Seed Sources:

The following sources have been used and recommended by our members:

Applewood Seed Company is based in Arvada and has provided wonderful service and seeds to Garden Club members in the past.
http://www.applewoodseed.com

Renee’s Garden sells vegetable seeds which have been highly successful in Summit County.
http://www.reneesgarden.com

Burpee sells a wide variety of seeds and plants.
http://www.burpee.com

Harrisseed
http://harrisseeds.com

Park Seed Company sells organic seed.
http://www.organicseed.com

Gourmet Seed International
http://www.gourmetseed.com

 

 

WILDFLOWERS FROM SEED

You may be surprised to learn that many of us grow plants from seed. Doing so saves a great deal of money. Some plants need irrigation to germinate and get established, others only require that which is provided by the environment.

Wildflower seeds are particularly successful. Perennials will take 2 years to produce blooms. Annuals tend not to seed because our frost free growing period is too short. Following are some suggestions for this altitude:

Common Name

Scientific Name

Annual(A), Biennial (B), Perennial (P)

Conditions

Comments

Baby’s Breath

Gypsophila elegans

A

Needs irrigation.

Looks great amidst corn poppies.

Basket of Gold

Alyssum saxatile

B

Best with irrigation.

Yellow flowers.

Catchfly

Silene armeria

A/P

Best with irrigation.

Pink flowers.

Clarkia

Clarkia amoena

A

Best with irrigation.

Very colorful. Blooms in August.

Columbines

Aqulegia caerulea

P

Will grow in shade or sun but need to be moist.

Mixed colors. Will self seed.

Cornflowers

Centaurea cyanus

A

Need irrigation.

Mixed colors.

Cottage Pinks

Dianthus plumarius

P

Need little water.

Pink flowers.

Creeping Thyme

Thymus serpyllum

P

No irrigation.

Great over gravel and rocks.

Daisy - Shasta

Chrysanthemum maximum

P

Needs irrigation.

Sensitive to frost.

Flax

Linum perenne

B/P

No irrigation.

Blue germinates well. Red is unreliable.

Gaillardia

Gaillardia aristata

P

No irrigation.

Red & yellow blossoms.

Lupine - Mountain

Lupinus alpestris

P

No irrigation.

Small, blue blossoms.

Lupine - Perennial

Lupinus perennis

P

No irrigation.

Large, blue flowers.

Lupine - Russell

Lupinus polyphyllus

P

Need irrigation.

Attractive, pink flowers.

Penstemon – Rocky Mountain

Pensemon strictus

P

No irrigation. Will grow on gravel or rocky areas.

Will self seed and spread easily.

Poppy - California

Eschscholzia californica

A

Need irrigation.

Traditional yellow one does best.

Poppy - Corn

Papaver rhoeas

A

Need irrigation.

Red, white or pink blooms.

Poppy - Icelandic

Papaver nudicaule

P

Need water to get established.

Yellow, white or orange blooms.

Siberian Wallflower

Cheiranthus allionii

B

Best with irrigarion.

Deep yellow blooms.

Snow-in-Summer

Cerastium biebersteinii

P

No irrigation.

Great for gravel and rocky areas. Prolific blooms, once it gets established.

Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus

B

Best with irrigation, but not absolutely necessary.

Most rewarding plant, but only blooms in its second year.

Viola – Johnny Jump Up

Viola cornuta

P

No irrigation.

Basic purple with yellow variety only.

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

P

No irrigation.

The white and pink varieties are most successful.




 

We try to educate our members and the community about gardening in Summit County and provide a social setting for informational exchanges to share the beauty of gardening with others.

There's lots going on in our Club and room for many to be involved. It's surprising how much we accomplish in our short Summit summer