|Without all the seed heads my allotment would be very boring in autumn and winter|
If you are unsure of what plants to grow in your garden for winter interest below is a selection of plants with nice seed heads.
|Echinacea purpurea with Allium sphaerocephalon and grasses|
|Echinacea purpurea has very long-lasting seed heads which are good for birds|
|One of the best plants for seed heads is Phlomis russeliana|
|The pretty seed heads of Veronicastrum virginicum|
|Great for goldfinches: Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), a biennial plant|
|Eryngium giganteum is a biennial plant which normally self seeds|
|Eryngium planum looks great on a frosty morning|
|Monarda fistulosa, wild bergamot, has long-lasting seed heads|
|Inula magnifica looks truly magnificent, even in autumn and winter|
|Inula magnifica and Veronicastrum virginicum|
|Digitalis ferruginea has a good winter presence|
Grasses: Ornamental grasses might not be to everyone's taste but they look brilliant in autumn and winter after mainly playing a supporting role in spring and summer. Their airiness and movement, often combined with nice autumn colours, adds that certain something which lets a winter garden truly come alive. So if you want to create a garden which still looks good in winter you need to add grasses as well. Below is a selection of some suitable grasses.
|You cannot go wrong with Miscanthus sinensis, some have nice autumn colours as well|
|Miscanthus nepalensis has very pretty seed heads|
|Panicum virgatum, many varieties have nice autumn colour too|
|The seed heads of Calamagrostis brachytricha are sparkling on a cold morning in autumn|
If you want to add some of these plants to your garden there is still plenty of time. Many can be grown from seed as well.