flower varieties for 2019

plant key

• Annual, unless otherwise marked “P” for Perennial or “SSA” for Self Sowing Annual
• Days to maturity are from transplant. (This means start counting when you put the plant in the ground. Take these numbers with a grain of salt; there are a lot of variables to take into consideration.)

Size pot available:
3” = 3” round biodegradable pot (18 / tray)
3.5" = 3.5" square biodegradable pot (18 / tray)

Bachelor’s Buttons Blue Boy (Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus)
SSA. 3”
A beautiful true-blue flower with a striking spiky texture. Its color makes a fantastic accent in salads or on desserts, and its nectar attracts several kinds of beneficial insects.

Bee Balm (Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa)
P. 3.5”
A 3-4 ft native wildflower with lovely lavender flower attractive to pollinators. Also used in herbal medicine and the kitchen.

Borage (Borago officinalis)
SSA. 55 days. 3”
My favorite edible flower - they’re blue (and occasionally pink) and taste like cucumber! Suspend them in ice cubes for cool summer drinks or try the young leaves in soups, German green sauce or filled pastas. The flowers are attractive to beneficial insects, especially common green lacewings.

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) - sorry, crop failure
P. 3.5”
One of the native butterflyweeds in our region that provide food for the monarch butterfly. If you plant it, they will come... (hopefully!) and eat the leaves. A great educational opportunity for kids to keep an eye out for pupating larvae, and extra special if you catch the monarchs the morning they hatch, drying off their wings before they head off.

Calendula ‘Resina’ (Calendula officinalis)
SSA. 3”
Seed originally from Ridge & Hollow Seed Alliance in Athens. A highly aromatic and cheery daisy-like flower with bright yellow and occasionally orange flowers. ‘Resina’ has an especially high resin content, ideal for medicinal use in oils and tinctures

Castor Bean ‘Gibsonii’ (Ricinus communis)
Poisonous! But beautiful. The tall and striking tropical look of the red-tinged foliage and flowers make an excellent centerpiece plant and lend height (6 ft +) to the landscape.

Hyacinth Bean ‘Ruby Moon’ (Dolichos lablab)
Another bean NOT to eat, but just to gaze upon. Gorgeous purple stems, flowers and seed pods. Will vine 10 - 15 ft if given support, and chances are, it will reseed itself next year.

Nasturtium Jewel Mix (Tropaeolum majus)
42 days. 3.5”
A bushy nasturtium with a bright mix of 2” orange, yellow, red and gold blooms. The striking flowers have a peppery flavor and make a flashy garnish.

Passionflower (Maypop, Passiflora incarnata)
P. 3.5”
Stunningly complicated and exotic purple flowers turn into small passionfruit. They’re edible, but awfully seedy. The plant might start slow, waiting to come up even into June, but it can soon take over if you’re not careful… But it’s so beautiful, you won’t even care. It’s a vine, so give it something to climb or expect it to crawl all over.

Tithonia Torch (Tithonia rotundifolia)
Also known as ‘Mexican Sunflower,’ these deep orange flowers attract a range of butterflies, pollinators and hummingbirds. Reaching 6 ft tall, tithonia can provide a striking, easy-care backdrop to your garden.