Perennials that bloom the first year from seed

Camelot Mix foxglove (Photo from Veseys)

Sowing seed indoors during deepest winter can prompt some perennials into blooming in their first season. How to grow perennials that bloom the first year from seed.

Shopping for a new sedum

matrona sedum

On a plant-seeking mission through several garden centres this week, I had ‘Autumn Fire’ autumn stonecrop (Sedum [Herbstfreude Group] ‘Autumn Fire’) near the top of my shopping list. This big, bold sedum is an improvement over the old favourite, Autumn Joy (S. [Herbstfreude Group] ‘Herbstfreude’), which is almost as numerous as dandelions in my garden. […]