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King Size Strawflower

Strawflower

Helichrysum bracteatum. These beauties are perfect for drying – but great in fresh bouquets too! They start blooming in mid-summer and keep producing into the fall if you keep picking them. For fresh flowers, harvest anytime. For dried flowers, pick before they are fully open because they will continue to open nicely as they dry. Great plant for hot, dry sites.

White Sage

Strawflower

Salvia apiana. This large, beautiful, aromatic sage is used for smudging in traditional Native American ceremonies. It has been over-harvested in the wild across the west without consideration for its cultural significance. By growing a plant for yourself, you can enjoy its beauty and fragrance without endangering its natural population.

Kirigami Oregano

Kirigami oregano

Beautiful ornamental oregano with hop-like flowers. The bracts are flushed with rosy pink for a striking two-tone look. Beautiful in hanging pots, mixed patio containers or the garden. Showy and nicely aromatic. Dries well for attractive arrangements. Hardy to zone 5.

Helenium

Helenium

Standout in the late summer garden, helenium is also a wonderful cut flower. Perennial and carefree, this can be a back of the border plant or grown in the cutting garden. Seedlings will flower in colors ranging from bright gold to russet reds with shades in between as well as bi-colors and picotees. We love this plant!

Blue Bedder Salvia

Blue Bedder Salvia

Salvia farinacea. Spikes of deep blue/purple flowers will keep coming for weeks if harvested regularly. Very pretty addition to summer bouquets or in dried arrangements.

Starflower

Scabiosa Stellata

Scabiosa stellata. The flowers are pretty – but resist picking them! The pods that follow are the real show, with papery bracts etched in tiny dark lines, and shaped in a crisp, greenish ball. Super cute in arrangements fresh or dried.

Comfrey

Comfrey

Symphytum x uplandicum. A wonderful herb for making skin salves and garden brews. The roots and leaves contain allantoin, a natural compound that has been shown to stimulate cell growth and is found in a wide variety of skin-care products. It is safe and effective at soothing skin inflammation, dryness, and redness such as caused by rosacea; as well as easing muscle soreness. And it’s easy to make salve at home! As a garden tonic, the plant scavenges trace minerals from the soil, making the leaves useful for nourishing teas and mulches.

We offer the sterile BOCKING 14 variety that will form a polite clump. Some other seed-grown comfreys are rampant self-seeders. Our plants have behaved perfectly for decades under our fruit trees. We get multiple leaf harvests every year. Tuck some into a corner of your garden and you will be rewarded with a useful, bee-friendly, workhorse plant for years to come.

Calendula

Calendula Crown Orange

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is pretty, easy to grow, and useful in lots of ways. Its colorful daisy-shaped blooms are a great pop of color in the garden or in early summer bouquets. The petals are edible and can add sparkle to salads, in spreads, ice cubes or as plate decoration. The flowers are also medicinal and often used in teas and extracts for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and in skin-soothing lotions and balms.

Statice Pale Blue

Statice Pale Blue

Limonium sinuatum. A beautiful cut flower filler for bouquets that lasts a long time in the vase. It’s a fantastic dried flower too that holds its color and dries easily. Great pastel lavender-blue that’s hard to find. Grows 24” – 30” tall.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus. A must-have herb for South Asian cuisine. We also use it as a tea (and to make a cocktail infusion that’s delicious with gin or vodka, yum!). Easy to grow in the garden or a pot. It will grow quite large in one season and can either be dried, frozen, or overwintered indoors and replanted in spring.

 

Honeywort

Cerinthe

Cerinthe major. A rarely seen and unique beauty, Cerinthe is commonly known as Honeywort or Blue Shrimp plant. The pendulous flowers are purple and surrounded by teal-blue bracts- stunning in the garden or the vase. The plant can be rangy with long succulent stems so support is recommended, especially in windy areas.

 

Lavender Magic Sweet William

Lavender Magic Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus. These are premium quality florist sweet william with large flower heads and long, strong stems. The “magic” is the way each floret opens in white then deepens to a lavender pink for a lovely multi-color look.

 

Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

Anaphalis margaritacea. Papery crisp clusters of small white flowers cover this perennial plant in summer. Pearly Everlasting, as the name implies, is a terrific dried flower but is also useful fresh. It has strong 2’-3’ stems and can withstand intermittent dry conditions.

