Nov
15
2014

Buy PERENNIAL Flower Seeds L-Z

a summer border with assorted Phlox, Rudbeckia, Monarda, Perovskia, and a friend

 

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BIENNIALS are offered on the Buy Biennial Seed page.

ANNUALS and TENDER Perennials(zone 7-11) are offered on the
Buy Annual Seed A-K page and the Buy ANNUAL Seed L-Z page.

PERENNIALS A-K can be found on the Buy PERENNIAL Seed A-K page.
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Perennials offered on this page are cold hardy(Zone 6 and lower.) To see the USDA Zone Map, Click Here. I will write zones found from plant description sources, but I can not vouch from experience lower than zone 6. Also often times other winter conditions like poor drainage or attacks from evil rodents or deer can do more damage than actual cold! If you have experience in a colder zone with any of the plants listed, let me know.(I received a lovely letter from Ruby W. a zone 2/3(to -40) gardener with experience on a few genera and add her info.)

IMPORTANT~As stated on the General Info page, we recommend WSing(WINTER SOWING) for germination of hardy perennials. MANY PERENNIALS WILL NOT GERMINATE (or not germinate as well) WITHOUT A STRATIFICATION PERIOD.
Tom Clothier has a great germination site. The Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society also has an excellent germination guide.

All flower photo thumbnails are clickable to enlarge.
Unlike many seeds sites, most all photos are taken by the owner unless otherwise specified. We will not copy and paste a photo that belongs to someone else without permission. This unfortunately means not all varieties will have accompanying photos. We do try to include links in the descriptions to proper photos when we can.

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On to to the shopping….
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VIEW ITEMS IN YOUR SHOPPING CART:

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Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) aka Chrysanthemum x superbum Z4 LeuSup
This easy to grow perennial is a favorite of many including myself. It wasn’t always that way for me. I had them confused with Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) which though is pretty in bloom(the blooms are smaller too) is ratty looking once done and it seeds all over the place. Shasta Daisy has nice looking foliage and is not an invasive weed. Shasta Daisies grow 2-3′ tall and bloom in early summer. They as you can see by my photo look great with lilies. Some people have difficulties growing them, and I believe it is due to acidic soil. Full sun. 100+ seeds for $1.00.




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Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Crazy Daisy’
Z4 LeuCraz
This is the wild haired sister of the regular Shasta Daisy described above. To see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. 50 seeds for $1.75.




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leucanthemum-x-superbum-silver-princessLeucanthemum x superbum ‘Silver Princess (Dwarf Shasta Daisy) Z4 LeuSPr
This is just like the regular shasta daisy above, but these plants only grow to 12-18″. Photo is from the breeder Benary. 50+ seeds for $1.50.




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Liatris aspera (Rough/Tall Blazingstar) Z4(3?) LiaAsp
This is an excellent native wildflower. The plants shoot up a stem which bears frilly florets of pinky purple flowers. They average about 3′ but can go taller or shorter depending on soil conditions. Unlike other liatris species, this plant starts blooming at the top of the flower spike and works its way down. So those of you who like to dead headed a garden would like this better than other varieties. Butterfly attractor. Full sun. For more info please visit this (Click Here) Illinois Wildflower page. 50 seeds for $1.50.




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Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) Z3 LobCar
This native American plant is perfect for moist sunny to part shade areas. It grows 2-4′ tall and has spikes of bright red flowers. It is a hummingbird attractor. To see pics and read more, Click Here. 75 seeds for $1.50.




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Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia) Z3 LobSip
Another native American plant that is perfect for moist sunny to part shade areas. In late summer flower spikes emerge growing to 2′ or so that get covered in blue blooms. To see photos on Dave’s Garden PlantFiles, Click Here. This plant is also a hummingbird attractor. 75 seeds for $1.25.




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Lupinus argenteus (Silvery Lupine aka Mountain Lupine) Z? LupArg
This silver haired lupine is a drought tolerant N. American native. This is good for those who can’t grow regular lupines that require more summer moisture. It is another plant that I wonder why it isn’t better known. The plants grow to about 2′ and has spikes of blue flowers. Click Here for a nice blog post about Silvery Lupine. I had trouble trying to find correct zone info, but at the USDA PLANTS site, Click Here, it show that they are found into Canada. 30+ seeds for $1.50.




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Lupine, Blue Z4? LupBlu
I received this plant over 10 years ago and unfortunately lost the tag. It is not the wild lupine I see in pics, but it does have the same perennial aspect as the wild being it comes back! Most lupines are very short lived perennials. I love them, but it is nice to have one return year after year. Lupines need good soil that doesn’t get bone dry in summer. Mulch helps, but this is one plant that I actually go over and water once in awhile in the dog days of summer. After blooming, the upper foliage will start to look ratty, don’t worry about it just cut it down to the better lower foliage. This is not a plant for the hot south. Full sun. 25 seeds for $1.25.




