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.
Wood Poppy has light green foliage and open bright yellow flowers borne over a long season. This short lived self-seeding perennial likes moist ground in semi-shade but will tolerate full sun.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Flowers
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 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.Herbs / Medicinal / Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Flowers
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 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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Flowers
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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Grasses
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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Grasses
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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Grasses
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 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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Grasses
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 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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Fruit
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.Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Fruit