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Spring Garden Market Ornamentals

We hope to offer our Spring Garden Market in 2021. Check back for updates.

Butterfly gulf fritillary on torch tithonia, Candace Simpson
The flowers and other ornamental plants that we offer at the Spring Garden Market have been trialed at our research gardens to select varieties that perform particularly well in our climate, with an eye towards ones that are beautiful and long lasting in flower arrangements. We offer an especially large array of short to tall sunflowers and magnificent zinnias.

Please understand that some varieties may sell out quickly or not be available due to germination difficulties.

Ornamental plant list


Amaranth Combo
Six-pack with two each of Amaranth ‘Burgundy' (elegant burgundy plumes, edible), ‘Emerald Tassels' (lime-green cascading plumes) and ‘Love-Lies-Bleeding' (wine-red cascading plumes) Annual, full sun, 3–8' tall

Ammi Bishop's Flower Ammi majus
Lacy white flowers are spectacular in arrangements. Also great for attracting beneficial insects. Reseeds. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Ammi ‘Green Mist’ Ammi visnaga
Free-flowering annual highly recommended for cut flower use. 4–5" lacey white flowers with numerous green stems are very attractive. Umbels resemble ‘Queen Anne's Lace'. Reseeds. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Bells of Ireland Moluccella laevis
Tall spires of green ‘bells' are dramatic in the garden and in arrangements. Annual, full/part sun, 24–30" tall

Cardinal Climber Ipomoea sloteri
6–20' vine with feathery leaves and bright red flowers. Attracts hummingbirds. Needs support. Annual, full sun

Celosia ‘Flamingo Feather’ Celosia spicata
Soft feathery, silvery pink plumes. Annual, full sun, 3' tall

Celosia ‘Forest Fire’ Celosia argentea plumosa
Bright scarlet flower plumes on burgundy-tinted foliage. Beautiful fresh or dried in arrangements. Annual, full sun, 2 1/2–3' tall

Celosia ‘Golden Plume’ Celosia spicata
Feathery golden yellow plumes on tall stems. Beautiful fresh or dried. Annual, full sun, 25–30" tall

Celosia ‘Pampas Plume’ Celosia argentea plumosa
Mix of feathery plumes: lime green, yellow, cerise, magenta. Annual, full sun, 3' tall

Chocolate Lace Flower Daucus carota
Lacy umbels of Queen Anne’s Lace in a deep burgundy-chocolate brown. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Cosmos Bright Lights Blend Cosmos sulphureus
Brilliant mix of semi-double, long-lasting blooms in shades of yellow, orange & red. Annual, full sun, 3' tall

Cosmos ‘Double Click Bicolor Pink’ Cosmos bipinnatus
2–3" double bicolor flowers on strong stems for cutting. Dreamy pink and white mix. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’ Cosmos bipinnatus
Large double flowers in a rich cranberry color. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Cosmos ‘Double Click Mix’ Cosmos bipinnatus
Semi-double & double mix: frilly magenta, pink & white. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Cosmos ‘Double Click Snow Puff’ Cosmos bipinnatus
Spectacular white pompom flowers, excellent in garden and vase. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Cosmos Picotee Mix Cosmos bipinnatus
White/pale pink flowers are strikingly edged in bright rose red. Annual, full sun, 3–5' tall

Cosmos ‘Rose Bon Bon’ Cosmos bipinnatus
Fancy double romantic rose color flowers. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Craspedia ‘Sun Ball’ Pycnosorus globosus
Golden-yellow balls on tall stems for both fresh and dry arrangements. Tolerates drought, heat, heavy soil. Annual, full sun, 12–18" tall

Dusty Miller ‘Silverdust’ Jacobaea marítima
Silver-white foliage shines in the garden and in bouquets. Yellow flowers attract butterflies. Deer resistant. Tender perennial, full/part sun, 10–12" tall

Echinacea Paradise Mix Echinacea purpurea
Daisy flowers in rosy-purple, apricot, yellow, orange and cream. Deadhead for repeat blooms. Attracts butterflies. Perennial, full sun, 2–3' tall

Echinacea Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Heirloom wildflower, pinkish-purple petals. Allow center cone to remain and produce seeds for birds. Deer resistant. Perennial, full sun, 18–20" tall

Feverfew/Matricaria ‘Magic Lime Green’ Tanacetum parthenium
Abundant lime-green to pale yellow flowers on strong stem. Great filler for bouquets. 28–36" tall. Tender perennial, full sun

Feverfew/Matricaria ‘Tetra White’ Tanacetum parthenium
Dense clusters of small, pure white flowers with yellow-green centers. Great filler for bouquets. 28–36" tall. Tender perennial, full sun

Feverfew/Matricaria ‘Virgo’ Tanacetum parthenium
Pure white flowers with ivory centers that turn white as they mature. Great filler for bouquets. 28–36" tall. Tender perennial, full sun

