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

Spring Garden Market Ornamentals

Gulf fritillary butterfly on flower
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 'Green Thumb'
Compact, upright amaranth with dense lime-green spikes makes a great border. Annual, full sun, 18–24"
Amaranth 'Hot Biscuits' Amaranthus sp.
Coppery-bronze plumes are stunning in arrangements. Annual, full sun, 3–4'
Amaranth 'Red Spike' Amaranthus caudatus
Feathery dark red plumes arch gracefully in arrangements. Annual, full sun, 4–5'
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'
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, Narrow Leaf Milkweed Asclepias fasicularis
California native with creamy pink flowers clusters and long, narrow leaves. Host plant for monarch butterflies. Perennial, full sun, 3’ x 3''
Cosmos 'Cupcakes Mix' Cosmos bipinnatus
2–3" single flowers look like fluted cupcake liners. On strong stems for cutting. Soft pink and white mix. Annual, full sun, 3–4'
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'
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'x4'
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'
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"
Scabiosa 'Black Knight' Scabiosa atropurpurea
Dark red, almost black. Flowers and seed pods excellent for 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'
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 '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"
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 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 'Chocolate Cherry' Helianthus annuus
Rich chocolate-burgundy ray petals surround dark chocolate center disks. Pollen-free for long, clean vase life. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 6–7'
Sunflower mid-height 'Cinnamon Sun' Helianthus annuus
Gorgeous flowers with 5–6" wide, glowing cinnamon/bronze petals and chocolate centers. Great in bouquets, co-ordinates with all colors. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–7'
Sunflower mid-height 'Evening Sun Mix' Helianthus annuus
Fiery shades of red, orange, burgundy, 4–6" flowers. Heirloom. Multi-branching, long blooming. Annual, full sun, 6–8'
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'
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 '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 'Moulin Rouge Mix' Helianthus annuus
Rich velvety deep cinnamon red, spectacular and pollen free. Excellent for cutting. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 6'
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 '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'
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 '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 'Décor' Zinnia elegans
Striking duet of premium florist quality zinnias combines beautiful apricot blush with unusual vivid chartreuse. Annual, full sun, 3–4'
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 '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 'Peppermint Stick' Zinnia elegans
Colorful blooms are striped and speckled with crimson. No two are alike! Annual, full sun, 2–3'
Zinnia 'Pink Senorita' Zinnia elegans
Enormous, mostly fully double cactus-flowered type. Color confined to a sophisticated range of the best pinks from salmon through cerise. 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 'Raspberry Sorbet' Zinnia elegans
Lovely flowers of jewel-toned deep raspberry tinted double blossoms on branching long stems. Annual, full sun, 3–4'
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'
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 Moulin Rouge Blend Zinnia elegans
Fully double flowers in hot shades of red for a dramatic display. Annual, full sun, 3-3 1/2'

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