flower varieties for 2017
• Annual, unless otherwise marked “P” for Perennial or “SSA” for Self Sowing Annual
• Days to maturity are from transplant. (This means start counting when you put the plant in the ground. Take these numbers with a grain of salt; there are a lot of variables to take into consideration.)
Size pot available:
3” = 3” round Cowpot
4" = 4" square Cowpot
Bachelor’s Buttons Blue Boy (Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus)
A beautiful true-blue flower with a striking spiky texture. Its color makes a fantastic accent in salads or on desserts, and its nectar attracts several kinds of beneficial insects.
Bee Balm (Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa)
A 3-4 ft native wildflower with lovely lavender flower attractive to pollinators. Also used in herbal medicine and the kitchen.
Borage (Borago officinalis)
SSA. 55 days. 3”
My favorite edible flower - they’re blue (and occasionally pink) and taste like cucumber! Suspend them in ice cubes for cool summer drinks or try the young leaves in soups, German green sauce or filled pastas. The flowers are attractive to beneficial insects, especially common green lacewings.
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
One of the native butterflyweeds in our region that provide food for the monarch butterfly. If you plant it, they will come... (hopefully!) and eat the leaves. A great educational opportunity for kids to keep an eye out for pupating larvae, and extra special if you catch the monarchs the morning they hatch, drying off their wings before they head off.
Calendula ‘Resina’ (Calendula officinalis)
From Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance. A highly aromatic and cheery daisy-like flower with bright yellow and occasionally orange flowers. ‘Resina’ has an especially high resin content, ideal for medicinal use in oils and tinctures
From Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance. Bright orange flowers stand up to 6 ft tall above filly foliage. Bushy, drought resistant plants provide pollen and nectar to a broad range of beneficial insects. Prefers poor soil and direct sun.
Hardy Hibiscus Pink
From Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance. Large, ethereal light pink, smooth-edged blossoms on tall stems. Some flowers have crimson throats.
Nasturtium Jewel Mix (Tropaeolum majus)
42 days. 3”
A bushy nasturtium with a bright mix of 2” orange, yellow, red and gold blooms. The striking flowers have a peppery flavor and make a flashy garnish.
Grow your own poppy seeds! Beautiful flowers that form distinctive pods. Harvest the seeds and/or use the pods as a striking accent in dried arrangements.
Tithonia Torch (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Also known as ‘Mexican Sunflower,’ these deep orange flowers attract a range of butterflies, pollinators and hummingbirds. Reaching 6 ft tall, tithonia can provide a striking, easy-care backdrop to your garden.