Here is a very uniform strain of this species. Plants are first-year-flowering and selected for excellent branching for maximum flower production and compact plant habit. A showy color and long flowering with pink-colored spikes. Will flower the same year sown with pink-purplish flowers on plants that are well branched from the base but compact growing. The flowers are fragrant and produced for many weeks, over most of the summer. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall in well drained soils. Full sun to light shade. Long blooming and adaptable. A nice uniform strain that will flower in 12 to 15 weeks. Best in good draining soils. Grown as an annual most often.
Zones 7-10 as a perennial or as an annual everywhere else. Sow at 70-75F, germination in 21 days.
[Agastache rugosa] 'Anise Hyssop'
This 'All American Winner' produces golden-yellow colored foliage with 3 inch spikes of blue flowers. Plants grow 20 to 36 inches tall and stand up very well even under humid conditions. Grows best in well drained but moisture retentive soils in full sun to some morning shade. Blooms from June to October but later up north. Can be grown as an annual with good performance the first year. The golden leaves contrast well with the medium blue flowers in the landscape. In the spring the emerging foliage is a deep yellow with an orange cast and reddish brown tinting.
In zone 4 over winter dry and use a dry winter mulch, most years we have no problems with this plant coming back but it is a short lived perennial lasting for three or four years but self seeding.. Surface sow seeds with germination in 5 or so days at F 65. Easy.
Purple Giant Hyssop (ah-gas-TAH-kee: skrof-yoo-lar-ee-eye-FOH-lee-uh) LAMIACEAE:
The genus name means something to the effect of 'very much like a spike'. Plants bloom in ten weeks from sowing and have strongly anise-scented foliage. Agastache scrophulariifolia 'Blue Licorice' has blue flowers which are produced in mid summer into late fall. The long flower spikes are 6 to 8 inches in lenght and densely packed with good sized flowers. Plants grow 3-4 feet tall and bloom for many weeks from mid summer to late summer with some flowers produced into late fall, the plants look nice even after done flowering and if dead-headed they will flower all fall but produce shorter spikes. Bushy plants with nice dense form and lots of spikes, loved by bees and the scent of the foliage is somewhat intoxicating. Full sun-in well drained soils but will grow well in part shade too. Blooms the first year, the blue color is darkest during cool weather, so a sowing in late spring will produce attractive darker blue blooming plants in late summer and fall.
Sow at F 70, germination in 5-15 days, Surface sow, light helps with germination. If no germination in the above time: Use 8 weeks at 39F, move to 68F. Easy to grow in well drained but rich moisture retentive soils.
The species to native from China, with this selection most likely some type of hybrid.
'Rose Champion' or 'Corn Cockle'(ag-RO-stem-a: gi-THAH-go) CARYOPHYLLACEAE.
Plants have two inch wide rose-purple or purple-red. flowers on tall wiry stems that are lax in habit. The flowers are produced over grey-white wholly foliage. Mixes well with clumps of ornamental grasses that can give the stems some support. Blooming from July to September. Cut flower or border plants. Toxic if eaten- so don't eat the plants or the seeds. This is a self seeding annual that likes dry-chalky soils.
The species is native from around the Mediterranean Ocean into Turkey and at one time was a common and difficult 'weed' in Farmers fields, but now it is very rarely found growing in the wild (fields). The genus name means something to the effect of 'Garland of the field' For best reseeding leave the ground open and bare in the fall and early spring.
Amaranthus tricolor 'Early Splendor' is an annual that grows three to four feet tall and has bright crimson red "flowers" that are leaves over bronze lower leaves. This is a great improvement over 'Molten Fire' because the coloring is more brilliant and shows up more than two weeks earlier.
Amaranthus tricolor 'Early Splendor' seeds germinate in less than 2 weeks at 72-80F soil temps. Best if sown in place of growth or use cell plugs because plants resent root damage.
A dwarf strain that grows 30 inches tall or so. The plants have foliage with good compact habit with widely branching stems and many gentian blue, forget-me-not-like flowers. Grow in nitrogen poor soils with good drainage in full sun to part shade. Rich moist soils will produce very large bushy plants that bloom less and are more likely to die over winter (winter soils should be dry, not wet). Large seeds, easy to grow, will bloom the secound year.
Alkanet or 'Common Bugloss'
Bright blue flowers in spring. Plants grow 12 to 24 inches (24 in = 61 cm) tall and will bloom the second year. Perennials with deep tap root and many stems.
Can not be shipped to Washington or Oregon.
'Hardy Snapdragon' (an-TEE-ree-num)
This native of Spain and Portugal is winter hardy in zones 6-10. It has white snapdragon like flowers with yellow throats. Upright growing to a height of 20 to 30 inches and a spread of 12-20 inches. Showy spikes a little less 'formalized' than the 'annual' snaps. Use as a Hardy Annual or Half Hardy Perennial. The name is supposed to mean 'nose like' (Greek) but in reality means something like 'against nose' (Latin). Thinly cover seeds and keep at 70ºF for 4 weeks. If no germination, then 5 weeks at 32-39ºF, move to 53-59º for germination. Light needed for best results.
A tender perennial with bronze tinted foliage. Grown as annuals in the north. Plants grow 28 inches tall and have flat umbels of red flowers with red hoods and gold centers, flowers the first year. Plants are loved by butterflies. This is a subtropical plant that will flower very well the first year and be loved by Butterflies and those that love cut flowers.
Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours sow and lightly cover, germination in 5-20 days.
Excellent cut flowers, a showy multipurpose plant; this series is bred for greenhouse and outdoor summer cut flower production. This species prefers a warm, location with good drainage and on the dry side. Long blooming species with an intense color display and an exotic appearance in containers; producing a high quality cut flower with a long vase-life and blooming period in the garden. A tender perennial in the north, Plants grow 28' tall and have flat umbels of scarlet colored flowers with golden-orange hoods, flowers the first year. This is a subtropical plant that will flower very well the first year and be loved by butterflies and those that love cut flowers.
Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours sow and lightly cover, germination in 5-20 days.
Family Jewels Tree or Hairy Balls or Balloon Plant or Goose Plant Asclepiadaceae:
No comment of some of the common names for this plant. Small non showy flowers, are followed by round attractive and curious seeds pods with some spines (note some of the common names). Plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall. Asclepias physocarpa is a food source for the caterpillars of Danaus butterflies, and is a good Monarch butterfly food and habitat plant.
Asclepias physocarpa is native to southeast Africa, but is also widely naturalized in other parts of the world. Soak seeds in hot water for 36 hours, changing the water with fresh water after 12 hours, Surface sow, light needed for best germination in 1-3 weeks at F 75. If little germination after 4 weeks use four weeks in the fridge.
'Bush's Poppy Mallow' (kal-lih-ROE-ee)Malvaceae
This is an attractive wildflower growing 2 to 3 feet tall. The bright magenta colored flowers are cup shaped. In the wild it grows commonly with Verbesina helianthoides, Campanula americana, Ampelopsis cordata, Campsis radicans, Cassia sp., Melilotus alba, Rudbeckia triloba, Polymnia canadensis, Smilax sp., and Clematis virginiana. Grow in full sun to light shade in average, well draining soils. Natively found on rocky soils in open woods and prairies in Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma where it is found growing in open rocky woodlands and edges of glades. It also grows in prairies, and railroad right-of-ways, where it is found mostly on calcareous soils. blooms from spring through late summer. This is offered is a mix of raw seed and normal seed.
Poppy Mallow or Wine-Cups or Low Poppy Mallow or Buffalo Rose or Purple Poppy Mallow MALVACEAE:
A drought tolerant perennial with sprawling trailing stems from a carrot-like tuber. The dark purple-red or wine-colored flowers are almost 2 inches across and produced in good numbers. The cup shaped, poppy-like flowers, give the plants their common names. The flowers close each evening and after each flower is pollinated remain closed. Plant grows 12-16 inches tall and a few feet wide. In very hot climates plants will go dormant in mid summer and begin to grow again when it cools later in the year. Grow in full sun in gravelly or sandy soils that are well drained, will not survive long in cool wet soils during winter.
Zones 7-9 for the Texas forms and zones 4-9 for plants from the norther parts of its range (into Nebraska - North Dakota and southern Minnesota). This species is native from Texas and the south central to central western United States and resents root disturbance and should be planted where it will live out its life. Plant out as soon as possible when plants are still small. Of the eight or so species of Callirhoe, the above - is the most commonly grown in dry gardens for its showy flowers from June into August. Germination in three to five weeks at 70F. Plants will bloom the same year sown from an early spring sowing.
Germination starts in 3 and can be spread out over the next 12 weeks at 70F.Plant seedlings as soon as possible into their permanent spot. Plants hate root disturbance. Or use deep plugs. Slow to germinate so do not discard pots or trays but overwinter for more germination the next year.
Plants grow around 6 inches tall and have cool lemon yellow daisy-like flowers that are 1.5 inches wide. Blooms in 10 to 12 weeks after sowing, best grown under cool conditions in full sun to part shade, sow early for late spring blooming.
The species is native to north Africa.
Large lettuce like leaves produce 1 to 3 foot tall stems with blue daisy like flowers along the length of the stems. Best grown on cool-moist soils. A none native plant that in some locations can become weedy. Best flowering when the weather cools down in late summer and fall. During the hottest part of summer- the flowers are only open for a few hours in the morning. Cannot be sent to CO. Surface sow seeds, germination 1 to 4 weeks at 65-75F.
Plants with deep dark ruby red centers and purplish black boarders with frilled edges. Large leaves are wide and rounded in shape. Grown as an out door annual or/and as long lived indoor plants.
1989 A.A.S. winner. Fleuroselect Award Winner. Very early blooming with dense well-branched 18inch tall plants. Covered in 2inch semi double flowers that are bright yellow. Germination in 21 days at 55 F light helps. Early Sunrise produces masses of semi-double golden yellow flowers early in its first year and blooms until late in autumn. More reliably perennial than some other types.
This nice short selection grows 15 inches (15 in = 38.1 cm) tall with 3 inch (3 in = 7.62 cm) golden colored flowers that have a reddish brown ring around the center of the flowers. the showy flower petals are also serrated. Coreopsis lanceolata 'Sterntaler' flowers all summer and can be used as a cut flower. Plants can be short lived, but with division and replanting in late summer- early fall, they will over winter more reliably. Looks nice in large pots on a sunny patio.
Germination starts in less than two weeks at 66-75F. Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results. Germination can be spread out over a few weeks.
[Capnoides sempervirens] Pale Corydalis or Rock Harlequin (ko-RI-dal-is)
A North American native, biennial or annual growing from 8 to 30 inches tall (This selection comes in around 2 feet). Flowers bright pink and yellow-tipped, with a single spur. Leaves blue green, multi lobed. An interesting plant that will self seed around and form little packets of attractive spring foliage and dangling pink flowers in late spring. Plants grow in the wild after a fire. Flowers numerous, produced in panicled cymose clusters at the ends of the branches. The flowers are 5/8 of an inch long, pink with a yellow tip, and rounded spurs.
Native to open wood lands from Alaska to Newfoundland, Pacific northwest, northern Rockies and east to the Atlantic Coast down to Georgia. Sow at 70ºF, germination is in one to three weeks. Cover with glass or plastic. If seeds have not germinated well after four weeks-move to the refrigerator for three weeks then back F 70. Sow in suite for flowers in five or six weeks.
When the flowers of this annual open they are a rich burgundy and as the flowers age they soften to a pinker salmon color. Plants grow 2 feet tall and bloom most of the summer. Good for the border as well as large containers, they make great cut flowers also.
A short selection growing around 8 inches tall with extra large flowers in pink with large bright cherry red centers. A nice selection for bedding. None perennial plants that start to bloom in 6 to 8 weeks from sowing.
So you wanted a large flowering Dianthus for that big pot you have on the deck-well here is the one to grow. Flowers are over 2 inches wide with rich dark with darker (rich raspberry) colored centers and richly painted petal edges. Plants are free flowering and have good basel branching and blue-green colored foliage. Starts blooming around 8 weeks after sowing. This one stands out from all the others. Best grown as an annual. Nice strong growing plants will put on a good display until frost. Here in Minnesota the plants averaged 8 inches tall and 8.3 inches wide, the flowers averaged 1.8 inches in width and were raspberry colored fading to cream edges.
Lightly cover seeds with soil medium. Germination in 5-10 days at F 65 to F70.
Here is another large flowering Dianthus for that big pot you have on the deck or wall. Flowers are over 2 inches wide with rich dark Strawberry colored centers and softer edges. Plants are free flowering and have good Basel branching. Starts blooming around 8 weeks after sowing. This one stands out from all the others. Best grown as an annual. Nice strong growing plants will put on a good display until frost.
(dray-koh-SEF-uh-lum: ru-ee-schee-AH-na) Lamiaceae:
Lots of blue snapdragon like flowers on this easy plant that grows 14 inches tall. Dense flowering spikes over low growing, cushion like foliage. The leaves are shiny and scented. Does very nicely grown as an annual with an early sowing, blooming in three months..
Native to China West to Northern Europe. Found in Montane grasslands, stony areas in grasslands. Just cover seeds, germination in 7-14 days at 65F.
Smokey Fennel or Bronze Fennel
Dark bronze-brown colored foliage on plants that grow 3 to 5 feet (5 ft = 1.52 m) tall. They have an upright habit with a nice lacy foliage effect. The top ¼ of the plants are filled with dull yellow colored flowers in 3-inch (3 in = 7.62 cm) umbels. Still loved by those yellow and black striped caterpillars of Swallow Tail butterflies. Plants self-seed but any unwanted seedlings are easily pulled up. The foliage is useful as cutting material for flower decorations or as a garnish.
Germination in less than two weeks at 68ºF in dark. Cover seeds 1/4inch deep with soil medium.
Slender Gaillardia or Hopi Blanketflower or Red Dome Blanketflower Asteraceae:
Perennials with bright yellow flowers around flat, brown-red center cones. The foliage is narrow and deeply cut. Does well in dry soils under hot conditions, not as a prolific bloomer as the others listed but does bloom in late spring and often into fall. Showy displays of flowers end 1 to 1.5 foot tall stems. Self seeds readily on open, sandy soils. Makes a nice addition along a gravely roadside. Where not winter hardy plants can be grown as annuals.
Zones (4) 5-9
These seeds produce nicely uniform plants with large three inch wide, reddish orange colored flowers that have golden-yellow ends. Plants bloom heavily the first year. Plants grow about 8inches tall and 10 inches wide and should be divided every third year. A Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner.
Wine red colored flowers produced on top of 3 foot tall stems, flowers are 3 inches wide. Use these plants in full sun in soils that are low in nitrogen, rich soils produce lots of foliage and less upright growth and fewer flowers, in rich soils the plants will need staking. Full sun, plants are drought tolerant once established. Divide up clumps or start new plants every three years. Nice fresh cutting material and plants will bloom the first year with an early sowing.
Dark golden daisy flowers above dark green-cut leaves. Perennial with leaves crowded into a basal tuft, they are stemless or nearly so. Variable with lanceolate shaped and entire leaves to pinnately cut. Remove expired flowers regularly to encourage more flower development. Site the plants in an area with excellent winter drainage to prevent rotting, used to best advantage in a well-drained rock garden, gravel scree or alpine trough. Drought tolerant once established. Can be grown as a pot plant. Handsome.
Germination starts in about two weeks at 60-68F, and is spread out over a few weeks. Cover seeds1/5inch deep- darkness helps with germination.
Bloody Cranes Bill
10 to 24 inch wide clumps with nicely attractive foliage that is topped off with 1.5 inch round cup like flowers of bright rosy-purple coloration. This species forms slowly spreading clumps that develop into very attractive carpets of six to ten inch tall foliage with showy flowers interspersed just above the foliage. Long blooming from mid spring to mid summer. Great used as an edging or used intermixed with large rocks. Sow in moist medium and put in the fridge for four weeks. Germination in 3-100 days at F 65. I sow mine in a bag as above but leave the seed in my cold fridge (33-35F) until the seed starts to germinate: about two months, once seedlings have a root, I move them to a pot and keep them at F 55 for a few weeks until I have leaves. Plants will bloom in three months from germination and should be grown in full sun in well draining but moisture retentive soils, in a shady location the foliage can develop black spots and fall off the plant, but I must say that these seed raised plants look a lot better than the named cultivated clones on the market. Plants have stayed attractive all season long, looking good even in the fall with large attractive green leaves that often turn a bright reddish color.
Different shades from lemon yellow to orange-yellow and apricot, includes semi to fully double flowers. A showy selection of this North American native species, with large 4-inch wide flower heads. Plants grow around 4 feet tall. Easy to grow and does well in dry soil.
This tender perennial grows fast and makes a choice mass planting or houseplant or pot plant for the patio. This selection grows 8 to 10 inches tall and has deep dark purple flowers that are very fragrant. I like the wrinkled looking leaves too, which are a dark greenish purple color. The stems become woody and if you are keeping the plants for more than one year, they should be cut back. Heliotropium arborescens is best when grown in full sun in soils that are moist but not wet. Trim back the stems to form a more full top and shorter, stockier plants. Cuttings can be rooted and grown inside over winter.
Surface sow seeds, light needed for best germination, use F 75, germination in 2 to 3 weeks. Hardy in Zone 10, other wise take inside for winter or grow as an annual. The species is native from Peru. Germination in less than 2 weeks at 68-75ºF, rapid germination, but some seeds might be erratic and spread out over a few weeks, grow seedlings out cooler, say around 55F, to keep plants from becoming leggy inside.
Orange Hawkweed or Fox and Cubs or Hawkweed [Pilosella]
Plants have short very hairy leaves with flowering stems 12 to 24 inches tall. Attractive, bright-almost glowing orange-red colored flowers shaped like small daisies, the flowers have reddish out sides and bright orange centers. Plants are for the rock garden and mass plantings. Keep in mind this is a weedy one that spreads both by seeds and runners. Does well in dry soils and in grass were mowing will not keep it in check. Flowers for a long period in early to mid summer. Use in poor soils in full sun. This is one of those plants that is best planted in one of those locations were every thing else you have tried has not performed well. I like the plant and the flowers, but one needs to keep an eye on it, thankfully it is not one of those over powering growers that smother every thing in it's path but only takes whatever bare ground it can find. Rabbits and Grouse like to feed on the leaves and seeds.
Cannot be sent to: ID,MT,WA,CO,OR. Banned in Australia.
Yellow flowers but these plants are grown for the red-brown, purple marbled foliage. Grows 7-12 inches tall when in flower with clumps of low growing foliage. Different and worth growing in a sunny dry location in soils that are not overly rich. Some self seeding, but not aggressively. Deadhead to prevent self seeding.
Hieracium maculatum is native to western and central Europe.
Lightly cover seeds, germination in 10-25 days at 60-70F.If no germination move to 32-39F for four weeks then back to 65F.
Shaggy Hawkweed or Woolly Hawkweed (hee-e-RAH-kee-um: vi-LO-sum)
The species name means 'softly Hairy.' Very bright yellow flowers over very hairy silver-white colored leaves and stems, a fun addition to the front of the border. Plants grow 9 inches tall. Long blooming period in mid summer. Plants will bloom the second year. One of the neatest and best behaved of the hawkweeds with no runners and remaining attractive all season long. I have never had problems with self sowing, which cannot be said about some of the others in the Hawkweed group of plants. Grow in poor soils, that are free draining and alkaline in pH, does well in sandy and rocky soils. Like most plants with very hairy (downy) foliage and stems, plants do not like extremely wet or humid climates or wet rainy winters. Puts on a showy display and in bright sunlight the flowers are so bright that they almost blind you.
Hieracium villosum is native to central and southern Europe.
Lightly cover seeds with soil medium,germination in 10-25 days at F 60.
Annual Vines and Climbing plants with sky blue colored flowers that have yellow throats and a short white halo. Plants grow 10 feet (10 ft = 3.05 m) tall and bloom in the morning. Morning Glories grow best in humus rich, well draining soils that are not overly dry in full sun. They are fast growing climbers used as ground covers and in baskets; they work well as screens used to cover objects like tree trunks and sheds or trailing down a rock wall.
A mix of very attractive long flowering plants, the flowers ether pink, mauve, blue or red and each is banded by a wide white edging, giving the flowers a pinwheel look to them. Plants start blooming in 6-8 weeks after sowing-very large 'pinwheel' like flowers in a selection of colors including pink, different shades of red, different shades of blue, lavender. Outstanding and different selection. The foliage is splashed with silver, so for those that like variegated plants this is a bonus-but these vines are grown for the huge and very showy and unique flowers. The flowers are over 6 inches wide and the plants can grow to be 3 to 8 feet long. Blooms from mid summer to frost. I Like them climbing among low growing shrubs or mixed in the perennial border or trained up a trellis. Different and an attention getter.
Soak seeds for 24 hours in hot water, then lightly cover-plants are fast growing so plant out as soon as they reach 12 inches or so.
Plants have tall stems over 4 feet tall with many pinkish-purple flowers along the top 1/3 of the stems and interesting cut 'leaves.' An attractive plant best used in a dense thickly planted garden or wild area, as they self seed readily, its easily enough to remove young plants and they start blooming very early. Here in Minnesota Leonurus sibiricus are best grown as annuals that start blooming in June/July and they continue to flower until frost. Allow a few seedlings to grow next year. Perennials in warmer areas. This in one of those plants that will move around the garden from year to year. Works well with most other tall plants.
Sturdy plants that have more upright stems, plants that grow 30 inches tall, producing baby snap-dragon like flowers in a deep rose red color. Nice for cut flowers.
Annuals for full sun in well draining soils.
