Flowers need less care than vegetables, less fertility, and often less water.

Pests seldom become a problem in our garden because

the flowers draw predator insects that eat the pests. The more kinds of nectar-and-pollen-bearing flowers in your garden, the fewer pest problems you will have (as long as you are not using poisons, which kill helpful insects). This is especially true if some of your flowers are perennials, if something is in bloom all year, from early and late and if there are plenty of places for beneficial insects to live and hide. Mulch, piles of sticks, tree trunks, and shrubs are good habitat.

Pollen is as important as nectar. Some of the bees’ favorites, like poppies, provide pollen only. Pollen is a high-protein food source that enables many of these tiny animals to reproduce and hatch out healthy young.

Plants with good flowers elsewhere in this catalog are: Vegetables: runner beans, peas, okra, arugula, squash, mustard, radish etc... Herbs: basil, borage, chives, echinacea, evening primrose, feverfew, lavender, licorice mint, meadowsweet, vervain, valerian, etc... Grains: purple vetch, crimson clover, quinoa etc...
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Fam 8656 ammi

Ammi, Laceflower, Bishopweed

Visnaga, Ammi Laceflower, Bishopweed. Long grown in India for its powerful action against kidney stones, asthma, and heart problems, and in Spain to fight to...
  • Germination days: 12-16
  • Spacing: 10
  • Seeds per packet: 50
Han 7905+licorice+mint

Anise Hyssop (Licorice Mint), Organic

Not invasive like true mints. Many uses: young leaves in salad, leaves in teas, spikes of edible lavender flowers attract butterflies. Popular permaculture p...
  • Days to maturity: 75-80
  • Planting depth: Shallow
  • Seeds per packet: 150
Fba 8655 baby blue eyes

Baby Blue Eyes

The gorgeous sky blue of forget-me-nots, but with individual flowers five times as big and flowers the first year from seed. Quick spring bloomer. Easy to gr...
  • Seeds per packet: 500
  • Germination days: 14-21
  • Planting depth: 1/8
Bee+balm

Bee Balm

A bee, butterfly, and hummingbird magnet, with profuse lavender flowers on strong stems. Foliage ”smells like the winds of Paradise” and has been enjoyed as ...
  • Spacing: 8-12
  • Germination days: 5-7
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
Cosmos+bright+lights+lighter

Bright Lights Cosmos

Favorite butterfly flowers in yellow, orange, and gold, dance in the breeze on lacy, airy plants. Abundant 2” wide flowers great for cutting, as a companion ...
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Planting depth: Shallow
Zinnia+and+swallowtail+square

Butterfly Garden Collection

Butterflies are disappearing—but they don’t have to disappear from your garden! It is amazing how many show up when their favorite plants are available. Here...
Zinniza

California Giant Zinnia

Big, bright flowers that go on and on til frost. 3-4' tall, large double flowers in lots of colors. Among the best flowers for the vegetable plot, as they ar...
  • Days to maturity: 80-90
  • Spacing: 8
  • Germination days: 7-14
Fpo 8830 cal poppy

California Poppy

Rich golden satiny flowers 2" wide, and silvery, fernlike leaves on 8-24" plants. Tolerates light frost and drought, blooms all summer with minimal water. No...
  • Germination days: 10-12
  • Seeds per packet: 1000
  • Days to maturity: 60
Fco 8690cornflower

Double Blue Cornflower

Double Blue Cornflower, Bachelor's Buttons. A bed of bachelor's buttons and poppies is like a living Impressionist painting. Truest blue of all, on strong up...
  • Germination days: 21-28
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Planting depth: Shallow
Ffo 8413marvelofperu

Four O'Clocks Marvel of Peru

Fast and easy from seed. Plant these next to a porch or patio where you can enjoy the hundreds of flowers that open each evening at 4. All different colors, ...
  • Seeds per packet: 20
  • Spacing: 24
  • Germination days: 7-10
Sweet+pea

Fragrant Mix Sweet Pea

Vines love cool spring weather and produce lots of bonnet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, maroon, lavender, deep lilac, mid-blue, pure white. Just a f...
  • Germination days: 10-20
  • Seeds per packet: 25
  • When to plant: Mild winter
Img 4500

French-Sparky Marigold

Hot colored singles and doubles on stems to 12" ideal for inter-planting.BOTANICAL NAME:Tagetes sp. GROWING INSTRUCTIONS :Start seeds in flats, seeds spro...
  • Spacing: 8-12
  • Germination days: 5-7
  • Days to maturity: 60
Fmo 8790 morning glory blue

Heavenly Blue Morning Glory

Annual 6-12' climbing vines that grow in any soil. Heat shaped leaves provide summer shade, screen unsightly areas, make fences and banks come alive. Try the...
  • Spacing: 6-8
  • Days to maturity: 110
  • Seeds per packet: 70
Lunaria biennis

Honesty, Moneyplant

Early Spring FlowersClassic bright lavender early spring flowers. The heart-shaped leaves are edible, and so are the flowers, which arein large clusters. Mos...
  • When to plant: Early spring/ late summer
  • Height: 24" to 36"
  • Spacing: 12" to 24"
Breadseed+hungarian+blue

