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Flowers and Decorative Plants


Flowers are important not only for aesthetics, but to provide a diverse smorgasbord that encourages pollinators in your garden! It is somewhat arbitrary to divide flowers into annuals and perennials as many which are perennials in their native habitats are annuals here as they will not survive our cold winters. We have put biennials with perennials. Many flowers also have edible parts (flowers, leaves, seeds) and others are considered traditional medicinal plants.

Corn Cockle

Corn Cockle, a wildflower from Europe, is a close relative of Lychnis. The single flowers, pink with dark veins, open flat and are about 2″ across. The plant’s growth habit resembles that of bachelor’s buttons.

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Price(s): $3.00
Love-Lies-Bleeding

All varieties of amaranth have high protein edible seeds, and the young leaves and shoots can be eaten like spinach. Love-Lies-Bleeding or Chenille Plant makes a good display: green foliage contrasting with bright red seed heads that hang down to the ground like ropes. The seeds are pink.

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Price(s): $3.00
Amaranth – Pygmy Torch

Pygmy Torch is a beautiful dwarf variety growing about 3 – 4′ tall. Brilliant red colour and size is perfect for smaller gardens or containers. Flower heads also dry nicely.

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Price(s): $3.00
Amethystia – Turquoise

Turquoise Amethystia is an annual 2′ member of the mint family. The purplish plants with tiny metallic blue flowers are sweet scented and dry well.

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Price(s): $3.00
Snapdragon Mix

Snapdragon is an old-fashioned flower with its very recognizable flowers resembling a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed. A mix of colours, growing 1’-2’ tall.

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Price(s): $3.00
Calendula – Mix

Calendula or Pot Marigold usually blooms in a mixture of yellow and orange shades. This selection also has some darker shades and contrasting centres. The flowers have been used for centuries in cooking (hence pot marigold), dying, and in skin ointments.

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Price(s): $3.00
Calendula – Flashback Mix

Flashback Mix has red or maroon backs on the petals. The upward facing side may be orange, apricot, peach, vanilla or yellow with sometimes several colours on one flower. The flowers close in the evening showing off the red backs.

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Price(s): $3.00
Sunflakes

Sunflakes is a low growing sprawling plant that is covered with 1/2” bright yellow, open, cup-shaped flowers most of the summer. Likes full sun and is drought tolerant.

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Price(s): $3.00
Bachelor’s Button

Bachelor’s Button or Cornflower is a slim 2’ plant native to Europe where it grows in farm fields (hence cornflower). Flowers are blue, or less commonly pink, light blue or mauve. Self seeds easily.

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Price(s): $3.00
Cerinthe – Honeywort

Honeywort is a striking Mediterranean plant with glaucous (covered with a white “bloom” which can be rubbed off) grey green leaves. The blue flowers, yellow at the base, are small but the deep blue bracts are very showy. Tolerates some frost and the plants retain their colour well into the fall.

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Price(s): $3.00
Clarkia Mix

Clarkia has slender spikes of flowers, which are either pink or white, with lobed petals like antlers on a slender upright plant, around 2′ tall, with willow-like leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00
Larkspur – Purple and Blue Mix

Larkspur is an annual delphinium, a very erect plant about 2′ tall with finely divided leaves. The flowers are borne in spikes over a long season. Both the flowers and seed pods are used in dried arrangements. All larkspurs do better if fall seeded. We are offering a predominately purple and blue mix which also contains a few pinks and whites.

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Price(s): $3.00
Larkspur – Blue Cloud

Larkspur is an annual delphinium, a very erect plant about 2′ tall with finely divided leaves. The flowers are borne in spikes over a long season. Both the flowers and seed pods are used in dried arrangements. All larkspurs do better if fall seeded. Blue Cloud is taller than the other varieties and looks like a blue baby’s breath but with larger (½”) florets. A few plants may be pink flowered.

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Price(s): $3.00
Coreopsis – Dwarf Red Plains

Dwarf Red Plains Coreopsis has bright red flowers on 1’—2′ plants and some plants with bi-coloured (red and yellow) flowers.

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Price(s): $3.00
Cosmos – Sensation Mix

Cosmos are native to Mexico and have been cultivated since 1799. Direct seed to produce 3’ plants that bloom from mid summer until frost. Sensation Mix (C) has 2”-4” diameter single flowers in pure white, pink or red.

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Price(s): $3.00
Cosmos – Sulphureus Mix

Cosmos are native to Mexico and have been cultivated since 1799. Direct seed to produce 3′ plants that bloom from mid-summer until frost. Sulphureus Mix has bright yellow to orange-red double flowers about 1½” across.

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Price(s): $3.00
Datura – Trumpet Flower

Datura has large, lightly scented pure white trumpet flowers followed by spiny pods which split open when mature.

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Price(s): $3.00
Dicranostigma Leptopodum

Dicranostigma Leptopodum forms a large rosette of leaves divided almost to mid- rib. From the rosette rise 1½’ stems which are almost leafless and somewhat divided. The 1″ yellow flowers are almost identical to Aristocrat and are borne liberally most of the summer with some re-blooming in the fall.

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Price(s): $3.00
Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber is a vine native to Saskatchewan that grows about 8 feet. In the wild this fast growing annual climbs bushes, but you might try covering a trellis with it. Leaves are light green, yellowish-white flowers are followed by prickly seed balls. This plant does not produce edible fruit. Seeds need cold to germinate properly. Seed in the fall or very early in the spring, or stratify (in damp peat moss in fridge) before seeding. Self-seeds readily.

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Price(s): $3.00
Tassel Flower

Tassel flower is a tropical annual to 2’ with joyful orange-scarlet puff-like flowers in clusters from July to frost.

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Price(s): $3.00
California Poppy

California Poppy self seeds all over the garden but it is not especially difficult to control. With its cheerful yellow orange flowers and finely cut blue-green foliage, it is a “weed” we can live with. It is one of the earliest flowers in the spring and blooms most of the summer.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Russian Sunflower

Each year we seed a row of black-seeded Russian sunflowers to share with the birds. They are tall with medium-sized heads and plump seeds. Sunflowers cross easily so you will surely have some plants with black and white seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Sunflower – Autumn Beauty

Autumn Beauty (C) produces many 6” flowers in yellow, bronze and mahogany-red, with a darker zone. Branching plants to about 7’.

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Price(s): $3.00
Sunflower – Velvet Queen

Velvet Queen (C) has dark burgundy-red flowers with almost black centres. Branching plants to about 7’.

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Price(s): $3.00
Sunflower – Teddybear

Teddybear (C) has 4”-6” very double golden-yellow blooms on plants only about 2’ tall.

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Price(s): $3.00
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