Save money on gardening by growing perennial flowers from seed. Gardeners can plant a wide array of colorful perennials from seed. Plant twice as much seed as you want to germinate--seed-starting has a 60 percent success rate with flowers. Sow seeds outdoors when soil warms to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or begin in seed trays indoors, then transplant them outdoors when the soil becomes warm enough.
Columbine (Aquilegia x hybrida) is a member of the Ranunculus family that can be started from seed. The plants feature fringed foliage and two-toned flowers that can be yellow, red, purple or white. Columbine grows no more than 3 feet tall and provides flowers during spring and summer. Columbine grows in hardiness zones 3 to 8. Plant seeds in the garden 1/8 inch deep, then cover with soil.
Lupine is native to the northern United States and Canada and can grow successfully through most of North America. The dark purple flowers grow on stalks that can reach up to 2 feet in height. Sow lupine seeds 1/8 inch deep when the soil reaches at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect blooms from April to June.
Carnation flowers grow well from seed and come in a range of colors. These flowers bloom throughout the spring and summer months. Gardeners can begin carnation seeds indoors in the late winter, then transplant the seeds into the garden when they are 4 inches to 5 inches tall. Carnation seeds can be scattered atop the soil and covered loosely with dirt.
While some types of poppies are annuals, the Iceland poppy is a perennial flower that is easy to start from seed. Iceland poppies can be yellow, white or orange. The flowers are native to North America and reach a height of 2 feet tall. Iceland poppies bloom from May to July and can be sown by scattering the seeds on top of the soil when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit.