From one little seed…

From just one little seed a whole new garden can begin to grow…and we are here to help you at every step of the way.

On these pages we wanted to share some information about three of our favourite plants that can be grown from seed – the agapanthus, the echinops and the helianthus – and how you can grow them. We hope you find them both interesting and a fun way to begin your journey to a new dream place.


The agapanthus is literally the flower of love – it gets its name from the Greek ‘agape’ meaning love, and ‘anthos’ meaning flower.

The agapanthus is an herbaceous perennial that mostly blooms in summer, usually July, it does well in borders or containers.

The agapanthus, despite being commonly known as Lily of the Nile or African Lily, is not a lily and all of the species are native to South Africa, growing wild or in gardens from the Cape to the Limpopo River.

How to grow from seed

The agapanthus is easy to grow from seed and you may get flowering plants in as little as two years. The seed is thin, laid flat in overlapping layers in a papery capsule that bursts into three separate sections. The seed is black with a papery tail and looks a bit like a tadpole.

The time to collect the seeds is when the seedhead is becoming brown and the capsules are starting to burst.

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How to grow

Start agapanthus seeds in mid-winter in 2 in planting pots. Most planting pots have drainage holes in the bottom, but check to make sure there is free drainage.

Fill each pot with a planting compost or soil-less seed-starting mix. Available from garden centres.

Place one agapanthus seed on the surface of the potting compost in each pot. Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of compost.

Place the pots in a water tight pan, sink or container. Fill the container around the seed pots with water until it comes half way up the side. Leave them to absorb moisture until the top of the potting medium is damp. Remove from the water.

Place the agapanthus seeds in bright filtered light where it is ideally 68º to 75º F.

Place the pots back in the water bath when the top of the planting medium feels dry under your fingers. The agapanthus seeds will germinate in 3 to 4 weeks.

Transplant the agapanthus seedlings outdoors in the spring when night temperatures are consistently above 40º F.

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