This Ontario native is irresistible to songbirds, pollinators and butterflies. Its showy violet-purple blooms with the yellow-orange eyes appear from mid August through to deep October. Enjoys full sun but will also grow in partial shade and is most often found in open fields, fence rows, forest borders and meadows. Plants range from 60-90 cm (2-3') in height. Often during flowering, lower leaves on the stem shrivel and dry up - this is common and nothing to be alarmed about. ..
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&..
Cactus plants are a joy to grow. A mix of plant types, shapes, and heights provides a unique assortment. Start seeds inside in pots filled with equal parts coarse sand and potting soil. When plants are established transplant to larger pots.
How To Grow
Sow seeds into a barely moistened peat-based medium or a sand/vermiculite combination that has been pre-moistened by lightly misting with a spray bottle. Make sure seeds are sown on the surface of the growing medium so that they..
This pretty native plant is found throughout the southern plains areas in central Canada. Sturdy, drought tolerant colourful plants 1 m (3') tall bloom from mid summer through to early fall. Thrives in hot, humid conditions and medium to drier soils. Flowers are up to 7.5 cm (3") across with bright yellow reflexed petals with pronounced tubular centres. Flowers are a butterfly favourite and the seed produced is preferred by many birds and small mammals. Perennial ha..
A serviceable ground cover rather than accent plant in the garden. Produces very showy, 7.5 cm (3") wide, poppy-like, lemon yellow flowers on compact plants. Plants are quite showy once established and will thrive in sunny hot areas with soil that is less than ideal. Establishment and persistence is enhanced in dry, well drained soils. Hardy to Zone 4.
How To Grow
Sow indoors in a soil-less mix in January through February, germinate at 20 C (70 F) for 14- 21 day..
We have put together a specific grouping of plants with flowers in various shades of violet, blue, orange, red and white for the purpose of attracting a wide assortment of butterflies. A blend of annuals and hardy perennials with a garden height that averages 60 cm (2').
Contains: Alyssum, African Daisy, Bachelor Buttons, Butterfly Weed, Candytuft, Catch Fly, Columbine, Purple Coneflower, Prairie Coneflower, Plains Coreopsis, Cosmos, Scarlet Flax, Marigold, Siberian Wallflower.
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 is one of our showiest native plants. Joe Pye Weed is another Carolinian Canada species that's a Butterfly and Hummingbird favourite. Tall, showy plants average 120cm (4') height and are loaded with fluffy, purplish-white blooms for several weeks in July and August. Flowers have a sweet vanilla scent. A good wetland meadow plant as it tolerates constantly moist soils - also found along stream banks and marsh edges. Best in full sun but it will tolerate part shade. Perennial&nbs..
A superb selection bearing robust spikes in a range of bright shades. Sow early spring for first year flowering. Traditional cottage garden favourite. Ornamental foliage and stems of closely packed small flowers in early summer. Handsome border plants. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. HP - Hardy perennial. Height 50cm (20"). Ideal for beds and borders. Prefers full sun or partial shade.Sow March-June inside or direct sow outdoors for flowers May-July the following year. 54 Seeds/pack...
This favourite June/July blooming perennial is valued for its tall, colourful spikes of blue. Requires moist soils in full sun to light shade. Height 60-90 cm (24-36") . Hardy to Zone 5
How To Grow
A somewhat finicky perennial to start, it requires a cooler temperature of 16 C (60 F) for germination (which normally requires about 20 days). Soak seed for 24 hours prior to sowing indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date. After germination, grow on under lights at the sam..
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa). This North American native has clusters of orange-red flowers that attract variety of butterflies, including the treasured Monarch. A perennial (to zone 4) growing 18 to 36" tall, it requires well-drained soil and prefers full sun. The wind will carry the fluffy seeds great distances. Wintersow in a cold frame, or cold moist stratify for 4 weeks in moistened sand, then germinate warm.
How To Grow
Sow seed indoors in ..
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..
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias Incarnata). Grow this North American native for the sweet scent, the butterflies, bees, and the beautiful mid- to late-season colour. Allow the Monarch butterfly larvae to munch all the leaves they want and watch them pupate over the winter— the plant will return next spring. Easy from seed with winter-sowing. Won't reliably re-seed in one area, since the fluffy seedheads travel long distances in the wind. Extremely hardy, but not the best ..
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.
A beautiful mix of colours through reds, rose and whites. Plant in full sun to enjoy rich colour and best garden performance. When climbing, vines can reach 120-150 cm (4-5') tall. Sweet Pea is a rhizomatous, deep-rooted legume that climbs using tendrils on any support living or constructed. Without support the plant forms a thick mat about 30-40 cm (12-16") high. Blooms from mid-June to mid-August. Very good for erosion control and slowing invading shrubs and weedy trees. Once est..
This Canadian native plant is often used in formal rock gardens or perennial borders - especially in hot, dry sites. Further, it makes a very reliable groundcover when massed in sunny, hot, dry, hard to grow areas. This tolerance to dryness is quite interesting considering it can be found growing in wetter sites in the wide. Fern-like aromatic foliage produces swarms of showy, flat-topped, white flowers for months in the garden. Provides long lasting beauty for beds..