HOW TO GROW YOUR FREE SEEDS

Ruth an­tic­i­pates a blaze of colour from her Clarkia seeds

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Get a blaze of colour from our free Clarkia

NAMED af­ter one half of the Amer­i­can ex­plorer duo Lewis and Clark, this week’s free seeds from Mr Fothergill’s are a cot­tage favourite with a pop of colour.

Clarkia ‘Choice Dou­ble Mixed’ grow to 12in (30cm) tall and are topped with clus­ters of pretty dou­ble flow­ers in shades of pink.

They are easy to grow and will look spec­tac­u­lar in bor­ders and as cut flow­ers for in­door ar­range­ments.

Clarkia have a long sea­son of flow­er­ing, from early sum­mer right through to the first frosts. They do best sown in a sunny site that has well­pre­pared, free-drain­ing soil.

You can sow some now, which will start to ger­mi­nate and put on root growth over the next few weeks. They will be­come dor­mant through the depths of win­ter be­fore re­turn­ing to life when the weather warms up.

Al­though these plants are hardy an­nu­als, they may need pro­tect­ing with a cloche or layer of fleece.

You can also sow some seeds next spring af­ter the frosts, though they may not be as ro­bust and strong-flow­er­ing as the au­tumn batch.

Clarkia are beloved by gar­den­ers and flower ar­rangers

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