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

Spring Garden Market Ornamentals

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.

Printer friendly flower and herb checklist

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

Ornamental plant list


Ageratum 'Dondo Blue' Ageratum houstonianum
Puffy blue flowers. A cutting ageratum with long stems. Annual, full sun, 2 1/2–3'

Ageratum 'Dondo White' Ageratum houstonianum
Puffy white flowers. A cutting ageratum with long stems. Annual, full sun, 2 1/2–3'

Ageratum 'Red Flint' Ageratum houstonianum
Puffy red flowers. A cutting ageratum with long stems. Annual, full sun, 2 1/2–3'

Amaranth 'Burgundy' Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Elegant burgundy plumes, edible green/burgundy leaves. Annual, full sun, 5–8'

Amaranth 'Coral Fountain' Amaranthus caudatus
Unusual coral pink tassels, great in arrangements. Complements other amaranths. Annual, full sun, 3–5'

Amaranth 'Emerald Tassels' Amaranthus caudatus
Lime-green version of 'Love-lies-Bleeding'. Annual, full sun, 3–5'

Amaranth 'Love-Lies-Bleeding' Amaranthus caudatus
Cascading plumes of wine-red tassels. Annual, full sun, 3–4'

Amaranth 'Red Spike' Amaranthus caudatus
Feathery dark red plumes arch gracefully in arrangements. Annual, full sun, 4–5'

Ammi 'Green Mist' Ammi majus
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'

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'

Asclepias Butterfly Flower, Milkweed Asclepias curassavica
Heirloom. Vivid, red-orange flowers attract monarchs and other butterflies plus beneficial insects. Perennial, full sun, 2–3'

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

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

Broom Corn 'Amish Rainbow' Sorghum bicolor
Richly colored seed sprays for vase or broom making. Heirloom. Annual, full sun, 5–6'

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gomphrena 'Sunset Mix' Gomphrena globosa
Small button-like flowers in vibrant shades of orange, carmine, and cherry. Annual, full sun, 24–30"

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'

Ornamental grass 'Black Tipped Wheat' Triticum durum
Stalks of wheat with white kernels and dramatic long black awns. Great fresh or dried. 24–36" tall. Annual, full sun, 24–36"

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"

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"

Ornamental grass 'Ultrecht Blue Wheat' Triticum sp.
Heirloom Dutch wheat with beautiful blue kernels and long black awns. Great fresh or dried. Annual, full sun, 3–5'

Pumpkin-on-a-Stick Solanum integrifolium
Intriguing and fun plant bears clusters of miniature 'pumpkins.' Distinctive cut flower for fall displays. Annual, full sun, 3'

Rudbeckia 'Cappuccino' Rudbeckia hirta
Fleuroselect Award for beauty, productivity, performance. Heat/drought tolerant. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24–30"

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

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

Rudbeckia 'Goldilocks' Rudbeckia hirta
Golden-orange, fully double, 4" blooms with dark, deep-set eyes. Long, strong stems are ideal for cutting. Annual, full sun, 3–4'

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

Salvia Chiapas Sage
Lovely whorls of bright pink blooms fall through winter. Glossy green leaves. Best with regular water during dry periods. Cut back in spring after winter flowering for new spring/summer growth. Reseeds. Frost tender. Plant in sandy loam with good drainage. Perennial, full/part sun, 2' x 2'

Salvia Coccinea Salvia coccinea
Bright red flowers in loose whorls. Not fussy about soil. Trim & deadhead regularly to keep it bushy. Reseeds readily. Moderate water. Evergreen perennial, part/full sun, 1–3'

Salvia 'Furman's Red' Salvia greggii
Magenta red flowers on a loose, airy bush. Requires well drained soil, only occasional water. Evergreen perennial, full sun, 3–4' x 2–3'. Hardy to 15-20°

Salvia 'Mystic Spires' Salvia longispicata x farinacea
Deep purple/blue flowers on tall stalks are loved by bumblebees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Deadhead for prolific re-blooming. Cut back by half midsummer for blooms until frost. Semi-deciduous. Low to moderate water. Perennial, full sun, 2 ' x2'

Salvia 'Waverly' Possibly S. leucantha x S. corrugata
Pinkish-white flowers bloom nearly year round. Trim to near ground in late winter. Low to moderate water. Evergreen perennial, full sun, 3–5' x 3–5'. Hardy to 20-25°

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

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

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

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'

