The Best Flowers for the Lazy Gardener

Even in my very structured, geometrically divided potager garden, I’ve always maintained a sense of carefreeness...I’m what I like to call the lazy gardener.

Over the years, my garden has gotten better and better with both trial and error and seed saving. Yes, seed saving.

While many a gardener wouldn’t think twice about ripping out a leggy and dying plant out of their beds, not me. I wait, and wait and wait, till the garden looks extra shabby chic (more shabby than chic) and seeds appear. Then I dry, store and save those seeds for the next year. Or in many cases, ok, most cases, I just let the seeds fall to the ground and with the fall and winter rains, a new spring garden magically appears. Super lazy? Totally. But also super efficient. Everyone comes over and raves about the garden, little do they know the garden planted itself.

So what self seeding flowers are the best for the lazy gardener?


This flower reminds me of one Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's hats. flower. Scabiosas come in a variety of colors: pink, lavender, white and burgundy. A couple years ago, I picked some seed pods on the side of the highway near Half Moon Bay, California and scattered them in the garden. For the last two years we've had scabiosa multiply. These also make a lovely delicate looking cut flower.

Larkspur and Delphinium

Spikes of blue and pink masses of flowers rising 3-5 feet from the ground, make this plant a serious showstopper and add a English cottage feel. I bought my first larkspur from the nursery as a six pack, and of course, the lazy gardener that I am, I let it go to seed; the next spring I had over 30 plants which I was able to transplant throughout the garden.

Sweet peas

Wild tendrils rise up with a trellis or sprawl like an ocean of color every spring. A tried and true variety is Cupani’s Original, an heirloom sweet pea, bicolored violet and mauve. I love how their dried up pods crack and suddenly recoil like a snake in your hand, releasing their seeds, as if they were saying their final firework farewell to spring


Edible and vibrant, these orange flower petals make a great garnish to salads and appetizers. When mashed up it, calendula has been cited to have anti-inflammatory properties. This plant comes back year after year without fail and is drought tolerant.

California Poppy

A friend gave away a packet California poppy seeds for wedding favors. I ripped open the packet and sprinkled them on the ground in the winter and late spring, they sprung up. Once established, the California poppy comes back year after year. And they come in several colors: orange, pink, red, white and yellow.


These cornflower blue clouds are some of the first signs of spring. Their striped green seed pods look like watermelons and create textural intrigue.

So the next time you are at the nursery, pick up one of these flowers either in a six pack or seed packet and get ready to have your garden multiply for years to come not to mention you’ll save money and have plenty of seeds to share with friends.

Let us know what are your favorite self seeding flowers are and leave a comment below.

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