ALCHEMILLA OR LADY'S MANTLE
or Part Sun, Zones 4-7 EASY, Summer.
This lovely plant produces sprays of chartreuse flowers that make
excellent filler in bouquets. A nice foliage plant, you can't help
but notice the way the fan shaped leaves collect the morning dewdrops.
25. Irish Silk-
OUT! The vibrant spring green color
of this plant will make the shady spots in your garden shine
This plant does well in either shade or sun forming neat
14" mounds of velvety leaves. The flower sprays rise
up like a cloud over the foliage in June and July. The stems
are stronger for cutting than other varieties.
or Shade, Zone 3-8, EASY,
and intricate in design, these exquisite springtime blooms
dance high above their mounds of lacy foliage. They are
an easy way to bring color to the shady parts of the garden
and can bloom well into summer. While deer pass them by,
the hummingbirds hover ready to perform their pollinating
We remember the people who share something beautiful with
us. Flowers in our garden are often the source of that
remembrance. A few years back an old college friend admired
some beautiful and prolific columbine in a neighbor's
garden. She gave him the seed and he began to grow it
in his garden. In turn he passed it to us and now we grow
it to share with you. The plum colored blossoms reach
over 2 feet tall. Collect the seed and share it with your
33. McKana Giant
An ornate, long spurred, jewel of a flower in a festive
mix of pink, blue, maroon, red, yellow, rose, and
white with contrasting centers. The plants reach 30"
34. Nora Barlow Mix- SOLD
OUT! These traditional cottage garden columbines now come in a new mix of
colors including rose, blue, white, and purple. The plants
grow to 2 1/2 ft. bearing fully double spurless flowers
with fine clover-like foliage.
CAMPANULA-Sun or Part Shade, Zone 3-8,
Late Spring/Early Summer, Summer. The versatility of this genus is astounding. The large and small dangling
or sometimes upright bells come in shades of blue, pink, and
pure white with foliage in a variety of habits.
Each species provides something special to our garden. Campanula
bloom in the heat of summer, add splashes of color for the
rest of the season, and are often the mainstay of the English
of nodding bells in a range of shades from pale pink to
a rich burgundy. They bloom profusely all season even in
late October with flurries in the air. The pendulous bells
have maroon spotted interiors. Grow to 2ft. tall.
36. Canterbury Bell Mix- SOLD
A reseeding biennial with huge cup and saucer bells in blue, pink,
or white. A little trickier to grow because they do not
tolerate wet soil in the spring, but they are worth the
effort so prepare your site well. They provide prodigious
amounts of flowers for cutting.
37. Carpatica Dark Blue Clips- SOLD
OUT! The "clip" series are marvelous and durable plants. Their
upright 1 1/2" deep blue bells inundate the mounded
8" tall foliage. The Clips are also excellent to edge
paths and driveways and bloom the first year.
38. Carpatica White Clips- SOLD
OUT! Same as above in pure white. The best part about Clips is they bloom
clusters of spectacular violet blue flowers adorn the tips
of the 15-18" tall stems. They bloom June through July
spreading 1 1/2-- 2 ft. Very easy self sufficient plants,
blooming the first year.
Persicifolia Blue- SOLD
starry, bell-shaped flowers on 2 1/2 ft. stems over neat
and low growing foliage. Long lived and easy to grow, they
also make an excellent cut flower.
Persicifolia white- SOLD
Pure luminescent white star shaped bells on sturdy stems
with the same tidy foliage as the above blue.
OR MOUNTAIN BLUET- Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY,
Late Spring/Early summer. These frilly and flamboyant blue flowers of this
perennial cornflower are effortless to grow and are
known to repel deer. Sheer them back after the first flush
of blooms and be rewarded with more blooms all season.
44. C. Montana- SOLD
OUT! Growing 12" tall and wide with huge corn flower blue blooms. These
perennial "bachelor buttons" like sun and good
CERASTIUM or SNOW IN SUMMER-
Zones 3-7, Summer.
Low trailing plants growing to a about 6-8 inches high. Their
silver foliage and white blossoms can cover banks or grow neatly
around the edge of your garden.
