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DACTYLICAPNOS macrocapnos New June-Frost1211
Yellow Bleeding Heart2-8m  Zone: 6
Native from northwestern India to Nepal, a tuberous rooted perennial climber growing on moist forest margins, shrubby, rocky slopes and open hillsides. From midsummer through frost it produces a succession of hanging clusters of golden-yellow "bleeding hearts" that develop brownish-violet tips as they age. The blue-green leaflets of the pinnate leaves are brushed with silver at the base. Very similar to D. scandens, but this species climbs much higher, and has different seed pods.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been frozen to preserve viability.
30+ seeds  $4.50   

DACTYLICAPNOS platycarpa New Summer3766
3-4m  Zone: ?
A rare, only recently described perennial tendril climber native to Bhutan and India growing among shrubs. Clusters of bright yellow dicentra-type flowers in summer. Hardiness unknown, so plant in a protected spot and mulch over in winter. For sun or semi-shade, perhaps happier in the latter.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment.
30 seeds  $4.50   


DACTYLICAPNOS torulosa New 3765
An annual climber native to southern China and India with finely divided foliage and hanging clusters of yellow, locket-shaped flowers followed by striking 15cm seed pods, terracotta red and beaded, which open to show black and white seeds.
Germination Instructions: Seed has been frozen to preserve viability. Cold treatment recommended.
30+ seeds  $4.25   

A genus of two shrubs native to eastern Asia with pinnate foliage and fascinating large fruits.

DECAISNEA fargesiiSummer1230
Blue Bean or Dead Man's Fingers3-5m  Zone: 5/6
Native to western China, this is a small multi-trunked tree that comes from a family of plants known largely for its vines, including Akebia and Holboellia. It's habit is informal and arching. It sports green pinnate leaves (which can be as long as 90cm). Foot-long drooping panicles carry greenish-yellow flowers followed in autumn by decorative fruits resembling fat bean-pods of a fierce metallic blue colour.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
12 seeds  $4.25   

A genus of two woodland perennials from eastern Asia originally introduced by Ernest Wilson. Depending on source they are either classified as Hydrangea or in the Saxifrage family.

DEINANTHE bifidaFall1233
bifida40cm  Zone: 4
This rarely offered Japanese native produces hydrangea-like heads of nodding white flowers above green glossy foliage. An elegant addition to the woodland garden.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
300 seeds  $4.50   

A genus of 50 tufted perennial grasses with threadlike to linear foliage.

DESCHAMPSIA caespitosaLate Summer1256
Tufted Hairgrass60-90cm  Zone: 3
Native to the northern hemisphere. A clump-forming, cool season grass forming a low, dense tussock (to 45cm tall) of very thin arching, dark green foliage. Airy panicles of variably-colored flowers (tones of gold, silver, purple and green) form a cloud over the foliage that is particularly attractive when backlit. These turn yellowish-tan after bloom as the seed ripens and remain attractive through much of the winter. This is one of the few ornamental grasses that grows well in moderately shady locations, however it will not flower well if moved into too much shade. Wild collected in Finland this year.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

300 species with pinnate foliage and pea-like flowers in racemes.

DESMODIUM canadenseMid to Late Summer1257
Canada or Showy Tick Trefoil60-180cm  Zone: 3
Showy native species ranging from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan and into the eastern and central USA growing in open woods and along woodland edges. The alternate grey-green leaves are divided into 3 leaflets, each leaflet long and triangular. The showy bright pink, pea-like flowers with an elongated lower lip are arranged on erect, densely crowded racemes. A deep taproot makes this plant very drought-resistant and the seeds are used by a variety of birds and other wildlife. Loves clay, but will grow on most soils. Full sun. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $4.25   

DESMODIUM glutinosumSummer1258
Pointed Leaf Tick-Trefoil60-100cm  Zone: 4
Native to eastern North America and the plains regions, growing in low woods, thickets, roadsides and streamside. This elegant woodland perennial sports lovely whorled foliage above which are found wands of delicate pink to purplish pea-like flowers followed by fascinating, linked seed pods. A nice addition to the woodland garden. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
12 seeds  $4.25   

DESMODIUM paniculatumSummer1259
Panicled of Narrow-Leaf TickTrefoil60cm  Zone: 3
Native to eastern North America, growing in clearings or on the border of dry or moist woodlands. This is a delicate and elegant, rather than showy woodland species. Above lovely alternate lanceolate foliage is a much branched terminal panicle carrying small pinkish-purple flowers in summer. Seed wild collected in Ontario.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
15 seeds  $4.25   

350 species of important and desirable garden plants. The genus name is from dios, the Greek "divine", and anthos for "flower". The hardy perennial species are generally low, mounded, evergreen plants with 5-petalled, often fragrant flowers in white, pink and red.

DIANTHUS arenarius New Early Summer1263
Sand Pink5cm  Zone: 1
Completely prostrate, mat-forming species with beautiful, needle-like tight, gray-green foliage. Fringed white, flowers in summer. Would grow happily in pure sand.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.50   

DIANTHUS barbatusSummer1264
Sweet William30cm  Zone: 2
The popular biennial Sweet William has been grown in cottage gardens for hundreds of years. Lightly scented and in a colour range from white through pink, red to purplish-crimson, some varicoloured. Mass for ultimate charm. Long lasting and charming cut flower.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
100 seeds  $3.00   

DIANTHUS barbatus 'Sooty'All Season1281
Flowering the first year from seed, the fragrant blooms are a deep maroon above slender leaves which mature to a shimmering metallic mahogany. Flowers over a very long period.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
25 seeds  $3.25   

