For being a first time gardener I wanted to try something that was easy so I thought the seed mats were the way to go. I am so glad I chose to do that. It was so easy to set up and all you do is but dirt over it, water it and watch them grow. I have had so much enjoyment watching all the different butterflies, humming birds and bees love on all these beautiful flowers. I am still getting new flowers all the time.