43. Silver Carpet-
We saw a beautiful example of these plants at our neighbors
home where the path to their house was lined on both sides
by Cerastium with a backdrop of blue Lavender plants. Both
enjoy sun and well drained soil.
COREOPSIS-Sun, Zone 3-9, EASY, Late Spring/Early
summer. These cheery, yellow daisy-like flowers bloom in profusion well above
their neat mounds of foliage. So reliable, they are a favorite in our daughter Esperanza's
A large flowered coreopsis with single petals and a dark
center. Blooms early and in the first
year while withstanding the heat of summer.
46. Early Sunrise- SOLD OUT!
Early and long blooming, 18" high plants with 2" semi-double,
bright yellow daisies. After the first flush they bloom
lightly all summer.
DIANTHUS OR COTTAGE PINKS- Sun or Part Shade,
Late Spring/Early summer;
Amazing in their diversity, these old fashioned "Pinks"
produce a wealth of flowers with a spicy fragrance.
These traditional cottage
pinks dapple the garden with just the right amount of color.
Painted on delicate fringed petals, their vibrant mix of
colors includes carmine, crimson, deep violet, pink, raspberry,
rose, violet, cherry, and cherry and violet picotee. They
bloom early and continuously all summer and withstand hot
spells. These are very beautiful and carefree plants. Grow
to about a foot high.
48. Sweet William Tall Double Mix- SOLD
OUT! The best cut flower we've ever grown, lasting weeks. Enchanting and
old-fashioned, we've had many people remembering this one from their grandmother's
garden! A rich variety of color, these flowers are beautifully
marked with pink and red, bicolored and white; appearing
in clusters at the end of a 2' stem. They are especially
beautiful in combination with Lupines!
49. Zing Rose- SOLD
OUT! A profusion of small vibrant rose flowers growing just above a dense
green mat. Spreading nicely, they are hardy, easy to grow,
and long lived. Beautiful along walkways or in front of
the border, they tolerate either shade or sun.
DIGITALIS OR FOXGLOVE-
Sun or Shade, Zone 4-8, EASY, Late
Spring/Early Summer. Dramatic
and old-fashioned, these tall majestic plants are the heart
and soul of cottage gardens.
This is the traditional Foxglove
seen surrounding the thatched cottages of England. Four ft. tall
with densely clustered bells in shades of pink with highly visible
intricate interior bell markings.
tubular bells with speckled throats form lavender rose or cream
colored spikes that bloom the first year.
51. Candy Mountain-
The upward facing bells
allow a clear view deep inside the speckled pink bells. The
stems are extra sturdy and packed with florets that often bloom
the first year.
of pink, purple, and white tubular flowers hang in abundance
from these 2-3' tall Foxglove that will bloom reliably the first
bells in hanging clusters on 2-3 ft. stems.
55. Pam's Choice-
Clusters of white bells
reveal deep maroon throats that speckle at the edge. They grow
3-4 feet high.
Primrose Carousal- SOLD
are happy to grow again an old favorite. This moonlight yellow
foxglove is a true perennial, lasting years and years in the garden.
It's neat mound of foliage sends up stalks of clustered bells
for the late spring garden.
ECHINOPS OR GLOBE THISTLE-
3-8, Sun, Summer.
A cultivated and unique ornamental thistle, having masses of steel
blue globular flowers. The blooms attract butterflies and are excellent
cut flowers. They grow to 4 ft. tall with each flower on a long
61. Blue Glow-
An improved selection with a more intense strong blue color and
more compact habit. Excellent color choice for mid to late summer.
GAILLARDIA OR BLANKET FLOWER- Zones
3-9, Sun, Easy, Summer/fall. The
bright gold and burgundy flowers are excellent garden performers
through the height of summer. These easy to grow perennials do just
as their common name implies: blanket your garden with vibrant color.
Arizona Sun- SOLD OUT!
Award winning, thanks to the abundant and huge flowers on a
compact plant. Put this in the garden bed or patio pot for vibrant
yellow and red all summer through fall. 12î tall.
63. Royal Monarch- SOLD
OUT! An excellent border variety producing
huge daisy like blossoms all summer reaching 30" high.
Flower petals can be burgundy, clear yellow, or rosy red with
golden tips and other striking bicolors.
GEUM- Sun or Part shade, Zone 4-8, EASY, Summer.