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’ Gaillardia aristata
Burgundy petals with golden-yellow centers. Tolerant of heat, drought, poor soil. Attracts beneficial insects. 12–18" tall. Perennial, full sun

Gaillardia ‘Goblin’ Gaillardia grandiflora
Masses of fiery red blooms tipped with yellow blanket your garden all summer. Drought tolerant, attracts butterflies and beneficial insects. Perennial, full sun, 12–15" tall

Geranium Maderense Geranium maderense
Beautiful pink flowers in spring to early summer. Enormous divided leaves. Self-sows. Biennial/short-lived perennial. Half-hardy perennial, full/part sun, 4' x 4'

Gomphrena ‘Audray White’ Gomphrena globosa
1 1/2" round white blooms on long stems are great in arrangements. 18–20" tall. Annual, full sun

Gomphrena Fiery Sunrise Blend Gomphrena globosa
Showy 1 1/2" round blooms in orange, red, and carmine. Use fresh or dried. 24–26" tall. Annual, full sun

Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ Gomphrena globosa
Full 2" hot pink flowers, tipped with gold. 3–4' tall and wide. Annual, full sun

Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields’ Gomphrena globosa
Brilliant red 1 1/2" round blooms on strong stems. Holds color exceptionally well when dried. 18–24" tall. Annual, full sun

Gum Plant Grindelia stricta venulosa
California native. Yellow daisy-like flowers in the summer. Water 2–3 times/month once established. Perennial. 2–3' x 1–2'. Full/part sun.

Hyacinth Bean ‘Ruby Moon’ Lablab purpureus
Dramatic vine with purple stems, lilac flowers and shiny purple pods. Beans must be boiled well before eating. 10' tall. Annual, full sun

Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate Polygonum orientale
Tall plant with long arching rosy blooms. Pink pendulous flower panicles. May reseed in place. Annual, full sun, 4–6' tall

Love in a Puff Cardiospermum halicacabum
Subtropical vine. Papery balloon-like pods contain a black seed with a white heart. 10' tall. Annual, full sun

Milkweed Balloon Plant Gomphocarpus fruticosus
Star-shaped flowers make puffy green seedpods. Attracts butterflies. Cut back to 6" in fall for bushy plants. 4–6' tall. Tender perennial, full/part sun, 4–6' tall

Milkweed, Showy Asclepias sp.
Pink to white flowers and thick green leaves attract monarch butterflies. Wooly seedpods are decorative. Perennial, full sun, 2–6' tall

Ornamental grass combo
Six-pack with two each of ‘Bunny Tails' (furry lime-green flowers dry to tan), ‘Frosted Explosion' (feathery lime-green bursts), and ‘Ruby Silk' (rich burgundy seed sprays). Annual, full sun, 10–24" tall

Ornamental grass Bunny Tails Lagurus ovatus
Wonderful for flower arranging. Furry lime-green flowers dry to tan. Grow in ground or containers. May reseed. Annual, full/part sun, 10–20" tall

Ornamental grass ‘Frosted Explosion’ Panicum elegans
Ornamental grass with feathery lime-green bursts, wonderful vase filler. Grow in containers or ground. Annual, full sun, 18–24" tall

Ornamental grass ‘Ruby Silk’ Eragrostis tef
Elegant ornamental grass. Rich burgundy seed sprays are beautiful in arrangements. Excellent in ground or containers. Annual, full sun, 18–24" tall

Rudbeckia Cherokee Sunset Mix Rudbeckia x hirta hybrida
Double blooms, colors of an Indian/autumn sunset. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24–30" tall

Rudbeckia Chim Chiminee Mix Rudbeckia x hirta hybrida
Unusual quilled petals, bright autumn colors. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24–30" tall

Rudbeckia ‘Gloriosa Double Daisy’ Rudbeckia hirta
Large 4–5" double golden-orange blooms with dark eyes on long, strong stems. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Rudbeckia ‘Indian Summer’ Rudbeckia hirta
Glorious golden-orange single or semi-double black-eyed Susan daisies. Large 4–7" blooms. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ Rudbeckia hirta
Huge yellow flowers with green eyes, long blooming. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 18–36" tall

Salvia Santa Rosa Island Sage Salvia brandegeei
Aromatic California native with beautiful blue flowers. Attracts bees & hummingbirds. 3' x 3–4'. No/low water. Full sun. Perennial

Salvia White Sage Salvia apiana
Very aromatic foliage, with tall white flower spikes. Attracts birds & bees. 3–5' x 3–8'. No/low water. Full sun. Perennial, summer semi-deciduous.

Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
Dark red, almost black. Flowers and seed pods excellent for garden and vase. Perennial, full sun, 2–3' tall

Scabiosa ‘Fama Deep Blue’ Scabiosa caucasica
Purple-blue flowers, long lasting in arrangements. Attracts pollinators, butterflies. 18–24" tall (support recommended). Perennial, full sun

Scabiosa ‘Fama White’ Scabiosa caucasica
White flowers and interesting seed pods add whimsey to garden and vase. Perennial, full sun, 2–3' tall

Scabiosa Grandmother's Pincushion Mix Scabiosa atropurpurea
Cottage garden favorite, attracts butterflies. Upright habit, old fashioned colors of crimson, mulberry, soft salmon, rose, lilac, and white. Perennial, full sun, 3–4' tall

Scabiosa ‘Salmon Rose’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
Coral-colored flowers on tall stems. Flowers and seed pods excellent for garden and vase. Perennial, full sun, 2–3' tall

Scarlet Runner Bean Phaseolus coccineus
Ornamental and edible climber. Bright scarlet flowers. Eat young pods whole or shell larger pods for fresh or dried beans. Tender perennial, full sun, 10' tall.

Snapdragon ‘Black Prince’ Antirrhinum majus
Deep crimson flowers. Blooms heaviest in cool weather, takes a break in the heat, blooms again in the fall. 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

Statice ‘QIS Apricot’ Limonium sinuatum
1 1/2" to 3" wide flower clusters on strong stems in shades of apricot to coral. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Statice ‘Seeker Blue’ Limonium sinuatum
1 1/2" to 3" wide deep blue flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Statice ‘Seeker Light Yellow’ Limonium sinuatum
1 1/2" to 3" wide lemon yellow flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Statice ‘Seeker Pastel Blue’ Limonium sinuatum
1 1/2" to 3" wide sky blue flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Statice ‘Seeker Purple’ Limonium sinuatum
1 1/2" to 3" wide deep purple flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Statice ‘Seeker Rose Shades’ Limonium sinuatum
1 1/2" to 3" wide rose pink flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Statice ‘Seeker White’ Limonium sinuatum
Pure white blooms, some with a blush of pink. Can be cut for drying. Annual, full sun, 24–30" tall

Statice variety pack Limonium sinuatum
Beautiful array of colors. Can be used fresh or cut for drying. Annual, full sun, 24–30" tall

Strawflower Apricot/Peach mix Xerochrysum bracteata
Delicate shades of rosy apricot to pale peach flowers on tall, well-branched plants. Profuse bloomer for fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun

Strawflower Copper Red Xerochrysum bracteata
Vibrant copper double flowers on tall, well-branched plants. Profuse bloomer for fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun

Strawflower Purple Red Xerochrysum bracteata
Profuse dark wine/nearly black double flowers with fiery orange centers. Well-branched. Fresh/dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun

Strawflower Silvery Rose Xerochrysum bracteata
Profuse double flowers are creamy white tipped with rose. Tall, well-branched plants. For fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun

Strawflower Vintage White Xerochrysum bracteata
Pure white double flowers on tall, well-branched plants. Profuse bloomer for fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun

Sunflower
We offer three types of sunflowers:

Giant varieties have one thick stalk up to 14' tall topped by one huge flower head up to 14" wide. These all develop large, tasty seeds.

Mid-height varieties are multi-branching with many flowers opening continually the whole season. Some are pollen-free that do not produce pollen or seeds, welcome for indoor arrangements.

Short varieties are less than 3' tall, a perfect height for children. They also make a very cute border. Annual, full sun, height varies

Sunflower giant ‘Mammoth Grey Stripe’ Helianthus annuus
Single giant flower high on top of a tall stem yields delicious grey striped seeds. Annual, full sun, 8–12' tall

Sunflower giant ‘Snacker’ Helianthus annuus
Developed for delicious, nutritious plump seed. Classic golden flowers produce heavy heads full of large, sweet, nutty seeds. One head per stalk. Annual, full sun, 10–14' tall

Sunflower giant ‘Sunzilla’ Helianthus annuus
Grand giants reach 12–16' with golden flower faces that follow the sun. A row makes a wonderful hedge. Seeds are a feast for humans and birds. Annual, full sun, 12–16' tall

Sunflower mid-height Flash Blend Helianthus annuus
Heirloom, fabulous mix of brilliant colors. Produces seeds, a treat for birds. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–7' tall

Sunflower mid-height ‘Goldy Honey Bear’ Helianthus annuus
Huge fully double, solid gold blooms with green centers, almost pollen free. A favorite. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 4–6' tall

Sunflower mid-height Moulin Rouge Helianthus annuus
Rich velvety deep cinnamon red, spectacular and pollen free. Excellent for cutting. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 6' tall

Sunflower mid-height Two Queens Helianthus annuus
Blend of Lemon Queen (lemon yellow) and Velvet Queen (dark burgundy) blooms. Branching plants with long bloom period. Annual, full sun, 5–7' tall