Hungarian Blue Poppy, Breadseed

This heirloom variety has been grown in Eastern Europe for centuries.For producing seed, so the seedheads are high-yielding and do not shed seed when ripe li...
  • When to plant: Late fall
  • Days to maturity: 119
  • Germination days: 10-20
Johnny+jump

Johnny-Jump-Up (Heartsease, Wild Pansy)

Charming edible flower grows in any little nook among vegetables or in pots. Use leaves, flowers, or sprigs in salad or garnish. Herbal uses include colds, h...
  • Days to maturity: 65
  • Seeds per packet: 40
  • Germination days: 10-14
Red valerian%2c more

Kiss-me-quick, Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard

Blooms like crazy in any sunny corner, and pretty much any soil, even rocks and clay. Butterflies love it, and so do bees, hummingbirds, hawks, moths, and al...
  • Spacing: Broadcast
  • Germination days: 14-21
  • Seeds per packet: 30
Fma 8775t marigold+lemongem

Lemon Gem Marigold

Quick and easy. Small plants mounded with hundreds of yellow flowers. Citrus-scented foliage and flowers repel insects-nice in pots on a patio, or among vege...
  • Spacing: 8-12
  • Germination days: 5-7
  • Days to maturity: 60
Love+in+a+mist

Love-in-a-Mist

Quick, easy blue flowers, repel pests in the soil. Edible flowers, seeds used in baking. Scent like grape jelly. BOTANICAL NAME: Nigella damascena GROWING IN...
  • Spacing: 6-8
  • Germination days: 10-14
  • Seeds per packet: 300
Hollyhock

Old-Fashioned Mix Hollyhock

Dramatic spires of old-fashioned flowers to 8' in full sun. Classic along a fence or as a summer screen, now finding new uses as an edible flower. Single and...
  • Planting depth: Shallow
  • Spacing: 24
  • Germination days: 10-14
Fco 8700cosmos

Sensation Mix Cosmos

Lovely 4" single flowers with a yellow center and wide pink, white, or magenta petals on tall, airy plants. Feathery delicate leaves. Ideal for cutting. Easi...
  • Germination days: 21-28
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Seeds per packet: 80
Shasta+daisy

Shasta Daisy

All Summer BloomsLots or flowers, blooming pretty much all summer. Makes an evergreen ground-cover that needs little care. Excellent to prevent winter erosio...
  • Height: 24" to 36"
  • Spacing: 12" to 24"
  • Seeds per packet: 60
Poppy+shirley

Shirley Poppy

Gorgeous and easy to grow. The petals are like silk, in many colors, pink, salmon, white, red, and crimson, both double and single. Scatter on a well-raked b...
  • Seeds per packet: 500
  • Planting depth: Shallow
  • Germination days: 7-14
Dianthus+superbus

Superb Mix Dianthus

Strong Fragrance80 days. Flowers like multicolored snowflakes, with intricate lacy edging and a strong jasmine perfume. Vibrant colors of deep red, white, ma...
  • Spacing: 16"
  • Height: 12" to 24"
  • Days to maturity: 80
Sweet+willsquare

Sweet William

Heirloom cottage garden flower beloved by butterflies and gardeners. Each stem carries a big cluster of flowers in red, pink, white, or burgundy, ringed and ...
  • Germination days: 10-20
  • Spacing: 6
  • Seeds per packet: 100
Nasturtiums+wall

Tall Mixed Single Trailing Nasturtium

Spectacular at the top of a retaining wall or bank, on balconies and window boxes, even as ground cover. Grow 4-5' so tie to a trellis or plant at the base o...
  • Days to maturity: 55-65
  • Germination days: 7-12
  • Seeds per packet: 35
Coreopsis tinctoria

Tiger Coreopsis

Dyer's Coreopsis. This prairie plant is perfect for growing among other plants like vegetables-doesn't cast any shade, needs no staking or special treatment,...
  • Planting depth: Do not cover
  • Germination days: 10-20
  • Spacing: 12-24
Mexicantorch sunflower

Torch Mexican Sunflower

Brilliant scarlet-orange 3-4" flower really catches the eye at the end of the season when other plants look shabby. Grows to a bushy 48" tall with velvety de...
  • Days to maturity: 100-120
  • Germination days: 5-7
  • Planting depth: Shallow
Fal 8654 alyssum wikipedia

White Alyssum

Beloved for its white lacy carpet of tiny flowers and sweet honey scent, this easy, fast bloomer is one of the best attractors of beneficial insects and butt...
  • Spacing: 10-12
  • Planting depth: Shallow
  • Seeds per packet: 200
Fni 8821 nicotiana

Woodland Tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris), Organic

We would not be without this beautiful American woodland native. Stately plants from 5 to 8 feet with huge leaves and clusters of long white trumpet flowers....
  • Seeds per packet: 500
  • Planting depth: Barely cover
  • Spacing: 3