New Seed Varieties Just Added!
We now offer a line of Super Hot Peppers that includes some of the most famous super hots: Moruga Scorpion, Jays Red Ghost Scorpion, Jays Peach Ghost Scorpion, Red Brainstrain, Yellow Brainstrain, Yellow Fatalii, Red Fatalii, Chocolate Bhutlah, Brown Moruga Scorpion, Chocolate Fatalii,
Bhut Orange Copenhagen, Chocolate Bhut Jolokia, Yellow Bhut Jolokia, Orange Bhut Jolokia, Peach Bhut Jolokia, 7 Pot Douglah, Chocolate Scorpion, 7 Pot Primo, Bonda Ma Jaques, Jamacian Mushroom Scotch Bonnet and MOA Scotch Bonnet.
Peppers so hot, you really do have to wear gloves when handling the seeds!
TRM822 Black Bat Flower ( Tacca chantrieri )
A most unusual plant introduced from parts of Malaysia, India, and East Asia, the Bat Plant will make you look twice. The main attraction of the plant is the strange, unique, purple-black flowers.
The flowers superficially resemble a bat in flight with long whiskers, and can grow up to 10 inches long. Taccas can be picky about their environmental conditions; however they grow fast and flower a lot when the conditions are just right. The Bat Plant should be planted in partial shade and in a humid and warm environment.
Soil should remain consistently moist, not allowing the plant to dry out between waterings. In winter months, when temperatures drop to 40F or lower, the Bat Plant should be moved indoors, or into a greenhouse to protect it from cold damage.
Makes a great container plant and is a real conversation piece.
TRM823 White Bat Flower ( Tacca nivea )
Brilliant white flowers to 12" width stand upright with the petals spread to the extent that they appear as a white dove - or as a bat-like form. The throat shows the coloration of faint purple- brown, and from this region protrude 10-20 prominent dark purple bracts. Flowing from this area are up to 30 thin white tentacles "whiskers". An irresistible plant for many.
Tiny 1½" light green, dark striped, crispy white flesh has cucumber-like flavor with lemony tartness, this is a fascinating little novelty plant for any gardener.
TRM807 Summer Hyacinth ( Ornithogalum candicans )
Looking for something really nice and a little bit different for your flower garden? Then you should try this wonderful perennial from South Africa.
Summer Hyacinth, is native to South Africa and Madagascar. It is a bulbous perennial that can be started from seeds, and will form bulbs underground that can be divided to make more plants.
It forms a clump of strap-shaped leaves about 2-3 feet long. The fragrant, creamy white, funnel-shaped flowers somewhat reminiscent of gladiolus appear in spikes atop erect flowering stems growing 2-4 feet tall, and they make wonderful cutflowers.
Flowers are often tinged with green. Blooms late summer.
For zones 7-10 outside, after 2 years, bulbs can be dug up and moved inside in colder zones.
Sow seed in a cool greenhouse or coldframe in spring. Grow on in any good garden soil with good drainage. Bulbs will attain flowering size in 2-3 years.
RLP169 Parrot Gladiolus ( Gladiolus Dalenii )
By October, most gardens are well past the fullness of summer bloom and beginning to anticipate the oncoming cool weather. A good way to brighten the garden is to plant Gladiolus dalenii, commonly called parrot gladiolus.
Its colorful red and yellow hooded flowers make a showy display on 3-feet-tall flower stalks.
Easy to grow and care for, this South African native grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8a through 11.
They grow through the summer, forming a loose fan of 3/4-inch-wide gray-green leaves that reach 2 to 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. The flower stalks emerge in fall, carrying the brilliant flowers well above the foliage for a dramatic display. Each mature plant can produce several flower stalks. As cold weather approaches, the plant begins to die back for the winter, and you can remove the spent foliage once it is dry.
The large and interestingly shaped flowers help make parrot gladiolus an outstanding garden plant. Each flower stalk bears up to seven large, bell-shaped flowers held horizontally along one side of the stem. The three upper petals are larger than the three lower ones, and usually bright red or orange. The central upper petal is cupped downward to form a hood over the flower's reproductive structures. The three smaller lower petals arch outward and down, and are usually red-orange with yellow markings. The flowers have a large nectar supply and attract hummingbirds.
