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

Spring Garden Market Ornamentals

We regret that we will not be holding a 2021 Spring Garden Market due to COVID restrictions. We hope to return with a full event in 2022.

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
6-pack of individually labeled amaranth varieties. Annual, full sun, 3–8' tall
$4

Ammi Bishop's Flower Ammi majus
4-pack. Lacy white flowers are spectacular in arrangements. Also great for attracting beneficial insects. Reseeds. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Bells of Ireland Moluccella laevis
4-pack. Tall spires of green ‘bells' are dramatic in the garden and in arrangements. Annual, full/part sun, 24–30" tall
$4

Celosia ‘Celway White’ Celosia argentea spicata
4-pack. Pale, silvery lemon-lime blooms on sturdy stems add a sparkle to arrangements. Annual, full sun, 34–40" tall
$4

Celosia ‘Eternity Improved’ Celosia argentea plumosa
4-pack. Vibrant scarlet plumes on tall stems. Annual, full sun, 24–30" tall
$4

Celosia ‘Flamingo Feather’ Celosia argentea spicata
4-pack. Soft feathery, silvery pink plumes. Annual, full sun, 3' tall
$4

Celosia Mixed Pack Celosia varieties
4-pack. Hand mix of 4 individually labeled celosia varieties. Annual, full sun, 24–36" tall
$4

Cosmos Mixed Pack Cosmos spp
6-pack. Mix of various cosmos. Annual, full sun, 3' tall
$4

Feverfew/Matricaria ‘Tetra White’ Tanacetum parthenium
4" pot. Dense clusters of small, pure white flowers with yellow-green centers. Great filler for bouquets. 28–36" tall. Tender perennial, full sun
$4

Feverfew/Matricaria ‘Virgo’ Tanacetum parthenium
4" pot. Pure white flowers with ivory centers that turn white as they mature. Great filler for bouquets. 28–36" tall. Tender perennial, full sun
$4

Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’ Gaillardia aristata
Quart. Burgundy petals with golden-yellow centers. Tolerant of heat, drought, poor soil. Attracts beneficial insects. 12–18" tall. Perennial, full sun
$4

Gaillardia ‘Goblin’ Gaillardia grandiflora
Quart. 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
$4

Geranium Maderense Geranium maderense
Gallon. 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'
$7

Gomphocarpus fruticosus, Milkweed Balloon Plant
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
$4

Gomphrena ‘Audray White’ Gomphrena globosa
4" pot. 1 1/2" round white blooms on long stems are great in arrangements. 18–20" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Gomphrena Fiery Sunrise Blend Gomphrena globosa
4" pot. Showy 1 1/2" round blooms in orange, red, and carmine. Use fresh or dried. 24–26" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

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

Gomphrena QIS Mix Gomphrena globosa
4" pot. 1 1/2" round blooms in shades of purple, pink, and white. Long stems are great for arrangements. 18–20" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Gomphrena ‘QIS Purple’ Gomphrena globosa
4" pot. Bright purple 1 1/2" round blooms on strong stems. Holds color well when dried. 18–20" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Gomphrena ‘Strawberry Fields’ Gomphrena globosa
4" pot. Brilliant red 1 1/2" round blooms on strong stems. Holds color exceptionally well when dried. 18–24" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Gomphrena variety mix Gomphrena globosa
4-pack of mixed gomphrena varieties. Annual, full sun
$4

Heuchera pilossisima
Quart. Native to coastal conifer forests; pink, yellow or white flowers;  Deer resistant, 9-18 inches tall, part sun, low water usage, acidic & draining soil
$4

Milkweed, Showy Asclepias sp.
Quart. Pink to white flowers and thick green leaves attract monarch butterflies. Wooly seedpods are decorative. Perennial, full sun, 2–6' tall
$4

Plantago subnuda, Naked/Coastal Plantain
4-pack. Native wetlands perennial. Large basel rosette of leaves sends up 18-inch brown flower spikes. 10-15 inches wide, full sun, constant moisture
$4

