We all like to get free plants. And self-seeders produce new plants for us every year. They are ideal if you want a fuss-free garden, because they require little intervention. Left to bloom and set seed, these prolific varieties will soon fill every available patch in the garden.  Here are my top 10 self-seeding plants. 1 Papaver

Top 10 self-seeding plants for a fuss-free cottage garden

foxglove-flower-spires-self-seeding-cottage-plants Foxglove thrives in shade and flowers every year. - My Cottage Garden

Purple Smoke Bush | Hardy in Zones 4-9, Full Sun, 12-15' Tall. Great accent planting, with pruning can also be used as an ornamental tree.

Purple smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought tolerant. Common Names: Purple smoke bush, smokebush, smoketree, purple smoke tree.

Verbena bonariensis with the foliage of Euphorbia characias  http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/verbena-bonariensis.html

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis annual that reseeds but worth it in the right spot.

Creeping Phlox

Phlox ~Creeping phlox_ This evergreen perennial retains its needle like foliage throughout winter. In spring, pink, white or violet flowers cover the tidy mat, which makes creeping phlox a perfect companion for tulips, daffodils or other bulbs.

Russian Sage (Perovskia atiplicifolia) | Two experts share their favorite drought-tolerant plants that will make your life easier (and help you save water)! Read More at: space-gardens.blogspot.com

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A member of the mint family, Russian sage produces tiny, purple flowers and silvery-green foliage from midsummer into fall, even in dry conditions.

Alliums, ferns, hostas, aquilegia, foxgloves and euphorbia.

Alliums, ferns, hostas, aquilegia, foxgloves and euphorbia all looking great in early summer: planting for the rear garden areas.

Echinops - globe thistle

Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' - A wonderfully spiky tall summer flowering perennial, with blue spherical blooms, resembling a mace in form. Best grown on loose soil in full sun, and a wonderful cut flower.

Love the tall purple flowers

Salvia 'Carradonna'

Look no further than Garden Crossings for how to choose the right shrubs for your location, as well as the soil preparation, planting process and aftercare.

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Evening' incredibly fragrant scented flowers

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Evening' incredibly fragrant scented flowers - I love these, but they look like a huge plant.

Meadow Rue - Thalictrum. Works well in shade as well as sun. The fine, airy foliage and flowers work well in a woodland garden setting.

Meadow Rue - Thalictrum----grows in shade as well as sun. The fine, airy foliage and flowers work well in a woodland garden setting.

Verbena bonariensis ... becomes a triffid on Waiheke but so pretty  beloved of Monarch butterflies

Verbena bonariensis ... becomes a triffid on Waiheke but so pretty beloved of Monarch butterflies

Allium Gladiator bulbs - Height: tall 44"   (Plant 6-8" apart.) blooms Late Spring to Early Summer. Full Sun, Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy, Acidic, Clay. Flowers the size of a softball on 3-5' leafless stems. Plant in groups of 3 or more for best effect.

Allium Gladiator (Ornamental Onion)

back yard Allium Gladiator bulbs - Height: tall (Plant apart.) blooms Late Spring to Early Summer. Flowers the size of a softball on leafless stems. Plant in groups of 3 or more for best effect.

Tall purple flowers - Liatris sp. - Blazing star

(Blazing Star) - sun-ps, avg to moist soil, blooms summer to fall. color choices are lavender, pink, or white.

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