50 pelleted seeds
Cardinal Flower (low-BEE-lee-a: kar-dih-NAL-iss) Campanulaceae:
Lobelia cardinalis grows 3 to 4 feet tall and has bright scarlet red flowers. The flowers are produced in spikes in late summer. Loved by many for its bright color and late blooming. This plant does best in constantly moist soils in full sun to bright shade. They resent dry hot soils, but do not thrive in heavy wet soils for long. A magnet for hummingbirds, and butterflies. Flowering can start in late July and goes on to Mid October. In the garden give them water during dry periods in the summer. Will self sow if the soil is moist. Can be short lived but well worth the effort to start new plants every few years. The plants purchased from nurseries with dark stems are hybrids that are not as winter hardy. The seeds are small and the seedlings grow slowly, so care should be taken during watering. Planting out and transplanting should be done with concern not to damage the roots.
Native to most of North America, excluding the north western states of the USA. Surface sow the seeds, they are very fine. Keep between 65 and 75F. Cover the pots or trays with clear plastic or glass to keep the medium moist, keep in a sheltered location out of hot, direct sunlight but give light as light helps promote germination. Germination normally starts in 2 or 3 weeks. If no or little germination move to 30-39F for 4 weeks.
Pearl Lupine or Andean Lupin or Indian Lupin
Large, fragrant flowers in a mixture of dark blue and light pink to yellow. Use in flowerbeds and bouquets, long vase life, annual flowering the first year. The spikes of flowers that change color as they age. Grows 3 feet tall. Nice in clusters of 3 or 5 plants spaced out 18 inches apart, long blooming plants with showy flowers that are fragrant. Loved by butterflies and good for cutting. Called 'Pearl Lupin' because the seeds look like round, white pearls. Lupinus hartwegii is incorrect. Lupinus cruckshanksii A. Gray or Lupinus mutabilis var. cruckshanksii (Hook.) D. Don.
Annuals. Sow in place of growth or start in deep plugs, plants have tap roots that do not like to be broken during transplanting. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours, change the water after 12 hours with fresh water. Lightly cover seeds and keep at F 65, germination in 2-15 days.
Haage Campion (hah-GEE-ah-na)
This Hybrid has large orange to red colored, Maltese cross shaped - flowers on shorter growing plants that reach a height of 10-15 inches tall. Very showy in the front of the border were they will bloom best in full sun in well draining but moisture retentive soils. Blooms in Late June and July. I like them along a fence or mixed in amongst Catmints and Sedum's. After flowering plants can be cut down or you can leave the seeds heads on till they dry and use them as dried cut flowers in a small dried flower arrangement. Plants tend to go dormant in late summer and will return next spring. they are noticeable from a good distance.
(The roots are not so hardy in the north (Zones 3-4) - so plants grow in to thick short clumps after 2 or 3 years and should be divided if you want taller plants)
To germinate the seeds of Lychnis x haageana start with 3 to 4 weeks at 68ÂºF, if no germination move for 3 to 4 weeks to 30-39ÂºF, then move back to 68ÂºF
Very deep dark blue, plants grow 14 inches tall. Best in moisture retentive soils.
Zones (4) 5-9
Biennial with some self seeding.
Germination in less than two weeks at 68F. Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results.
Love in a Mist or Fennel Flower Ranunculaceae:
Plants grow 2.5 feet (2.5 ft = 76.2 cm) tall and have dark green colored leaves with a ferny texture. This selection blooms most of the summer with large 2.5 inch (2.5 in = 6.35 cm) wide, deep blue colored, slightly scented flowers that have purple tinted staymens. Plants have deep purple spider-like seed pods. Regular dead-heading will produce more flowers and extend the blooming period late into the year. Grow in full sun, useful as cutting material and as a dried flower subject.
This species is native from Spain and Northern Africa. Annual. Often becomes self sowing. Sow outdoors, were plants are to grow. Germination in less than two weeks at 68F (68 Â°F = 20 C), Lightly cover seeds.
Love-in-a-mist or Yellow Fennel Flower (ny-JELL-luh: or-ee-en-TAY-liss) Ranunculaceae:
Hardy annuals. This species has lacy, feathery foliage, and small yellow flowers followed by very attractive seed pods. Plants grow 18-22 inches tall and they are drought-tolerant with regularly watering producing the best plants, but don't over-water (keep the ground moist) allow the ground to dry well between watering. Self-sows freely, so deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings the next year. The seed pods are good for drying and useful in complex flower or dry arrangements. An unusual green dried seed pod with a uniquely fluted look. Plants are best sown in place of growth, since they resent root disturbance. Harvest when pods reach their maximum size and hang upside down in a dry, dark, open, airy place.