DIANTHUS deltoides 'Arctic Fire'Early Summer1284
10cm  Zone: 2
This form of D. deltoides has white blooms with a contrasting ring of fuschia around an interior of lighter pink. The foliage is dark green, turning purplish in the cool seasons. If deadheaded after bloom, may repeat bloom in autumn.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50+ seeds  $3.50   

DIANTHUS ex Velvet 'n Lace New June-August3742
30cm  Zone: 3
A short lived perennials blooming over a long period from early summer to autumn. A highly fragrant clump forming plant with lance-shaped green to blue-green foliage and velvety purple to burgundy, almost black flowers with white ruffled edges.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator
20 seeds  $3.75   

DIANTHUS myrtinerviusSummer1282
Field Pink8-10cm  Zone: 4
Native to southern Europe, forming a mat of bright green foliage smothered by dark pink flowers with a darker ring in the center. For full sun in a well-drained spot.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
50 seeds  $3.75   

A genus of about 20 very graceful plants, mostly native to North America. Leaves are blue-green and finely divided and flower color ranges from yellow, white to pink.

DICENTRA formosa (Moist Packed) New Late Spring to Summer3741
Western Bleeding Heart30cm  Zone: 4
Native to western North America with creeping rhizomes. Fernlike, light green foliage, glaucous beneath. Rose pink flowers in late spring to summer, often reblooming in the fall.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
30 seeds  $4.50   

DICENTRA spectabilis (Moist Packed)Early Summer1292
Bleeding Heart60-90cm  Zone: 2
This native of China and Japan is a popular cottage garden plant grown for the beauty of its foliage and arching stems of heart-shaped, rose-red flowers with white protruding inner petals. Foliage sometimes dies down by midsummer.
Germination Instructions: Seed is moist packed to preserve viability. Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.50   

A small genus with only one species extensively grown. Dictamnus is an extremely long lived plant and one of the best perennials for low-maintenance gardens. Slow to establish, it spreads gradually and makes a handsome specimen for the border. Its beautiful, aromatic foliage remains attractive throughout the season.

DICTAMNUS albus 'fraxinella'1302
The beautiful rosy pink variety of the Gas Plant.
Germination Instructions: Cold treatment required.
20 seeds  $4.00   

Genus of summer-flowering biennials and perennials bearing tubular flowers with wonderful speckled throats. The common name Foxglove was originally "folks-glove", the glove of the good folk, or fairies, who inhabited the woodland where foxgloves naturally grow. Of easy culture, thriving in moist soil in part shade or sun

DIGITALIS lanata New Early Summer1314
Grecian Foxgloveto 100cm  Zone: 4
Found on stony ground. This is a perennial foxglove, usually grown as a biennial in Canada. Honey-coloured with intricate netting of brown markings. Large, drooping white or greyish lip.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

DIGITALIS luteaEarly Summer1315
Small Yellow Foxglove60-90cm  Zone: 3
This species is native to Europe and North Africa and is reliably perennial. Glossy green leaves and wiry, elegant metre-high stems of small, well-proportioned pale yellow flowers. For a sunny or part shade position.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.50   

DIGITALIS parvifloraSummer1322
60cm  Zone: 4
This foxglove from Spain and Portugal is an extremely elegant and subtle species, best suited for dappled shade, where it's unusual chocolate brown colouring can be best appreciated.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.00   

A large genus of trees and shrubs native to the Americas, Europe Africa and Asia with extremely hard wood, usually black.

DIOSPYROS virginiana (Moist Packed) New Early Summer1344
Eastern Persimmon, American Ebony12-18m  Zone: 4/5
A member of the Ebony family, this deciduous tree is native to eastern North America and one of the most widely-adapted of trees, growing naturally in bottomland swamps, along stream banks, in upland forests, in fields, pine woods, and even dry scrub land. Dark green, glossy, leathery, elliptic foliage colors yellow to reddish-purple in fall. The extremely ornamental and hard bark turns black on older trunks broken up into distinctive, regular square blocks, resembling alligator skin. Flowers are fragrant, small creamy-yellow bells with recurved petals hanging from the twigs. After the foliage drops in fall, the plum-sized, edible burnt-orange fruits dangle from the branches like Christmas balls.
Germination Instructions: Seed is moist packed as an aid to germination. Requires cold treatment.
7 Large seeds  $5.00   Sorry...Sold Out

About 14 species of perennials native to North America with a wide distribution. All are similar in effect, having a fleshy rosette from which rises a flower stem carrying at the end an open umbel of cyclamen-like blossoms with reflexed petals and a narrow cone of protruding anthers. The swept-back petals gives them their common name. All want a simple rich soil with plenty of moisture in spring. As most species go dormant during the summer, drought during that time period is not catastrophic.

DODECATHEON pulchellumSummer1358
30cm  Zone: 3
From western North America, a shooting star with pink and rose flowers and yellow anthers. Seed wild collected in Alberta.
Photograph: Cohan Fulford
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $4.25   

The common name refers to the shape of the flowers. Not widely grown, which is unfortunate, as their lovely foliage, blue flowers and hardiness make them an outstanding addition to the northern garden. Grow in well-drained soil in full sun.

DRACOCEPHALUM moldavica New Summer to Fall3771
Moldavian Dragonhead45-60cm
A Eurasian annual with beautifully fragrant, lemon-scented foliage and flowers, cultivated in India for its essential oils. Long-blooming blue flowers. Will reseed.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds  $3.25   

A new genus of species formerly known as Potentilla.

DRYMOCALLIS rupestrisSummer1388
Cliff or Rock Cinquefoil30-45cm  Zone: 4
(Potentilla rupestris) Native to temperate Asia and Europe growing on dry, sunny rocky slopes in the mountains. Above pinnate leaves, white yellow-centered flowers in summer.
Picture by Trond Steen, used with permission.
Germination Instructions: Easy, warm germinator.
20 seeds  $4.00   

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