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lupinerussellLupine ‘Russell Mix’ (Lupinus polyphyllus) Z4 LupRMix
This is a wonderful mix of colors purple, red, yellow, pink, blue, etc. When in bloom, they really make a huge impact in the garden. These kind of lupines need good soil that doesn’t get too dry during the summer. So planting where you mulch and can water if need be is best. They can be short lived, but will reseed(without being a nuisance.) These plants are not recommended for the deep south. If you do live down south  and like these, check out the annual Lupines on the Buy Annual Seed L-Z page. 75 seeds for $1.25.




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Lychnis alpina (Arctic Campion) Z2 LycAlp
I added this lychnis to my offerings because I think lychnis are great plants. They are easy to sow and they bloom profusely. They grow well in full sun regardless of the soil. They may self sow, but they are easy to remove where unwanted.
This very cold hardy lychnis is a dwarf member of the family. It has grass like tufts of foliage. The blooms are in bright pink clusters. Great for the rock garden. Probably not a good choice for the deep south. 100 seeds for $1.50.
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Lychnis chalcedonica ‘Burning Love’ (Maltese Cross) Z3 LycBLo
This is a shorter version of Maltese Cross. It still has the bright red flowers of the species, but only grows to 1 1/2 feet. To see Google photos Click Here. Full sun. 50 seeds for $1.25.

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Lychnis chalcedonica ‘Dusky Salmon’ Z4 LycDS
This is an unusual colored version of Maltese Cross. The flowers themselves though not really large grow together in clusters that can be 4′ across. The flowers start off a medium salmon color and fade to pink which creates a lovely effect. My plants grown in poor soil are about 2 1/2 -3′ tall. I’ve read they can grow to about 4′ and I suspect it is in better soil. Full sun. 50+ seed for $1.25.
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Lychnis coronaria aka Silene coronaria (Rose Campion) Z3 LycCor
This old time favorite sports bright magenta flowers above silver felty foliage. It is a short lived re-seeding perennial that grows to about 2 1/2 feet tall. It is pretty in a border, but it looks spectacular in a large clump if you have the room. Sun. 100+ seeds for $1.




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Lychnis coronaria alba (Rose Campion) White Form Z3 LycCorW
If the hot magenta of the better know version of Rose Campion is not your cup of tea, this might be. It blooms the same but in white and has the same silver felty foliage. Full Sun. 100+ seed for $1.25.




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Lychnis flos-cuculi (Ragged Robin) Z4 LyFlos
Trying to get a good shot of this wild child of a perennial is tough! The “ragged” blooms move at the slightest breeze so it makes for blurry shots. Some may find this plant unkempt, but I personally find it delightfully exuberant. This plant will bloom from seed its first year so it will bloom later on that account, but normal bloom time starts in May. It grows to about 2′ or so. Full Sun. 100+ seeds for $1.25.

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Lychnis viscaria ‘Splendens Fire’ (German Catchfly) Z3 LycVis
This plant’s bright pink flowers are a stand out in the front of the late spring border. They bloom on short spikes about a foot tall. Full sun. 100+ seeds for $1.




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Lychnis ‘Lumina Bronze Leaf Red’ (Lychnis x haageana) Z5 maybe 4LycLBLR
This plant isn’t very well known, but I think it will be in the future. It from Benary(Photo is from the Benary site) the same company who develops Benary Zinnias. The short plants are good for the front of the border or rock garden. The foliage is a dark bronzy green and the flowers are a strong red. This plant blooms first year from seed so it can be treated as an annual. Lychnis are short lived perennials in general. 50 seeds for 2.00.




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Lychnis yunnanensis Z4 LycYun
This lychnis has showy bright pink flower clusters and blooms in spring. It does well in dry conditions. Full Sun. 50 seeds for $1.50.

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Malva alcea (Hollyhock Mallow) Z4 MalAlc
This perennial grows to shrub like proportions(up to 4′) and gets covered in pink flowers. It is very long blooming. Full Sun. 50 seeds for $1.00.

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Malva moschata alba Z3 MalMoA
The white flowers of this perennial are even prettier in person. The pale pink centers are more noticeable and  it keep them from being a plain Jane kind of flower. The plants grow to about 2′ tall. They are short live perennials so let a plant go to seed to ensure you have seed in case it decided not to return.  Full sun to part shade. 25 seeds for $1.25.




