Q. Can you recommend some-self sowing annual flowers so that I don’t have to plant new seeds every year?
There are many annuals that will self-seed, but remember that they spread widely in your garden unless kept under control. However, if you like a lot of beautiful volunteers spread throughout your garden, let them naturally reseed. Choose heirloom or open-pollinated species. Avoid hybrids as they will not breed true to type. The following flowering plants are suitable for the Northeast area, and easily self-sow.
Sweet alyssum (Alyssum maritima)
Amaranth (Amaranthus sp.) – very prolific
California poppy (Eschescholzia californica)
Spider flower (Cleome hasslerana)
Golden coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) – good cutting flower
Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) – petals are edible and good in salads
Honesty (Lunaria annua) – biennial with attractive seed pods
Love-in-the-mist (Nigella damascena)
Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) – makes an architectural statement with tall, slender stems
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service