Attractive, zonally black foliage with green edges. Flower colors include Apple-blossom pink, red, rose and salmon. Plants flower at 12 to 16 inches tall. Large flowering and early blooming too. Nice and easy to grow, blooming in less than two months after sowing. Great for baskets and can be brought inside over the winter and kept in a bright window. Best foliage color in full sun. A very worth while plant to grow from seed with a very high percentage of seeds producing plants. Easy to grow and blooming in a few months from sowing.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Colors' grow 2 feet tall, the plants have a nice bushy habit. Flowers come a mix of colors including bronze-red with darker red rings and rust red centers. A nice mix of fall themed colors, showy and attractive in large pots.
A colorful annual selection for the fall garden.
50 film coated seeds
This 2002 All America Selections winner is something new for those that love these heavy blooming plants for the sunny border. Unique, fully double and semi-double flowers are 3 to 4 inches wide and come in shades of bronze, red, brown, orange and yellow atop well branched plants that reach a height of 20 to 30 inches. Useful as a cut flower too. Some plants may overwinter, and some self seeding occurs too- though the diversity of colors is reduced. Grow in full sun in well draining soils that are not over fertilized.
Grow as an annual in full sun in well drained soils were they will bloom from mid summer into fall.
Very attractive 'Black Eyed Susan' with quilled petals. The petals are long and thin with a rounded point. This Rudbeckia is best grown as an annual that will bloom late summer to the end of fall. Very showy in beds and borders, were they grow about 2 feet (2 ft = 61 cm) (2 ft (2 ft = 61 cm) = 61 cm (61 cm = 2'0-1/32")) tall in full sun in well drained soils. 'Chim Chiminee' comes in a wide range of rustic fall colors that look spectacular in large late season pots and tubs. The flower colors are in a range of bright fall shades from yellow through to bronze to mahogany. Strong growing plants with well-branched stems with strong flowering stems that are useful as cut-flowers. With a early spring sowing - flowering from July into fall, for the best fall display start at the end of May into late June.
A fast growing annual that grows 2.5 feet (2.5 ft = 76.2 cm) tall and 2.5 feet (2.5 ft = 76.2 cm) wide. The large flowers are 6 inches (6 in = 15.2 cm) across and make wonderful 'sunflower' like cut material for bouquets. Deep gold flowers on long stemmed plants with long lasting blooms make then ideal for cutting. Also making a bright addition to beds, borders etc. Flowers mid summer to frost.
Germination in less than two weeks at 72F (72 F = 22.2 C). Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Toto Gold' grows 14 inches tall and is an early blooming, dwarf selection, with solid golden yellow colored flower with chocolate brown, disk-like centers. The flowers are large, from 4 to 6 inches wide, and produced in good numbers on dwarf, well-branched plants. Grows about 9 inches tall when it first comes into bloom. When started in early spring or late winter, plants will flower from late spring to autumn. Seed sown in spring and early summer will bloom nicely in late summer and fall. Attractive pot and container plant, nice for cutting also. Best when grown in full sun.
Two foot tall plants with long stems and with large flowers. The flower colors include blends of yellow, gold, bronze and mahogany all with darker centers and black center cones. Nice for beds and borders, or large pots, Flowering from late summer into late autumn.
Rudbeckia hirta has bright yellow-gold colored flower heads with dark brown cones. Showy plants for a meadow or grass land planting, they naturalize by self seeding in any open grassy area or road side planting.
Germination is spread-out over a few weeks at 72-80. Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results. After germination grow out around 65F. Can be direct sown with good results also.
Another bicolor, with bright salmon red colored flowers that have white upper-lips. Long blooming with a bushy habit of growth reaching 25 inches tall. Cut back to produce more compact and even bushier plants. Nice in pots and large containers.
This annual salvia like the others listed here are drought and heat tolerant. Start seeds with 3 to 4 weeks at 65-75F. Surface sow seeds, light needed for best results., if no germination., 2-4 weeks at 30-39F, then 65-75F
A showy, summer blooming border plant or used as a mass planting for a bright colorful display. Plants have flowers with dark-reddish-black calyces with fiery ember-red colored flowers. Salvia coccinea 'Hummingbird Forest Fire' has a very nice plant habit and a long blooming period. This selection is easy to grow and more or less trouble free in the landscape. Best when grown in full sun in the north or with some light shade in the south.
Germination within 4 weeks at 65-75F. Surface sow the seeds, light needed for best results. Once germination starts a light adding a light covering of soil medium can help establish the seedling quicker.
