I started gardening last year with just a few easy to do perennial seeds. Now I am addicted. Everything bloomed its first year and came along so well. I decided to try my hand at winter sowing in order to fill some space. Lots of hard to mow space! Any advice for my zone or the plants would be fantastic! I am a low maintenance person and have 60 ft of frontage on a hill and again by the street. Help!
Lemon Catnip (nepeta cataria "citriodora")
English Lavender (lavandula angustifolia "lady")
Little blue stem (schizachyrium scoparium)
Pony Tails (Stipa tenuissima) I am not sure about this one
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum )
Hello, cabiamo, and welcome to the wonderful world of wintersowing. Are you asking about whether the seeds you mentioned are good candidates for wintersowing? Dave's Garden is just starting a database for wintersown seeds:
Cabriamo~ BOUQUETS and a big welcome to wintersowing! There are many experienced wintersowers from our zone 5. (I'm a neophyte, as I W/S'ed for the first time last year.) There are so many gorgeous perennials and annuals that will be successful and fun for you. So as Cape recommends..jump in and ask away.
The Rudbeckias will all do really well for you and give you a lot of color the first year. There are some cool ones out there and I personally recommend 'Indian Summer' and also once call 'Prarie Sun'. I htink they are annuals or non-hardy perennials. You'll have to let some go to seed for the next year.
I'd also recommend some echinacea (coneflowers) for years of reliable no care flowers. Re: rudbeckia, they'd be great. The R. hirtas that Suzy mentioned are beautiful, as are goldsturm which are more reliably perennial.
Throw in a few annuals, too, for their flower power. Cosmos & verbena bonariensis.are tough and reliable and reseed well. Emilia, too. And larkspur, and cleome, and... the possibilities are endless.
I have some coneflowers that I bought from a plant sale for something like a dollar a piece. They have done a fantastic job of hiding the central air unit outside!
I really want to grow things that will reseed and take over the hill in the front. It is such a pain to mow! Anyone have any luck with ornamental grasses? I grabbed some seed from my university campus as I was walking along. I know that miscanthus purpurens doesn't always have viable seed, but we have something like 23 consecutive 90 degree+ days I thought it might be viable. I also grabbed some black fountain grass seed, it says it can be invasive.
If it gets full sun, you should try California Poppy. It flowers all summer and comes in so many varieties. It reseeds like crazy at my house, and I love that it does. Very easy to rip out the ones you don't want.
you can just post what you are looking for, and many will send you seeds for postage.
it's the way i've been getting most of my seeds the past few months. Last year i did purchase a few from Gurneys and even Home Depot and i did get 'end of the season' bulk seeds from my local nursery ... but if i see i plant i really like, i post that i'm looking for seeds ... and 9 times out of 10, some has them.
Carrie: zinnias WS very well. Just don't sow them until spring. I wait until about March or April here in Cincinnati. Earlier sowing can result in seeds being fooled into germinating early in an early warm weather spell and can croak in the inevitable later return to cold temps. In warm weather zinnias will sprout and grow fast.
You're in trouble now ... this group gave me the winter sowing bug. This will be my first year doing it ... very excited about it. Everyone here is very helpful and full of valuable information and tips. Happy Sowing!