UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Cool Season Ornamentals

Cool Season Ornamentals

Some cool season ornamentals bloom in the winter while others grow slowly then explode into flower for fabulous spring blooms. Plant in Sept–Oct for beautiful bouquets in a few months.


Agrostemma Pink and Purple Agrostemma githago
Delicate, satiny flowers in lavender-rose and shell pink. Tall slender stems and grassy foliage. Beautiful as cut flowers. 3–4' tall. Plant 8–10" apart.

Agrostemma Purple Agrostemma githago
Delicate, satiny flowers in lavender-rose. Tall slender stems and grassy foliage. Beautiful as cut flowers. 3–4' tall. Plant 8–10" apart.

Clarkia ‘Mountain Garland’ Clarkia elegans
Easy to grow native wildflowers. Multiple flower stems are covered with small, ruffled blossoms in soft shades of coral, salmon, rose-pink, lilac, and white. Reseeds readily. 2–3' tall. Plant 6" apart.

Linaria ‘Fairy Bouquet’ Linaria maroccana
Charming flower looks like a miniature snapdragon, with delicate ferny foliage. Lovely mix of crimson, yellow, orange, lavender, white and pink. 9–12" tall. Plant 4" apart.

Snapdragon ‘Black Prince’ Antirrhinum majus
Velvety deep crimson flower spikes. Green foliage darkens to bronze-purple in cold weather. 16–18” tall. Annual, full sun

Snapdragon Butterfly Chantilly mix Antirrhinum majus
Plump flowers in pastel shades of lemon-yellow, salmon, apricot-bronze, and candy floss pink. 30" tall. Annual, full sun

Snapdragon Butterfly Chantilly Summer Flame mix Antirrhinum majus
Open-faced flowers in warm shades of apricot, bronze, orange, and vermilion on well-branched plants. 30" tall. Annual, full sun

Snapdragon ‘Night and Day’ Antirrhinum majus
Stunning crimson red flowers with bright white throats. Deadhead regularly for best display. 18" tall. Annual, full sun

Snapdragon Tall Maximum Blend Antirrhinum majus
Classic tall snapdragon in a bright blend of red, white, yellow, and pink. 24–36" tall. Annual, full sun

Sweet Pea ‘April in Paris’ Lathyrus odoratus
Intensely fragrant sweet pea with cream flowers edged in dark lilac. Strong grower. Developed by Dr. Keith Hammett. 6–8' tall. Plant 4–5" apart.

Sweet Pea ‘Blue Celeste’ Lathyrus odoratus
Fragrant ruffled sweet pea in a luminous silky pale blue color. 6–8' tall. Plant 4–5" apart.

Sweet Pea Heirloom Cupid Lathyrus odoratus
Fragrant heirloom bush sweet pea with rose-pink picotee-edged blossoms is perfect for containers or hanging baskets. 8–10" tall. Plant 4–5" apart.

Sweet Pea Jewels of Albion Lathyrus odoratus
Fragrant antique varieties in cool shades of blues, lavenders, and white. Heat tolerant with succession blooming. 6–9' tall. Plant 4–+F155" apart.

Sweet Pea North Shore Lathyrus odoratus
Old-fashioned fragrance and modern frilled exhibition form, bi-color in claret and violet-blue. 6–8' tall. Plant 4–5" apart.

Sweet Pea Perfume Delight Lathyrus odoratus
Heirloom blend of large, ruffled flowers with exquisite fragrance. Rainbow blend includes purple, red, rose, scarlet, white, blue, cream and some bicolors. More heat resistant than other sweet peas. 5–6' tall. Plant 6" apart.

Sweet Pea Queen of the Night Lathyrus odoratus
Stunning blend of super-fragrant antique varieties in rich, deep shades of mauve, maroon, crimson, navy blue, and salmon pink. 6–8' tall. Plant 4–5" apart.

Sweet Pea ‘Royal Wedding’ Lathyrus odoratus
Pure white ruffled blossoms with an enchanting fragrance. Award winning variety from England. 6–8' tall. Plant 4" apart.

Sweet Pea ‘Zinfandel’ Lathyrus odoratus
Fragrant early bloomer with large ruffled blossoms in a stunning deep burgundy color. 6–8' tall. Plant 4–5" apart.

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