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Malva sylvestris ‘Purple Romance’ Z5? MalPR
So I go to look up info on this variety I’ve been growing to offer for sale, and I can find no info! The name is either wrong, it or was once offered by a company and it no longer exists. I’m offering it anyway, because it is a fantastic purple! The photo is pretty, but really doesn’t show how gorgeous the color is in person. So even if the name is isn’t Purple Romance, it should be because it has wooed me. I think it will win others over too. It blooms the first year from seed. It is a short lived re-seeder. 25+ seed for $1.
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Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana Z5 maybe 4 MalMaur
Similar to the above pictured ‘Purple Romance’ but taller. to see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here.
25 seeds for $1.25.




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Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’(French Hollyhock) Z5 MalZeb
This is another short lived re-seeding perennial. It is a popular cottage garden plant. I didn’t think much of it from pics, but seeing the blooms in person just wowed me. It grows 2-3′ tall and is covered in blooms all summer. 25 seeds for $1.25.




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Mirabilis multiflora (Colorado/Showy Four O’Clock) Z5 MirMul
This native America wildflower is quite showy with its bright purple-pink blooms. You can tell it is a drought tolerant plant by the fleshiness of the leaves compared to regular Four O’Clocks. To see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. The flowers are fragrant attract hummingbirds and hawk moths. 15 seeds for $1.75.
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Ornithogalum magnum Z5 OrnMag
Don’t let the name of Ornithogalum scare you. It is from the same family as the dreaded Star of Bethlehem and it has white star shaped blooms, but the similarity ends there. This is a late spring bloomer that makes a statement in the flower border. It grows to about three feet high, and the plant blooms for weeks. It can reseed, but not with the evil intentions of it’s cousin. If you don’t want reseeding though, the large scapes are easily cut off long before the seeds mature. Sun to part shade. 50 seeds for $1.25.
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icelandpoppiesPapaver nudicaule Mix (Iceland Poppy) Z3 PapNud
This mix grows to 30 inches. The delicate crepe paper looking flowers come in colors ranging from white, yellow, apricot and orange. Flower are about 3″ in diameter. To see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. These poppies need good drainage to be happy. They are first year flowering and can be treated as an annual. They can be short lived as a perennial, but they will reseed. 100+ seeds for $1.25.




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Papaver orientale Mix (Poppy, perennial) Z3 PapOMix
This mix covers the red hue color range that oriental poppies normally come in from orange, red, salmon rose & scarlet. Oriental poppies like good drainage in full sun to do best. They also do well in poor soil. Too rich of a soil may cause flopping. Late spring/early summer blooming. The foliage reminiscent of a thistle disappears after blooming and will reappear in the fall. So plant near where a late bloomer will grow to cover the bare spot. 100 seeds for $1.25.




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Papaver orientale (Poppy, perennial) Princess Victoria Louise’ Z3 maybe Z2 PapPVL
This is a great plant for full sun, and it thrives even in horrible dry soil. Too much fertilizer or shade will make the blooms flop over. The blooms are huge, and they are a salmon pink. Depending on the weather the color varies. Oriental Poppies go dormant after blooming like spring bulbs so placement near perennials that are late to grow summer bloomers is important. Grow to about 2 1/2 foot tall. 100 seeds for $1.50.




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Papaver rupifragum ‘Double Tangerine Gem’ (Spanish Poppy) Z5 PapDTG
The semi-double orange blooms are quite the eye catchers. To see pics of the blooms on Dave’s Garden PlantFiles, Click Here. The foliage is silvery and the flowers bloom on stems about a foot or so high. There seems to be a lot of opinions of how hardy it is. A good thing is that it will bloom its first year so if left to reseed(and/or save seed) there’s no worry over that. I’ve read that is does not do well in the deep south. Full sun. 100+ seeds for $1.50.




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Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Penstemon)
Z2 PenDig
This native penstemon grows at the edge of the woodlands at the family cottage. Unlike many other types of penstemons this one naturally grows in part shade and is more tolerant of moisture thus it is easier to grow. But it also grows well in a sunny border as shown here. To see pics and more info Click Here. It grows to about 2 1/2′ here, but it might get to 3′ in good garden soil. 100 seeds for $1.25.

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Penstemon eatonii (Firecracker Penstemon) Z4 PenEat
The bright red flowers of this penstemon really do give a bang of color in the garden. The flower stalks grow to 2′ or more and bloom in late spring/early summer. This N. American native is a hummingbird attractor. It needs very well drained soil in full sun. 50+ seeds for $1.50.

