollinators.
Do you already have some of these plants in your garden? Let me know which are your favourites! If you know of any self-seeding plants I haven’t mentioned, especially ones in the UK, comment below or find me on Twitter and let me know.
I can’t wait to hear what you all think!