Self-seeding annuals for WI

greenthumbon1handOctober 14, 2013

Has anyone had experience with self-seeding annuals in WI? What would you recommend, and are there any varieties that I shouldn't touch with a 10 ft. pole? I've got a lot of ground to cover (I've been gardening strictly with perennials), and I am going for a cottage garden look.


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Bachelor Buttons come back from seed. So do Cleome, bus less reliably, and though i originally planted pink, white and purple, only the purple comes back. Snapdragons, i find them in the cracks of my concrete, and they thrive there. Moss roses, if you let them go to seed instead of picking off the dead flowers, they will come back like crazy, but never the same color. Flax comes back. The best easiest is columbine, a perennial, that reseeds reliably. Hollyhock reseed, and for the first time, this year my red sage reseeded from last years planting of an .89 plant.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 6:49PM
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Thanks for the reply!
Does it matter what variety of snapdragons and sage?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 8:42PM
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I didn't even know there was a difference in snapdragons until i realized mine were about 3 feet tall, and my neighbors always stayed so small and perfect in her border. For awhile I had tall colorful spikes poking up in the worst places, like a bad haircut. I yanked them all one spring and replanted the Chimes series, that only grow 8 inches tall. I don't mind them in odd places now because they just tuck themselves in.
I plant salvia greggi, 'Furman's Red'. I have sages that are perennials, but this usually dies for me. I love it so much I save the seeds and scatter them. Hummingbirds love it.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:01AM
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Thanks for the update! I'll have to start browsing the seed catalogs!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 2:24PM
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There is Cosmos sulphureus, so much so as to be considered invasive maybe. And do not forget Morning Glories. Grandpa Ott might be invasive too.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 10:53AM
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