Growing flowers from seed is easy, economical and very rewarding. Our selection of seed is mainly offering the annual varieties that are easy to direct sow, with minimal effort, and maximum results. Whether your preference is for color design, the fragrance, a cutting garden or climbing varieties, there is a great selection to choose from.
(Agastache X hyb.) Think Anise hyssop with a twist. This variety blooms in clear pink rather than the more usual lavender-purple. Incredibly free flowering on compact plants, early summer right through to hard frost, and the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love it!
A blazing whirl of fantastic colors-brilliant red against flame yellow with a green contrast. Joseph's Coat is beautiful when used in containers, edging or mass plantings. So striking it can be planted as a specimen plant. Celebrate with the fireworks of this spectacular centerpiece. Grows up to 3', full sun. Heat and drought tolerant. Amaranthus tricolor.
Callaloo is also a delicious spinach-like vegetable with a rich, earthy, broccoli-like flavour. Extr..
Annual flowering plant can grow 2-3 feet in height and produces long lasting 18" beautiful red flower tassles. Tolerates both humid and arid conditions. Many parts of the plant, including leaves and seeds, are edible.
How To Grow
Amaranthus thrives in dry soil. Direct sow seed 6 mm (1/4") deep outdoors in a sunny site after danger of frost has passed. For an early start, seed may be started indoors in early April. Seed germinates at 20 C (70 F) i..
Flower or vegetable? It's both! Green, broad oval leaflets forma a dense, yet delicate backdrop of large, showy sprays of flaming red flowers followed by foot long, edible pods. Pick the pods often to promote continued blooms. Hummingbirds love the flowers. Vines quickly and brilliantly cover porch, arbor, fence, trellis, walls, and other garden structures. An easy-to-grow plant that you will really enjoy. Mature height 10-12 foot vines.
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Stunning climber! Black-Eyed Susan's flowers with a striking center eye seem to gaze on the rest of the garden. Shades of yellow, cream, and white brighten your fence or trellis. Try it in hanging baskets and window boxes.
How To Grow
Soak seed overnight in room temperature water then sow seeds in Jiffy 7’s - keep at 24 C (75 F) for the 14 day germination period. Grow on under lights at a cooler temperature of 20 C (70 F) before hardening off and transplant..
A bold and very ornamental eastern North American native that produces beautiful clusters of lupine-like blue flowers from May through June. A bumblebee favourite! This drought tolerant plant was once used to make blue dye. After the flowers, swollen charcoal black seed pods about 5 cm (2") long form on stems that are in demand for dried flower arrangments. Loose seeds in the pods rattle when shaken. Grows in full sun or partial shade in a rich, well-drained soil. Height 60-90 cm (2-3&..
An extremely attractive climbing vine. The flowers are similiar in structure to morning glories but this specie produces many smaller, bright crimson-red, white-throated flowers that typically face up and out from the foliage. Makes for a pretty picture as it climbs on fences and arbours - where it can often reach over 3 m (10') in height! The flowers are quite attractive to hummingbirds.
How To Grow
Sow directly in the garden late May about 6 mm (1/4") deep. We sugge..
(Cichorium intybus) Beautiful, bright red stems and deep green leaves make this variety a winner! Baby leaves add great tangy flavor to salads, or good as a cooked green. We offer true Italian seeds for this delicious heirloom.
(Taraxacum pseudoroseum) Perennial. A darling little wildflower from central Asia, pink dandelion is a much less prolific relative of the common yellow dandelion. While a pink dandelion may seem unusual to American gardeners, the pastel blooms can be found growing along forest edge lines, meadows and roadsides in their native range. Leaves, roots and blooms of pink dandelion are edible; they are considered slightly less bitter than the common yellow dandelion. The 1-2 inch blooms are pink with..
Bring back the bees and help end colony collapse disorder. We’ve been losing our bees at an alarming rate and need to reverse the trend. You can help by sowing this attractive, beneficial mix! A balanced blend of self seeding annuals and hardy long lasting perennials.
Contains: New England Aster, Black Eyed Susan, Borage, Butterfly Weed, Flanders Field-Corn Poppy, Eastern Columbine, Forget-me-not, Perennial Gaillardia, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Lemon Mint, Partridge Pea, Perennial Lupines, ..
