Spring Garden Market Ornamentals for 2014

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The flowers and other ornamental plants that we offer at the Spring Garden Market have been trialed at our research gardens to select varieties that perform particularly well in our climate, with an eye towards ones that are beautiful and long lasting in flower arrangements. Our wide range of sunflowers include short varieties for borders or containers, many large 4 to 8-foot multi-branching plants, and three towering giants which produce a single flower with large, edible seeds.

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Flower Description
Amaranth Combo
Amaranthus
Six-pack with two each of Amaranth ‘Burgundy’ (elegant burgundy plumes, edible), ‘Emerald Tassels’ (lime-green cascading plumes) and ‘Love-Lies-Bleeding’ (wine-red cascading plumes) Annual, full sun, 3-8'.
Ammi ‘Green Mist’
Ammi visnaga
Free-flowering annual highly recommended for cut flower use. 4-5" lacey white flowers with numerous green stems are very attractive. Umbels resemble 'Queen Anne's Lace'. New trial variety. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Asclepias Butterfly Flower, Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa
Heirloom. Vivid, red-orange flowers attract monarchs and other butterflies plus beneficial insects. Perennial, full sun, 2-3'.
Bells of Ireland
Moluccella laevis
Tall spires of green 'bells' are dramatic in the garden and in arrangements. Annual, full/part sun, 24-30".
Broom Corn ‘Amish Rainbow’
Sorghum bicolor
Richly colored seed sprays for vase or broom making. Heirloom. Annual, full sun, 5-6'.
Celosia ‘Cramers’ Amazon’
Celosia spp.
A novel cut flower known for its versatility. Beautiful, coleus-like leaves make this very tall plant attractive in the garden while waiting for the deep bright magenta spicata blooms to appear. Beautiful in borders. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Celosia ‘Eternity Improved’
Celosia spictata
Vibrant scarlet plumes on tall stems. Pairs well with celosia ‘Sylphid’. New trial variety. Annual, full sun, 24-30".
Celosia ‘Pampas Plume’
Celosia argentea plumosa
Mix of feathery plumes: lime green, yellow, cerise, magenta. Annual, full sun, 3'.
Celosia ‘Sylphid’
Celosia spictata
Yellow-green plumes on tall stems. New trial variety. Annual, full sun, 30-40".
Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’
Cosmos bipinnatus
Large double flowers in a rich cranberry color. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Cosmos ‘Double Click Snow Puff’
Cosmos bipinnatus
Spectacular white pompom flowers, excellent in garden and vase. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Cosmos ‘Double Click’
Cosmos bipinnatus
Semi-double & double mix: frilly magenta, pink & white. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Cosmos ‘Rose Bon Bon’
Cosmos bipinnatus
Fancy double romantic rose color flowers. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Craspedia Drumstick Flower
Craspedia globosa
Golden-yellow balls on tall stems can be used in both fresh and dry arrangements. Annual, full sun, 24-30".
Gaillardia ‘Sundance Red’
Gaillardia pulchella
Fully double powder puff blooms on dwarf plants add charm and blazing sunset color to water-wise garden. Deer resistant. Long lasting cut flower. Perennial, full sun, 10".
Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate
Polygonum orientale
Tall plant with long arching rosy blooms. Pink pendulous flower panicles. May reseed in place. Annual, full sun, 4-6'.
Ornamental grass combo
(mixed)
Six-pack with two each of ‘Bunny Tails’ (furry lime-green flowers dry to tan), ‘Frosted Explosion’ (feathery lime-green bursts), and ‘Ruby Silk’ (rich burgundy seed sprays). Annual, full sun, 10-24".
Ornamental squash ‘Mini Red Turban’
Cucurbita sp.
Petite version of Turk’s Turban gourd. Let vine sprawl or train to climb. Fun for autumn decor. Offered in a mixed 6-pack. Annual, full sun, .
Pepper-on-a-Stick
Capsicum annuum
Miniature 1" round peppers in red, yellow and orange are held upright on the ends of their stalks. Charming both in the garden and in flower arrangements. Annual, full sun, 2'.
Pumpkin variety mix
Cucurbita maxima/pepo
A delightful mix of pumpkins in a variety of colors and sizes. Edible as well as ornamental. Spreads 6-10' Annual, full sun, 12-18".
Pumpkin-on-a-Stick
Solanum integrifolium
Intriguing and fun plant bears clusters of miniature 'pumpkins.' Distinctive cut flower for fall displays. Annual, full sun, 3'.
Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Gloriosa’
Rudbeckia hirta
Huge 4-7" flowers in rich autumn colors, outstanding variety, long bloom. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 2-3'.
Rudbeckia ‘Cappuccino’
Rudbeckia hirta
Fleuroselect Award for beauty, productivity, performance. Heat/drought tolerant. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24-30".
Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’
Rudbeckia x hirta hybrida
Double blooms, colors of an Indian/autumn sunset. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24-30".
Rudbeckia ‘Chim Chiminee’
Rudbeckia x hirta hybrida
Unusual quilled petals, bright autumn colors. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 24-30".
Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’
Rudbeckia hirta
Huge yellow flowers with green eyes, long blooming. Half-hardy perennial, full sun, 18-36".
Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’
Scabiosa atropurpurea
Dark red, almost black. Flowers and seed pods excellent for garden and vase. Perennial, full sun, 2-3'.
Statice ‘Sunset Mix’
Limonium sinuatum
Uniform bloom time. Heads are packed with apricot, orange, peach and pastel red. Blooming in our gardens through this cold winter. Beautiful soft colors fresh or dried. Annual, full sun, 24-30".
Sunflower
Helianthus annus
We offer three major types of sunflowers:

Giant varieties have one thick stalk up to 14' tall topped by one huge flower head up to 14" wide. These all develop large, tasty seeds.

Mid-height varieties are multi-branching with many flowers opening continually the whole season. Some are pollen-free that do not produce pollen or seeds, welcome for indoor arrangements.

Short varieties are less than 3' tall, a perfect height for children. They also make a very cute border. Annual, full sun, height varies.
Sunflower giant ‘Mammoth Russian’
Helianthus annus
Spectacularly tall plants with a single giant flower that yields abundant edible black seeds. Annual, full sun, 6-10'.
Sunflower giant ‘Snacker’
Helianthus annus
Developed for delicious, nutritious plump seed. Classic golden flowers produce heavy heads full of large, sweet, nutty seeds. One head per stalk. Annual, full sun, 10-14'.
Sunflower giant ‘Sunzilla’
Helianthus annus
Grand giants reach 12-16' with golden flower faces that follow the sun. A row makes a wonderful hedge. Seeds are a feast for humans and birds. Annual, full sun, 12-16'.
Sunflower giant ‘Titan’
Helianthus annus
Choice strain of mammoth sunflower saved by generations of seed savers. Strong, single stalk grows an impressive 12-14' tall, topped with a single, massive, gold flower filled with plump, tasty seeds. Heirloom variety. Annual, full sun, 12-14'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Autumn Beauty’
Helianthus annus
Wide range of autumn colors, 5-8" flowers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Bright Bandolier’
Helianthus annus
Classic sunny yellow flowers with mahogany centers. Prolific large flowers can be cut or left to produce seeds for birds. Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Chocolate Cherry’
Helianthus annus
Rich chocolate-burgundy ray petals surround dark chocolate center disks. Pollen-free for long, clean vase life. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 6-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Cinnamon Sun’
Helianthus annus
Gorgeous flowers with 5-6" wide, glowing cinnamon/bronze petals and chocolate centers. Great in bouquets, co-ordinates with all colors. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Drop Dead Red’
Helianthus annus
A fabulous mix of pollenless, long-lasting florist quality flowers in shades of red from deep burgundy, steamy valentine red, autumn pumpkin red, and bi-colors. No messy pollen. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 4-6'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Evening Sun’
Helianthus annus
Fiery shades of red, orange, burgundy, 4-6" flowers. Heirloom. Multi-branching, long blooming. Annual, full sun, 6-8'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Flash Blend’
Helianthus annus
Heirloom, fabulous mix of brilliant colors. Produces seeds, a treat for birds. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Florist’s Sunny Bouquet’
Helianthus annus
Florist prefer this sunny mix of pollenless hybrids for excellent cut flower quality. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 4-5'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Goldy Honey Bear’
Helianthus annus
Huge fully double, solid gold blooms with green centers, almost pollen free. A favorite. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 4-6'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Lemon Queen’
Helianthus annus
Help the Great Sunflower Project with research to understand the challenges that bees are facing by watching and recording the bees at these sunflowers. www.greatsunflower.org Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Moonshadow’
Helianthus annus
Creamy lemon flowers with pointed petals, dark chocolate centers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Moulin Rouge’
Helianthus annus
Rich velvety deep cinnamon red, spectacular and pollen free. Excellent for cutting. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 6'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Royal Flush’
Helianthus annus
Vibrant color combination of bicolored mahogany petals, sunny yellow and deep dark red flower faces. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 3-6'.