Three foot tall spikes with deep blue flowers, this is a nice form for the cutting garden and is very effective as a mass planting.
Annual. Surface sow seeds, light needed for best germination, use F 75, germination in 10-18 days. Do not let the temp drop below F 60.
AAS and Fleuroselect Winner. Unique deep violet colored flowers in spikes growing to 2 feet (2 ft = 61 cm) tall. Plants are upright growing with a spread of 16 to 19 inches (19 in = 48.3 cm). The flowers cover the top 6 or 7 inches (7 in = 17.8 cm) of the clumps.
Strata was awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal. Showy variety of Salvia with bi-colored flower spikes, with blue flowers and white stems. This half hardy annual is an award winning compact variety growing 12 to 15 inches tall, the silver haired spikes hold clear blue flowers with white calyx. Best grow in full sun to light shade in well draining soils. Sow Indoors from February to March for blooms from July to October, or sow later for late summer and fall blooming.
Bushy plants with many small bright blue flowers in large, very colorful bracts. Plants grow 24 inches tall, best in full sun to part shade. Nice cutting material.
Seeds germinate in 3 to 4 weeks at 65-75ºF. Surface sow the seeds, light needed for best results.
Plants grow around 12 inches tall. Long blooming and more shade tolerant than other Salvia splendens selection, but the plant need to be grown in sun and when they start to show the flower spike than they can be placed in open shade and will continue to grow and flower. Forms an attractive, tall spiky element in a containers.
Plants grow about 9 inches tall with very white, oak-leaf shaped foliage. Used to very good effect as a edging, massing or container planting, were it contrasts nicely with other flowers. Best in good soils in full sun.
Zones 9-10; but Senecio cineraria is most often grown as an annual. Surface sow the seeds and use 70-75F, with germination in 6 to 16 days. Light needed for best results
[Jacobaea maritima] Dusty Miller
Grown as annuals, these plants have very decorative silver leaves that are finely divided. This seed produces uniform 12 inch tall plants. Outstanding addition to the sunny garden, the plants are heat tolerant and with stand fall frosts to remain looking good. Grow in Full sun, medium fertile, well drained soils
Hardy in zones 8-10, were they will bloom the second year.
The species is native to the Mediterranean.
matthiola incana 'Midget Lavender' grows 6 to 12 inches tall. Early flowering dwarf selection, the compact plants with basal branching with soft lavender flowers in column like spikes. Highly scented like cloves, smelling the flowers is enough to make one think they are chewing clove/cinnamon gum.
Surface sow seeds,light needed for best results. Use 60-67F, Germination in 1 to 2 weeks. Grow plants out cool, 50-65F.
One inch wide, soft-yellow colored button-like flowers on plants that are day neutral and will bloom all season long. Ideal for borders, beds, pots and for cutting. Plants grow 8 inches tall and make a choice pot plant on a sunny patio - very long blooming. Plants will bloom the same year sown.
Surface sow seeds, light needed for best germination, use F 70, germination starts in 10-14 days and is spread out over a few weeks.
Mexican Sunflower (ti-THO-nee-a: ro-tun-dih-FOL-ee-uh)Asteraceae:
Here is an All America Selection Winner. Plants have flowers that are 3 inches wide, in a brilliant orange-red color resembling single dahlias. Nice cut flower, with plants growing 5 to 6 feet tall, taller in part shade. Plants are butterfly and hummingbird magnets with up to 40 flowers at one time. Does not need staking but some times under windy conditions when the soil is damp - some protection from blowing over might be needed.
Half Hardy Annuals that attracts butterflies. The species is native to Mexico. Cover seeds and use 65-75 F. Germination will occur in 1 to 2 weeks. Little care required.
Viola cornuta 'Penny Primrose Picotee' is an F1 hybrid Viola bred for more cold and heat tolerance. The plants are compact with a good branching habit. The slightly ruffled edged flowers are fragrant with purple whiskers. The yellow flowers are stained with purple and have a larger irregular purple picotee edging.
Strong and straight stems that are easier to harvest. The plants are very uniform with healthy dark green foliage. The side shoots and their umbels of flowers don't overgrow the main umbels. The large and flat flower umbels are great used as cutting material and plants grow 40-56 inches tall.
This Morning Glory grows about 8 feet tall and this vine has large flowers with a unique star-shape. Many of the flowers are semi-double, and the 5-6 inch wide flowers come in different shades of red and blue, and white, with a white edging. Bright showy flowers with a unique star shape. Very much admired.