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Unless otherwise noted, the following guides are for growing perennials from seed, and general care.

Gaillardia - Goblin [Gaillardia aristata]
Zone 3 - 9
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring

Brightly coloured, long-blooming, carefree and drought tolerant. This plant fits all the demands of the busy gardener. The red daisies with sharply contrasting yellow tips bloom continuously on perfectly round bushy plants. Grows 12 high and as wide.

Start inside 6-8 weeks before planting out. Sow seed on surface, provide light and warmth, 21°C (70°F). Should germinate in 1-2 weeks. May also be direct seeded outside in early spring. Transplant outside in late spring when soil is warm, 12" apart. Prefers full sun and will tolerate poor, dry soil. Is short lived in heavy soil. Do not over fertilize. Deadhead regularly and divide every 2-3 years in spring. Cut flowers last almost 2 weeks and they dry well if hung upside down.

Geum - Blazing Sunset [Geum chiloense flore-plena]
Zone 3 - 8
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring

Pronounced "gay-um" this perennial favourite is also known as "Avens". "Blazing Sunset" is prolific and early flowering, with fully double scarlet flowers up to 50% larger than other varieties. Fantastic in the border and cottage garden, and a dazzling cut flower. Flowers all summer, even the first year! Height 24".

Start seed inside 8-10 weeks before planting out. Lighlty cover seed and germinate at 20°C (68°F). Should germinate in 3 weeks. Plant into the garden in spring 12-18 inches apart. Prefers full sun. Deadhead regularly to keep plants blooming. Divide every 3-4 years in spring or fall to maintain vigour.

Gypsophila - Baby's Breath [Gypsophilia paniculata]
Zone 4 - 8
Light: Full Sun
Planting Date: Spring / Fall

A lacy complement to flower gardens. Very attractive in cut or dried flower arrangements since it dries rather than wilts. For continuous bloom, sow several times during the summer.

Start inside 8 weeks before planting out in peat pots. Cover seed lightly, provide warmth; 21°C (70°F) and germination should occur in 10-15 days. May be direct seeded outside in early spring or early autumn. Transplant into the garden in early spring after hardening off the plants. Space at least 24" apart in a full sun location. Prefers well-drained soil. Add lime, do not over-fertilize, and keep well watered. Trim after flowering to encourage more blooms and to keep tidy. Dislikes being moved.

Hollyhock - Creme de Cassis [Alcea rosea]
Zone 3 - 8
Light: Full Sun to Light Shade
Planting Date: Spring / Fall

An absolute must have for the cottage garden! Superb first year flowering perennial with stunning veined flowers in a juicy blackcurrant colour, fading to paler berry shades around the edges. Use as a border plant. Flowers from June to September. Height 5-6 feet tall.

Start inside 6-8 weeks before planting out in peat pots. Do not cover seed, provide light and average temperatures; 18-21°C (65-70°F). Easy to germinate in 10-14 days. May also be direct seeded after last frost or in early fall for blooms the next year. Transplant after last frost into full sun or light shade, 18-24" apart. Pinch out the growing tip immediately after transplanting to produce stocky, stronger plants. Prefers rich, moist soil. Provide excellent air circulation, may need to be staked. Cut back after first bloom to encourage reblooming. Do not move established plants. May be short lived, but hollyhocks self-seed dependably.

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