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Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Blue Springs’ (Foothill Beardtongue) Z6/7 PenBSp
So every once in awhile I grow different cultivars of P. heterophyllus. They are never long lived for me. The winters here are often too wet and sometimes too cold for them, but I love the blue blooms so much I still plant them. To see Google photos Click Here. The plants grow to about a foot tall when in bloom. The foliage is evergreen. Full sun. Very good drainage. 50 seeds for $1.50.




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Penstemon palmeri (Pink Wild Snapdragon aka Scented Penstemon aka Palmer’s Penstemon) Z4 PenPal
This penstemon with its big pastel pink flowers is quite the looker. Plus the flowers are fragrant. It grows to 4′ or so. It is very drought tolerant, needs lean, sandy/gritty, well-drained soil, and can not be grown in places with lots of rainfall. For questionable areas(maybe just a bit too much rain to its liking) a raised bed on the south side of a home would be a good place to try this beauty. North American native. 50 seeds for $1.50.

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Penstemon spectabilis (Showy Penstemon) Z7 PenSpe
This native of the western US has beautiful blue and purple flowers. When in bloom (late spring to early summer) the spikes of flowers are at least 3′ tall. To see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. The plants need little water, very good drainage, and full sun. Please note, though listed on this page, these are only hardy to zone 7. If you try them in zone 6, remember to let me know how they fair. 50+ seeds for $1.25.




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Penstemon strictus (Rocky Mountain Penstemon) Z4 maybe 3 PenStr
This is a good penstemon for many parts of the country. It needs good drainage and full sun, but can withstand some moisture if a season ends up being rainy. It blooms late spring/early summer. The flowers are a beautiful blue and violet combo. The photo does not do the color justice. It grows to about 2′ here, but can grow taller. When happy it clumps up, but can be short lived so best to leave some flower stalks for re-seeding. North American native. 50+ seeds for $1.

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Penstemon tenuis (Gulf Coast Penstemon aka Brazos Penstemon) Z6 PenTen
One of the great things about winter sowing is that you can try plants that might not make it in your area. It doesn’t make a big dent in your wallet or use up a lot of your time, and when a plant turns out to be hardy it is so cool! I winter sowed this penstemon and had such wonderful germination, I gave away a bunch of seedlings at the local plant swap. Everyone’s seedlings made it through winter and bloomed! I’m in zone six, but some of the attendees would place themselves in zone 5 so this may be hardier than I state. In any case, it grew well for me in my hot dry border and also in my regular moister border. The plants grew from 1 1/2 to 2′ and bloomed in late spring. The flowers are violet with tinges of blue. North American native. 75 seeds for $1.50.
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Phlox paniculata ‘New Hybrids Mix’ F1 Z3 maybe Z2 PhlNHM
This is not some cheap, saved from the garden, phlox mix. These are hybrid seed made to produce flowers in the whole spectrum that exist in phlox, pink, red, lavender, white, bi-colors, etc. The plants bloom in late summer just when a perennial garden needs a good boost. Blooms appear in large beautiful panicles and are fragrant. Full Sun. Seed must be Winter Sown/Cold stratified. 10 seeds for $1.50.




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Physostegia virginiana ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Obedient Plant) Z3 PhyVari
Obedient plant is often not very obedient trying to bully out its neighbors, but I’ve found the variegated form to be much tamer. Watch me curse the day I typed that, lol, but it has been much slower growing than the regular, and I wish it would actually fill out faster. In general variegated forms of plants are not as vigorous as their regular counterparts. This plant is very attractive in the late summer border growing to 2-3′ tall with pink spires of flowers. This plant does come true from seed, but if an appearance of a green seedling or two appears, just rogue them out. Full Sun. N. American native.
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Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant aka False Dragonhead) Z3 PhyVir
The regular pink obedient plant is not always so obedient. It spreads fairly fast. It either needs to be in a spot in the border that is easily managed or put out in a thug border. Thug borders can be great! I have one out behind the garage where I don’t go very often. Plants that need no care and don’t mind brushing shoulders with their neighbors are good candidates for those poorly maintained areas. Full Sun. N. American native. 25+ seeds for $1.




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Phyteuma scheuchzeri (Horned Rampion) Z5 Phytum
I’ve grown this plant for a long time. I saw it was a bellflower relative and had to buy it. I had no clue it looked very un-bellflower like. This was at the beginning of the internet when searches yielded hardly any results. Anyway, it is a very cool looking little plant. The basal foliage looks very campanula like but from that arises 10″ stems that are topped by the most unusual violet blue flowers that remind me of spiked balls. Blooms late spring/early summer. It does well in full to part sun with good drainage, a great rock garden plant. 50 seeds for $1.50.