A charming small plant with rose like blossoms as they are in
the rose family. Their foliage stays low in neat mounds. Flowering
stems are sent up during June and July in our garden.
Lady Stratheden- SOLD OUT!
Radiant double yellow rose shaped blooms flower freely in midsummer.
65. Mrs. Bradshaw- SOLD
OUT! A traditional cottage garden plant with
semi-double and double 2" glowing red flowers. They grow
11/2 ft tall in our garden.
GYPSOPHILA OR BABYS BREATH-Sun, Zone 3-8, Summer. SOLD
OUT! A cloud of tiny star white flowers bring a delicate balance
of soft and
bright to the garden or fresh bouquet. They bloom in July over
a long period; stems can be picked in their prime and hung to
dry for later use. "Once planted and known, no garden will
be without this graceful elegant, and above all beautiful pure
white flower. Try it and it will win your love forever."
-Salzers garden catalog of 1890.
66. Snowflake- SOLD
OUT! Some plants will produce double flowers, some single, but both are extraordinarily
dainty and graceful. We've used this variety for years in our
fresh and dried bouquets.
Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY, Summer/fall. There are no better plants for late summer and fall color. Their vivid
autumn coloring is just what we look for as the weather cools.
Satisfying and easy to grow plants.
67. Autumn Red and Gold-
The brilliant daisy- like blooms of yellow, red, and mahogany
enjoy full sun. The plants get to be about 3 ft. tall.
HEUCHERA OR CORAL
BELLS- Sun or Shade, Zone 3-9, Late
Spring-Summer. The favorite of hummingbirds, they will spend hours
going from one tiny bell to the next.
Beautiful plants that are simple to grow with attractive foliage
appearing in tidy mounds. Bloom heavily in June and July, and
keep sending a few flower stalks up most of the summer.
pink-red flowers 20" above evergreen foliage.
Large ivy shaped leaves that are mahogany red above, And beet
red below. Beautiful for their foliage as well as the sprays
of white flowers 12" above.
71. Ruby Bells-
Their deep red bells flower abundantly on well branched
stems. They have a shorter habit than other coral bells
making them excellent for the front of the garden and for
edgings where you can also smell their sweet fragrance.
LAVANDULA OR LAVENDER- Sun, Zone 5-7, Summer. Who can resist the beautiful perfume of lavender? Their
small blue spikes reach
high above the foliage. They can be picked and dried in bunches
for a fragrant decoration. A well drained sunny location will make
them thrive and keep the deer at bay.
the blooming habit of an annual this fragrant fast growing lavender
will be a favorite addition to any sunny garden spot. Grows
to 14" with deep purple flowers.
74. English Lavender "hidcote"-
Midnight blue flowers reaching 1-11/2 ft. tall with a delightful fragrance.
75. English Lavender "Munstead"-
A spray of fragrant lilac flowers, 1 ft. high. Excellent for sachets.
LIATRIS OR BLAZING
STAR- Sun, Zone 3-9, Summer. These beautiful feathery spikes make wonderful cut
flowers and provide the garden with lots of color from midsummer
to late in the season.
76. Floristan Violet- SOLD
OUT! Stately plants with low growing blades of grassy foliage. Rose purple
flower stalks rising 2 ft. above. Butterflies eagerly seek
LYCHNIS OR ROSE
These Victorian plants sparkle with magenta flowers and complimentary
silvery leaves. Their easy carefree habit encompasses the essence
of cottage gardening.
84.L. Coronaria- SOLD
OUT! Rosettes of velvety silver leaves give way to the rising 2 ft. flower
stalks that bear simple but vibrant magenta flowers.
MONARDA OR BEE BALM-Shade or Sun, Zone 4-9, EASY, Summer. SOLD
OUT! These mint family plants put out a spectacular display
of flowers July through August and are absolutely irresistible to
87. Panorama Mix- Shades of scarlet, red, pink, and salmon with
highly fragrant foliage.
88. Red Shades- Selected for their vibrant red colors and resistance
to powdery mildew.
NEPETA OR CATMINT- Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY, Late Spring/Early
summer. SOLD OUT!
to be confused with catnip, this beautiful ornamental
mint is long blooming, with blue flowers. Blooms appear June and
July with a second flush in August spreading along the edges of
the garden. It thrives in hot and dry conditions.