This Semi-Shade Wildflower mix has been designed for those areas that receive only 4 to 5 hours of filtered sunlight per day. An eye pleasing blend of self-seeding annuals and hardy perennials that produce flowers in blue, pink and yellow hues. Mature garden height ranges from 15-90 cm (6-36").
Contains: Aquilegia McKana Giant, Coneflower, Candytuft, Catchfly, Dwarf Coreopsis, Forget-Me-Not, Ozark Sundrop, Shasta Daisy, Shirley Poppy, Sweet William, Viola.
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Very fast growing plant producing clusters of sweetly scented, clear indigo-blue flowers at the top of 40 cm (16") high plants. Foliage is an attractive silvery-grey. Plants are generally finished flowering by late July/early August and will often re-seed themselves for the following season. Biennial variable. This Forget-Me-Not is adventurous but is not invasive. Bees absolutely love the flowers! Can provide some welcome early spring colour in partially shady sites.
This special herbal tea plant has attractive lobed leaves and creamy flowers. Once the pretty blossoms are spent, just pick and air dry the teardrop-shaped flower calyxes to make a delicious ruby-colored tea with a floral, berry aroma and well balanced, cranberry-like flavor. Antioxidant packed Hibiscus tea is delicious on its own either steaming hot or iced, or add a touch of lemon, a little honey, or your favorite fruit juice. Also called Jamaican tea or Roselle. Approx...
(Coix lacryma-jobi) Is it an herb, grain, vegetable, or ornamental bead? This easy-to-grow plant is all these things and more! With graceful and flowing miniature corn-type bladed leaves, sturdy stalks, delicate inconspicuous drooping flowers, and ornamental pea-like seeds, Job’s Tears adds a stunning green filler to cut flower displays. A grain-bearing plant useful for food, to make necklaces, rosary beads, and even used traditionally in folk medicine for arthritis and to remove hea..
(Polygonum orientale) Exotic, long, flowing flower heads are a cerise-pink in color. Plants are over 6 feet tall and produce many hanging, rope-like flower heads. We are delighted to offer this rare and colorful heirloom from the gardens of yesteryear. Freeze seeds for a week before planting and plant very early in the spring or late winter. A nice cut or dry flower.
(Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’)
With this special strain, sweet lavender is now easier to start from seed. Our wonderful Hidcote has the loveliest perfume of all the English lavenders. The long blooming plants with their soft narrow silvery foliage and vivid, deep purple velvety calyxes make beautiful landscape plants. Cut and hang the richly scented flower spikes upside down in a cool place for fragrant long lasting bouquets and sachets, or leave the blooms to charm your senses ..
EXCLUSIVE - This mid to late summer heat-lover has big clusters of 1-inch blossoms in vivid scarlet-red, warm orange-red and gold. Butterflies visit the flowers constantly, unable to resist the large amounts of nectar waiting in their bright blossoms. Our award winning Bright Wings is a handsome border plant with 2 to 3 foot flower stalks and blue-green leaves. They are also colorful container plants. Related to common butterfly weed, but much prettier, Bright Wings flow..
Common Milkweed produces a profusion of sweet-scented lavender flowers in mid-summer and is the mandatory food source for the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly who feast on the leaves. Growing well in any well-drained soil, it does spread rapidly by rhizomes so it is best planted in a large area with other wildflowers and native grasses. Grow Common Milkweed this year to attract Monarchs to your garden!
How To Grow
Naturally stratify seed by sowing directly outdoors in the..
(Ipomoea nil) Kikyozaki morning glories are popular in Japan, and this is a cool mix of many colors. These are star-shaped and many will be semi-double. Fantastic looking and much sought after, this is a true botanic treasure that we are proud to offer.
An heirloom variety not available for a long time, Sunrise Serenade is back and you'll want it for your garden. Double ruffled 1-3" ruby red flowers with white centers stay open longer than other Morning Glories. Heart-shaped leaves are an added attraction for this plant that's at home in containers or on a trellis.
