Collection, Cut Flowers
- Amish Cockscomb
- Blue Boy Bachelor's Buttons
- Globe Amaranth
- Spider Flower Mixture
- Sensation Cosmos
- Summer Pastels Yarrow
We reserve the right to substitute seed varieties in all collections in case of shortages.
While flowers look beautiful in the garden, these varieties also put on quite a show in a vase or in a bouquet. Grow, cut, and arrange!
"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer."
— ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
(Celosia cristata) Given to SSE by longtime members Orral and Joan Craig who discovered it growing in an Amish garden near Arthur, Illinois. Native to the tropics and introduced to Europe in the 1570s. Fuzzy red flower heads resemble the comb of a rooster. Annual, 12" tall.
Blue Boy Bachelor’s Buttons
(Centaurea cyanus) Brought to America from Europe in the 17th century. Well maintained strain with blue flowers. Plants will bloom throughout the growing season. Remarkably easy to grow, dries well. Self-seeding hardy annual, grows 2-3' tall.
(Nigella damascena) First appeared in England around 1570. Some very imaginative folk names include Love-Entangle and Jack-in-Prison. Intriguing striped seedpods dry well. It is hard to resist popping the seed pods when they are green because they pop like little balloons! Self-seeding, hardy annual, 18-24" tall.
(Gomphrena globosa) Native to Brazil but thrives almost anywhere. Balanced mixture of 5-7 colors attracts a multitude of butterflies. Very easy to grow from seed, exceptionally productive. Excellent cut flower, both fresh and dried. Half-hardy annual, 24-30" tall.
Spider Flower Mix
(Cleome hassleriana) (aka Cleome) Introduced from the West Indies to England in 1817. Airy blossoms in a mix of rose, pink, purple, and white. Flowers are followed by narrow 4-5" intriguing seedpods which resemble spider legs. Moderately thorny stems. Very easy to maintain. Self-seeding, half-hardy annual, 3-4' tall.
Sensation Cosmos Mixture
(Cosmos bipinnatus) This summer bloomer is a good choice for northern gardeners. Large, sturdy plants have beautiful ferny foliage and a wide mixture of colors. Grows well in light dry soils. AAS winner in 1936. Half-hardy annual, 4-5' tall.
(Achillea millefolium) This amazing perennial flowers just 4 months after sowing. Wide color range, almost the complete spectrum of pastels. Use fresh or dried. Excellent for borders. Hardy perennial, 30" tall.
(Polygonum orientale) Eye-catching heirloom heavily laden with pendulous dark pink catkins. Makes handsome dried bouquets, but nice as a fresh cut flower too. Exotic and beautiful when the plants are swaying in the summer breeze. Difficult to transplant; sow in place. Self-seeding annual, 6-9' tall. Germination may take up to 2 months. Start seeds in early spring.