July is a time of the year when the first flush of early flowering summer plants has finished. And later flowering plants like dahlias and cannas are getting ready to make their appearance.
Fruit and vegetable plants are growing away nicely. This makes July the perfect time to sow seeds of biennial plants like foxgloves, wallflowers, and forget-me-nots.
Biennials are plants with, generally speaking, a two-year life cycle. They grow in the first year of sowing and flower in the second year.
Sowing seed now means that they will germinate quickly, growing young leaves and stems before winter. At which point they hunker down until spring the following year when they spurt into growth and flower. This is when the weather conditions are right.
Once established in your garden, biennials such as foxgloves, forget-me-nots and honesty will often happily self-seed around your garden. This is without you having to sow fresh seeds every year.
Sowing biennials means you can rely on your garden to keep coming back to life with colour and beauty. By sowing your biennials now, you can enjoy the wonderful results in the future.