Sunflower short ‘Teddy Bear’ Helianthus annuus
Bushy plants with loads of fuzzy, golden yellow blossoms that look like huge mums. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Venidium Orange Cape Daisy Venidium fastuosum
Stunning deep orange daisy with maroon chocolate center on silvery foliage. Deadhead for continual bloom. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 2' tall

Venidium Zulu Prince Venidium fastuosum
Dramatic large 2–3" flowers with a jet black center and white petals with rings of orange and purple in the center. Flowers close at night, re-opening in the morning. Grayish green mound of fuzzy leaves. Easy to grow, thrives in heat and drought. Re-seeds. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 3' tall

Zinnia
All of the zinnia selections below are spectacular. Some are single colors, others are selected color schemes. Most are from the highly successful Benary Giants. We've trialed these repeatedly for many years. They are mostly 3–4' tall, drought tolerant when established, attract beneficial insects, and very successful in the garden and as cut flowers. We've been picking flowers well into mid-late October. Plant in full sun and pick/deadhead to keep producing. The cactus-flowered varieties are spectacular. Annual, full sun, height varies

Zinnia Benary’s Giant Mix Zinnia elegans
Large 4–6" double blossoms in bright colors: orange, pink, yellow, purple, red. Branching. 40–50" tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia Berry Basket Mix Zinnia elegans
Densely petaled, fully double shades of raspberry, grape, rose-pink and violet. A custom blend. Annual, full sun, 3–3 1/2' tall

Zinnia Burpeeana Giants Mix Zinnia elegans
Huge 6" quilled and ruffled blossoms in bright colors: orange, pink, yellow, purple, red. Branching. 2' tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia Cabaret Mix Zinnia elegans
Big ruffled zinnias in hot colors: rose, purple, bright lilac, magenta, deep orange, warm yellow. 3–3 1/2' tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia Cactus Flowered Mix Zinnia elegans
Beautiful cactus flowers in shades of scarlet, rose, orange, and yellow. Branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Zinnia California Giants Mix Zinnia elegans
Huge 5" double blossoms in bright colors: orange, pink, yellow, purple, red. Branching. 4' tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia Carousel Mix Zinnia elegans
Bi-colored petals in striking whirligig patterns: red, yellow, purple, pink, white. 2–3' tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia Cool Crayon Colors Zinnia elegans
Lovely shades that make color-coordinated bouquets as you pick them. Fully double, long-stemmed flowers in deep lavender, carmine-rose, soft pink and white. Annual, full sun, 3–3 1/2' tall

Zinnia ‘Envy’ Zinnia elegans
Belongs in every flower arranger's garden! Vivid chartreuse sets off bright summer flowers with style and pizzazz and harmonizes with soft pastels. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Zinnia Fireball Blend Zinnia elegans
Dramatic blend of hot reds and oranges. 4–5" blooms on tall plants, great planted in a mass in the back of the flowerbed. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Zinnia Hot Crayon Colors Zinnia elegans
Right out of the crayon box of intense colors, this blend contains hot shades of scarlet red, citrus orange, and golden yellow. Annual, full sun, 3–3 1/2' tall

Zinnia ‘Mazurkia’ Zinnia elegans
Striking bi-color double blossoms have scarlet petals tipped with cream. Strong branching. 20–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia ‘Mighty Lion’ Zinnia elegans
Intense orange-red fully double 4–5 inch blossoms look like a lion's mane. Annual, full sun, 3–3 1/2' tall

Zinnia Northern Lights Blend Zinnia elegans
Large 4–5" flowers in pink, lavender, and rose blend beautifully with other flowers for a lovely cottage garden look. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Zinnia ‘Peppermint Stick’ Zinnia elegans
Colorful blooms are striped and speckled with crimson. No two are alike! Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Zinnia ‘Polar Bear’ Zinnia elegans
Magnificent white dahlia-type blooms. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Orange’ Zinnia elegans
Beautiful 2–3" blooms shade from coral to peach to delicate lime centers. 24–32" tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ Zinnia elegans
Beautiful 3" blooms with maroon-red petals and lime centers.We've noticed many different flower forms but always with this unusual color combination. Always attracts attention. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

Zinnia ‘Raspberry Sorbet’ Zinnia elegans
Lovely flowers of jewel-toned deep raspberry tinted double blossoms on branching long stems. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Zinnia ‘Redman Super Cactus’ Zinnia elegans
A magnificent, huge red-flowered variety of the giant zinnia cactus family. An old favorite that has become rare. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Zinnia Solar Flare Blend Zinnia elegans
Dazzling combination of hot orange, sunny yellow, and cool white flowers contrast with lush green foliage for a beautiful display. Big, 4–5" flowers. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall

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