If you need a lot of color fast, we also offer unique and old fashioned annuals. We've chosen the ones that are the easiest for you to grow, but often hard to seed yourself. Our annuals have tremendous visual appeal, but are hard to come by at your local nursery. They are grown in packs of four and can be mixed with your perennial order. Your price per plant can be as low as $1.84 each! Click on the order form and enter the varieties you want.
We are sold out for the 2009 season! Thank you everyone!
AGERATUM- 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.
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. Medicinally 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.
CENTAUREA 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 cottage garden.
COSMOS- To enjoy these beautiful flowers all season long, it is best to transplant them. If you start them from seed in the garden, you'll miss half the blooms! The intense colorful daisy-like blooms are profuse with delicate foliage. Tall, radiant and graceful flowers.
126. Versailles- SOLD OUT! Giant 4" blooms with broad petals in vibrant shades of pink, crimson and white flowers cover extra sturdy stems. Grow 4 ft. and make an excellent cut flower.
LARKSPUR OR 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 cutting purposes.
LAVATERA- Hibiscus like flowers adorn this season long bloomer. The vibrant pink flowers continued to bloom in our garden long into October!
132. Silver Cup-SOLD OUT! A splendid addition to our garden this year. With satin silvery pink flowers and deep rose veins. Grows 2 ft. tall with lots of bushy branching to hold up its constant blooms. Grown 4 to a pack.
LOBELIA- A mass of brilliant tiny blue flowers make these plants irresistible. We fill our window boxes with them,mix them through the garden edges, and in pots by themselves.
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.
137. Tangerine Gem- SOLD OUT!The same lemon scent but with color of a fresh tangerine that adds vibrancy to the garden or a clay pot.
MIRABILIS JALAPA OR FOUR O'CLOCK'S- An heirloom flower introduced long ago in the United States. In 1876 it was described as "A great favorite combining beauty of foliage, profuseness of bloom, of rich and varied colors, and delicious fragrance." It's common name comes from the flowers opening in the later afternoon. Its latin name Mirabilis means "wonderful" and so it is.
MORNING GLORY- 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.
NASTURTIUMS- Thanks to our daughter Esperanza, who has her own growing projects, Nasturtiums are now a regular feature in our garden. They have all the features you want in a plant: carefree, edible, and most importantly colorful vibrant flowers. They quickly fill an area with lush tropical growth with plenty of extra to add zing to your salad with the leaves and flowers. Grown 4 plants to the pack.
NICOTIANA- This is an ornamental species of tobacco. Sweet smelling, pest-free, the 2 1/2 " star shaped flowers bloom in profusion all summer long. They enjoy sun or shade and especially the summer humidity.
144. Fragrant Cloud- SOLD OUT! The alluring large white clustered flowers produce an enticing fragrance every evening. The strong stems grow to 3 ft.
NIGELLA OR LOVE IN A MIST- Intricate and colorful flower petals are surrounded by feathery foliage. Excellent cut flowers when cut in bud, or mixed in the cottage garden border. When the plants have finished their bloom season, you are left with marvelous seed pods that can be used in your dried flower arrangements for the winter.
PANSY- The cheerful faces of the pansy family have been a cottage garden mainstay since before Victorian times. We've chosen varieties that combines old fashion style with performance and grows persistently well in all climates.
PETUNIA- Although 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 summer long.
SALPIGLOSSIS OR PAINTED TONGUE- The trumpet shaped blooms contain some of the most unusual and intricate colors and designs of all the garden plants. Miss Lippencotts garden catalog from 1896 describes them as such: "The metallic gloss and distinct veining of the petals present almost the appearance of jeweled enamel." The throats of these flowers are veined in yellow; the flower cups are red, yellow, orange, rose, purple, or mustard.
156. Hummingbird Mix- NEW! SOLD OUT!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.
SCABIOSA OR PINCUSHION FLOWER- An absolutely stunning and exquisite flower that everyone will inquire about. The petals form a round ball with the yellow stamen protruding from each petal appearing like pins in a cushion. Prefers full sun. Sold in packs of 4 plants.
157. Olympia- SOLD OUT!An excellent color mix including shades of rose, coral, crimson, purple, lavender, and blue on stems that are 2-3' tall, Great for cutting and have a delightful fragrance.
SCHIZIANTHUS- Known as the poor mans orchid for its intricate petal coloring, it is an easy to grow yet rarely seen annual. The foliage is deeply cut giving it a fern-like appearance. They prefer sun but in hotter climates they do better with some shade to keep them cool.
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.
STATICE- These versatile flowers make up the bulk of the color for our dried flower bouquets. They are just as beautiful growing in the garden with their clustered sprays of papery flowers rising 2 ft. above their green rosette.
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.
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