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Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Hakone Double Blue’ (Balloon Flower) Z3 PlatHDB
Balloon flowers are great for the late summer border. Th blue flowers keep coming for a long time, and will bloom for a super long time if deadheaded. If you’ve not seen balloon flowers before, the blossoms puff up and look like balloons before finally opening. This variety makes double violet blue blooms on stems that are 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall. Full sun to part shade, good drainage. 50 seeds for $1.50.




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Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Mariesii‘ (Balloon Flower) Z3 PlatMar
If you want the traditional blue balloon flower, this is it. The plant grows to about a foot and half  and have large star shaped blooms.  Deadheading  balloon flowers will make them produce new blooms for a very long time.  Balloon flower are sometimes slow to emerge in spring so make sure to mark the spot so you don’t accidentally dig where they are. 50 seeds for $1.50.




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Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder) Z3 PoleCa
This North American native is a shade plant with blue flowers. It grows to about 2′ tall when in bloom. It likes soil that is moderately moist, not soggy though. It can handle some sun if soil is good and well mulched. I think if it gets too dry in summer it may struggle. I have mine on the north side of my garage in fairly good soil and it is happy there. 50 seeds for $1.50.
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Polemonium reptans ‘Blue Pearl‘ (Creeping Jacob’s Ladder) Z3 PoleBP
This is a shorter variety of Jacob’s Ladder with beautiful blue flowers in the spring. Despite the nickname, this plant is a clump forming not creeping. It is an excellent plant for the shade garden. Great shade garden plant.To see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. Sometimes listed as P. caeruleum. 50 seeds for $1.75.




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Primula beesiana (Candelabra Primrose) Z4 PrimBee
If you’ve got a spot in your garden that is part sun that stays damp all year, this is a great plant for that trouble spot. As with most primroses, this plant can not be grown where it drys out in summer. Trying to do so is a losing battle. In spring flowering stalks appear and magenta flowers form on whorled tiers around those stems. The plants may be small, but they are impressive in flower. 75 seeds for $2.00.




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Primula deticulata ‘Ronsdorf Strain‘ (Drumstick Primrose) Z4 PrimRS
This spring bloomer has flowers that form balls on top of short (8-12″) stems in shades of lilac blue, pink, and white. If you’ve got a spot in your garden that is part sun that stays damp all year, this is a great plant for that trouble spot. As with most primroses, this plant can not be grown where it drys out in summer. Trying to do so is a losing battle. I had one planted where it was fairly damp, and it was reliable for a few years until the area became too dry and it disappeared. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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Primula viallii (Orchid Primrose) Z5 PrimVia
This is a very unique looking primrose. The flowers spikes are two toned and fairly long as the plant an reach 2′ when in bloom.. The calyxes are red and the petals are lilac. To see pics on Dave’s Garden, CLICK HERE. Like other primroses, it need a moist environment to do well. 75 seeds for $2.00.




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Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ (Black Eyed Susan) Z4 maybe Z3 RuGold
This true perennial rudbeckia is a gold storm blooming profusely from mid-summer until frost. It will form a good sized clump and slowly keep going unless dug back every spring to keep it within its allotted space. Otherwise it is a very carefree plant. It grows 2-3 tall. Full sun. 50 seeds for $1.25.




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Other RUDBECKIAS can be found on the Buy Annual Flower Seed L-Z page.
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Salvia Azurea Z4? SalAz
This plant has spires of sky blue flowers in late summer. It grows easily in well drain soil in full sun. It is a beauty that should be more well known especially since it is native to N. America. It grow 3-5′ tall. 25+ seeds for $1.50.

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Salvia pratensis, White (Meadow Clary or Meadow Sage) Z3 SalPraW
This summer bloomer has long racemes of white flowers that rise from rosettes of basal foliage. The plants average 2-3 feet, but can get taller. The leaves are long with scalloped edges. They have the scent of culinary sage. It needs good drainage, but can handle clay. It is a good plant for the dry summer border. Full sun. 25+ seeds for $1.

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Salvia regeliana Z6 probably lower SalReg
This salvia grow 2-3′ tall with long purple-blue spikes of flowers. It blooms a long time even without deadheading. Like many other salvias it can be a prolific reseeder so cut spent flower stalks to minimize this. Of course left to reseed and make a big patch of color in the garden is a pretty option. I can’t find info on how hardy this plant truly is. It seems to be much more popular over in Europe. Its origins are in the Caucasus region.
25+ seed for $1.

