ALYSSUM: (Lobularia maritima) Annual that reseeds easily. Great ground cover. Ours is white.
BORAGE: (Borago officinalis) Annual but reseeds itself in the right location. Bright blue star-like flowers often used to decorate cakes or drinks. Young leaves can be used raw in salads. About 2’ high and wide. Hardy and drought tolerant.
CALENDULA: (officinalis) Annual often used as an herb to heal dry skin. Orange and yellow Blooms can last most of the winter in the garden. Flowers are edible and can be added to salads. Reseeds.
ECHINACEA (purpurea): Perennial. Purple daisy-type flowers attractive to pollinators. Roots used to boost the immune system. Petals edible.
FLAX: (Linum perenne) Perennial. Pale blue flowers on delicate stems. Seeds are edible.
MARIGOLD: (Tagetes tenuifolia) Annual. ‘Lemon Gem’ is a short marigold, bright yellow, often used in the front of borders. Flowers are edible. Attracts beneficial insects and pollinators.
'Cracker Jack’ variety (Tagetes erecta) is 2-3 feet high, with large flower heads in different colors of orange and yellow, singles and doubles. Select your favorite seeds for next year’s crop.
MONARDA (citriodora): Perennial. Also called Bee Balm. Likes afternoon shade and some water. Pinky-red blossoms, minty leaves. Good for the back of a border.
NASTURTIUM: (Tropaeolum majus)Annual. Trailing light green plant with orange and yellow blossoms. Leaves and flowers are edible and great raw in salads. Pickle the seeds for caper-like treats.
POPPY, CALIFORNIA: (Eschscholzia californica) Annual. This is the bright orange poppy we know and love! Prefers gravelly soil. Used in many forms as a medicinal herb.
SUNFLOWER: (Helianthus annuus) Annual. Seeds and flowers edible, as are the young sprouts. This variety is the tall yellow one called “Grey Stripe.”
ZINNIA: (Zinnia elegans)Annual. Multiple colors and gorgeous display in our California Giants mix. Petals are edible but remove the seeds when you pull petals out for best results.