These charming variegated nasturtiums have lovely lily-pad leaves whose cream and green striped markings make a wonderful color accent in the garden. The highly ornamental foliage is covered with pert, spurred flowers in bright gold, cheery orange, rich mahogany and salmon. Softly mounding, compact Alaska is an especially striking edging for flowerbeds or borders to contrast with green leaved plants. An attractive choice for showy patio containers, hanging baskets and windo..
(Tropaeolum majus) Renee's EXCLUSIVE - This beautiful new trailing nasturtium offers a stunning cascade of color perfect for hanging baskets, window boxes or containers of any size. Firebird’s deep burgundy, warm pumpkin and rich coral colored blossoms float in striking contrast over lovely variegated lily-pad shaped leaves. Use these stunning nasturtiums to ignite your patio or walkway with color all summer long. Firebird’s edible blossoms taste like watercress with a hint ..
A real jewel! This 'Love in a Mist' is a mixture of white, pink, rose-red, mauve and purple shades. Pretty, delicate foliage, and flowers a little like cornflowers, followed by ornamental seed pods. Height 45cm (18").
Edible blue flowered vining plant native to Southeast Asia. Gorgeous, huge, double blue blooms make a natural food dye and soothing tea to calm the nerves. This double flowered type was found in Thailand, where the blooms are used to dye everything from teas to rice and desserts. A gorgeous ornamental edible flower, the vines are smothered in dazzling indigo petals. Our favorite kid-friendly drink; when you add a drop of lemon to the deep blue tea, the color instantly turns a bright pink, like..
EXCLUSIVE - This rare ornamental runner bean is a true antique, dating back to the 19th century. The vines readily climb 8 to 10 feet up any vertical support, creating a wonderful flowering screen. Painted Lady’s edible blossoms are uniquely bicolored with coral and creamy pink petals, especially pretty against the deep green foliage. Let some flat bean pods mature and enjoy their wonderfully marked mocha and chocolate bean seeds displayed handsomely in glass jars fo..
This runner bean should be grown for the flowers! Once you grow it, you will want more and more. It produces clusters of gorgeous peach-pink blooms. The flowers will then produce an abundant crop of delicious beans that can be eaten raw or cooked or freeze, can or dry them. Eat beans when young or keep for drying.
These very symbolic WWI flowers are the common field poppies of Europe. Brilliant crimson, single red blooms with black centres that are long blooming and very pretty in garden. These poppies have naturalized throughout much of North America. Plants grow to 45 cm (18") tall in the garden.
Large 10 cm (4") wide flowers with wavy and fringed petals form in a multiple of colours atop fine bright green fern-like foliage on plants growing to 45 cm (18") in height. Strong stems withstand harsh wind and rain for a long lasting show. Self sows if happy but will not be invasive. Flowers best in full sun. Remove faded blossoms to prolong blooming through the summer. Best established in well drained soils. Saskatchewan gardeners tell us they find Iceland Poppy likes life on ..
(Papaver paeoniflorum & laciniatum)
Absolutely stunning 4 to 5 inch chalice-shaped flowers with satiny petals that glow in the most delicious shade of deep ruby-purple. These outstanding, heirloom poppies grow 3 to 5 feet tall, depending on how rich your soil is. With their big, lettuce-like, blue-gray leaves and port wine colored flowers, Lauren’s Grape is a highlight of the spring garden. These beautiful flowers easily self sow to shine again every season. Approx. 1900 seeds/pack. M..
Annual. Creamy ivory, lemon yellow and bright saffron orange thistle-like flowers atop prickly plants. Individual blooms are small but produced in great numbers, from midsummer on. Earlier blooming than many safflowers. Safflowers are a source of healthful oilseed, which the birds like as well. Also is useful as a dye plant. Widely grown in Europe, but gaining appreciation here. 30-inch plants are equally at home in the herb garden or the border.
Intense deep blue, almost black blooms resemble a dark night. Flecks of pollen splash across the petals like stars in the sky. Excellent focal plant, plays so beautifully when planted with white blooms, like moonflower. Try in mixed plantings or containers. This rare painted tongue is deeply dramatic, sure to draw attention all summer long. Plants are 2-2.5 feet tall.