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Salvia sylvestris ‘Rose Queen (Salvia nemorosa/Salvia superbus) Z5/4 SalRoQ
This is an excellent hardy pink sage. It grows  to about 2′ tall when it becomes full of pink flower spikes. The photo here is from the breeder Benary. To see more pics on Dave’s Garden, CLICK HERE. Full sun. 25 seeds for $1.75.




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Other annual SALVIAS can be found on the Buy Annual Flower Seed L-Z page.
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Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing Bet aka Soapwort) Z5 SapO
This is an old fashioned cottage garden plant probably because of its vigor. Some people love it for it profuse bloom being easy to grow, others think it is invasive. I wouldn’t recommend for the regimented gardener. It may behave like a biennial in Z4-2. Full sun to part shade. 50+ seeds for $1.


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Saxifraga ardensii (Mossy Saxifrage) ‘Purple Robe’ Z4 SaxPR
I grew this plant from seeds by winter sowing a few years ago. It has very pretty leaves that grow in a little mound. From them rises short leafless stems that are topped with what I would consider more rosy red than purple flowers. It likes part shade and moist, but well drained soil similar conditions to most campanulas like. Great for the rock garden. They do not like competition. So do not plant near a plant that will cover it. 50+ seeds for $1.25.

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Scabiosa ochroleuca (Yellow Scabiosa) Z4 ScabO
The name says yellow, but really it should say cream. Scabiosa is often called pin cushion flower because the blooms look like little pin cushions that are on long stems. Scabiosa needs good drainage to over winter, and some people hate to spend money on plants that don’t return. This is the great thing about seeds, you can plant in a few spots like I did until you hit pay dirt! Full sun. 25+ seeds for $1.

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Sedum acre ‘Oktoberfest’ Z4 SedOkt
This is a cute ground cover. It stays very close to the ground and is evergreen. It gets covered in white blooms in summer. So why  it is named Oktoberfest, I’m not sure. Maybe because it blooms later than other varieties? Maybe the white flowers made the breeder think of the white head on beer? It really doesn’t matter. It is a good plant to grow. To see a photo on Dave’s Garden, CLICK HERE. Full sun, good drainage. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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Sedum forsterianum ‘Oracle Z3 SedOra
This is a cute groundcover. It has sort of a pine needle look to it. It blooms in yellow in the summer. To see a pic and more info, Click Here. 75 seeds for $2.00.




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Sedum glaucophyllum (Cliff Stonecrop) Z6 SedGla
This sedum is native to the eastern US. It is a low growing groundcover. The evergreen leaves grow in little rosette patterns making it very neat looking all year. The blooms are white. 75 seeds for $1.50.

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Sedum hispanicum Z2 SedHis
This is an adorable little groundcover sedum. It has tiny blue green foliage foliage. It would be perfect for a fairy garden. It blooms with pinkish white flowers. It need s good drainage in full sun to do well. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop) Z2 SedOre
This is a very hardy native west coast ground cover. It looks unique as the leaf growth forms tiny rosettes. It is topped by yellow blooms in early summer. To see pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. It needs full sun and good drainage. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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Sedum Pulchellum ‘Seastaraka Sedum bithynicum ‘Sea Stars’ SedSea
75 seeds for $2.00.





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Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’ (Sedum rupestre) Z4 SedBSp
This is a very pretty sedum. It has frosty blue needle like foliage with yellow flowers. It seems the only pic I have of mine is in spring with the bulb foliage still there. To see better pics on Dave’s garden, CLICK HERE. Full sun, good drainage. 75 seeds for $1.75.




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Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks aka Houseleeks) Mix Z4 Semps
I just love hens and chicks for their ease of care. They need nothing but good drainage and full sun. They can survive on almost no water like in the watering can planter shown in the photo. They are hardy enough to live through the winter in little containers like that too. Ruth W. of Z 3/2 states they will not overwinter for her. She does get a lot snow, so I think they are unhappy in that environment. Possibly in a dry Z3 they will survive. 100 seeds for $2.00.




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Silene orientalis Z4 SilOri
This silene has large flower clusters in a nice bright pink. They make excellent cut flowers. The plants grow 2- 2 1/2′ tall and are best in the middle of the mixed sun border or in the cutting garden. To see Google photos Click Here. 100 seeds for $1.75.




