Q: What are some colorful, self-seeding plants I can include in my flowerbeds?

A: Many garden plants will happily drop seed after they finish blooming, giving you many years of free and easy flowers!

Larkspurs reach peak bloom around Easter and have bunny faces in each flower of pink, lavender, blue or white. Varieties of Coreopsis and Dahlberg daisies have cheerful yellow flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. Perennial plants such as scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea) sport red, white, pink or salmon blooms. Purple coneflowers bloom pink-purple for many years of enjoyment.

A local favorite, Texas bluebonnets make pea pod-shaped seed capsules with ripe seeds that look like little rocks. These plants need to stay in the ground until June for the seed pods to ripen then pop open to scatter the seed. The plants will look rough as they decline, but be careful not to remove them too early or the seeds will die.

Keep in mind that seeds may have a harder time germinating and growing in a heavily mulched flowerbed.

Sometimes, these self-seeding plants can venture a little farther than planned. If a plant appears in an unwanted location, a fun idea is to pot the plant and share the gift with your neighbors!

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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