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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.

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.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2018

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Price(s): $3.00
Hibiscus – Simply Love

Simply Love has open light yellow flowers with dark centres followed by interesting seed pods. Easy to grow from transplants and bloom all summer long with plants about 1 1/2’ tall and about as wide.

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Price(s): $3.00
Touch-Me-Not/Himalayan Orchid

Touch-Me-Not or Himalayan Orchid was introduced in Europe in 1839. Its self-seeding habit can make it a nuisance in wet mild climates. It is a fast growing annual, reaching 5′ — 6′ tall with stems 1″ in diameter at the base. The orchid-like flowers hang from the ends of the branches and are in varying shades of pink. The ripe seed pods “explode” and shoot their seeds with the least pressure.

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Price(s): $3.00
Sweet Pea – Old Spice Mix

Old Spice Mix (C) is a sweet pea that has red, rose, blue, violet and white flowers. This selection has cultivars from 100 to 250 years old. Flowers are smaller but with stronger sweeter scent than modern cultivars. Good cut flower and will scent a whole room. Seed as early as you can in the spring as they like cool soil.

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Price(s): $3.00
Sweet Pea – Unwin’s Striped Mix

Unwin’s Striped Mix (C) is a sweet pea that has some solid colours as well as picotees, stripes and flecks, all highly fragrant.

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Price(s): $3.00
Lavatera Mix

Lavatera Mix grows 2’ bushy plants with flowers in a range of colours from white to various shades of pink often with darker coloured veins.

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Price(s): $3.00
Lavatera – Rose Mallow

Rose Mallow is a tall (3’) sturdy plant with large single pink flowers. It blooms early and continues most of the summer.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2018

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Price(s): $3.00
Moroccan Toadflax

Moroccan Toadflax has 1/2” flowers in spikes looking like mini snap dragons. This selection has flower shades mostly in pinks and purples on plants up to 2’ tall with narrow leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00
White Flowered Flax

White Flowered Flax is a slender 1’-1 1/2’ annual, free flowering over most of the summer. The inch wide pure white flowers only last a day but are replaced each day with others. Direct seed as they do not like their roots disturbed. May self seed.

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Price(s): $3.00
Scarlet Flax

Scarlet Flax is identical to white flax except for the colour of flowers. The two flaxes will cross, giving a mixture of flower colours unless they are isolated.

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Price(s): $3.00
Chamomile – German

German Chamomile is a 1’-2’ self seeding annual with finely divided leaves. The white inch wide daisies with yellow centres are sweet scented and used to make a relaxing tea.

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Price(s): $3.00
Evening-Scented Stock

Evening-Scented Stock (C) has lilac-pink 3/4” flowers that open in the evening to scent the air with a powerful perfume. The 1 1/2’ – 2’ plants self-seed so establish a patch near your patio.

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Price(s): $3.00
Four O’Clocks – Marbles Mix

Four O’Clocks are a two foot high wonderfully bushy annual (in our climate anyway, perennial in warmer climates) flower. Plants covered in gorgeous trumpet shaped flowers (that tend to open in the late afternoon, hence the name), and bloom all summer long. This mixture has solid, striped, and spotted blooms in various colour combinations with pinks, whites, yellows, and oranges present. Lovely large black seeds are poisonous if ingested.

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Price(s): $3.00
Shoofly

Shoofly has sky-blue, inch-wide bell-shaped flowers that only open wide in full sun. Unusual papery five-winged pods are useful in dried arrangements. Vigorous bushy plants are about 3′-5′ tall. The variety we are offering has mostly dark purple stems and the pods are blushed purple. Start as a bedding plant and will self seed in subsequent years.

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Price(s): $3.00
Havana Tobacco

Tobaccos are all started as bedding plants. Smoking tobacco grows to about 6’ and has rose flowers. Large leaves may be soaked to make an insecticide. Havana is a fast maturing cultivar.

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Price(s): $3.00
Flowering Tobacco

Tobaccos are all started as bedding plants. Flowering Tobacco is a 3’ plant with showy trumpet shaped flowers. The one we are offering is mostly white flowered with some flowering in shades of pink and purple.

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Price(s): $3.00
Love-In-A-Mist

Nigella damascena or, Love-In-A-Mist grows about 1’ tall and has finely-divided leaves and light blue flowers. The large oval inflated seed pods are used in dried arrangements.

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Price(s): $3.00
Nigella – Blue Stars

Nigella ‘Blue Stars’ is a dainty annual a bit over a foot high covered with bright blue flowers all summer long. Seed pods are smaller and not as decorative as other nigellas.

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Price(s): $3.00
Lamarck Evening Primrose

Lamarck Evening Primrose is a tall vigorous self-seeding annual plant with large bright yellow 2″ flowers all summer long.

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Price(s): $3.00
Red Peony Poppy

Peony Poppies have very double flowers, are 2’-3’ tall, have grey-green leaves, stiff stems, and large seed-capsules suitable for drying. This is a red flowered variety.

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Price(s): $3.00
White Peony Poppy

Peony Poppies have very double flowers, are 2’-3’ tall, have grey-green leaves, stiff stems, and large seed-capsules suitable for drying. This is a white flowered variety.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $3.00
Corn Poppy

Corn Poppy is an annual single (four petals) European wildflower, commonly known as the Flander’s poppy. The typical colour of the wildflower is red, each petal with a dark blotch where it is attached to the plant. We are offering a mixture with flower colours ranging from pink to red, all with dark centres.

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Price(s): $3.00
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