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Silene uniflora ‘Compacta’ Z3 SilCom
This rock garden plant has attractive silver blue green foliage that grows in a nice little mound. Long blooming, the flowers are a pale pink and though not overly showy are big and unique looking. Full sun and good drainage. 25 seeds for $1.50.
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Sisyrinchium bellum (Mini Blue Eyed Grass) Z? SisB
I adore this little cutie growing about 6″ tall or so with violet blue star shaped flowers. It blooms in late spring. This variety is more delicate looking than the regular variety, S. augustifolium. I purchased this plant from a rock garden/alpine nursery and supposedly it is not hardy, but it has been hardy for me. Sisyrinchium is an iris relative and needs good drainage. I found it to be drought tolerant. It also will reseed, but not invasively and they are easy to remove if they end up where you don’t want them. Full sun. N. American native. 25+ seeds for $1.50.
(A friend came through with seeds so we do not have to wait until 2015!)




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Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear) Z4 StaByz
This is the well known plant for sunny borders. The fuzzy silver leaves are very attractive. Some people do not like the flower spikes with their small purple flowers, but they can easily be cut if you don’t like them. I somehow don’t have a pic of just the lamb’s ear, but at least I found a couple of my rose pics with some showing. 50 seed for $1.25.




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Stachys monieri, Pink and Purple Mix (Betony) Z4 StaMon
These plants are small with good all season foliage making them excellent for the edge of a border. The small dark green leaves have a scalloped edge. From them arises bottle brush type flowers in midsummer. Full sun. 25+ seeds for $1.25.

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Succisa pratensis (Devil’s Bit Scabiosa) Z4 Succis.
This plant should be better known. Don’t let the devil in the nickname scare you. From a basal rosette of long leaves rises wiry stems(2-5′) with lavender flowers atop of them in late summer. The stems are windproof! I’ve read it is a lime lover, but it seems to do fine in average garden soil. Finches love the seeds. (It is a battle between the Goldfinches and me every year to get the seeds, but I love the Goldfinches.) This plant likes full sun and good drainage. I found out from a MN gardening friend that this plant grows in her Z4 garden so it is very hardy. 25+ seeds for $1.50.




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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadow Rue) Z4 ThaAqu
This is a wonderful tall plant for the full sun to part shade border that doesn’t dry out too much during summer. The leaves are very attractive, similar to columbine leaves. The plants grow 3-4′ tall and are topped with fluffy lavender pink flowers in late spring. To see photos on Dave’s Garden PlantFiles Click Here. 50 seeds for $1.75.
Sorry, now out of stock. I could not get these seeds this year.
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Thalictrum delavayi aka T. dipterocarpum (Yunnan Meadow Rue) Z5? ThaDel
This is a very pretty thalictrum with downward facing lavender flowers that have long light yellow stamens. To see some pics on Dave’s Garden, Click Here. It gets tall growing up to 5′.
25 seeds for $2.00.




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VERBASCUMS are listed on the Buy BIENNIAL Flower Seed page.
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Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain) Z3 VerH
This short lived re-seeder is great for attracts butterflies. It is a good plant for a large mixed border or wild meadow. It blooms from candelabra type spires for a long time from mid-summer until fall. The lavender blue blooms are not overly show though so it is a supporting actor to bigger late summer blooms. This plant can vary in size, but can grow to about 6′. Supposedly it only likes moist soil, but I’ve found it to grow in regular garden soil just fine. Native to N. America. Full Sun. 50+ seeds for $1.

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Vernonia fasciculata (Smooth/Prairie/Common Ironweed) Z4 or3? VernFa
This stately N. American native grows to about 5′ tall(sometimes taller.) It is great as a backdrop to the late summer/fall border when it is topped with purple flowers. It would look great with a tall blooming yellow flowered plant. It is a tough plant as the name Ironweed implies. (photo is of Iron weed I wintersowed and am unsure of species at the moment, but it is very similar to V. fasciculata offered for sale.) 50+ seeds for $1.25.

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Veronica gentianoides Z4 VeroGen
This plant forms attactive small clumps of smooth green basal foliage. In spring delicate spires of pale icy blue flowers appear. It is great plant for the front of a border. Full sun. 30 seeds for $2. Limit 2 pkts. per order.

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Veronica incana (Silver/Woolly Speedwell) Z3 VerInc
This silver leaf variety has flower spikes of medium blue that rise about 18″. A great plant for a sunny spot. In the photo, taken at the beginning of June, it is about ready to bloom. 30 seeds for $1.50.

