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Gorgeous Plant Varieties to Grow from Seed

A Seed-Starting Adventure Like No Other

As a passionate gardener, I’ve always been drawn to the magic of growing plants from seed. There’s just something so rewarding about nurturing those tiny specks of life, watching them unfurl into vibrant, gorgeous blooms. And let me tell you, when it comes to sheer visual impact, few plants can rival the stunning varieties you can grow from seed.

In fact, I’ve been utterly smitten with the idea of curating a cutting garden filled with these seed-grown beauties. The thought of strolling through a sea of colorful, fragrant flowers, snipping the loveliest stems for bouquets – it’s enough to make a gardener’s heart flutter. So, I set out on a mission to discover the most captivating plant varieties that thrive when grown from seed.

Sunflowers: Summer’s Sunshine in Bloom

Does anything scream “summer” more than the bright, cheerful faces of sunflowers? These eternal mood-boosters are adored by humans and critters alike. In fact, a few years ago, I planted a variety of sunflowers in my vegetable garden to attract pollinators, and the following spring, I was delighted to find sunflowers sprouting all over the place – the birds had sown the seeds for me! I let them grow, and ever since, I’ve enjoyed watching the beautiful flowers bloom and feed the birds and bees.

Sunflowers come in a dazzling array of colors and sizes, from petite 2-foot dwarf varieties to towering 12-foot giants. And the best part? They’re incredibly easy to grow, perhaps the easiest of all flowers. As the experts at Three Acre Farm note, sunflowers provide pollen for pollinators like bees and butterflies, and they make absolutely gorgeous additions to bouquets, with a vase life of 5-7 days.

Of course, there are a few downsides to growing sunflowers for cut flowers – they’re a “once and done” type of plant, meaning the bloom is finished once it’s harvested, and they can quickly make a mess of your vase water. But those minor inconveniences are more than worth it when you see the sunny, cheerful blooms brightening up your home.

Celosia: Captivating Color and Texture

Another one of my must-grow seed-started flowers has to be celosia. I’ve been longing to cultivate these vibrant, textural beauties for years, but here in the cool Pacific Northwest, growing them outdoors can be a bit of a challenge. As the experts at Floret Flowers explain, celosia thrive in warm, humid conditions, and I just haven’t had the greenhouse space to give them a proper go – until now.

This past spring, we put up some new high tunnels, and I was able to dedicate a section to a celosia trial. I’m talking 59 different varieties, people – from the wheat-like Cramer’s series to the bold, brain-shaped Bombays and the fuzzy, feathery Sundays. And let me tell you, seeing all those varieties side by side was nothing short of revelatory.

Certain standouts quickly emerged, like the Supercrest Mix with its monster 4-foot plants loaded with perfectly sized stems in a range of pastel shades. And the Bombay series – oh, those flowers are just to die for, with their large, multi-dimensional blooms in hues like dark blush pink and electric rose. The Celway varieties also impressed me with their vigor and disease resistance.

But the real showstopper, in my opinion, was the Enterprise series, with its unique, sculptural flowers in shades of pink, wine, and more. I can’t wait to grow more of these captivating celosias next season and see what other hidden gems I uncover.

Zinnia: Vibrant, Easy-Care Favorites

No seed-grown cutting garden would be complete without zinnias – those vibrant, carefree blooms that just keep on giving all season long. I remember the first time I grew zinnias, I was absolutely smitten. The sheer range of colors, from rich burgundies to sunny yellows and shocking pinks, was enough to make my heart skip a beat.

And the best part? Zinnias are about as easy to grow as it gets. As Savvy Gardening notes, these cheerful flowers thrive in full sun and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. Simply sow the seeds directly in the garden, and before you know it, you’ll be drowning in a sea of blooms.

Plus, zinnias make incredible cut flowers, with a vase life that can stretch up to two weeks. I love to mix and match the different varieties, creating lush, textural bouquets that just radiate joy. And the more you cut them, the more they’ll bloom – it’s a win-win for any flower-loving gardener.

Dahlia: Showstopping Stunners

If you really want to impress your friends and neighbors, you can’t go wrong with dahlias. These showstopping, oversized blooms are the definition of “garden glamour,” and the best part? You can grow them right from seed.

Now, I’ll admit, dahlias can be a bit more finicky than some other seed-started flowers. They require a bit more attention, especially when it comes to staking and supporting those heavy, top-heavy flowers. But trust me, the effort is more than worth it when you’re cutting armfuls of those lush, vibrant blooms.

I dedicated a good portion of my cutting garden to dahlias this past season, and let me tell you, it was a sight to behold. Rows upon rows of towering plants, each one more stunning than the last, in a kaleidoscope of colors – ruby reds, sunshine yellows, candy-colored pinks, and beyond. And the vase life? Unbeatable. Those dahlia blooms just keep on going, bringing joy to my home for weeks on end.

Cosmos: Effortless, Ethereal Charm

If you’re new to the world of seed-started flowers, cosmos are an absolute must. These airy, delicate blooms are not only incredibly easy to grow, but they also have a way of lending an ethereal, romantic quality to any garden or bouquet.

I love how cosmos seem to float on the breeze, their papery petals dancing and swaying. And the range of colors is simply stunning – from the classic white and pink shades to vibrant purples and fiery oranges. Plus, cosmos are absolute magnets for pollinators, so you’ll be doing a world of good for your local bees and butterflies.

One of my favorite things about cosmos is how self-sufficient they are. Simply scatter the seeds in a sunny spot, give them a little water, and before you know it, you’ll have a bounty of blooms to snip and enjoy. They’re the quintessential low-maintenance flower, perfect for busy gardeners or those new to the seed-starting game.

A Cutting Garden of Your Dreams

As you can probably tell, I’m head-over-heels in love with the idea of growing a cutting garden filled with these gorgeous, seed-started beauties. And the best part? You can do it too! Whether you have a sprawling backyard or just a tiny patio, there’s always room to tuck in a few of these show-stopping flowers.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Today’s Gardens and start planning your dream cutting garden. With a little bit of elbow grease and a whole lot of passion, you can transform your outdoor space into a vibrant, fragrant oasis, brimming with the most captivating blooms nature has to offer.

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