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Flowers That Reseed Themselves | Garden Advice

Flowers That Reseed Themselves | Garden Advice
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Do you love the natural and free-flowing look of wildflowers and meadow flowers? One of the reasons that these flowers are carefree and widespread is that most of them reseed themselves. The same effect can be created in a home garden by simply choosing plants that reseed, practically taking care of themselves growing season after growing season. Read on to learn about ten favorite reseeding flowers that thrive in New England.

Viola: Also known as Johnny jump-up, this is one of  the first flowers to to be seen in spring (after crocuses) and are the last to die off in the fall. These delicate blue violets have been known to bloom after a light snow and will reseed in almost any area, including between rocks and in gravel driveways.

Pansies: Very similar to violas, pansies  are a bit larger and may show up in a variety of colors including white, blue, purple, dark maroon or speckled.

Morning Glory: This blue climbing beauty will reseed and spread. They do best when there is a support such as fencing, garden stakes, and trellis or poles to wind itself around.

Forget-Me-Not: Another blue beauty with tiny flowers, these grow in loose clusters and can show up almost anywhere as their tiny seeds are easily spread by the wind.

Lupine: These flowers can be invasive and are known to take over an area, however, their beautiful hues of pastel pink, blues and white make them hard to resist in a summer field.

Hollyhock:  Growing upwards of 4 feet tall with flowers that can show in a variety of colors, these plants lend height and balance in gardens, yet may require the use of a stake to keep them upright until stems strengthen.

Foxglove: Another tall reseeding flower, these plants have bell shaped blooms and are usually light purple in color.

Sunflowers: It’s always a treat to see sunflowers popping up unexpectedly—especially around bird feeders. These happy summer and fall flowers are all-around favorites for people and birds, not to mention the squirrels.

Nasturtiums: Another delicate flower with a papery appearance, nasturtiums are usually yellow, orange or red.

Marigolds: These compact, bright blooms are found in shades of yellow, orange and gold that accentuate autumn beautifully.

How do you encourage flowers to reseed themselves? Do not deadhead! The one key piece of information when it comes to reseeding plants is that these flowers must be left to die on their own in order for the seeds to mature and dry naturally before they are released and reseeded naturally.

Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley Wigglesworth


Shelley (Fleming) Wigglesworth is an award-winning freelance journalist from Maine specializing in maritime topics and the commercial fishing industry. She is also a certified Maine Master Gardener who writes gardening articles on a regular basis for Yankee Magazine. Her work can be found in the following publications: The York County Coast Star, Portsmouth Herald, Bangor Daily News, Yankee Magazine (online), National Fisherman Magazine, Commercial Fisheries News, Tourist News, Points East Magazine, Coastal Angler and The Maine Lobstermen's Association’s “Landings.” Follow Shelley on Facebook.
Updated Monday, August 19th, 2013

3 Responses to Flowers That Reseed Themselves | Garden Advice

  1. Cordalie September 3, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Shelly- Both Morning Glory and Forget-Me -Not are considered invasive in Connecticut.

  2. Shelley September 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Hello Cordalie-
    Thanks for responding. Lupines are the only flowers listed as possibly invasive or invading an area in this blog.

    “Lupine: These flowers can be invasive and are known to take over an area…”

    All others are not invasive. and are not listed as invasive.

    Thanks- :)


  3. Melvin Tufts September 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Shelley: I was astounded to see Violas as one desirable self-seeder. They sure do! Growing up in Lebanon, Maine, someone gave my parents a clump of Viola Canutas. After their first pretty season, they seeded everywhere in a very invasive manner. We were decades getting rid of them!
    Consequently, although I have been an avid gardener myself for some fifty years, you can be sure that I have never desired to plant any violas!

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