89. Blue Carpet- Deep violet blue flowers, arising 10" above
low growing and small minty
leaves that deer dislike.
Sun, Zone 3-7,
Spring through Late
Stunning in size and brilliance of color, poppies will provide
a lifetime of enjoyment. Tuck in the back of the border as the
foliage will temporarily disappear
90. Coral Reef-
Large coral pink blossoms with shimmering mahogany centers. The
30" tall plants often flower the first year.
91. Great Red- Spectacular
classic red Poppies that display 8 inch flowers with black
centers and tissue paper petals. They
stand 4 ft. tall.
92. Pizzicato- The best new semi dwarf variety and winner of the
1995 Fleuroselect Gold Medal. Flowers range from 6-8"
across on sturdy 2 ft. stems that hold up even in windy conditions.
Prolific with a color range that includes
pale pink to rose, salmon, and scarlet; all with a black center
Princess Victoria Louise- This is a beautiful and much sought after deep salmon color with large
papery blooms. Grow to 3 ft tall.
Zones 5-9. SOLD OUT!
There is no tougher plant out there with the beauty to match.
With scented leaves and airy blue flowers, the provide a long
season of bloom in the hottest time of the summer.
96. Russian Sage- NEW!
Plant as a group or border in the hot spots of your flower
patch and keep the garden color coming. The light blue spikes
work well with all the colors of your garden. They grow
to about 3feet and a spread of 2 feet. They are drought
tolerant and deer resistant.
PHYSOTEGIA OR OBEDIENT PLANT- Sun, Zone 2-9, 2-3 ft. tall, EASY, SOLD
OUT! Summer/fall. Excellent perennials for late summer/fall color. Their
appearance is neat and blooms are much like the snapdragon in
the way they cluster up the stem.
97. Rose Pink- A nice clear, deep rose color, exceptionally easy
to grow, spreading without being invasive. They love full
sun, a well drained site and repel deer.
Part sun or shade, zones 4-7, Spring.
Jacobs Ladder has been growing happily in our shade garden for
over 15 years. It is a testament to its ease of growth. We have
not done anything special to it in all those years and yet it
rewards us with clear blue flowers and fernlike foliage.
99. Pearl Blue- Azure blue blossoms
for the shady side of the garden. Grow to 16". The pretty
green alternating leaflets form a ladder-like pattern. Trim
them back and they will bloom again later in the season.
PRIMULA OR PRIMROSE- SOLD
OUT! Part Sun or Shade, Zone 5-8, Spring. Blooming in early spring with an amazing array of colors,
they beckon the beginning of the warm season to come. Grown in
shade, they will bloom all summer and into early winter here in
100. Pacific Giants Mix- Only 8" high, but with huge flower
fine mix of colors including white, pink, blue, carmine, red,
purple, yellow, and white. Although there are many varieties
of Primrose available,we find this variety to be the hardiest
and most adaptable to a wide range of conditions, (without sacrificing
101. Blue Shades- These Pacific Giant primroses have been selected
for their lovely shades of blue.
102. Rose Shades- An extraordinary selection of deep pink and rose
colored Pacific Giant Primroses.
RUDBECKIA OR BLACK-EYED
OUT! Sun, Zone 3-9, EASY, Summer/fall. The classic American flower, familiar to all. Beautiful in mass or in small
clumps through the garden.
Vivid yellow blooms with mahogany center rings shower
the garden with color all season long.
106. Goldsturm- Giant 4"
flowers on 2 ft. plants that bloom all season long. Long-lived
and hassle-free plants. Favorites for mid to late season color.
107. Indian Summer- Enormous
6-9" yellow semi- double and single blooms on 3' tall plants,
yet require no staking. Excellent for cutting.
or Light Shade, Zone 4-9, EASY, SOLD
Summer-Summer. These deep blue spikes provide a sweep of blue early
in the garden season and continue to do so over a long period. They
are hardy, long lived, and very easy to grow.
108. Blue Cloud- Abundant
sky blue flower spikes growing over 2 feet in our garden. Free flowering
and needs no special care.
