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First-year Flowering Perennials from Seed

Many gardeners are hesitant to try starting perennials by seed because of the notion that you will not get to enjoy the flowers the first year. This is true for some perennials, but if you sow seeds for the perennials on this list early in the season, they will reward you by flowering within the same year. Some perennials even rival annual flowers, taking just a couple of months to flower from seed.

If you want the advantage of not needing to replant your garden beds every season, but still have gorgeous flowers the first year, this plant list is a good place to start when planning your next garden project. A gardening budget can go much farther by not having to purchase these first year flowering perennials in pots at the nursery. Besides, there is something so immensely gratifying about watching your plants emerge from something as tiny as a seed, and then live on to create enduring beauty for many years to come.

Agastache spp.
Aster alpinus
Alpine aster
Armeria maritima splendens
Pladycladon grandiflorus
Astra balloon flower
Belamcanda chinensis
Blackberry Lily
Festuca glauca
Blue Fescue
Linum perenne
Saphyr Blue Flax
Buddleia davidii
Butterfly Bush
Asclepias spp.
Butterfly Weed
Iberis sempervirens
Snowflake Candytuft
Canna generalis
Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower
Dianthus caryophyllus
Grenadin Dianthus
Chaenorrhinum origanifolium
Blue Dreams Chaenorrhinum
Chinese Foxglove blooming
Chinese Foxglove
Origimi Columbinine flowers
Origami Columbine
Heuchera hybrida
Melting Fire Coral Bells
Coreopsis spp.
Delphinium spp.
Dianthus deltoides
Arctic Fire Dianthus
Dianthus barbatus
Barbarini Red Sweet William
Dianthus deltoides
Brilliant Dianthus
Dianthus gratianopolitanus
Cheddar Pink Dianthus
Dianthus barbatus
Sooty Sweet William
Echinacea spp.
Oenothera spp.
Evening Primrose
Myosotis sylvatica
Victoria Blue Forget-me-not
Digitalis purpurea
Camelot Foxglove
Dalmation foxgloves blooms their first season. Digitalis purpurea
Dalmatian Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea
Foxy Foxglove
Meconopsis cambrica 'Rubra'
Frances Perry Meconopsis
Gaillardia aristata
Gaura lindheimeri
Solidago canadensis
Hibiscus moscheutos
Alcea rosea
Papaver nudicaule
Iceland poppy
Sagina subulata
Irish Moss
Polemonium caeruleum
Jacob's Ladder
Eupatorium fistulosum
Ivory Towers Joe-pye-weed
Centranthus ruber
Jupiter's Beard
Lavandula angustifolia
Blue Scent Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia
Mini Blue lavender
Ellagance Series Lavandula angustifolia
Ellagance Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia
Vincenza Blue lavander
Lobelia x speciosa
Lobelia x speciosa
Queen Victoria lobelia
Lupinus polyphyllus
Lychnis spp
Nepeta spp.
Physostegia virginiana
Obedience Plant
Penstemon spp
Plumbago auriculata
Polygonum capitatum
Papaver alpinum
Alpine Poppy
Primula x polyantha
Crescendo Mix primrose
Prunella grandiflora
Kniphofia spp.
Red Hot Poker
Salvia spp
Erigeron karvinskianus
Santa Barbara Daisy
Eryngium planum
Blue Glitter Sea Holly
Eryngium planum
White Glitter Sea Holly
Sedum spurium
Voodoo Sedum
Leucanthemum x superbum
Shasta Daisy
Stokesia laevis
Verbascum spp.
Verbena bonariensis
Purple Top Verbena
Veronica vincenza
Arabis caucasica
Wall Rockcress
Achillea spp.
Malva sylvestris
Zebra Hollyock