In praise of self seeding plants – which to chose and how to accommodate them.

“Self-seeders have developed an unfortunate reputation in some parts of the gardening world. The phrase “may become invasive” evokes Viking-style raids with borders overrun by interlopers. But these plants are rarely so aggressive and given the largesse they offer to gardeners, open arms rather than open warfare seems a more fitting welcome.

“Free seed is their most obvious benefit. Invest in an initial packet of love-in-a-mist, honeywort or pot marigold and you should never need to purchase again: perfect if you have space to fill but a small budget. Best of all, given the right soil and aspect, you don’t even have to scatter the seeds yourself. Self-seeders find the ideal spot to grow without you needing to consult nursery labels or gardening books.”

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