109. Blue Queen-
A part of our garden for many years they reliably produce an intense
navy blue color on 11/2 -2 ft. tall plants.
THYMUS OR THYME- SOLD OUT!
Sun, Zone 4-8, EASY, Early Summer. The sweet scented foliage smothered
in purple flowers, creeps along the edge of your garden and between
stones and walkways.
114. Mother of Thyme- The sweet aromatic leaves form dense mats for the
hot dry places along your garden path and banks.
OR PURPLE MULLEIN-
SOLD OUT! Full
Sun or a Little Shade, Zone 3-9, EASY, Summer. A wonderful family of
plants that you will find easy to grow, deer resistant, long lived
and beautiful; all the features we need for the cottage garden.
115. Antique Rose- Not only
is this variety charming to southern gardeners, we northerners
are just as pleased. It is hardy and the elegant 2 ft. tall stalks
are covered in antique colored blossoms of creamy yellow, soft
lavender and peach rose. Cut it down after bloom and be rewarded
with a whole new flush of blooms.
VERONICA-Sun, Zone 4-8, EASY, Summer.
SOLD OUT! These genteel plants provide a profusion of blue or pink
spikes creating a truly Victorian ambiance in your garden. The blooms
make a sweet cut flower.
116. V. spicata 'Sightseeing'- A blend of white,
pink, and blue flowers growing to 28" tall. They are very easy
117. Blue Spires- Like
the sightseeing mix but with tall blue spikes of flowers.
A word about Delphiniums and deer. Deer have never
eaten our delphiniums and some gardening friends that have high
deer pressure have said the same. But many others have said that
deer have eaten their delphiniums. As you know they are our favorites
so we think its worth a try. You can view our Delphinium selection
by clicking here.
Deer Repellant Annuals:
The lively and beautiful sky blue buttons, are clustered above
strong tall stems. A favorite of ours for cutting, easy to grow,
prolific, and a lovely Victorian addition.
121. Leilani Blue-
A magnificent new Ageratum
that is tall enough for cutting (1 1/2 ft.) but with a neat
and compact habit. The vibrant blue fluffy flowers are self
cleaning and bloom all summer long. Attractive to butterflies.
CALENDULA-Colonists in the 1700s used these lovely plants in the gardens around
the home because they were pretty and so very useful. Known as the
"poor man's saffron" Calendula was used to flavor dishes.
they were made into extracts and ointments to aid in healing numerous
health complaints. Even today they are used for many of the same
reasons and are most commonly found in skin conditioning soaps.
- 122. Prince- An excellent cutting variety, growing 2 ft. tall, these are free flowering
and bushy producing 3" yellow and orange blooms all summer
and late into fall. Often coming back the following spring.
OR BACHELOR BUTTONS- The brilliant blue of the cornflower is
probably the most eye catching flower a cottage garden can have.
It is easy to grow and its playful nature make it perfect for the
123. Jubilee Gem-
Packed with radiant blue flowers growing a foot high with a
tint of silver on the bushy foliage. Excellent cut flower as
CLEOME OR SPIDER PLANT-Tall, airy, and
graceful,these plants are adorned with huge flower clusters
that open daily. They love lots of sun and are drought and heat
tolerant. They fill out the back of the border beautifully or
can stand on their own.
Queen- An excellent cut flower at
3-4 ft. tall in our favorite shade of deep rose.
125. Royal Queen Mix-
A pretty mix that can include
cherry, pink, violet or white.
or ANGELS TRUMPET-
The huge tubular bells of these old Victorian plants bring
romance back into the garden. Handsome and easy to grow.
Belle Blanche- Magnificent
pearl white 7 in. fragrant blooms on plants reaching 3 ft.
high. Grown 4 plants to the pack. Sometimes called Moon
ANNUAL DELPHINIUM- Cheery and lighthearted, their
popsicle colors stand out in the most whimsical way. In the country
or city, their color and stature weave a spell throughout the garden.
Once established, they will return year after year. Exceptional for
130. Imperial Blue Bell-
A fine and true blue annual delphinium.
Giant Imperial Mix- Colorful spikes
about four ft. tall, in shades of blue, pink, scarlet, and white.
MARIGOLDS, LEMON SCENTED and FRENCH - Marigolds date back to before Victorian times.
