Novice gardeners who’ve left it too late in the season to grow challenging plants are being encouraged to opt for the fastest growing seeds to enjoy a blooming backyard this summer.
A team of garden experts behind GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have looked into the plants and flowers that grow the quickest, so that gardening beginners can still experience the joys of a thriving backyard over the summer months.
Petunias, poppies and sunflowers have been recognised as some of the fastest growing flowers, taking only a fraction of the time to germinate and bloom compared to some of the more challenging plants.
A spokesperson for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “If you’re a new gardener or you simply can’t find the time to spend hours pruning and preening your backyard, finding flower seeds that grow quickly is essential.
“Although, it’s important to remember that getting the seeds is only half the job – planting them correctly and making sure they’re well cared for is also imperative, so make sure you read the back of the seed packet to see what each individual plant needs to thrive.”
Bees love the flowers that rise up on cornflowers’ straight stems in early summer, and this plant is unfazed by changeable spring weather. The petals of this quick-growing flower are even edible!
Also referred to as Love-in-a-Mist, these determined plants grow steadily in cool spring weather and start blooming in early summer.
Pest resistant and easy to please, petunias can be had in endless colours, but they’re a lovely plant to have simply for their fragrance.
The fastest growing poppies (California poppies) can grow from seed to bloom in only 60 days! Poppies thrive in full sun and once established, these quick-blooming flowers provide bees and other pollinators with protein-rich pollen in early summer, when little else is in bloom.
Surprisingly cold-hardy, sunflower seedlings often survive spring frosts and you can see the earliest blossoms march to maturity rather than waiting for late summer. These showy blooms can grow to six feet or more in just three months, and they look great in flower beds or along borders.
6. Sweet pea
Sweet peas, with their ruffled blossoms and slender tendrils, have a stunning fragrance and like it cool – so try not to leave in full sun constantly. You should also soak the seeds for several days before planting.
This classic flower, with bright blossoms of yellow, orange and mahogany, often show themselves within just eight weeks of sowing. For best result, plant them in full sun and in well-draining soil.
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