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Southern California (Zone 9b)
BorealisOcelot
Jun 9, 2017 11:25 AM CST
I would love to have a flower bed with annual self sewing flowers. I'm researching seeds that bloom best at certain times of the year. Some for spring, summer, fall, and winter (zone 9). When I get to planting them I would plant them accordingly for the first year, and let them sew themselves for the next years adding seeds as I see fit. The hoped end result would be a number of different annuals popping up through out the years, after a while it would look less organized and more cottage style, I also imagine the pollinators would enjoy it.

Has anyone done this before? Is it possible to do? Are most annuals self sewing? Rather than doing one bed for all four seasons would I be better off doing 4 beds for each season?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 9, 2017 11:54 AM CST
How about putting in a meadow garden? That might work better. Actually there are mixes that are mostly annuals.
Southern California (Zone 9b)
BorealisOcelot
Jun 9, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:How about putting in a meadow garden? That might work better. Actually there are mixes that are mostly annuals.


I would love a meadow garden! However I don't have the space and the soil quality is not good for most of the flowers I wanted to try growing

Do you mean seed mixes? I'll have to look at those
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 9, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Yes, seed mixes for a Meadow Garden.
Southern California (Zone 9b)
BorealisOcelot
Jun 9, 2017 12:58 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:Yes, seed mixes for a Meadow Garden.


Thank you so much Smiling

Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 9, 2017 3:07 PM CST
In my previous garden, I had a poppy/zinnia bed.
Worked fine.
The poppies grew all winter,bloomed in April/may.
Then zinnias came up and bloomed til December.
Only had to plant once.

Right now, I have black eyed susans in bloom. Rudbeckia hirta is an annual here, but I planted them back in 08 or so... They keep coming back, even last year in the drought and rabbits...

At my house, these plants have got to get along with what water falls from the sky... Even in the bad droughts... Like we had last year when the Appalachians burned.

While many annuals will self sow, some that I've tried haven't been happy on my growing conditions...

Its all an experiment, try stuff and see if it works!



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purpleinopp
Jun 9, 2017 3:25 PM CST
I watched a neighbor do this for years. She had poppies, globe Amaranth, Zinnias, wish I could remember what else. It was a different scene every couple months, all year. I can't say it was all from seeds, but I would be surprised if not. Not that different of a zone from yours, but wildly different climate. I can't say that the plants I mentioned perform as well, less well, or not at all in your location.
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