Potentilla gracilis, Slender Cinquefoil
Quart. Perennial, yellow flower, pollen & nectar for bees in summer, spreads by rhizomes or seeds, 18 inch flower stalks, 18-25 inches wide, full to part sun, regular water
$4

Rudbeckia Cherokee Sunset Mix Rudbeckia x hirta hybrida
Quart. Double blooms, colors of an Indian/autumn sunset. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24–30" tall
$4

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

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

Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ Rudbeckia hirta
Quart. Huge yellow flowers with green eyes, long blooming. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 18–36" tall
$4

Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ Salvia greggii
Gallon. Intense scarlet flowers on dramatic black stems. Drought tolerant. 30" tall x 30" wide. Perennial, full sun
$4

Scabiosa ‘Fama Deep Blue’ Scabiosa caucasica
Quart. Purple-blue flowers, long lasting in arrangements. Attracts pollinators, butterflies. 18–24" tall (support recommended). Perennial, full sun
$4

Scabiosa ‘Fama White’ Scabiosa caucasica
Quart. White flowers and interesting seed pods add whimsey to garden and vase. Perennial, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Scabiosa ‘Fata Morgana’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
4" pot. 1 1/2–2 1/2" creamy apricot flowers on tall stems add a vintage look to bouquets. Tender perennial, full sun, 24–36" tall
$4

Scabiosa ‘Salmon Rose’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
4" pot. Coral-colored flowers on tall stems. Flowers and seed pods excellent for garden and vase. Perennial, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Scabiosa ‘Snow Maiden’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
4" pot. 1 1/2–2 1/2" white flowers on tall stems. Flowers and seed pods excellent for garden and vase. Tender perennial, full sun, 24–36" tall
$4

Snapdragon ‘Black Prince’ Antirrhinum majus
6-pack. 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
$4

Snapdragon Butterfly Chantilly mix Antirrhinum majus
6-pack. Plump flowers in pastel shades of lemon-yellow, salmon, apricot-bronze, and candy floss pink. 30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Snapdragon Butterfly Chantilly Summer Flame mix Antirrhinum majus
6-pack. Open-faced flowers in warm shades of apricot, bronze, orange, and vermilion on well-branched plants. 30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Snapdragon Tall Maximum Blend Antirrhinum majus
6-pack. Classic tall snapdragon in a bright blend of red, white, yellow, and pink. 24–36" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Statice ‘QIS Apricot’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. 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
$4

Statice ‘Seeker Blue’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. 1 1/2" to 3" wide deep blue flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Statice ‘Seeker Light Yellow’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. 1 1/2" to 3" wide lemon yellow flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Statice ‘Seeker Pastel Blue’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. 1 1/2" to 3" wide sky blue flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Statice ‘Seeker Purple’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. 1 1/2" to 3" wide deep purple flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Statice ‘Seeker Rose Shades’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. 1 1/2" to 3" wide rose pink flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Statice ‘Seeker White’ Limonium sinuatum
4" pot. Pure white blooms, some with a blush of pink. Can be cut for drying. Annual, full sun, 24–30" tall
$4

Strawflower & Celosia mix
4-pack. Surprise mix of three strawflowers and one celosia. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Strawflower Apricot/Peach mix Xerochrysum bracteata
4" pot. 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
$4

Strawflower Copper Red Xerochrysum bracteata
4" pot. Vibrant copper double flowers on tall, well-branched plants. Profuse bloomer for fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Strawflower Silvery Rose Xerochrysum bracteata
4" pot. Profuse double flowers are creamy white tipped with rose. Tall, well-branched plants. For fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Strawflower Vintage White Xerochrysum bracteata
4" pot. Pure white double flowers on tall, well-branched plants. Profuse bloomer for fresh or dried arrangements. 36–40" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

