Garden Tip: Direct Sow Perennial Seeds in Fall


Most of us are familiar with the idea of direct sowing annuals such as marigolds and sunflowers. But did you know that you can also direct sow perennials in your garden?

The best time to direct sow perennial seeds in your garden is in fall. Many of these seeds need a period of cold weather followed by warm before they’ll germinate (this is called “cold stratification.”) Here in Michigan, planting your perennial seeds in your garden now (October is a great time to direct sow perennials) will result in lots of new little perennial seedlings popping up next spring!

To direct sow your perennial seeds, simply follow the instructions for seed spacing and depth on your seed packet. Try to mark where you planted them in the garden, so you don’t mistake your baby perennials as weeds next spring.

Some great options for fall direct sowing include:
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Milkweed (Asclepias)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Bee balm (Monarda)
Foxglove (Digitalis)
Globe Thistle (Echinops)
Pinks (Dianthus)
Shasta daisy

All through October, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite gardening tips. To check out other “31 Days of…” bloggers, check out this post.