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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.

Salvia Tesquicola

Salvia Tesquicola is a hardy perennial salvia, clump forming, up to 3′ tall with long spikes of dark violet-blue flowers.

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Salvia Roemeriana

Salvia roemeriana is a tender perennial but blooms beautifully in the first year so can be grown as an annual. Lovely scarlet red flowers on spikes blooming all summer long, plants 1′-2′ in height.

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Small Scabious

Small Scabious is a British wildflower to about 1’ tall with lilac to pink flowers.

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Sedum Mix – Stonecrop

All sedums are succulent plants good for ground covers or in rock gardens. We harvested seed from a mixture of sedums. There should be yellow and pink flowered varieties, and some with green, blue-green, or variegated foliage.

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Silene – Red Campion

Red Campion is an English wildflower. The 2’–3′ branching flower stalks rise out of rosettes of coarse green leaves. Many pink flowers in spring and much of the summer.

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Silene – Nottingham Catchfly

Nottingham Catchfly bears many white flowers with long, deeply divided petals. Blooms in early summer and many re-bloom if cut back or given sufficient water. A bushy plant to about 2′.

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Blue-Eyed Grass

Blue-Eyed Grass grows to 1′ tall with narrow grass-like leaves and small bright blue flowers in late spring. Grows in meadows and moist places in western Canada. Wild gathered.

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Stiff Goldenrod

Stiff Goldenrod has narrow erect clusters of yellow flowers from the end of July on 1’-2’ plants. Common on the dry prairies. Wild gathered.

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Betony

Betony is a mint relative that makes a low mound of green leaves out of which rise spikes of purple flowers to about 1′.

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Globe Flower

Globe Flower is a native of Europe where it grows in wet places. Deeply cut dark green leaves and egg-yolk yellow almost spherical flowers.

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Valerian

Valerian has domed heads of delicate white to pink scented flowers on 3’—4′ plants. Likes full sun and moist soil. The highly aromatic roots are used to make a sedative. Valerian is a host for parasitic wasps that are helpful in the garden.

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Verbascum Phoeniceum – Violetta

Verbascum Phoeniceum ‘Violetta’ has flower stalks to 3′ bearing many purple flowers most of the summer. The large leaves are mostly in a basal rosette.

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Heart-Leaved Alexanders

Heart-Leaved Alexanders grows on the prairies and parklands. It has bright yellow flowers in a flat-topped cluster from early summer on and is upright and showy. Basal leaves are heart shaped; stem leaves are three-lobed. Probably best to fall seed in flats outdoors (for cold stratification) where there is good snow cover.

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Big Bluestem

Big Bluestem is the dominant grass of the tall-grass prairie, the moister areas of the Great Plains. A 4’—6′ clump-forming grass that gets off to a slow start each spring. Has grey-green leaves turning bronze-red in autumn, and airy purplish flowers shaped like a turkey-foot. Some found in eastern Saskatchewan.

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Giant Wild Rye

Giant Wild Rye is a tall coarse clump-forming grass to 6′ tall with flower spikes to 12″ long. Found occasionally in the wild in southern Saskatchewan.

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Sweet Grass

Sweet Grass is a vigorous 1’—2′ plant growing rapidly in spring with broad light-green leaves and golden panicles. Burnt like incense by First Nations peoples. Spreads readily so plant in an area where you want it to thrive. Common in the Parklands. Rub the tiny seed out of the husk for better germination.

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Feather Grass

Feather Grass has stiff, erect, grey-green narrow leaves in a dense clump. The narrow panicles with long twisting awns rise 1’—2′ above the leaves, blooming in late summer.

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European Feather Grass

European Feather Grass is an erect clump forming grass about 2’ tall. Each seed has a beautiful long feathery awn attached to it that dances in the wind.

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Porcupine Grass

Porcupine Grass is a clump forming grass to over one meter growing from southern Saskatchewan south across the US great plains. The long awns give an airy appearance to the seed heads.

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Nanking Cherry

Nanking Cherry is a delightful small cherry. We have a fine stand at St. Peter’s Abbey, a row of a couple dozen bushes all grown from seed. They are more variable in height, fruit colour and yield than commercial plants which are clones, but they have produced wonderful crops the last two years as the plants are reaching full size.

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Chinese Wolfberry/Goji Berry

Chinese Wolfberry/Goji Berry is a small shrub related to tomatoes, that has been quite hardy here for a number of years. The slender branches have small mauve tubular flowers along their length all summer. The orange-red teardrop shaped fruits (sweet and edible) are more showy than the flowers, hanging from the branches from August to freeze-up. Apparently the leaves can be used as greens or to make tea.

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