Centaurea macrocephala– This bold perennial is commonly known as Giant Knapweed or Armenian Basket Flower and it features bright yellow thistle-like blooms in midsummer. Despite the weedy common name, it is not invasive and is used in both fresh and dried flower arrangements. Prefers fulls sun. Dislikes transplanting. Grows 3-5′ high by 1-2′ wide. Zone 3.
Nigella damascena – Love-in-the-Mist is a summer flower (annual) native to southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. It has been grown in English gardens since the Elizabethan period and the delicate blue, pink or white double blooms and ferny foliage make great cuts. The inflated seedheads are also dried for winter arrangements. Grows 20″ high by 9″. Annual.
Moluccella laevis – Bells of Ireland is an annual native to Syria and Turkey with spires of tiny white blooms surrounded by prominent green calyces. These flower stems are popular for very long-lasting fresh cut flowers or for drying (turns straw brown). It often self-seeds and prefers a full sun exposure with evenly moist, well drained soil. Grows 2-3′ high by 10-14″ wide. Annual.
Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Boy’ – This Bachelor’s Button or Cornflower is an older variety with tall stems (good for cutting) of double bright blue blooms for several months (June to August) during the summer. It will continue to produce flowers after cutting and they can also be dried (retaining some colour). Attracts pollinators. Grows 2-3′ high by 9-12″ wide. Annual.
Limonium sinuatum – Statice is a tender perennial often grown as a summer flower in coastal BC for its papery everlasting blooms (calyces) of white, pink, yellow, blue and violet. These are borne on winged stems above the wavy-margined leaves that are held in a basal rosette. The June to July blooms are popular for dried arrangements. Grows 18″ high by 12″ wide. Hardy to zone 8.