Nasturtiums are one of my favorite garden flowers so I put together a list of my top 5 reasons for including them in your garden and a few tips for growing them.
- You can grow them easily from seed. The seedlings are easy to identify. Other seedlings look like weeds to me and I accidentally pull them out. Nasturtiums have little light green round leaves when they sprout and look different. Nasturtiums like to be left alone and not transplanted and moved around. That’s one reason you don’t see as many starts in nurseries. They will re-seed in the fall if you give the plant a good shake letting the seeds fall to the ground when you pull it out.
- Poor soil means more flowers. Fertilizers encourage leaf growth. This is a real plus for my Utah garden. Our soil isn’t the greatest.
- They are edible so they are a good plant to have in your garden if you have young children that like to put bright colorful things in their mouths.
- They make a nice filler in pots and bouquets. After I plant my containers with bedding plants from the nursery I put nasturtium seeds in some of the empty spaces. After they grow their light green round leaves add a nice shape and contrast to the other plants and help the container look full. The trailing variety are a good “spiller”.
- They come in a variety of bright red, yellow and orange colors and require very little care. I have so many pretty flowers blooming right now so I created this watercolor flower journal page to share with you. It shows some of the flowers in my backyard including my forever favorite nasturtiums! When spring comes again don’t forget to include Nasturtiums on your list of seeds to plant in your garden and containers. Summer of Color Challenge: Sepia and Sage Green (and a few other colors). Shared on Fertilizer Friday, The Seasonal Bouquet, The Garden Society, Art Journal Every Day, Finding The Pretty and Delicious, Tweak it Tuesday, Inspire Me Tuesday ,Brag About It, Tuesday Garden Party, Wow Us Wednesday, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Two Girls and A Party, I Gotta Create, Make It Yourself Monday, Amaze Me Monday, Show and Tell Friday, Monday Funday