The aromatic leaves, feathery and fern-like, also repel deer and
many insects. They are exceptionally easy to grow and look beautiful
all season long.
135. Durango Bolero-
Absolutely beautiful colors.
2 1/2" yellow flowers are specked with red creating constant
color for pots, boxes or the garden border. Grows 10-12" tall.
136. Lemon Gem- The blossoms
are small single yellow flowers borne in profusion all season long
on 12" high plants. Unlike traditional marigolds these have
a lemony fragrance. Perfect for the cottage or herb garden.
Tangerine Gem- The
same lemon scent but with color of a fresh tangerine that adds
vibrancy to the garden or a clay pot.
This popular American classic is easy to grow and tolerates low fertility.
Let it ramble up a rural mailbox, porch trellis, or lamp post where
it smothers the object with large saucer shaped blooms. Grown
4 plants to the pack.
Grandpa Ott- Thank goodness this
heritage variety has recently resurfaced. It has shimmering deep
blue/purple flowers with a burgundy star at its
center. The coloring is truly spectacular. Another wonderful aspect
of this flower is that it initiates blooms very early in the season
and continues until the frost.
- 140. Scarlet O'Hara-NEW!
Stunning scarlet-red flowers
with white throats that the hummingbirds can't resist.The vine
is fast growing with four inch velvety red blossoms blooming
all summer long.
This is an ornamental species of tobacco. Sweet smelling, pest-free,
the 21/2 " star
shaped flowers bloom in profusion
all summer long. They enjoy sun or shade and especially the summer
Cloud- The alluring large white clustered
flowers produce an enticing fragrance every evening. The strong
stems grow to 3 ft.
145. Perfume- Colorful upward
facing flowers of rose, red, and lime with a delicate scent. Grows
to 2 ft. or more.
- 146. Only the
Lonely- Their fragrance is glorious, drifting through the
evening air all summer long. Elegant at 5 ft. with multiple
white trumpet shaped blooms.
some consider this a common flower, it American roots go way back
to the 1830's and by the 1870 the grandiflora types were offered.
One of easiest plants to grow, they fill the garden with color all
153. Dreams Mix-
Every evening at the entrance of our home we were greeted with
the petunia's lovely fragrance where it grew in a large pot.
They will provide gorgeous displays of Burgundy, Midnight Blue,
Rose Morn, and Sky Blue flowers steadily until a heavy frost.
From our picture window we could see the hummingbirds feed on
These hardy annuals come in many habits and colors. We've chosen two distinctly different varieties though each has its own
- 155. Victoria-
Fleuroselect winners for their intense blue-violet
spikes on compact plants. They are 18"
high and 14" wide. The lovely blue flowers continued to
give our garden color right into November.
Provides masses of small trumpet shaped
blooms that hummingbirds love! A blend of varietal colors
including Coral Nymph, Lady in Red, Snow Nymph and Forest Fire.
Grows to 12-15".
Hardy in the South.
SNAPDRAGONS- Among all the annuals of the cottage garden, this one is the
queen. It is so hard to find the tall varieties at nurseries.
We offer our favorites for the garden, one
for cutting and a shorter one to saturate your garden with color.
Rocket Mix- We chose a mix because
all the colors are so beautiful and useful that we could not
decide on just a few. Growing 30-36" tall, they are heat
tolerant and bloom all summer in a wide range of colors including:
Red, orchid, lemon, rose, and cherry. It seems the more we cut,
the more they bloom.
160. Sonnet- We
searched for a snapdragon that was tall enough to cut for the
vase but still able to stand up to the wind and rainstorms of
summer. Its colorful florets form a dense main spike followed
by abundant secondary spikes.
STOCK, EVENING SCENTED-
Hardy annuals with a delicious perfume emitted in the morning, evening,
and after a rain shower. They form branching columns of double blooms.
Excellent performance in beds and borders as well as for cut flowers.
Grown 4 plants to the pack.
mix- Traditionally grown in cooler
climes, hence it's frequent use in English gardens. This
newly developed form withstands heat so we can enjoy the
fragrant blooms all summer. Offered in antique shades of
rose, blue, carmine, yellow,red, and lilac Grows a foot
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