Sowalong: Nigella damascena with Emma Crawforth

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This time on Sowalong, BBC Gardeners’ World magazine Gardening Editor, Emma Crawforth, shares her favourite flower to grow from seed. With all the advice and guidance you need to start sowing and growing Nigella damascena, including how to use it in a flower border to fill gaps and why it’s perfect for the vase.

A hardy annual with beautiful, upright flowers and a wave of feathery foliage, here, Emma walks your through her love of Nigella damascena. Popular with honey and bumble bees too, love-in-a-mist, as it’s more commonly known, comes in many different cultivars. There’s everything from sky blue ‘Miss Jekyll’ to the multi-coloured hues of ‘Persian Jewels’, so it’s easy to find one to suit every garden style.


Listen now, as Emma covers sowing instructions, growing tips and how, after a year, this cottage garden favourite rewards you, shedding seeds that’ll grow into more flowers the next summer. Not forgetting those utterly irresistible, decorative seed heads. Here’s why Nigella damascena is one to add to the must-sow list now.


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