Mr Fothergill’s RSPB Flowers

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Aster (Michaelmas Daisy)

This bright mixture of daisy-like flowers will give colour to perennial borders from late summer through to mid-autumn. Good for attracting beneficial insects as well!

Height: 120cm

Approx. 200 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Feb - Apr
Sow/Plant Outdoors: May - Jul
Flowers/Harvest: Jul - Oct

 

Calendula

Calendula is an easy-to-grow hardy annual which flowers the same year as sowing. Its seeds can be sown direct in the garden where it is to flower. 

Height: 60cm

Approx. 150 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Feb - Apr
Sow/Plant Outdoors: Mar - Jun, Aug - Oct
Flowers/Harvest: May - Sept

 

Echinops

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife. Loved by butterflies & bees.
Magnificent, steel blue/purple mace-like heads above deeply serrated grey-green leaves. A very stately back of border plant. Good dried flower.

Height: 120cm

Approx. 50 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Apr - Jun
Sow/Plant Outside: Apr - Jun
Flowers/Harvest: May - Jul

 

Lavender Hidcote Blue

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife. A favourite with bees. A compact plant with deep blue flowers and contrasting foliage. Lovely as a fragrant low hedge or border edging.

Height: 60cm

Approx. 100 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Feb - Jun
Flowers/Harvest: Jul - Sept

 

Rudbeckia Marmalade

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife. Large weather tolerant flowers.
Large shimmering blooms and very weather-tolerant flowers. Versatile plants for large pots, borders or as a good cutflower.

Height: 45cm

Approx. 500 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Feb - Apr
Sow/Plant Outdoors: Apr - May
Flowers/Harvest: Jul - Oct

 

Scabious Blue Cushion

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife.
So easy to grow, these stunning mid-blue pin cushion flowers on tall stems are a classic 'cottage' border plant. Excellent for cutting, loved by butterflies and bees.

Height: 75cm

Approx. 50 Seeds. 

Sow/Plant Outdoors: Mar - May
Flowers/Harvest: Jun - Oct

 

Sunflower Hallo

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife.
Large-flowered variety with an excellent branching habit, producing many golden heads per plant. Easy to grow, bees and butterflies love them. Can be used as a cut flower.

Height: 150cm

Approx. 30 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Mar - May
Sow/Plant Outdoors: Mar - May
Flowers/Harvest: Jul - Sept

 

Teasel

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife.
Architectural and dramatic producing spiky, cone-shaped flower heads loved by butterflies and bees on tall spiny stems in the second year or can be left to feed the birds, especially finches.

Height: 150cm

Approx. 150 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Jan - Mar
Flowers/Harvest: Jul - Sept

 

Verbena bonariensis

Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife. First year flowering favourite.
Dramatic, tall border plant with rich purple flower clusters. Hardy with some protection.

Height: 120cm

Approx. 200 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Jan - Apr
Flowers/Harvest: Jun - Oct

 

Yarrow

A hardy perennial, flowers the same year from an early sowing. A favourite wildflower for many insects including butterflies. Tough plants with aromatic leaves and long lasting blooms.

Height: 70cm

Approx. 1000 Seeds. 

Sow Indoors: Jan - Mar
Sow/Plant Outside: Apr - Jun
Flowers/Harvest: Jun - Sept