Garden Collection Plant Listing
Tried & True Garden Collection plants are hard to beat for the “wow” factor – they deliver gorgeous colour when and where you need it. They have been specially selected for their flower power and lush foliage throughout the growing season. Many of the prettiest and most popular flowering and foliage plants in the garden are annuals, meaning their life cycle is one growing season so they need to be planted every year or “annually”. These garden favourites include Calibrachoas, Petunias, Geraniums, Marigolds, and Verbenas, which are all celebrated for the vibrant colour they add to the garden. These versatile plants can provide visual interest to garden beds, borders, containers, window boxes, and hanging baskets. Intermingling flowers in a planting scheme with vegetables and herbs add brilliant colours, textures, and even attract beneficial pollinators.
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APTENIA – Heartleaf Ice Plant, Baby Sun Rose
(ap TEN ee uh) Aptenia cordifolia, mesembryanthemum cordifolium Aptenia is a South African native succulent that is part of the ice plant family. The heart-shaped, textured leaves are topped with magenta flowers. This is a compact, mat-forming perennial that provides outstanding groundcover in rock gardens and landscapes. Please select flower to see care instructions.
ARGYRANTHEMUM – Marguerite Daisy
(arr jer RAN the mum) The Marguerite Daisy is a time-honoured favourite. This group of plants gives free reign to the imagination with every type of application possible. Argyranthemums can be used in mixed containers, as an accent to specimen plants or to add a splash of colour. They are pretty planted in large container… Read more »
(bah KOE pah) The popularity of Bacopa is unsurpassed in the gardening world. It blooms and blooms and fills your container… whatever it is. It is a wonderful accent or underplanting for Geraniums, Verbena, and other annuals. This sun-loving, versatile plant lends well to mixed containers, hanging baskets, window boxes, as well as a ground… Read more »
(bee GOE nee ah) Begonias are really inspiring. With beautiful flowers, a trailing habit and decorative foliage, the begonia will fulfill your gardening needs. Begonias are useful for containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes. The Orchid Series is a real showstopper in almost any garden application. Please select flower to see care instructions.
(BYE dens) With fern-like foliage and beautiful golden flowers, Bidens has a delicate appearance that is contrary to its tough nature. It flowers abundantly with their distinctive yellow flowers and veined leaves. This new generation trailer is easy to cultivate and needs a sunny location. Cold cultivation is the best method to get compact and… Read more »
BRACHYSCOME – Swan River Daisy
(BRACK eek ohm), (brack iss KOE mee) Brachyscome is also known as the Australian Daisy because it originated from Austrailia. It is a welcome addition to baskets and patio containers. Masses of blooms all summer are sure to please. Attracts butterflies. Please select flower to see care instructions.
BRACTEANTHA – Straw Flower
(brack tee AN thah) These Bracteantha or Straw Flowers have gorgeous, large flowers which have a paper-like feel. The dark green narrow foliage lets the unique blooms shine. The flowers have a distinct double daisy look, but there is an important difference – true petals are found only at the center of each bloom –… Read more »
CALENDULA – Sea Marigold
(kah LEND yoo lah) A real eye-catcher in window boxes, mixed containers, and hanging baskets with its trailing masses of large bright yellow flowers. Please select flower to see care instructions.
(kal ih brack KOE ah) Calibrachoas are one of the most popular plants of all time because of their vibrant colours and their multitude of blooms. We are convinced all of the Tried & True varieties of Calibrachoas are the best hanging basket plants introduced in the past few years. With literally hundreds of mini-petunia-like… Read more »
(KAN-uh lil-ee ) Canna indica Canna lilies are not related to any type of lily, but in fact, they belong to their own plant group. There are hundreds of canna cultivars varying in flower and foliage colour. The large showy flowers range from shades of cream and yellow to orange and red in colour. The lush,… Read more »
COLEUS – Flame Nettle
(KOE lee us) Some of the most unique colours and textures for plants are found on those that do not flower or the plant may flower, but the foliage is more interesting than the bloom. Coleus has been available in a great assortment of colours such as plum, burgundy, chartreuse, gold, lime, copper, and wine…. Read more »
COPROSMA- Mirror Plant or Looking Glass Plant
(kop ROS muh) Coprosma repens This amazing cultivar with its jewel-toned foliage is native to New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific. Coprosma is a tender evergreen shrub(min 40-50°F/ 7-10°C) grown primarily as a colour and structure plant. The shiny, smooth, and glossy leaves are outstanding hence the New Zealanders affectionately call it the Mirror… Read more »
CORDYLINE – Cabbage Tree
(kor dih LYE nee) Cordyline australis Cordyline, also known as “Ti” or the “King of Foliage”, comes in many colours or combinations of colours including green, orange, pink, purple, red, yellow, cream and white. Because of its versatility and foliage interest, Cordyline is prized by many gardeners. They are upright and sturdy plants that can… Read more »
(KOO fee ah) These wonderful plants will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. Cuphea is well-suited for balcony containers, window boxes, and larger bedding areas. The various varieties are interesting and unusual in their own right. Please select flower to see care instructions.
