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 2022 Spring Garden Market due to COVID concerns. We hope to return with a full event in 2023.

A limited selection of seedlings will be for sale on April 23.

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


Aesculus californica, California Buckeye
12" deep, narrow tree pot. California native. Showy white flower spikes in spring, toxic fruits. 15–25' tall x 25-40' wide. Very low water. Shrub/small tree, summer deciduous. Hardy to -5°F. Full/part sun.

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

Armeria maritima, Sea Pink, Sea Thrift
Tall 3.5" pot. California native. Grass-like mound with pink flowers in late spring to early summer. 6–12" x 6–12". Very low water. Perennial, evergreen. Hardy to 20–30°F. Full sun.

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

Baileya multiradiata, Desert Marigold
Tall 3.5" pot. California desert native. Golden flowers spring–summer. 8–16" tall x 4–8" wide. Needs good drainage. Very low water. Perennial, evergreen. Hardy to 20–30°F. Full sun.

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

Bupleurum ‘Griffithii’ Bupleurum rotundifolium
6-pack. Yellow-lime green flowers on long stems are excellent in both fresh and dried arrangements. Annual, full sun, 24–36" tall

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

Celosia ‘Sunday Gold’ Celosia argentea cristata
4-pack. Rich golden-yellow plumes on long stems. Annual, full sun, 30–40" tall

Celosia Mixed Pack Celosia varieties
6-pack. Hand mix of 6 individually labeled celosia varieties. Annual, full sun, 24–36" tall

Cirsium occidentale Cobweb Thistle
4" pot. California native. Cherry red blooms on spiky cobweb heads. Silvery-white thistle leaves. 3' x 2'. Very low water. Short-lived perennial. Hardy to 10°F. Full sun.

Cosmos ‘Double Click Bicolor Violet’ Cosmos bipinnatus
4-pack. 2–3" double bicolor flowers on strong stems. Colors from bright purple and white to soft lavender blush. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

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

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

Cosmos ‘Fizzy White’ Cosmos bipinnatus
4-pack. Dramatic tufted centers and finely pleated skirts give a semi-double or double flower look. Annual, full sun, 3–4' tall

Gaillardia Double Indian Blanket Mix Gaillardia pulchella
Quart. Big, solid color powderpuff blossoms in yellow, red, purple, and cream. Drought tolerant. Annual, full sun, 15–24" tall

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

Gaillardia Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella
Quart. Masses of light red blooms tipped with yellow. Drought tolerant, attracts butterflies and beneficial insects. Annual, full sun, 12–24" tall

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'

Gomphocarpus fruticosus, Milkweed Balloon Plant
4-pack. 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

Gomphrena ‘Audray White’ Gomphrena globosa
4-pack. 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
4-pack. Showy 1 1/2" round blooms in orange, red, and carmine. Use fresh or dried. 24–26" tall. Annual, full sun

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

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

Grindelia camporum v. camporum, Great Valley Gum Plant
Gallon. California native. Yellow daisy-like flowers in the summer. Water once per month once established. 2–6' x 3'. Perennial. Hardy to 15°F. Full sun.

Heuchera pilossisima Seaside Alumroot, Shaggy Alum Root
Tall 3.5" pot or gallon. Native to coastal conifer forests; pink, yellow or white flowers;  Deer resistant, 9–18" tall, part sun, low water, acidic & draining soil

Hibiscus ‘Mahogany Splendor’ Hibiscus acetosella
Quart. Dramatic deeply cut foliage in a rich mahogany red. Great in arrangements. Drought tolerant. Perennial, full sun, 40–70" tall

Layia platyflossa, Tidy Tips
Tall 3.5" pot. California native. Golden daisies with white tips in winter/spring. 6–24" tall and wide. Water 3 times/month in summer. Annual, reseeds. Full sun.

Lupinus densiflorus v. aureus, Golden Lupine
Gallon. California native. Upright spikes of golden yellow flowers tinged with red. 18" x 18". Low water. Annual, reseeds. Full sun.

Lupinus nanus, Sky Lupine
Tall 3.5" pot. California native. Upright spikes of rich blue and white flowers. Blooms in spring. 6–20" tall and wide. Low water. Full sun.

