Once the soil has lost its chill many flower seeds can be sown straight into a pre-prepared garden bed. In colder areas, though, you’ll either have to wait till it’s warmer, or start seedlings in pots that can be kept in a warm spot.
Sunflowers are the blooms that we most associate with summer. And they’re so easy to grow from seed they’ll make a great school holiday seed-sowing project for kids. My favourite is the Yates mix called Bronze Shades, but most kids will be sure to vote for the extra tall Yellow Empress sunflower with its classic, sun-facing, large yellow heads.
Nasturtiums, like sunflowers, have seeds that are a satisfying size to handle. Get onto nasturtium sowing quickly, though, because they don’t like germinating when soil conditions become too hot. Not only do nasturtiums have bright and colourful summer flowers, every part of the plant is edible. And, if you want to set kids a dexterity challenge, get them to roll beads of water around on the nasturtium leaf without allowing the drops fall over the edge.
Everlasting daisies are another group of summer flowers that children will enjoy growing. They love the feel of the papery petals and appreciate their long-lasting qualities. Did you know that the French call them immortelles because of their long life?