(DOLL ee ah), (DAL ee ah) Dahlia Dahlias are easy to grow and add magnificent colours to your garden during the summer to fall months. They are available in almost every imaginable flower shape, colour, and height. There is said to be close to 50 000 named varieties that have been listed in various registers… Read more »
DIANTHUS – Pinks
(dye ANN thuss) Dianthus Dianthus means “divine flower” in Greek likely due to their heavenly appearance and scent. Although best known for their various shades of pink, blooms from the over 300 species of dianthus span the nearly entire colour spectrum. These beautiful jagged-edged flowers are highlighted by the subtly handsome bluish-grey, mostly linear foliage…. Read more »
(dye ASS ee ah), (dye AY see ah) Diascia is a free flowering trailing plant that produces large numbers of bright, shell-like flowers. This early flowering variety comes in a large range of colours. Excellent in hanging baskets, containers, and borders. Please select flower to see care instructions.
(yoo FOR bee ah) Euphorbia There are thousands of species of Euphorbia in the plant world, also known as Spurge. In a broad range of species, habits, and forms, they can range from herbs to shrubs and trees to succulents. No matter what type you decide upon, Euphorbias are extremely easy to grow. There are… Read more »
FELICIA – Kingfisher Daisy
(fel LEE she ah), (fel LISS ee ah) This beautiful garden standard has dark blue stars with yellow centres against narrow foliage. They originated from South Africa and need full sun and well-drained soil. Cold cultivation simplifies the bushy compact habit. Cooler temperatures slow down growth and promote side branching. Please select flower to see… Read more »
(FYOO shah) For over 150 years, Fuchsias have been popular with gardeners around the world. Named after the German botanist Leonhard von Fuchs (1500-1566), the first hybridizations were dated about 1820. These garden favourites are perfect in hanging baskets, mixed containers and window boxes. Please select flower to see care instructions.
GAURA – Butterfly Flower or Beeblossom
(GAR ah) Oenothera lindheimeri or Gaura lindheimeri Gaura is originally a perennial but, because of its outstanding qualities, it cannot be excluded from border and balcony assortment. Their pink or white flowers remind you of flying butterflies with the flowers floating over the mixed balcony boxes, containers, and borders. Gaura flowers non-stop from April until the end… Read more »
(jer RAY nee um) Pelargonium The most common geraniums available at garden centers actually belong to the genus Pelargonium. They are from the same plant family as the hardy perennial Geranium (Cranesbill), but Pelargoniums (pellarr GOE nee um) are tender perennials only hardy in milder climates. Geraniums are best planted in full sun though some… Read more »
GLECHOMA – Nepeta, Creeping Charlie
(glek KOE mah) Glechoma hederacea Glechoma is an aromatic, perennial (-10°F /-23°C), evergreen plant of the mint family, native to Europe but now semi-common in North America. The interesting fan-shaped foliage with scalloped edges of this creeper is fragrant. The flowers that bloom in the spring are funnel-shaped, blue or bluish-violet to lavender in colour…. Read more »
Ornamental grasses and grass-like plants are definitely worth planting. They work harmoniously with our natural environment and help keep our surroundings healthy and viable. Admired for their beauty, but loved for their low maintenance and toughness, grasses can bring flair and elegance to mass plantings, borders, beds, patios, walkways, and mixed planters. They are practical… Read more »
HELICHRYSUM – Licorice Plant
(hel ih KRY sum) Helichrysum is grown for its petite, velvety, trailing foliage. The silvery sheen of licorice plant makes it a perfect complement for many other plants. Include helichrysum in hanging baskets and mixed containers, and the trailing growth will quickly fill in and provide a soft backdrop for the colourful flowers of other plants…. Read more »
HELIOTROPE – Cherry Pie Plant
(hee lee oh TROHP), (hēl yə TROHP) Heliotropium These old-fashioned flowers may have been at the forefront in your grandmother’s garden. But, their renewed popularity is no surprise, considering their attractive foliage, flowers, and scent. Very few bedding plants have Heliotrope’s reputation for fragrance. Reminiscent of vanilla, the Heliotrope’s scent gave rise to its… Read more »
Brilliantly coloured flowers are held close to grey-green, semi-succulent trailing foliage. Constant show of colour all summer until the first hard frost. Ice plant thrives in sunny and dry locations. Does well as ground cover, in baskets, or containers. Fantastic with other low growing plants. Please select flower to see care instructions.
