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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.

Clematis – Golden

Golden Clematis has bright lemon yellow lantern shaped nodding flowers, followed by fluffy silvery seed heads. A vigorous woody climber. Cold stratify.

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Delphinium – Chinese Larkspur

Chinese Larkspur has large ultramarine blue flowers in loose sprays. 1½’–2′ perennial that is not very long lived but self seeds easily.

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Delphinium – Mix

Delphinium mix is seed gathered from an old bed of delphiniums where the plants ranged in height from 3′ to 6′ and most of the flowers were in shades of blue.

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Dianthus – Amur Pink

Amur Pink forms dense mounds to 1′ covered with large (for a Dianthus) reddish violet flowers from July to frost.

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Dianthus – Sand Pinks

Sand Pinks has white fringed fragrant flowers on grey-green foliage on compact mat-forming plants.

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Dianthus – Clusterhead Pink

Clusterhead Pink has heads of magenta flowers clustered on the ends of tall (2’–3′) wind resistant stems.

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Dianthus – Maiden Pink

Maiden Pink is a rock garden or ground cover perennial. The plants are up to 1′ tall and are covered with white, pink, or red flowers.

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Dianthus – Maiden Pink ‘Arctic Fire’

Arctic Fire has white flowers with a brilliant redish pink eye on typical dwarf deltoides plants.

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Dianthus – Sweet William

Sweet William has been grown in gardens for hundreds of years. The flat topped flower heads are closely packed with single flowers mostly in shades of pink and red with some bicoloured. Biennial or short lived perennial.

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Gas Plant

Gas Plant is a 2′-3′ plant that is extremely long-lived but slow to establish itself. It has dark green glossy leaves, and white star-shaped flowers and is strongly scented. The simplest growing method is to seed outdoors in the fall. Otherwise you can cold stratify in damp peat moss. As the seeds germinate place them in damp peat moss at room temperature for one month before potting up seedlings. Seed germinates over many months.

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Dragonhead

Dragonhead is a mint family member with spikes of lovely blue flowers on a rather short plant. Blooms early summer. Short-lived but self-seeds.

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Dragonhead Rusychianum

Dragonhead Rusychianum is a native of Europe. Blue flowers cover a mound of fine linear foliage to about 2′ in summer.

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Echinacea – Narrow-Leaved Purple Coneflower

Narrow-Leaved Purple Coneflower (C) has elegant light-purple flowers with narrow drooping petals and raised centres on sturdy upright plants. Contains an immune system stimulant. Roots are generally harvested after three years. Native to the southern edge of the Canadian prairies. Cold stratify seed.

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Echinacea – Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower (C) has large (to 4″) purple flowers with drooping petals and a darker raised centre. They bloom in late summer and fall on sturdy 2’—5′ plants. The root is much in demand as an immune system stimulant.

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Echium Russicum

Echium Russicum is a borage relative which forms a rosette of large coarsely hairy leaves from which emerge (in the second year) stout spikes of red flowers a foot or so long. Biennial or perhaps perennial.

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Flat Sea Holly

Flat Sea Holly is a 2′ plant with branching wiry stems, toothed leaves, and rounded steel-blue flower heads with narrow spiny deep blue bracts. Good dried flower.

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Gaillardia – Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower is one of our showiest native species. It is a clump forming plant that has large yellow daisy-like flowers with orange-red highlights. It grows on dry prairies. This is a dwarf cultivated strain.

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Gaillardia – Blanket Flower Wild

Blanket Flower is one of our showiest native species. It is a clump forming plant that has large yellow daisy-like flowers with orange-red highlights. It grows on dry prairies. This is wild gathered seed.

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Lady’s Bedstraw

Lady’s (Yellow) Bedstraw is an English wildflower. On the prairies, our native bedstraws are white-flowered, but this one has many small bright yellow flowers. The plants are mat-forming with weak stems and narrow green leaves. It has been used to curdle milk and colour cheese, especially in Gloucestershire. It is also apparently used as a dye plant, the roots for a red colour, and the flowers for a yellow colour.

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Geranium

Geranium is a sprawling perennial plant 1-2’ high with single flowers in pastel colours. Can be used as a ground cover in partial shade.

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Three Flowered Avens

Three Flowered Avens has mostly basal leaves and a naked stalk bearing three pink flowers. Also called Prairie Smoke due to its feathery mauve seed heads resembling plumes of smoke. Wild gathered seed.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2018

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Baby’s Breath

Baby’s Breath can become a weed as it is long lived, very hardy, and self seeds. It makes a beautiful display of small white flowers which dry very well.

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American Hedysarum

American Hedysarum is about 2’ high with pinnate leaves, and pinkish pea flowers in long racemes. Common on the edge of woods throughout the prairies and parklands. Wild gathered.

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Maximilian’s Sunflower

Maximilian’s Sunflower has stiff upright plants 2’-3’ tall with narrow leaves. Yellow flowers are a bit larger than the preceding species. Common on prairies and along roadsides. Wild gathered.

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Rhombic-Leaved Sunflower

Rhombic-Leaved Sunflower has stiff upright plants 1’-2’ tall with 1”-2” sunflowers with dark centers. Common on prairies and along roadsides. Wild gathered.

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