Statice 'Pacific Mix' Limonium sinuatum
Jewel-tone mix of purple, rose, and lemon yellow. Can be cut for drying. Annual, full sun, 24–30"

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

Statice 'Sunset Mix' Limonium sinuatum
Uniform bloom time. Heads are packed with apricot, orange, peach and pastel red. Blooming in our gardens through this cold winter. Beautiful soft colors fresh or dried. Annual, full sun, 24–30"

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 Russian'
Spectacularly tall plants with a single giant flower that yields abundant edible black seeds. Annual, full sun, 6–10'

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'

Sunflower mid-height 'Autumn Beauty Mix' Helianthus annuus
Wide range of autumn colors, 6–1" flowers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–7'

Sunflower mid-height 'Birds and Bees' Helianthus annuus
Golden-yellow sunflowers provide pollen & nectar for insects and an abundance of soft, oil-rich black seeds for birds. Annual, full sun, 6–8'

Sunflower mid-height 'Drop Dead Red Mix'
A fabulous mix of pollenless, long-lasting florist quality flowers in shades of red from deep burgundy, steamy valentine red, autumn pumpkin red, and bi-colors. No messy pollen. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 4–6'

Sunflower mid-height 'Florist's Sunny Bouquet' Helianthus annuus
Florist prefer this sunny mix of pollenless hybrids for excellent cut flower quality. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 4–5'

Sunflower mid-height 'Garnet Star' Helianthus annuus
Bicolored flowers have a rich garnet-red central starburst with yellow petal tips. Vigorous, prolific, multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–6'

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'

Sunflower mid-height 'Lemon Queen' Helianthus annuus
Help the Great Sunflower Project with research to understand the challenges that bees are facing by watching and recording the bees at these sunflowers. www.greatsunflower.org Annual, full sun, 5–7'

Sunflower mid-height 'Royal Flush' Helianthus annuus
Vibrant color combination of bicolored mahogany petals, sunny yellow and deep dark red flower faces. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 3–6'

Sunflower mid-height 'Sun Samba Mix' Helianthus annuus
A celebration of all the forms and joyous colors sunflowers offer. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–7'

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'

Sunflower short 'Elves Blend' Helianthus annuus
Delightful mix of classic yellow sunflowers and multi-petaled varieties on cute, bushy plants. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3'

Sunflower short 'Junior' Helianthus annuus
Pollen-free branching sunflowers with bright yellow petals and dark center, perfect for large pots or borders. Annual, full sun, 2 1/2'

Sunflower short 'Music Box' Helianthus annuus
Bushy plants with flowers in yellow and clear autumn colors, very cute. Good for borders or containers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3'

Sunflower short 'Sunspot' Helianthus annuus
A classic sunflower, but only 18–24" tall, just the right height for children! One huge flower with edible seeds. Annual, full sun, 18–24"

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'

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'

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' height, drought tolerant when established, attract beneficial insects, 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 'Apricot Blush' Zinnia elegans
Gorgeous blend of apricot-rose through salmon blush shades. A selection from classic ‘Benary’s Giant’ zinnias. Annual, full sun, 3–4'

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'

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

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'

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'

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'

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'

Zinnia 'Lilac Emperor' Zinnia elegans
Tall cactus-flowered zinnia with extra-large flowers in a bright, lilac-purple color. Bold and dramatic. Annual, full sun, 3'

Zinnia 'Lilliput Mix' Zinnia elegans
These cute, colorful 1 1/2" pom pom flowers are a delight in the garden and vase. Held high on sturdy stems. Cutting flowers encourages more blooms. Annual, full sun, 18–24"

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'

Zinnia 'Moulin Rouge Blend' Zinnia elegans
Fully double flowers in hot shades of red for a dramatic display. Annual, full sun, 3-3 1/2'

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

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

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'

Zinnia 'Scabiosa Flowered Mix' Zinnia elegans
Beautiful and unusual 2–3" crested flowers resemble scabiosa blooms. Pink, yellow, orange, cream and scarlet. Annual, full sun, 2 1/2–3'

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'

Zinnia 'Zinderella Peach' Zinnia elegans
Scabiosa-type blooms with salmon-gold center crest and creamy pink petals. Blend of double, semi-double, and singles. Annual, full sun, 40–50"

Zinnia 'Zinderella Purple' Zinnia elegans
Scabiosa-type blooms in an intense fuchsia-lilac color. Puffy center crest is surrounded by a flare of short petals. Annual, full sun, 24"

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