Fabulous Heirloom Flower Favorites

The vegetables in your garden are beautiful in their own right, but nothing paints a beautiful garden like splashes of vibrant heirloom flower varieties. Here are a few customer favorites to get you inspired. Click on each photo to view planting and growing tips and to purchase seeds from our online store. Also visit the Online Seed Exchange for dozens more flower varieties available to Seed Savers Exchange members from other members.

1. Benary’s Giant Zinnia-

Benary's Giant Zinnia

 This stunning variety hails from one of Germany’s oldest seed companies. Its 4-5” blossoms boast a range of colors that make your garden pop.

2. Bee’s Friend-


 As its name suggests, this variety attracts a large number of bees to its dreamy blue-purple flowers. You can count on this flower as a reliable annual cover crop.

3. Hungarian Blue Breadseed Poppy-

Hungarian Blue Poppy

 This heirloom flower has its uses in the garden and the kitchen! It’s bright blue-purple blooms are a vibrant addition to the garden, and once dried they offer a hearty supply of poppy seeds to bake or replant.

4. Bunny Tails-

Bunny Tails

 An adorable plant with white, fluffy flower heads, this is a perfect ornamental choice. Novice gardeners will love how easily this flower is grown and its sturdiness during drought.

5. Globe Amaranth- 

Globe Amaranth

There’s no excuse not to plant this variety. This productive and easy-to-grow flower is a major attraction for butterflies!

6. Calendula Mixture- 

calendula mixture

This variety is perfect for gardeners who love a feisty-looking plant with blossoms varying from bright yellow to true orange to deep red. This heirloom flower has also been used for thousands of years to soothe skin irritation.

7. Tip Top Nasturtium-

Tip Top Nasturtium

 If you’re looking for something pretty to plant in a container, this top-flowering heirloom yields scarlet, mahogany, gold, and apricot blossoms.

8. Black Velvet Nasturtium- 

Black Velvet Nasturtium

This luxurious flower variety couldn’t have a more appropriate name! It’s petals have a deep and romantic hue that is velvety to the touch and can be added to a fresh salad.

9. Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory- 

Grandpa Ott's

This reliable flower has truly stood the test of time. It was one of two heirloom seed varieties that lead to the formation of Seed Savers Exchange, making it a member favorite for almost 40 years!

10. Outhouse Hollyhock-

Outhouse Hollyhock Organic

Once used in the Midwest to indicate the location of an outhouse, this old flower is now used for all kinds of beautification. This comes as no surprise thanks to its singular blooms of white, light pink, pink-red, magenta, and burgundy.


Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization located in Decorah, Iowa, with a mission to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

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