Lupinus succulentus, Arroyo Lupine
Tall 3.5" pot. California native. Upright spikes of purple and violet flowers. Blooms for months. 3–4' tall x 3' wide. Low water. Annual, reseeds. Full/part sun.

Malva assurgentiflora, Tree Mallow
Gallon. California native. Fast growing shrub with lavender flowers. Water 1–2 times/month once established. 5–15' x 5–10'. Perennial, evergreen. Hardy to 20–30°F. Full sun.

Ornamental grass combo, 4
4-pack of different ornamental grasses: Blue Gramma, Bunny Tails, Green Drops, Frosted Explosion. Grow in ground or containers. May reseed. Annual, full/part sun

Ornamental grass combo, 6
6-pack of different ornamental grasses: Blue Gramma, Green Drops, Frosted Explosion. Grow in ground or containers. May reseed. Annual, full/part sun

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

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

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

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

Salvia spathacea Hummingbird Sage
Quart. California native. Pink flower stalks late winter to summer. 1–2' tall, spreads via underground runners. No/low water. Evergreen perennial. Hardy to 0°F. Full/part sun

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

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 (support recommended)

Scabiosa ‘Fire King’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
4" pot. 1 1/2–2 1/2" deep scarlet flowers are dramatic and elegant. Tender perennial, full sun, 24–36" tall (support recommended)

Scabiosa ‘Merlot Red’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
4" pot. 1 1/2–2 1/2" dark wine-colored flowers are dramatic and elegant. Tender perennial, full sun, 24–36" tall (support recommended)

Scabiosa ‘Oxford Blue’ Scabiosa atropurpurea
4" pot. 1 1/2–2 1/2" lavender blue flowers shade delicately from center to edge. Tender perennial, full sun, 24–36" tall (support recommended)

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 (support recommended)

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 (support recommended)

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

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

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

Statice ‘QIS Apricot’ Limonium sinuatum
4-pack. 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 ‘QIS Yellow’ Limonium sinuatum
4-pack. 1 1/2" to 3" wide bright yellow flower clusters on strong stems. Wonderful both fresh and dried. 24–30" tall. Annual, full sun

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

Statice variety pack, dark colors Limonium sinuatum

4-pack. Blue, Purple, Rose, Yellow. Can be used fresh or cut for drying. Annual, full sun, 24–30" tall


Statice variety pack, light colors Limonium sinuatum

4-pack. Apricot, Light Yellow, Pastel Blue, White. Can be used fresh or cut for drying. Annual, full sun, 24–30" tall


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

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

Strawflower variety pack Xerochrysum bracteata
4-pack. Mix of four strawflower colors: Copper Red, Purple Red, Silvery Rose, Vintage White. 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
6-pack. Single giant flower high on top of a tall stem yields delicious grey striped seeds. Annual, full sun, 8–12' tall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunflower mid-height ‘Goldy Honey Bear’ Helianthus annuus
6-pack. 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 ‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washingtonia filifera, California Fan Palm
1 gallon. California native. Stout trunk with wide, fan-shaped leaves. 40–70' tall. Very low water. Excess water causes root rot. Evergreen tree. Hardy to 15°F. Full sun.

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

Zinnia Benary’s Giant MG Brightside Mix Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Hand mix of 4 individually labeled Benary Giants: Lilac, bright pink, coral, and lime. Branching. 40–50" tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia Benary’s Giant MG Darkside Mix Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Hand mix of 4 individually labeled Benary Giants: Deep red, wine, purple, and orange. Branching. 40–50" tall. Annual, full sun

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

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

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

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

Zinnia ‘Envy’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
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

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

Zinnia Lilliput Mix Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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" tall

Zinnia ‘Mazurkia’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. F83Striking bi-color double blossoms have scarlet petals tipped with cream. Strong branching. 20–30" tall. Annual, full sun

Zinnia ‘Meteor’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Brilliant red semidouble blossoms with gold centers. Strong branching. 20–30" tall. Annual, full sun

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

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

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

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

Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Blush’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. Beautiful 2–3" pale lime double and semi-double blooms with delicate peach blush. 24–32" tall. Annual, full sun

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

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

Zinnia ‘Raspberry Sorbet’ Zinnia elegans
4-pack. 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
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

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

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

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