We just got back from our early Christmas in Nashville with my husband's family, and my sister in-law gave me the best present a gardener could hope for ... seeds!
Not just any seeds, but ones from the plants in her garden. I am so excited, but nervous because I normally don't grow from seed and I don't want to ruin any of them. I did read that they should be stored in paper envelopes, so I will do that and then start germinating them in March.
The seeds she gave me are:
Aster 'Wonder of Staffa' (Aster x frikartii 'Wonder of Staffa')
Echinacea 'Cotton candy' (Echinacea purpura 'Cotton Candy')
Gaillardia 'Oranges & Lemons'
Coreopsis 'Snowberry' (Coreopsis auriculata 'Snowberry')
Jamson Gerber (Gerbera jamsonii)
The Gerber and Coreopsis are not in my hardy zone (Gerber is definitely not). But the Coreopsis is a Zone 6, so maybe if I plant it in the best sunny location with good shelter, it may work. It's worth trying, even for just 1 season of flowers.