Wild gardens! Eco gardens! Cottage gardens!
Whatever you've got going on, you need some wild carrot in your life. As you might expect, she's one of the ancestors of carrot, the vegetable. She’s the prettiest bee paradise you can imagine.
Shades from the lightest dusky pink to deepest red wine and velvety chocolate, she’s incredibly eye-catching in any flower bed. The thousands of little flowers won't just perk up your flower beds or pots; they also look absolutely stunning as cut flowers (after cutting, place the stems in boiling water for a few seconds to make them last longer). And she flowers all summer long!
She’s a particularly great addition to eco gardens because she attracts pollinators, such as bees.
Although you can grow her as an annual plant, the plants will grow much bigger and stronger if you sow them later and leave them to flower the following year.
Height: 120cm (47")
Hardiness: Hardy annual.
Where: Full sun
When: April to June inside (biennial) or March to April (outside for flowers the same year). August to September for flowers the following year (those will be stronger).
Spacing: 30cm (12")
Harvesting/Flowering: June to August (or the following year if sowed late)
A paradise for insects
Photo: Janina Laszlo