Sow the seeds in early spring, in a well-drained flat 8 to 10 inches
deep, that is filled with two thirds loam and one third leaf mold or peat moss,
with a good amount of sand added.
Plant the seeds an inch apart and cover with about 1/4-inch of soil.
If the soil is kept fairly moist, the seeds should sprout in a few weeks.
Set the container of seedlings outside in a fairly sunny location during
the summer months and don't disturb until the leaves have died down
At this time, take out the small corms, store for the winter,
and plant in a border about 3 inches apart in March.
RLP161 Upright Elephant Ear ( Alocasia odora )
The Upright Elephant Ear has all the drama of an Elephant Ear with upward-facing foliage. The huge, green leaves are the perfect touch to offset your favorite blooms or to be planted on its own.
A large aroid, widely distributed from northeastern India to Japan and Indonesia. The huge, light green leaves resemble elephant's ears, held upright atop a thick, soft trunk that can reach several meters tall.
It is an indispensable landscaping plant for providing an unsurpassed tropical look and it is one of the hardiest Alocasia. While the leaves are sensitive to frost, the trunk can sustain some freezes and cool conditions and survive in temperate climates that would otherwise seem too cold for such a tropical looking plant. Good container plant, zone 10 outside.
FDR125 Voodoo Lily ( Amorphophallus bulbifer )
With a height of about 4 feet, this is one of the smaller Amorphophallus, this species hails from the monsoonal forests of northern and eastern India and Nepal.
The single, much branched leaf, carried on a beautifully dark, marbled stalk, forms bulbils on its axils , which can be used to propagate the plant. In winter, the leaf dies and the plant remains dormant in a round underground tuber. With the arrival of warmer weather it puts out a peach colored flower stalk.
Amorphophallus bulbifer does well in a warm temperate climate in a protected spot under filtered light. It can also be successfully grown in a pot.
Note: When the flower first opens, it has what we would call an "unpleasant" smell. This only lasts for a couple of hours though, and the flower is well worth the effect.
TRM444 Georgia Candy Roaster
Much like the Banana squash, but these get even bigger, up to
60 lbs! The long cylindrical fruit has thin pink skin and
delicious orange flesh, is perfect for baking and pies. This
heirloom is productive and it keeps well! These are very
1A449 Baby Doll ( Dianthus chinensis )
A wonderful old-time garden plant that is so popular we have decided to make it one of our value pack seeds. This beauty makes an amazing border with it's massive flower heads that get as large as they are tall! They get 6" tall and bloom profusely in spring but sometime you get lucky and have a second bloom in fall. Perennial in zones 4-8. Best when planted in full-part sun. Drought tolerant.
This is one of the most versatile flowers we have ever seen. It has beauty and fragrance, can be grown as a bedding plant, basket plant or even as a ground cover.
This compact and low-growing Dianthus variety has very large, single flowers with serrated petals. Colors include crimson, rose, red, white and bicolors. Flowers have a clove-jasmine scent and are ideal for the fragrant garden. Attracts bees and butterflies.
TRM725 Gryphon ( Pelleted )
This wonderful foliage begonia can be used inside the home or outside in the garden.
The superb foliage of this begonia combines majestic beauty with strength and durability to make an outstanding presentation in single or combination containers.
The multiseed pellets germinate easily and will produce plants that are more tolerant to stressful conditions than Rex begonias, and size up more quickly than vegetative foliage type begonias.
Easy-care Gryphon has low water needs and produces showy displays, making it a great item for both outdoor and indoor gardens.
AW37 Lady Godiva "Naked Seed" Pumpkin
This is an improved strain of the Styrian Hulless of Austria
that is grown for it's nutritious seeds. Large, green/gold
pumpkins up to 20 lbs. on strong, large-leaved vines. Grown for
the outstanding, large, naked (hulless) seeds which are
nutritious, delicious raw or roasted, and can also be pressed
for a high-quality oil. Use flesh for pies, soups, casseroles.
This has decorative qualities, as well with its mottled yellow
and green skin. 120 days.
