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Gardeners’ World: Adam Frost shares which self-seeding plants to grow


Self-seeding plants are a great way to get free flowers into your garden. If they’re planted correctly, they will disperse their seeds which will grow anywhere they land. The plants will not only make your borders look bright and colourful but more informal too.

Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost shared which varieties he grows and allows to “do their thing”.

He said in an episode of the show from September last year: “What I’m trying to do here is put a load of plants in that self-seed.

“Things like digitalis, foxgloves, cardoons – I let them do their thing.

“Then what I do is, in places, I go in and edit.

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The plant begins to flower I early to midsummer with pretty soft yellow blooms.

Adam continued: “I want to introduce them somewhere else in the garden.

“I’ve sown them in a seed compost and they’re now at the point where I can just start to prick them out into pots.

“I’ve made a mix of compost that will retain moisture.

He then made a hole in the pot and lowered the roots of the small plant in.

Once they’re all pricked out, they will go in a cold frame and will be ready to plant out next spring.

Other self-seeding plants you can grow are lady’s mantle, granny’s bonnet, geranium pratense and forget-me-nots.

Gardeners’ World airs tonight at 8.30pm on BBC Two.

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