Jim's Favorite Seed Selections
At Seedman.com, we are constantly testing new varieties, and
often will not make a variety available to the public until it
has gone through at least a couple of years of testing in our
However, we ocassionally come across some varieties that we fall
in love with and want to share with our customers as quickly as
Below are a few such varieties personally selected by Jim Johnson
TRM523 Wild Child Arugula ( Diplotaxis tenuifolia )
A versatile and hardy annual herb also known as Wild Rocket. This is a herbaceous plant found in the wild in Italy. Wild Child has thin, serrated leaves which are bright-green in color and have an intense aroma. Owing to its strong but pleasant flavor it is particularly suitable for mixed salads or on pizzas. The plant grows well in any type of soil and requires little care.
TRM522 White Finch ( Oralaya grandiflora )
An attractive addition to bouquets. Orlaya makes an easy to grow, quick border filler with decorative snow-white lacy blooms produced all summer long. This is a hardy annual plant for beds and borders.
2½ - 3½" pure white flowers with an intricate, lacy pattern. Full, well-branched plants with strong, upright stems are easy to grow. The clusters of star-shaped, green seed pods also make a unique bouquet addition. Height: 24-30".
TRM520 Mariachi Pepper
Big on color and flavor but small on heat!
2006 All-America Selections winner. It's the perfect pepper when you want a blast of color but just a hint of heat. The compact 18-24" plants yield loads of 4", coned shaped fruits that change brilliantly from creamy yellow to bright red all summer. The taste is spicy but only mildly hot. Freeze to provide fresh spicy peppers all winter. Early and continuously productive. Compact plants for patio, 66 days.
TRM521 Mucho Nacho Pepper
F1, Jumbo jalapeno, 4", heavier, milder than others, green to red, virus resistant, fine for patio, 4000 scoville units, 69 days.
This jalapeno is fatter and longer than the standard jalapeno—and hotter, too! Vigorous plants yield lots of hot peppers that ripen to red when fully mature. Use some green and leave some to ripen for a pretty addition to your favorite dish.
TRM515 Palace Purple Coral Bells ( Heuchera macrantha )
Burgundy purple evergreen foliage, white flowers, former Perennial Plant of the Year. Grows about 10" tall, outstanding accent plant. Perennial, hardy to zone 4. Pelleted seeds for easy sowing.
JF122 Cheron Summer Gloxinia ( Incarvillea sinensis 'Cheron' )
Heart thumping large cream white trumpets above ferny foliage all summer, for patio pot or border, 10 weeks seed to bloom, sun to part shade. Incarvilleas are sometimes called "summer gloxinias" but are unrelated to true gloxinias. Something interesting and different for your borders or patio pots. Grows to 10-12" in height with flowers about 1-1/2 inches long.
JF123 Purple Lady ( Iresine )
Dark purple foliage accent plant for containers or beds, likes shade, withstands humidity. Grows to 9 inches in height.
3356 Little Chief Red Crape Myrtle ( Lagerstroernia )
Blooms the First Year -- from Seed!
Rapidly grows 2 feet or more in a single season!
Little Chief is nothing short of a garden marvel! Start it from seed this winter or early spring and you will be awash in a sea of bright rosy-red by summer, then treated to reddish autumn color. Reaching 2 feet or more its very first year, this dwarf Crapemyrtle is easy, beautiful, and nothing short of amazing!
Perfect for containers but also happy in the sunny garden, Little Chief sets its 1- to 2-inch brilliant blooms in large clusters that are very long-lasting. After they pass, the foliage turns shades of crimson and burgundy over several weeks. Ideal as a hedge, accent planting, or back-of-the-border sensation..
JF79 Brazilian Fireworks ( Maracas )
Spectacular, variegated leaf, purple pink bicolor blooms, heat
and shade tolerant, for mixed pot or bedding, growing 12" tall,
blooming in 14 weeks from seed. Annual.
FA01 Gardenia ( Gardenia Jasminodes )
Also know as Cape Jasimine, native to China, Gardenia's evoke
images of exotic, sweet-scented flowers and soft, island
breezes. Glossy, dark green leaves provide a luxuriant backdrop
to heavily-scented, double, creamy-white blooms. Grown in
dappled shade, Gardenia's like well amended and well drained (
5-6 pH ) acid soil and will reach a height of 4-6 feet. Blooms
are long lasting and are ideal for cut flowers. Hardy to 20 F.
and in zones 8-10.
JF01 Scalloped Leaf
Lady's Mantle ( Alchemilla erythropoda alma )
blue green leaf, lime green leaf, chartreuse flowers, compact
plant, Primed Seed, grows only 8 inches tall, this is a
wonderful accent plant for pots or garden. A perennial that is
hardy to zone 3.
JF02 Blutopis ( Bacopa }
First Bacopa from seed, lavender blue, early, mounds
and trails, Multi-seed Pellets ( each pellet contains 6-8 seeds }, grows 8" tall, an excellent basket plant, ours seem to bloom
JF23 The Rose ( Felicia
Excellent bedding and bakest plant.
Fleuroselect winner - rose colored popular basket crop, annual
growing 12" tall and blooming 12 weeks from seed.
JF07 Melting Fire (
The reddest foliage yet in this genus,
terrific garden foliage contrast, small white flowers,
excellent cutflower material. A perennial well suited for pots
and garden, grows 12 inches tall, hardy to zone 4.
BM19 Bergamo Bee Balm (
Monarda hybrida )
Our favorite Bee Balm. Fleuroselect,
unique compact plant, rose purple blooms, mildew resistant,
early to flower, short lived, excellent cut flower. A perennial
growing 16" tall, hardy to zone 5.
JF11 Mon Amie Blue
Light blue, Super early, needs no
vernalization to flower 12 weeks from seed, excellent
cutflower, perennial growing 6" tall, hardy to zone 4.
BM41 Taiga Sky Blue
Russian Sage ( Perovskia atriplicifolia )
Russian Sage, long sky blue flower spikes, silver leaf, heat
tolerant, grow in large pots for best effect, Primed seeds.
Perennial growing 16" tall, hardy to zone 5.
NB07 Fairy Queen ( Salvia
Fleuroselect, unique bicolor sapphire blue
with white spots, good cut flower. Grows 24" tall, blooms in 12
weeks from seed, annual.
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JF21 Silverado Foam
Flower ( Tiarella wherryi )
White flowers, silky green
leaf, good in shade, long bloomer, easy pot culture, Primed for
easy germination, a perennial growing 10" tall, hardy to zone
JF22 Skippy Plum Gold
Sure to become a favorite of viola lovers, it
already is with us. AAS, A rainbow of color, whiskered yellow
center, maroon splashes, azure wing, annual growing 8" tall and
blooming 11 weeks from seed.
JF24 Concorde Mix
Streptocarpus ( Cape Primrose )
This under-used F1
flower is excellent in baskets in sun or shade. An early
flowering hybrid in blue/pink shades, annual growing 8" tall,
blooming 20 weeks from seed.
RHC825 Brazen Brass (
Ornamental Mustard )
Glossy purple red foliage for
desirable contrast in container or garden, grows 12" tall.