IPOMOEA – Sweet Potato Vine
(ip oh MEE uh), (ahy pey MEE uh) The intensely-coloured foliage results in a lot of interesting possibilities. Ipomoeas make excellent filler and accent plants in planters, balcony boxes, and hanging baskets. The climbing vines will grow up small trellises or other structures. Please select plant to see care instructions.
LANTANA – Yellow Sage
(lan TAN ah) Lantana camara In warmer regions, Lantana can be grown all year, but northern gardeners typically grow lantana as a bedding annual. Lantanas produce abundant, intriguingly textured flowers and fragrant leaves. Lantana’s flowers come in tight clusters and often showcase multiple hues, creating a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour. Verbena-like flower clusters emerge on… Read more »
(lob BEE lee ah) Lobelia erinus The beautiful colours of Lobelia bring effect and texture to any planting. They create masses of gorgeous flowers in an assortment of colours all summer long. Our Tried & True Lobelias are heat tolerant and weather resistant. They perform well in baskets, containers, and landscape. The delicate, airy appearance… Read more »
(lob yew LAR ee ah) Lobularia maritima Lobularia is one of the easiest annuals to grow. This low-growing plant produces a dense carpet of tiny flowers upon well-branched stems and lance-shaped grey-green foliage. A sweet-smelling plant, Lobularia is often sought after as a filler for containers, window boxes, and baskets. Please select flower to see… Read more »
LOTUS VINE – Parrot’s Beak
(LOH tus) Lotus vine’s exotic looking flower is spectacular, resembling a parrot’s beak. Flame colour flowers in shades of red and golden yellow are perfectly suited to planter boxes, hanging baskets, window boxes, and decorative containers. Don’t plant lotus vine solely for the flowers, as this plant is highly sought after for its unusual, needle-like… Read more »
LYSIMACHIA – Creeping Jenny, Moneywort
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah) Lysimachia nummularia Lysimachia is an evergreen perennial that produces small, rounded leaves with wavy edges along trailing stems – resembling a string of small coins. This creeping plant grows quite vigorously so it makes a nice addition to containers or in other locations where its spread can be restricted. Lysimachia prefers damp soil conditions and… Read more »
Tagetes patula Marigolds are one of the most popular and versatile annual flowers. They may be second in ranking after petunias as favoured with gardeners. African marigolds are taller in stature and produce large, round flowers in bright colours. The shorter French marigolds generally have more petite flowers with a greater variety of petal types, markings,… Read more »
MUEHLENBECKIA – Wire Vine, Creeping Wire Plant
Muehlenbeckia complexa Muehlenbeckia is a creeping plant, native to New Zealand with distinctive small, round, emerald-green leaves and wiry dark stems. It is low maintenance and fast-spreading. This foliage plant is good for borders, rock gardens, hanging baskets, and planters. It can tolerate limited foot traffic. As the season progresses, little white flowers appear. This versatile… Read more »
(nem MEE zee ah) Here is a season-long flowering beauty with snapdragon-like flowers that have yellow centres. Tried & True Nemesias are heat-tolerant and have compact, semi-trailing growth. They make a bright and colourful addition to mixed baskets and containers. Their sweet, candy-like scent is an aromatic addition to the garden or patio. Please select… Read more »
OSTEOSPERMUM – African Daisy, Cape Daisy
(oss tee oh SPER mum) Osteospermum is native to South Africa and comes in a wide variety of flower forms and colours. These Daisy-like plants with dark green foliage are standards in most gardens whether they are planted in borders or containers. The blooms are wonderful for cutting and appear in a wide range of… Read more »
(pet TOO nyah) Petunia is still one of the most popular and indispensable bedding plants. Petunias are prolific trailing bloomers that flower constantly all summer. An outstanding feature of Tried & True varieties is their perfect branching. They are robust, weather resistant, and distinguished by their even growth. With the wide range of striking colours… Read more »
SANVITALIA – Creeping Zinnia
(san vih TAL ee ah) Sanvitalia’s common name describes its flower form and its low-growing creeping habit. It is a low maintenance plant and has a profusion of little yellow flowers from spring until fall. Performs well in baskets, containers, and landscapes. Please select flower to see care instructions.
