Get Seeds Started with Good Gardening Plans

Now that gardening season has started, what types of plants are you growing?

Here are some gardening plans from Mr. Fothergill’s horticulturist Mark Denee, to give you some ideas for the growing season.

Classic Garden or Culinary Plants
Whether it’s an annual, perennial, herb or vegetable, there are some classic plants that almost every garden should have.
Or perhaps in some cases it has been awhile since we’ve grown a perennial Delphinium or a Nasturtium in a hanging basket, so it’s time to enjoy these classics once again. Use the following seeds from Mr.Fothergills.

Nasturtium Tip Top Mixed
Delphinium High Society F1
Parsley Giant of Italy
Kale Nero di Toscana
Leek Malabar
Pepper Jalapeno

Easy & Fun
Everyone likes plants that are easy to grow, and these can be fun and educational to do with children and perhaps the elderly as well.

Pea Oregon Sugar Pod
Radish Celesta F1
Tomato Tumbling Tom Red

Worried about inflation and the cost of food? Try some of these productive and/or long-season, long-storage vegetables.
Bean, Runner Scarlet Emperor
Parsnip Countess F1
Squash, Winter Early Butternut

Growing Indoors

Want to grow some fresh herbs or veggies indoors year round?
There’s nothing quite like a fresh supply of your own basil or lettuce.
Basil Red Robin
Lettuce Grand Rapids

Growing in Containers
Tight on space or live in an apartment?
Or do you want to enjoy the ease of growing in containers? Whether it’s a mixed planter of herbs and veggies, mixed colorful annuals or a single type of annual or vegetable in a nice planter, here are some ideal options.

Coriander Cilantro
Gazania Talent Mixed
Marigold, French Dainty Marietta
Pansy Joker Light Blue F2
Osteospermum Sky * Ice
Bean, Bush Ferrari
Beet Detroit 2 Crimson Globe
Carrot Royal Chantenay 3
Spinach Emilia F1

Native Plants
Native and non-native plants are increasingly important among conservationists and gardeners alike.
They add biodiversity to our yards and are essential in supporting native insects and other wildlife. In some cases, the relationships are quite specific.
Allium cernuum
Echinacea pallida
Helipsis helianthoides Burning Hearts

Pollinator Friendly
Whether it’s providing nectar to honeybees or supporting other pollinators such as bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths – the key is biodiversity. Grow as many different plants as possible and try to have flowers available for as long as possible.

Calendula Fiesta Gitana
Cosmos Sensation Pinkie
Poached Egg
Salvia Lady in Red
Sunflower Vanilla Ice
Sweet Pea Midnight Blues
Gaillardi Torchlight
Penstemon Esprit
Salvia Deep Blue
Verbene bonariensis

Something Different
Most gardeners are usually interested in trying something new or uncommon. Here are a few that are a little different from the usual. That Zinnia looks like it could be a lovely companion to so many flowers.
Corinthe major ‘Purpurascens’
Poppy Black Beauty
Zinnia Envy
Antirrhinum Night & Day
Dahlia Bishops Children
Wallflower Blood Red

These gardening plans can get you started towards the garden of your dreams. Mix and match or try a variety to get what you want.

This article was first published in the Herbal Collective April 2022 issue. Sign up to get a free sample or subscribe today.

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