‘You don’t need to sow the whole packet’: How to grow perfect plants from seed

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An award-winning gardener advised the best seeds for beginners to grow right now and gave a vital tip for sowing them.

Pollyanna Wilkinson studied Garden Design at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Now she runs a multi-award-winning Garden Design Studio near Hampton Court in Surrey.

The expert earned the People’s choice award and a Silver medal at the RHS show in 2019 and showcases her designs on her Instagram account @pollyanna_wilkinson.

She recently advised Express readers on the best low maintenance, easy plants to grow in the garden. 

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Now Pollyanna has advised sowing sweet peas in the garden this month.

Sowing too many seeds at once can sabotage all your gardening efforts, she said.

“You don’t need to sow the whole packet, and don’t overcommit yourself, particularly if you are a beginner.

“Sweet peas are a great plant to start with if you are new to sowing.

“Just make sure you plant them in something tall so you get nice long roots.”

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Flower seeds to sow now

  • Sweet peas
  • Agastache hybrida
  • Geranium robertianum
  • Yarrow
  • Hummingbird Mint
  • Digitalis ‘Silver Fox’
  • Alstroemeria

Vegetable seeds to sow now

  • Tomatoes
  • Chillies
  • Aubergines
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic

Sow undercover:

  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Broad bean

Another gardening expert discussed direct sowing and dubbed it the “easiest way to create an impact in borders”.

Gardener Lizzie, behind The Rose Press Garden, told Express.co.uk about one easy way to create gorgeous borders.

The secret’s in using certain seeds, according to Lizzie.

She said: “I love flower seeds which people can ‘direct sow’ straight where they would like the flowers to bloom.

“Great examples are Godetia, Californian Poppies, and Gypsophila.”

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