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Blanket Flower (Organic)$3.25
Gaillardia arisata. Perennial to zone 3.
Beautiful, cheery daisy-like flowers on long sturdy stems are a great, long-lasting cut flower that bloom over a long season – even into November or December if autumn is mild. Flowers are red-orange in the center, petals have yellow tips. After each blossom is done flowering the seedheads make beautiful little balls that look like balloons and also look nice in arrangements. Blanket Flower is a great low-maintenance addition to any perennial flower garden. It is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and prefers full sun. Plants will grow 1-2′ wide and up to 3′ tall.
Columbine, William Guiness (Organic)$3.25
Aquilegia vulgaris. Perennial in zones 3 – 8.
This old fashioned European columbine has hypnotic bi-colored purple-black and white blooms that reach 2” across. Flowers are held high above foliage and are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. The low growing ferny green foliage is also quite attractive. Shade tolerant and deer resistant. Harvest for bouquets or deadhead to prolong bloom. Plants grow 24-30″ tall. Originating from the gardens at the Guiness Family Estate in Ireland. Aka, Magpie.
Coreopsis, Lanceleaf, Sterntaler (Organic)$3.25
Coreopsis lanceolata. Perennial in zones 4 – 9.
Native to much of North America, lanceleaf coreopsis is a low maintenance addition to most gardens and natural areas. Daisy-like flowers have yellow petals with toothed edges and small red spots towards the center that bloom May through July. Attracts butterflies and is a good nectar source for beneficial insects. Prefers full sun, tolerates poor soil and drought conditions. Naturalizes easily. Aka, Lanceleaf Coreopsis.
Daisy, Giant Shasta (Organic)$3.25
Leucanthemum x superbum. Perennial.
Classic, 3-4” single white flowers atop 3′ tall plants. This variety was bred by plant genius Luther Burbank and released in 1890. Blooms throughout the summer if deadheaded regularly. Long stems on 3-4′ plants make Giant Shasta Daisy a great cut flower. If sown early in spring, this perennial will bloom in its first year. We would like to thank Restoration Seeds for introducing us to this beautiful variety.
English Wallflower, Vulcan (Organic)$3.50
Erysimum cheiri. Perennial.
Unique, 1 ½” velvety crimson flowers start to bloom early in the spring from a mid summer sowing the year before. Blooms in clusters that make a nice sweet scented cut flower. The plants are somewhat dwarf, growing up to 2′ tall, and do well in partial or full sun. They prefer soils with good drainage. We have some growing under rhododendrons and the combination is delightful. This species has a long history as an ornamental in Europe and deserves to be more popular in North America. Thrives in our Pacific Northwest climate. In other areas English wallflowers are often grown as biennials and are hardy down to -5°F.
Four O’Clock, Don Pedro’s (Organic)$3.00
Mirabilis jalapa. Perennial in zones 9+.
Striking hot pink and bright yellow variegated, trumpet shaped flowers open in the afternoon and are frequently visited by beautiful moths. Tender plants grow to 3′ and are perennial in Zones 9 and higher. Tubers may be dug and stored indoors for replanting, but as this flower self-sows readily it may not be worth the effort. Some sources claim Four O’Clocks are poisonous, others that it is medicinal. This variety was introduced in 1982 by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Their original seed came from Spain, though Four O’Clocks are originally from Peru, and are also known as Marvel of Peru.
Mint, Korean Licorice (Organic)$3.25
Agastache rugosa. Perennial.
Very delightful aromatic leaves for tea with a sweet minty licorice flavor. One of Andrew’s favorite herbs for tea, second only to wild yerba buena. The beautiful blue spikes of flowers can grow to 8” long and provide excellent forage for beneficial insects. Blooms over a long period and especially well late in the season. Leaves are best harvested before flowering & are a delicious addition to salad mixes. For tea we like them best fresh, but dried leaves are also good. It can be harvested like basil by coppicing the young stems for continuous regrowth and cutting. As a healing plant it can be helpful for cold symptoms and as an aromatic it can stimulate digestion, circulation, and general energy. As beneficial insect forage, Frank Morton recommends pairing Korean Licorice Mint with fennel for attracting and feeding beneficial insects, honey bees and birds bountifully in the autumn.
Seed produced by Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon.
Rose Campion (Organic)$3.00–$20.00
Silene coronaria. Perennial.
A very popular, easy to grow flower. Small magenta blossoms held atop 2-3′ silver downy plants. We find it tolerates neglect better than most plants and will come back perennially for many years. Drought tolerant and self seeding – once you get enough going it can naturalize nicely. Tolerates partial shade and can flower in the first year if sown early.
Rudbeckia, Rustic Colors (Organic)$3.25
Rudbeckia hirta. Perennial to zone 5.
Rudbekia is usually referred to as Black-eyed Susan, but Rustic Colors is not your average Black-eyed Susan. Blooms profusely all summer long with 4” daisy-like flowers that range in color from yellow to orange, red and mahogany. Long stems contribute to it working very well as a cut flower; blooms last a long time in a vase and the diversity within this variety is as eye-catching in bouquets as it is in the garden. Plants grow to 2 ft, do well in partial to full sun, and can tolerate both wet and dry soil conditions. Blooms from spring through autumn. A selection of a North American native species that can naturalize but is not invasive.
Yarrow, Danish (Organic)$3.50
Achillea millefolium. Perennial.
Sometimes our penchant for seed saving goes a little too far – such is the case with Danish Yarrow. We saved seed from a bunch of plants growing along the roadside while out exploring the ruins of a 14th century castle about 20 km from Aarhus, Denmark, during the first days of our Seed Ambassadors Project trip in 2006. A patch of this perennial now grows in the backyard, in deep shade (though it prefers sun), where its feathery grey leaves make a nice ground cover for most of the year. Yarrow is also an important herb in biodynamics; its lacy white flowers are used to make prep 502, to stimulate potassium, silica and selenium in the soil. Slowly spreading via roots and seeds, grows well even in poor soil.
Yarrow, Parker’s Gold (Organic)$3.50
Achillea millefolium. Perennial.
A striking ornamental perennial. Gold flowers make excellent cut flowers and are even better dried as everlastings. The upright growth makes for easy cutting and the flowers last all summer. What we love most about Parker’s Gold is the captivating aromatic leaves that look like ferns but smell like the desert. It is one of our favorite smells from the plant world. Plants grow to 4′ tall and are easy to care for, needing little fertility or water once established. Prefers a location with full sun and good drainage. Hardy in zones 3-9 which means it can take a lot of cold too. Plants bloom in their second year, sometimes in their first if planted very early in the season. The species is known as fernleaf yarrow and is native to central Asia. Aka, Parker’s Variety.