Sunflower mid-height ‘Sun Samba Mix’
Helianthus annus
A celebration of all the forms and joyous colors sunflowers offer. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 5-7'.
Sunflower short ‘Elves Blend’
Helianthus annus
Delightful mix of classic yellow sunflowers and multi-petaled varieties on cute, bushy plants. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2-3'.
Sunflower short ‘Music Box’
Helianthus annus
Bushy plants with flowers in yellow and clear autumn colors, very cute. Good for borders or containers. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2-3'.
Sunflower short ‘Sunspot’
Helianthus annus
A classic sunflower, but only 18-24" tall, just the right height for children! One huge flower with edible seeds. Annual, full sun, 18-24".
Sunflower short ‘Teddy Bear’
Helianthus annus
Bushy plants with loads of fuzzy, golden yellow blossoms that look like huge mums. Multi-branching. Annual, full sun, 2-3'.
Zinnia
Zinnia elegans
All of the zinnia selections below are spectacular. Some are single colors, others are selected color schemes. Most are from the highly successful Benary Giants. We've trialed these repeatedly for many years. They are mostly 3-4' height, drought tolerant when established, attract beneficial insects, very successful in the garden and as cut flowers. We've been picking flowers well into mid-late October. Plant in full sun and pick/deadhead to keep producing. The cactus-flowered varieties are spectacular. Annual, full sun, height varies.
Zinnia ‘Berry Basket’
Zinnia elegans
Densely petaled, fully double shades of raspberry, grape, rose-pink and violet. A custom blend. Annual, full sun, 3-3½'.
Zinnia ‘Cool Crayon Colors’
Zinnia elegans
Lovely shades that make color-coordinated bouquets as you pick them. Fully double, long-stemmed flowers in deep lavender, carmine-rose, soft pink and white. Annual, full sun, 3-3½'.
Zinnia ‘Décor’
Zinnia elegans
Striking duet of premium florist quality zinnias combines beautiful apricot blush with unusual vivid chartreuse. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Zinnia ‘Envy’
Zinnia elegans
Belongs in every flower arranger's garden! Vivid chartreuse sets off bright summer flowers with style and pizzazz and harmonizes with soft pastels. Annual, full sun, 2-3'.
Zinnia ‘Giant Fantasy’
Zinnia elegans
Cactus flowered. Petals are long with rolled edges that turn and twist. Beautiful blend of Cherry Time (reddish pink), Lilac Time (variations of purple), and pure white Snow Time. Annual, full sun, 2-3'.
Zinnia ‘Hot Crayon Colors’
Zinnia elegans
Right out of the crayon box of intense colors, this blend contains hot shades of scarlet red, citrus orange, and golden yellow. Annual, full sun, 3–3½'.
Zinnia ‘Lilliput’
Zinnia elegans
These cute, colorful 1 1/2" pom pom flowers are a delight in the garden and vase. Held high on sturdy stems. Cutting flowers encourages more blooms. Annual, full sun, 18-24".
Zinnia ‘Little Lion’
Zinnia elegans
For wonderful bright color, 'Little Lion' offers intense orange-red, fully double 4-5" blossoms with multiple layers that remind us of a lion's mane. Annual, full sun, 3–3½'.
Zinnia ‘Pink Senorita’
Zinnia elegans
Enormous, mostly fully double cactus-flowered type. Color confined to a sophisticated range of the best pinks from salmon through cerise. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Zinnia ‘Pop Art Red & Yellow’
Zinnia elegans
Large golden yellow double blooms with red streaks co-ordinate with so many hot summer colors. Annual, full sun, 2-3'.
Zinnia ‘Raggedy Ann’
Zinnia elegans
Giant flowering cactus zinnias have jolly 4-5" flower faces with curved and twisted narrow petals like quills. Custom mix of canary and golden yellow, orange, crimson, coral, rose, lilac, pink and white. Annual, full sun, 3–4'.
Zinnia ‘Raspberry Sorbet’
Zinnia elegans
Lovely flowers of jewel-toned deep raspberry tinted double blossoms on branching long stems. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.
Zinnia ‘Redman Super Cactus’
Zinnia elegans
A magnificent, huge red-flowered variety of the giant zinnia cactus family. An old favorite that has become rare. Annual, full sun, 3-4'.