I’m wondering which, if any, of the following native plants will bloom the first year if I plant from seed:
sky blue aster
tall blue larkspur
IS there any advantage re. bloom if I plant gallon pots?
Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your inquiry.
As the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter it is the perfect time to browse seed and garden catalogues and begin to dream of next years garden. Many gardeners are reluctant to start perennials from seed because of the idea that perennials you sow in the spring will not yield blooms until the following season. This is true for a number of perennials, however there are some perennials that if sown early in the growing season will reward you with flowers with in the same year.
There are a number of excellent websites which provide lists of perennials which will flower the first year when sown from seed:
Starting Perennial Flowers from Seed gives an excellent overview of the various techniques required to get certain perennial seeds to germinate. Once you have decided which plants you will plant you can look up it’s requirements and plant accordingly. Each perennial has it’s own needs.