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Veronica spicata ‘Sightseeing Mix’ Z3 VerSMix
For me veronicas are easy to grow, drought tolerant, full sun perennials. The spicata types also bloom for a long time, longer than many other perennials. They grow a little over 2′ tall. 30 seeds for $1.75.
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Veronicastrum virginicum White Form (Culver’s Root) Z3 VerVig
This veronica relative is impressive in the summer border. The plants grow to 5-6 feet and have candelabra type flowers in white. It is know for the moist border, but it can grow just fine in a dry(clay) border as I have it. I originally winter sowed the seeds for this plant. In the dry border it took awhile to come into its own, but it was worth the wait. In a moister area I’m sure it would of grown faster. The foliage of this N. American native is pretty. The leaves are rugose and grow in whorls around the stems. They stay attractive all season. 100+ seed for $1.50.

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Viola odorata (Violet) ‘Queen Charlotte’ Z4 VioQC
This heirloom has extremely fragrant violet blue flowers. The song lyrics “Sweet Violets, sweeter than all the roses” could have be written about this variety. Some people find violets a nuisance with their tendency to reseed especially perfect lawn people. I love them especially fragrant ones. Rabbits also love them so they are never enough for me to enjoy. The foliage is evergreen. Sun to part shade. 50 seed for $1.75.




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other VIOLAS (JOHNNY JUMP UP types) can be found on the Buy Annual Seed L-Z page.
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Yucca filamentosa, Variegated Z4 Yucca
Ok, this seed is from the cultivar ‘Bright Edge’ which is a very pretty variegated yucca.  I do not know the percent of seedlings that will come out variegated. If you get this seed, I would love a report back. Yucca is excellent for dry spots in the garden. As you can see in the photo to the left, it is growing with cactus.. but Y. filamentosa is more forgiving of wetness than other species of yucca. It is also well behaved as variegated form of plants usually are. I’ve had this for some time now, and it has stayed in its allotted space.  25 seeds for $1.00.




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8 Comments »

  • Carol Clark says:

    Hi,

    We are pleased to see that you refer your viewers to our Germination Guide. The link provided to our website on Sample Seeds is outdated. We have a much improved new website with far more listings. May we suggest that you change the link for the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society’s Germination Guide to this? http://www.onrockgarden.com/germination-guide/plants

    Thanks.

  • remy says:

    Hi Carol,
    Thank you for the new link! You all had a wonderful site before. The new one must be fantastic!
    I will fix the listing. :)
    Remy

  • alejandra says:

    Hello I want to ask about the sending of seeds Argentine the price and minimal quantity, thank you

  • remy says:

    Hi Alejandra,
    There is no minimum purchase. The link is the page with all the shipping info.
    http://www.sampleseeds.com/?page_id=4151
    Remy

  • Linda says:

    Hello, I purchased seeds from the Sample Seed Shop for the first time in spring of 2013. You’ve won my business every year – just placed my order again. I just want to say how delighted I am with your diverse selection, quick shipping, ever so friendly, personalized customer service, and quality of seed! I was surprised at how many seeds were in the packets, much more than many other seed companies that charge 3 times as much for way fewer seeds. I bought seeds for over 20 perennials. The majority of them had very good germination rates. Those that had low rates or did not germinate at all were the trickier species to germinate, although I had good success with stratifying many varieties. Remy, I’m wondering if you have any tricks to share for germinating Delphinium bellamosum? Last year I couldn’t get mine to germinate and am trying again this year with new seed just ordered. Last year I tried various techniques for Magic Fountains (bought from another company), Pacific Giants (from another company), and your Bellamosum. Only the magic fountains germinated, and of those the ones barely covered did better than those covered. Those stratified did not come up at all. Appreciate any advice. Thanks again for your wonderful company!

  • remy says:

    Linda,
    I personally have better luck Winter Sowing that plain cold stratification. I think the fluctuating temps really help the trickier flowers. Here’s a link to my tips. https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-sample-seed-shop/winter-sowing-tips/396001410487668
    Remy

  • Linda says:

    Thanks Remy, I read your helpful notes. That’s basically what I did, stuck the seeds in pots and put them outside, but I didn’t do it until March so maybe it was too late. I will give it a try again as soon as the seeds arrive!

  • Linda says:

    I see the zone question mark for Sisyrinchium bellum so I just want to share my experience with it which is similar to Remy’s. Most sources do state that it is not hardy, but I live in zone 5/almost 4 and have had my adorable, little blue-eyed grass return every year for several years. I even dug it up one fall to relocate it when I moved. It survived in a plastic pot all winter before I could replant it to its new home. I’m a little worried this season because we had very cold temperatures with no snow cover before Christmas. I’m anxiously awaiting to see if it returns (as well as a lot of other plants). I too have new plants seed not far away from the original occasionally, but not obnoxiously at all. It really is enchanting! I’m going to try to grow yellow-eyed grass this year. Sources say it is not hardy either, but I’m hoping that won’t be the case.

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