TRM690 Cranberry ( Vaccinium macrocarpon )
Cranberries can be grown in-doors, in a garden, in planter boxes, raised beds, etc. Cranberries have huge health benefits and can be dry stored for extended periods of time.
Cranberries are native to North America do not need to be grown in a bog. Cranberries do require some soil preparation that is well worth the effort.
Cranberry plants can also be grown in large pots as ornamentals. These attractive, spreading plants are a unique addition to any garden.
With proper care, you can harvest berries the first year from the cranberry plants.
Zones 2-8 if grown outside.
Germination instructions: Sow at 64-71F for 2-4 wks, move to 24-39F for 4-6 wks, move to 41-53F for germination. Cover seeds 1/4 inch. Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant. Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination.
TRM669 Sugar Cube Hybrid Melon
A small melon with a whopping big taste! Coarsely netted, round, 2 pound fruit have juicy, deep orange flesh with a tremendous 14% sugar content. Add an extended shelf life and you can keep these sweet, rich morsels close at hand for a personal-sized treat anytime. Expect to have a plentiful supply, as Sugar Cube's unprecedented disease resistance keeps the reliable plants consistently productive, 80 days.
TRM686 Kankakee Mallow ( Iliamna remota )
Looking for something unique for your flower garden? This could be it.
Kankakee Mallow is a native rarity, with historic wild populations originating only to the Kankakee River, in Kankakee County, Illinois making it one of the historically rarest North American plants.
Typical of a river bank, Kankakee Mallow needs medium to medium wet soils with a preference for sandy or loamy soil and full or part sun.
The blooming period is quite sustained (about 2 months) and the individual pale pink flowers are slightly aromatic. They will eventually become pod-like fruits.
Growing in excess of 5' this Mallow's stems and leaves have a light gray-appearance due to a covering of dense hairs. The attractive maple-looking leaves can reach 6" in diameter. The root consists of a tap root with rhizomes and dense patches of Kankaee Mallow can develop from these rhizomes over time.
Classified in the same family as Hollyhocks, Malvaceae, Kankaee Mallow does have the overall appearance of a Hollyhock.
Grows best in zones 4-6.
To help speed germination, pour 180F water over the seed and let it soak overnight. The next day, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Sow the seed in individual peat pots, lightly covering it with a thin layer of soil; keep the soil consistently moist and at a temperature of 70-75 degrees F until germination, which should occur within 14-20 days. Thin the seedlings to the strongest two per pot, and transplant them outdoors when the weather has warmed and there is no chance of frost.
TRM668 Bullseye Salmon Geranium
Salmon colored flowers. Rich chocolate foliage retained even in high light, uniform, easy germination, prescarified and coated, excellent pot and basket plant. Grows 12" tall, blooms in 14 weeks from seed.
RLP149 Australian Frangipani ( Hymenosporum flavum )
This close relative of Pittosporum from eastern Australia and New Guinea grows into a small to medium-sized tree with glossy dark green foliage and cream to yellow, wonderfully scented flowers. It is best suited to warm temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 9 and above.
TRM638 Purple Robe ( Saxifraga Arendsii )
An excellent groundcover that is compact, free-flowering, and easily raised from seed. These charming perennials quickly form an evergreen verdant mat. The surface-spreading mossy leaves are evergreen for year-round effect.
When your spring bloomers are starting to fade, the dense mats of Purple Robe become covered with small carmine red, cup-shaped flowers held upright on ankle-high, strong stems.
Also, known as Mossy Saxifrage or Purple Robe ground cover, Saxifrages grow well in containers, beds, rock gardens, and anywhere a low-growing, spreading ground cover plant is desired. Mossy Saxifrage plants prefer well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade conditions. Purple Robe does not do well in the hot humid areas. It is both deer and rabbit resistant.
Grows about 6 inches tall, a perennial hardy for zones 4-9. 1,000 seeds will cover 20 square foot area.
SF082 Japanese Mock Orange ( Pittosporum tobira )
A beautiful broadleafed evergreen shrub or small tree can reaching up to 15 feet in height and about the same in width if allowed to, but often grown as a hedge or patio plant and pruned to a much shorter height.
Does well in the shade or full sun, making it a useful lawn shrub.
