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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.

Arnica – Mountain Tobacco

Mountain Tobacco has large golden daisies in summer on 1’–2′ stalks growing out of a rosette of 8″ downy leaves. This plant from the Alps is traditionally used to treat sprains and bruises.

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Milkweed – Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed normally grows in wetlands in Missouri but seems quite happy in Saskatchewan gardens. The much-branched plants grow 3’—4′ tall with narrow leaves and flowers in tight umbels at the ends of the stems. Flowers are usually pink but this is a mix of pink- and white-flowered cultivars. The pods are attractive and split to release seeds which are carried away by the wind. All milkweeds provide food for Monarch butterflies.

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Showy Milkweed

Showy Milkweed is a stout plant 2’–3′ tall with broad oval grey-green leaves. The flowers are pinkish purple in dense, almost globular, umbels, followed by white wolly pods that split to release the large seeds, each with its own parachute. Found in moist places throughout the prairies and parklands. Fall seed outdoors.

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Campanula – Spotted Bellflower

Spotted Bellflower is a vigorous 1-2′ tall bellflower with large tubular bells of creamy-white tinted pink and spotted inside with purple and red, often with bronze red stems. Makes a nice ground cover.

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Campanula – Harebell

Harebell is a graceful plant (to 1′) with wiry stems bearing open blue bells throughout the summer until the first frost. Native to the northern hemisphere, including the prairies and parklands of western Canada. Wild gathered.

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Centaurea Scabiosa

Centaurea Scabiosa is a fairly tall native of the Caucasus with large purple flower-heads and a branching habit. The dried receptacle is quite attractive, silver above with a dark thatched pattern below.

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Cephalaria Corniculata

Cephalaria Corniculata has large scabiosa-like pale-yellow flowers on stiff-stemmed plants around 5′ tall.

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Painted Daisy

Painted Daisy is a 2′ plant with finely cut foliage and unbranched stems supporting red to pink daisies. Also a source of pyrethrum.

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Clematis – Border

Border Clematis is a compact herbaceous variety that can serve as a ground cover or can climb through a shrub up to 2′. Blue flowers are nodding and urn-shaped. Mix seed with moist vermiculite and place in a plastic bag at room temperature. Seed will germinate irregularly over a number of months.

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Clematis – Western White

Western White Clematis is a tall climber (to 20′) with ½” white flowers in clusters, followed by feathery seed-heads. Found in coulees and ravines on the southern prairies. Cold stratify.

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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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Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover is a prairie species forming clumps of upright stems 1’—2′ tall. The small purple flowers are tightly bunched on a spike, starting to bloom at the bottom and working their way up. For best germination, scarify seeds or perhaps seed outdoors in fall.

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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 – 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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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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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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