Clarkiasville !
Tried-and-true combos that'll work harder than you do!

Spring Combos!

With a list of lovely qualities as long as our arm, it's no secret we dearly love our CA native Clarkias. And yet ... we find they are entirely under-planted and underappreciated! How can that be, when they are so beautiful, tough and versatile? Just consider their virtues: Crappy soil? (Plant Clarkias!). Less than perfect drainage? (Plant Clarkias!). Hot and dry? Nibbly deer? You get the point! Plant some Clarkias and let the magic begin!

Exploding into a blaze of bloom that lasts at least a month and sometimes longer (C. rubicunda blasdalei and C. 'Shamini' can keep going on with their bloomy selves till August), they expertly fill that awkward gap between Spring and Summer when so many Spring bloomers have started to fade. Here's the secret though: you've got to get them in the ground by mid-April at the very latest (and really, the sooner you plant, the better). As hardy-annuals, by the time they start blooming (and you start drooling), they'll be out of season for purchase. And you can't have them – so don't be mad!

And if you even THINK about growing cut flowers for the garden, then that's it, there's no question about it – you simply MUST give Clarkias a try. Lasting two weeks or more in a vase, they'll amaze you with their seemingly never-ending cheer. Plus, they always self-sow here and there, rewarding you with drought tolerant babies that are free, free, free! How's that for a return on your investment? So plant some Clarkias, please. You won't be disappointed!

Layia platyglossa “Tidy Tips", Lupinus
‘Manhattan Lights’ & Erysimum x allionii Eschscholzia californica ‘Alba’ and Gilia tricolor “Birds Eyes”

Layia platyglossa, Lupinus ‘Manhattan Lights’, Erysimum x allionii & Papaver sp. ‘Greek’
Blooming in a blaze of glory, this was one of our fave gardens last year! With a perfect balance of sweet (majestic 'Manhattan Lights'), swaying (wildflowery Papaver) and scrumptious smelling (Erysimum and Layia), it tickled the senses and pleased the bees!

Eschscholzia californica ‘Alba’
Gilia tricolor “Birds Eyes”
Two of our easiest and most rewarding CA native wildflowers positively sing when paired AND bloom at the same time! Both are extremely floriferous and boast delicate, ferny foliage. Self-sow, too, so you may get a repeat performance!

Lavatera trimestris 'Pink Blush' Lupinus  ‘Manhattan Lights’ Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama Blue’

Lavatera trimestris 'Pink Blush'
One of the showiest, most useful and longest blooming cottage garden annuals of all! Quickly growing to a proper 2-3’ high and wide (!) with masses of 3” Hibiscus-like flowers from early Summer right up to first frost! Easy and self-sows!

Lupinus  ‘Manhattan Lights’
Tall, dark and handsome – this improved Lupine is our latest obsession! A perfect vertical accent or, if planted in multiples, its own dazzling display. Loved by bees and butterflies. Mildew resistant and vigorous. Hardy to USDA zone 4!

Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama Blue’
Hands down the backbone of our Spring gardens and a BLOOM machine from late Spring to Summer/Fall, 'Fama Blue' is an EASY and reliable mildew-free bee and butterfly magnet! We never go a season without planting it! Hardy to USDA zone 4.

Dianthus 'Bumbleberry Pie' Freesia alba Senecio stellata
‘Giovanna’s Select’

Dianthus 'Bumbleberry Pie'
Extra large 2" raspberry-pink flowers are marked with a crimson eye on this new Dianthus. We love it! Evergreen blue-green foliage forms a dense weed-suppressing mound to 12” tall. Fragrant! Butterflies! Perfect in containers. Hardy USDA zone 5!

Freesia alba
Divinely fragrant! Our most popular and wildly profuse Freesia, this original S. African species (introduced 1878) is a parent to many modern hybrids but SO MUCH BETTER. Easy to grow – bigger, better and bloomier every year! Hardy USDA zone 8.

Senecio stellata
‘Giovanna’s Select’

Gloriously tall 3’ old-fashioned Cinerarias are so useful for difficult-to-grow-anything-in shady spots and gorgeous for the vase! Our selection features richest purples and blues. Best in rich soil and reseeds easily.

Papaver rhoeas 'Pandora' Anthemis sancti-johannis
"St. John's Chamomile" Nigella damascena 
'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue'

Papaver rhoeas 'Pandora'
Surprise! Striking cherry speckles against a white background and a rich deep crimson are two of the variations we've seen of this newer cottage classic “Corn Poppy”. Delightful! Exquisite 3” blooms above wiry stems to 30” tall. Self-sows! Popular with bees!

Anthemis sancti-johannis
"St. John's Chamomile"

We've grown sweet Anthemis since forever and are always surprised how crazy it sells! Summer blooming and tolerant of dry soil, edible leaves can be added to salad or as a garnish. Hardy to USDA zone 4!

Nigella damascena
'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue'

Luminous deep blue flowers nestled amid a ferny bird's nest of  frizzy foliage, this quintessential cut flower is a fascinating and effusive Spring bloomer. Could not be easier to grow! Self-sows reliably for free plants!

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