The leathery leaves are glossy on the top with undersides that are lighter and have a dull surface. These very ornamental leaves reach a length of from 1 to 5 inches and up to 1 inch wide.
However, our favorite feature is the waxy white flowers that add a delightful fragrance to the spring garden. Japanese mockorange is named so because the scent put forth by its blossoms is similar to that of the sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). The small flowers are about a half inch in diameter and are held in clusters at the branch tips. They are pure white when they emerge from the bud and slowly age to a mellow creamy yellow. They appear in late spring and last for several weeks.
Native to China and Japan, it is used as an ornamental in milder climates throughout the world. In the USA, it is a popular landscape item in Florida, along the Gulf Coast and throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as a patio plant in cooler climates.
Hardy for Zones 8-10.
A good choice for screens and informal hedges. It can also be closely sheared to create formal hedges and will also grow well in containers. The beautiful evergreen foliage and ability to produce its fragrant flowers indoors make this a desirable greenhouse plant.
D1751 Pyrethrum Plant ( Chrysanthemum )
Also known as Tanacetum cinerariifolium. An amazing and beautiful plant grown throughout the world, it is hardy to zone 4 in the USA, makes a wonderful flower bed plant or container plant.
A beautiful daisy that is hardy and blooms throughout the spring and summer. The dried flowers are used to make probably the best natural pesticide available. Simply drying the flowers and making a dust or spray is a great way to control insect pests.
The plant is economically important as a natural source of insecticide. The flowers are pulverized and the active components, called pyrethrins, contained in the seed cases, are extracted and sold in the form of an oleoresin. This is applied as a suspension in water or oil, or as a powder.
Pyrethrum insecticide is one of the most widely used natural insecticides in existence. Pyrethrins work as a contact insecticide, the insect only has to be touched by the substance for it to take effect. When not present in amounts fatal to insects, they still appear to have an insect repellent effect. It will inhibit the biting reflex in female mosquitoes. Crucially, although pyrethrum acts quickly on insect pests, it is relatively non-toxic to humans and warm-blooded animals.
Pyrethrins are not persistent, being biodegradable and also decompose easily on exposure to light. They are considered to be amongst the safest insecticides for use around food.
An on-line resource for making your own pyrethrum at home.
It is so easy to do!
Sowing: Sow late winter to late Spring (Feb to May) or Late Summer to Autumn ( August to October)
Sow pyrethrum seeds in pots indoors or sow directly where they are to flower in a prepared bed in late spring once all danger of frost has passed. For the best results, choose a planting location that receives full sun and has very well-drained soil of average fertility.
For sowing indoors, sow in pots or trays containing good seed compost. Barely cover the seeds with a fine sprinkling of compost and make sure the compost is kept moist but not wet. Germination usually takes 30 to 60 days at 55°F.
Transplant the indoor seedlings when large enough to handle into pots and grow on. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Space 12 inches apart. Water regularly for the first two weeks of growth for container-grown plants to allow them time to become established.
Increase watering during times of drought or extreme heat.
TRM621 Majorette Mix Alcea rosea
A dwarf, comparatively, Majorette Double Mixed Hollyhock only grows 30" tall with colors of Pink, Red, Light Yellow and Burgundy. Relatively small compared to the 6 and 7 foot behemoths of traditional Hollyhock, but the perfect option for smaller spaces or gardeners looking for something more manageable.
TRM618 Heliotrope Extra Dwarf Marine (Heliotropium Arborescens )
Heliotrope is a cottage garden favorite, and through the years has been called Turnsole Plant, Cherry Pie Plant, Common Heliotrope, and Fragrant Heliotrope. Whatever name you call it, it is a delight to grow!
It is a richly colored plant with both foliage and blooms that nicely contrast each other. The blooms are not only lovely, but they also have a spectacular vanilla scent! Has a compact form with broadly oval to lance-shaped, textured leaves tinged with purple. In summer, it bears a profusion of fragrant deep violet-blue flower heads up to 6 inches across. Plants are dwarf, growing only 8 to 16 inches tall on average.
Heliotrope plants are a perennial in warmer climates but grown as an annual where it is not hardy. Its rich foliage and profuse blooms make it a great choice for summer bedding, containers or window boxes. A strong scent of vanilla floats through the garden, especially on summer evenings, making this tender perennial an excellent choice for containers or edgings in sunny borders. Bees and butterflies like the scent as well and visit Heliotrope flowers often.