Mimosa exhibit fascinating animal like response to stimuli. Fern-like leaves of this plant will fold up when touched then reopen a short time later. A whispering noise accompanies their closing. This folding of leaves after touch or shaking is termed seismonastic movement. Mimosa fold their leaves with night fall opening again with daylight, a phenomena known as nyctinastic movement. Mimosa produce cute, globe-like flower heads clustered with pink/purple flowers. Performs well as a house plant.
This lush New World native has intricate fleur-de-lis shaped leaves that cascade on strong vigorous vines. From midsummer on, the showy foliage is covered with sprays of graceful tubular flowers that start as orange-red buds and open to shade from crimson to soft coral, lemon yellow and vanilla, all the shades appearing together on each arching blossom. Cover a fence, gate or trellis with this fine heirloom whose tropical beauty has graced gardens for over 100 years. &nb..
Shades of lemon yellow, subtle bronze, rich wine and bicolors on multiple flowerheads make Autumn Beauty a popular choice. Cut for a bouquet, plant for a natural fence, or plant in a garden for color. The seed is edible for birds. Maturity 90-100 days.
The giant of all sunflowers with tall thick stalks supporting huge heads that tower over the garden. This single-stem variety is a very fast and vigorous grower. A great variety for edible seeds or feeding the birds. Large plants beloved by children and bees. Food for birds and bees • Fun for kids • 12’ tall • Annual. (Helianthus annuus) Maturity 110 days.
The giant of all sunflowers with tall thick stalks supporting huge heads that tower over the garden. This variety is a very fast and vigorous grower. A great variety for edible seeds or feeding the birds. Large plants beloved by children and bees. Food for birds and bees • Fun for kids • 12’ tall • Annual. (Helianthus annuus) Maturity 110 days.
Behemoth sunflower variety, heads can get as large as 16-18 inches across sitting atop 14 foot tall stalks! These need to be spaced 2 feet apart and well fertilized. Huge, highly nutritious seeds are 1” long, more than twice the average sunflower seed size, perfect for snacking or feeding the birds!
A living contradiction - large 25 cm (10") diameter flower heads form on dwarf 60 cm (2') high stems! Flowers are a bright, sunny yellow with a deep golden-yellow centre. Perfect for containers & boarders.
EXCLUSIVE - The best sweet pea choice for hot summer areas, Perfume Delight is a lovely color mix of intensely fragrant and heat tolerant antique sweet pea varieties. The seductively scented winged flowers bloom abundantly on tall climbing vines in a rich blend of rose, pale pink, lavender, deep purple, crimson and white with many unique bicolors. Their color and fragrance will fill your garden each spring, and a bouquet of their nostalgic orange and honeyed sweetness softly..
Verbena bonariensis. Georgeous lilac clusters atop long airy stems that reach 1 metre or more. V. bonariensis is heat and drought tolerant and blooms from July until frost. If there is a bee in the vicinity, it will be on this flower! It is the perfect plant for splashes of mid-border colour. This tender perennial is supposed to be hardy in zones 7 through 10 but we find that it overwinters in our zone 5 garden as long as there is snow cover. Even if your plants succumb, they will deposit t..
Warm-toned mix of pink, orange, purple, gold and cream blooms.
An excellent cut flower that blooms until frost; the more you cut the more they grow! 2-5" blooms ideal for borders and bouquets. Heat and disease tolerant. Zinnias last longer if you change the water in the vase every two days and keep out of direct sunlight. Excellent cut flower. Attracts butterflies. 24-36" plants. Annual. Maturity 75-90 days.
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Renee's EXCLUSIVE - They’ve made thier own carefree mix of hard-to-find varieties with different flower forms. Enjoy antique bicolor-splashed “Carousel,” exotic needle-petal “Cactus,” chartreuse ruffled “Envy” and free-blooming starry crested “California Giant.” This charming collage comes in all the radiant zinnia shades including orange, scarlet, cherry, violet, rose, salmon, cream, gold, yellow and chartreuse. These e..
These new and improved scabious flowered flowers have unusually shaped blooms in complementing colours of peach and cream.
With their attractive vintage colours, they are exceptional both as a cut flower and in the garden.