SCAEVOLA – Fan Flower
(skay VOE lah) Originally from Australia, Scaevola gained popularity in North America when the intriguing shape of the flowers caught the eye of gardeners. Its thick trailing stems bear Dandelion-like foliage and in the axils of these green leaves, the floral spikes appear. The petals appear on one side only, giving the flower a fan-like… Read more »
SEDUM – Stonecrop
(SEE dum) Sedum Sedum is a diverse group of succulent plants. With over 600 species of sedums available throughout the Northern Hemisphere, it would be hard not to find a sedum that wouldn’t fit your purpose. Most often grown for their colourful and interesting appearance, sedums are also used to provide roof covering in green… Read more »
SETCREASEA – Wandering Jew
(SET kree zee uh) Setcreasea is a beautiful colour and texture plant. The leaves are oval and pointed and will reach 7 inches (17.5cm) long by 1 inch (2.5cm) wide. The succulent stems are first erect later lying on the ground as a creeper. The blooms range from pink to pale purple and appear from… Read more »
STROBILANTHES – Persian Shield
(stroe bih LAN theez) Strobilanthes is a beloved house plant that has found its way to the garden. The foliage is breathtaking with its multitude of colours – variegated dark green, purplish-pink on top and all purple underneath. The silvery-metallic foliage shimmers with iridescence. It is a challenge to find a colour that Strobilanthes does… Read more »
THUNBERGIA – Black-eyed Susan Vine
(thun BURR jee ah) Thunbergia alata Since the appearance of the vegetative-propagated Thunbergias on the market, these plants are celebrating a real renaissance. They are tender perennials but are mostly grown as annuals because they grow quickly and produce flowers in the first season. The showy, funnel-shaped flowers stand out above the arrow-shaped leaves. This… Read more »
TIBOUCHINA – Princess Flower
(tib oo CHEE nah) Tibouchina urvilleana Tibouchina is a wonderful, colourful accent plant that will give a tropical flair to your containers. Large, royal purple blossoms create a spectacular sight when in full bloom. Tibouchina is great as a specimen or as an accent in a mixed container. It can be grown into a rounded… Read more »
TORENIA – Wishbone Flower
(tor EE nee ah) Torenia fournieri This creeping, trailing plant is great in baskets, window boxes, or mixed containers. When looking for a long-lasting and showstopping plant for a morning sun garden bed, the Torenia fits the bill. It has exquisite trumpet-shaped or Snapdragon-like flowers. While the flowers appear delicate, they are durable and able to… Read more »
Part of the fun of snapdragons is that you can snap/pinch the flowers just about in the middle and the “dragon’s” mouth will open and shut. An old-time favourite with a new twist, Tried & True Trailing Snapdragon Fruit Salad™ Series sport long-lasting blooms along trailing stems. Small, dark green leaves provide an exceptional backdrop… Read more »
(ver BEE nah) Verbena hybrid Verbenas earn top marks because of the wide range of colours available from intense jewel tones to serene pastel hues. They are free-flowering and have a semi-trailing growth habit. Flower clusters of verbena are held in continuously blooming circles atop the tips of the stems. These bloom stalks keep blooming and… Read more »