Perennials from seeds

1. Pasque-flower

Name: Pulsatilla patens
USDA hardness zones: 3 to 8
Size: 6 to 10 inches long and 10 to 12 inches wide
Conditions: full sun, well drained soil

What would spring be without a fuzzy and momentary Pasque flower? This plant, also known as prairie crocus, rustles from the rest period in March and April with steel purple flowers. But to begin with, half the joy of pasque flower follows its short-lived flowering: the heads of spider seeds dry up to tails carried by the wind that pleasantly make their way into the garden. Pick them up before they break, and enjoy planting the seeds where you want them-instead of where the wind takes them.

2. Penstemon leaf shell

Name: Penstemon grandiflorus and cvs.
Zones: 3 to 9
Size: 20 to 36 inches long and 18 to 24 inches wide
Conditions: full sun, well drained soil

This Prince of the penstemons deserves more recognition in the gardens of the Midwest. Aptly named, shell-leaf penstemon has almost plastic aquamarine leaves that offer interest before and after the plant blooms, though flowers are definitely the treat. In colors ranging from white and wild-type lavender to carefully selected red and ruby, the seed species of this Prairie native, such as “Prairie Jewel” and

d’war Axe’, highlights how entertaining this variety is from seeds. Briefly in moist soil, prefers excellent drainage and, once established, will reward with large flowers and exuberant displays.

3. Millet gold

Name: Milium effusum’aureum’
Zones: 3 to 9
Size: 12 to 16 inches long and 8 to 12 inches wide
Conditions: partial shade to full shade; moist soil

The Latin name of this plant (also known as Bowles ‘ golden grass) means “gushing golden millet”, which is appropriate. The wavy leaves of the brilliant gold chartreuse have the potential to put everything in the shade garden of Heucheras (Heuchera spp. and CVS., Zones 3-8) in hostas (Hosta spp. and CVS., Zones 3-9). Golden millet is an excellent plant for colorful combos and an excellent soil cover for planting in meadow masses. from the seed is a breeze: Plant the seed, be patient and watch the sour yellow sprouts grow in the sun tussocks. This plant prefers moist soils and will sleep in warm climates in summer.

4. Campion bladder

Name: Silene uniflora and cvs.
Zones: 3 to 7
Size: 4 to 8 inches long and 6 to 12 inches wide
Conditions: full sun; well drained to dry ground

Once established in your garden, you will understand why this variety and its many variants are easily grown from seeds. Although the bladder campion is hardly a pest, its effortless re-seeding illustrates how easy it can be to raise seedlings from the jet black spots. In the garden, miniature balloons inflate in a cloud of flowers in early summer, making the plant a graceful addition to a rock garden or along a garden path. If you like the anything but green belief, check out ‘Druett’s Motley’ to add spice to the leaves.

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