July 16th @ Apex Farmers’ Market

A quiet week. See you Saturday.

2″ POTS

  • Sedum, ‘Emperor’s Waves’ (Sedum telephium) – Carmine red flowers contrast beautifully with waxy green foliage. This new sedum cultivar does well in heat and makes an excellent container plant. Even the spent flowers have interest after turning brown in the fall.

3″ POTS

  • Blazing Star, ‘Floristan White’ (Liatris spicata) – Often used commercially for cut flowers. Tall stalks of cream white flowers are a joy to see and last and last. A great ornamental highlight next to other plants. Food for butterflies and hummingbirds as well.
  • Lavender, ‘Vincenza Blue’ (Lavandula angustifolia) – Lovely, deep purple, nearly-but-not-quite blue flowers and fragrant foliage make this lavender a winner for tough, hot, dry, sunny locations. Great in a pot or on the border.
  • Pepper, ‘Oaxacan Chiltepec’ (Capsicum annuum) – From the Oaxacan region of Mexico. Rarely seen, try something different.
  • Pepper, ‘Oaxacan Costeno’ Amarillo (Capsicum annuum) – Unusual and flavorful. Green ripens to brilliant, deep-yellow orange fruits. Highly productive, 30+ peppers in a 5 gallon bucket. Dries easily, even partially right on the plant. Grind up in a spice/pepper grinder to use in sauces and other dishes.
  • Pepper, ‘Oaxacan De Agua’ (Capsicum annuum) – Unusual and flavorful. Ripens from green to a standard red.
  • Wood Sorrel, (Oxalis valdiviensis) – Originally from Chile. Buttercup-yellow flowers are light but surprisingly long lasting. Great in a container. Can overwinter in the house as well. Try growing it in a sunny window and let me know how it does.

4-PACKS

  • Blazing Star, ‘Floristan White’ (Liatris spicata) – Often used commercially for cut flowers. Tall stalks of cream white flowers are a joy to see and last and last. A great ornamental highlight next to other plants. Food for butterflies and hummingbirds as well.
  • Chinese Foxglove, (Rehmannia angulata) – Pretty, foxglove-like flowers above dense rosettes of attractive leaves. Plant where the soil doesn’t dry out for long.
  • Common Mullein, (Verbascum Thapsus) – Forms a rosette of leaves the first year and then a spike of flowers the next. Flowers are a lovely yellow on spikes. Often used in herbal medicine, though how I can’t say.
  • Coreopsis, ‘Sunfire’ (Coreopsis grandiflora) – Great border and container plant that tolerates high heat and produces eye-catching blooms with minimal work. Deadhead every few weeks and divide every 3 years. 2004 Fleuroselect gold medal winner.
  • Mimulus, ‘Twinkle Red F2’ (Mimulus x hybridus) – Keep these plants watered and you’ll get to see bright red flowers on compact plants day after day until frost. Performs well in part sun and bright shade. This is a 2nd generation hybrid seed.