 

Wonderberry

Wonderberry

Solanum melanocerasum. Also called Garden Huckleberry this tomato relative is a prolific producer and will reward you with clusters of large, dark purple, anthocyanin-rich fruit in late summer. Berries should be harvested fully ripe and soft, then cooked and sweetened to be enjoyed. Makes delicious pie, jam and a gorgeous violet syrup (try it in lemonade!).

 

Exquisite Zinnia

Zinnia Exquisite

Zinnia elegans. The color of these zinnias is hard to put into words, but carmine salmon is the best description we’ve heard. Whatever you’d like to call it, it’s beautiful! Flowers are about 3″ across and multi-petalled.

Zinnias are native to Mexico and love the hot days of summer. They bloom best without much fertilizer, but give them enough space to avoid mildew in our humid climate.

 

Orange Safflower

Zanzibar Carthamus

Carthamus tinctorius. This is a crazy useful plant: beautiful in fresh bouquets, wonderful dried material, a valuable dye plant, widely used in folk medicine around the world, with edible flowers, and as the source of nutritious safflower oil. The orange pompoms are striking in the garden too. In good growing conditions, the plant can reach four feet in height and will be loaded with flowers.

 

Bunny Tail Grass

Bunny Tail Grass

Lagurus ovatus. Cutest grass ever! In summer, this carefree grass begins popping up soft, cream-colored inflorescences on sturdy stems—every bit the image of a bunny tail. The plants are delightful in the garden and in pots, and excellent additions to bouquets. They dry very well and are useful in wreaths and arrangements.

Apricot Statice

Statice QIS Apricot

Limonium sinuatum. A beautiful cut flower filler for bouquets that lasts a long time in the vase. It’s a fantastic dried flower too that holds its color and dries easily. Warm apricot, peach and pink tones. Grows 24” – 30” tall.

Sweet Valerian

Sweet Valerian

Valeriana officionalis. A great perennial for the flower garden and medicinal herb garden. The low growing plant produces very tall stems with pale pink flowers in summer with a delicious scent that travels across the garden. Valerian root has been used across the world for centuries and is renowned for promoting sleep and easing muscle cramps. The roots of mature plants are shaved or ground and used in teas as and effective and natural sleep aid. The plant grows well in most soils and really thrives stony soil in full sun where it will produce the highest levels of therapeutic oils. Valerian is also a host for many different beneficial insects and bees. If the spent flowers are allowed to go to seed, you will soon have a nice patch of Valerian to enjoy and use for years to come.

Giant Pussywillow

Pussywillow

A very special variety of French Pussywillow that blooms extra early (a full month before standard florist pussywillow) with very large catkins. The plant will grow into a 10′ shrub if allowed to grow to full size. But, by harvesting the ornamental stems, it can be kept much smaller. Can be coppiced (cut close to the ground) in winter and will send up long straight stems in summer for cutting the following spring. Easy to grow even in wet sites and provides useful screening.

Tulsi / Holy Basil

Tulsi / Holy Basil

Ocimum sanctum (tenuifolium). This variety of basil is widely revered in Ayurvedic medicine and is sometimes called Holy Basil, Hot Basil or the Queen of Herbs. The flavor is more peppery than its cousin sweet basil and has notes of clove and cinnamon. Some describe it as tasting like Juicy Fruit gum! It makes a delicious tea for relieving stress. Easy to dry for year-round use.

Chedi Marigold

Chedi Marigold

Tagetes erecta. A stately orange marigold with jumbo flowers perfect for cutting or stringing into festival necklaces and garlands.  The vibrant orange petals are loaded with lutein and xanthophyll and has been studied for eye- and heart-related health benefits. Petals may be added to salads or other dishes or distilled into tinctures. The flowers are even used to feed chickens to make their yolks extra golden.

Rosemary

Rosemary

Salvia rosmarinus. Fragrant evergreen small shrub that known for its sweetly resinous flavor. This Mediterranean native loves full sun and well-drained soil and is happily grown in a pot.  Rosemary is marginally hardy in zone 6 and can sometimes overwinter with ample protection. The leaves can also be dried for winter use.

Britton Perilla

Perilla Britton

Perilla frutescens. There are many varieties of perilla and Britton is especially lovely, having dramatic leaf coloration with green on top and purple undersides. We use it as bouquet foliage and in the kitchen. The leaves are delicious edible greens with hints of anise.  Traditionally used in stir fries, pickled or in salads. Sturdy, easy to grow plants. Best color in full sun.

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