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
6-pack. Single giant flower high on top of a tall stem yields delicious grey striped seeds. Annual, full sun, 8–12' tall
$4

Sunflower giant ‘Snacker’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. 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
$4

Sunflower mid-height Autumn Beauty Mix Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Wide range of autumn colors, 6–1" flowers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–7' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Birds and Bees’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Golden-yellow sunflowers provide pollen & nectar for insects and an abundance of soft, oil-rich black seeds for birds. Annual, full sun, 6–8' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Cinnamon Sun’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. 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' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height Drop Dead Red Mix
6-pack. 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' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height Evening Sun Mix Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Fiery shades of red, orange, burgundy, 4–6" flowers. Heirloom. Multi-branching, long blooming. Annual, full sun, 6–8' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Garnet Star’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Bicolored flowers have a rich garnet-red central starburst with yellow petal tips. Vigorous, prolific, multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5–6' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Lemon Queen’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. 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' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height Moulin Rouge Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Rich velvety deep cinnamon red, spectacular and pollen free. Excellent for cutting. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 6' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Orange Sun’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Clear yellow-orange fluffy double flowers are 6" across with a green eye in the center. 5' tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Red Sun’ Helianthus annuus
Red to red-orange single flowers with a hint of yellow in the center. Strong, branching stems. 5–6' tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Sunflower mid-height Royal Flush Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Vibrant color combination of bicolored mahogany petals, sunny yellow and deep dark red flower faces. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 3–6' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Shock-O-Lat’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Large flowers with bronze-red petals, yellow tips, dark brown center. Well-branched plants with purple-tinged stems. Pollenless. Annual, full sun, 6' tall
$4

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' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Valentine’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Crisp, lemon sherbet petals around chocolate centers. Branching plants with long bloom period. Annual, full sun, 5' tall
$4

Sunflower mid-height ‘Zohar’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Early blooming classic sunflower on strong stems. Long vase life. One flower/plant. Pollenless. Annual, full sun, 4–5' tall
$4

Sunflower short Elves Blend Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Delightful mix of classic yellow sunflowers and multi-petaled varieties on cute, bushy plants. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Sunflower short Music Box Mix Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Bushy plants with flowers in yellow and clear autumn colors, very cute. Good for borders or containers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Sunflower short ‘Sunspot’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. 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" tall
$4

Sunflower short ‘Teddy Bear’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. Bushy plants with loads of fuzzy, golden yellow blossoms that look like huge mums. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Tithonia Mix Tithonia rotundifolia
4-pack. Two each of Torch (brilliant orange flowers) and Aztec Sun (Bright yellow-gold). Robust, tolerates heat & drought. Attracts butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Annual, full sun, 4–6' tall
$4

Venidium Zulu Prince Venidium fastuosum
Quart. 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
$4

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 Aztec Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Large, brilliant orange, cactus flowering dahlia-type. 18–30" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Zinnia Benary’s Giant MG Mix Zinnia elegans
6-pack. Hand mix of 6 individually labeled Benary Giants: deep red, lime, orange, purple, white, wine. Branching. 40–50" tall. Annual, full sun
$6

Zinnia Cabaret Mix Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Big ruffled zinnias in hot colors: rose, purple, bright lilac, magenta, deep orange, warm yellow. 3–3 1/2' tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Zinnia Cactus Flowered Mix Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Beautiful cactus flowers in shades of scarlet, rose, orange, and yellow. Branching. Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

Zinnia Cool Crayon Colors Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

Zinnia Fireball Blend Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

Zinnia Hot Crayon Colors Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

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

Zinnia Northern Lights Blend Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

Zinnia ‘Peppermint Stick’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Colorful blooms are striped and speckled with crimson. No two are alike! Annual, full sun, 2–3' tall
$4

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

Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Orange’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Beautiful 2–3" blooms shade from coral to peach to delicate lime centers. 24–32" tall. Annual, full sun
$4

Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

Zinnia ‘Redman Super Cactus’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

Zinnia Solar Flare Blend Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
$4

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