Linum grandiflorum | Scarlet Flax ‘Charmer Salmon’
Flax does not typically transplant well, so direct-sowing seeds outdoors is recommended (although we do just fine when starting them in soil cubes indoors). Average garden soil is fine, though the seedbed should have loose, loamy soil to encourage vigorous seedling growth. When it comes to watering flax, it’s best to err on the side of under-watering, rather than over-watering, as they are fundamentally a drought-tolerant species.
Flax is carefree, productive, and happily visited by bees. Plant in drifts for the best effect. Will self-sow, but can deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Deadheading will also cause another round of blooms. Deer resistant.