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&..
Black Dragon has exotic serrated leaves which are a rare deep maroon-red fringed with purple-black. The best colour display is in bright, indirect light, however like all coleus, Black Dragon is tolerant of a fair amount of shade. Grow this coleus in pots or in the garden as an accent plant with bright green foliage plants. Makes a stunning visual contrast when grown amongst lime green hostas. Mature height to 30 cm (12"). Annual.
How To Grow
Stunning 5-7 cm (2-3") wide bicoloured flowers striped purple, red and white fill these dwarf, nicely compact 60 cm (24") high plants. Cosimo's flowers are highlighted by finely cut light green foliage. This cosmos is an early bloomer that once it starts goes all summer long! A butterfly favourite.
How To Grow
It is preferable to direct seed cosmos in the garden although one can start them inside if desired 4 weeks before planting out. Choose a sunny site..
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..
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...