A perennial for zones 9-10, but most often grown as an annual.
Sow Heliotrope seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost. Use rich potting mix and keep the flower seeds moist until germination. When transplanting to the garden or larger containers, pinch back tops of young Heliotrope plants to encourage branching. Deadhead spent blooms throughout season to encourage flowering. Remove plants after frost.
TRM610 Ox-Eye Daisy ( Telekia speciosa )
A unique perennial plant for zones 3-8. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies and leaves are fragrant.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates full sun as long as soils are kept consistently moist.
A sunflower-like perennial that is native primarily to mountainous areas in southern Europe, the Ukraine, the Balkans, the Caucusus and Turkey. Features sprays of single, daisy-like flower heads (to 3.5" across) with yellow rays and large, flattened, orange-yellow center disks. Blooms appear in late summer to early fall on branching-at-the-top stems rising to 4-6' tall. Coarse, aromatic, triangular leaves, are up to 12" long.
TRM607 Chocolate Scented Daisy ( Berlandiera Lyrata )
A wonderful perennial plant with a sweet chocolate fragrance. Also known as Chocolate flower, this is a night bloomer, the flowers offer up their rich cocoa scent in the morning. As the temperature rises the petals close or drop and the fragrance recedes.
The Chocolate Flower plant starts out small, but each spring the crown grows larger and the plant can eventually spread to about 24 inches across. Chocolate Daisies have a rather airy growth, and they make a nice informal edging plant. Berlandiera is most impressive and most fragrant when planted in groups. Chocolate Flowers are night time bloomers, and their cocoa scent is strongest in the morning hours.
For zones 4-10, grows about 12-18" tall.
Start seeds directly outdoors once frost danger has passed. Prepare a seedbed by loosening the soil to a depth of about 8 inches and removing all weeds. Lightly cover the seeds with soil and keep the flower seeds moist until germination occurs. Thin the seedlings to about 18 inches apart when they are several inches in height. Care of the plant includes removing spent flowers to encourage continued blooming, and cutting the entire plant back in the fall after blooming is finished.
TRM605 Ramosa ( Cimicifuga Ramosa Atropurpurea )
A wonderful perennial plant for zones 3-8b, growing about 5 feet tall when mature.
A wonderful partial shade plant. If you enjoy tall, stately, dark perennials with fragrant flower spikes, consider starting Cimicifuga seeds and growing this remarkably beautiful plant. With intensely colored foliage of reddish purple and ivory white flowers, this is one perennial that creates a breathtaking display.
Commonly called Bugbane, this dark foliage plant thrives in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil. Bugbane plants are slow to establish and can take several years to reach their full height of 6 feet. Needs consistently moist soil. Cimicifua seeds will need a cold, moist stratification.
TRM604 Giant Poha Berry ( Physalis peruviana )
This is a popular berry in Hawaii, the fuzzy-leaved bush (aka Poha Berry) produces about 1" berries with smooth, waxy orange skin. This tangy sweet fruit tastes like a mixture of pineapple and strawberry and is covered with a lantern-shaped husk. It grows well in containers. 75 days.
TRM558 Hyper Belle Hibiscus Mix
Wow! Smashing 9" wide disc-shaped hibiscus flowers in red, white and pink colors, stout specimen plants only grow about 24" tall and bloom often. Hardy to zone 4
TRM557 Summer Icicle ( Euphorbia marginata )
An easily grown annual bedding plant that has many uses. It makes a very nice patio or container plant as well.
This dwarf euphorbia grows only about 18" tall and 18" wide ( under the best conditions, usually around 12 inches in most gardens ) and features showy cymes of yellow flowers with white bracts at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's attractive oval leaves emerge green in spring, turning green in color with distinctive white edges throughout the season.
It is pretty much deer resistant.
(A word of caution: its milky juice sap is toxic and can cause skin or eye irritation~handle with protective gloves).
TRM556 AKN-Bravo Hybrid Radish
Attractive purple roots.
KN-Bravo's internal color ranges from pale purple to white with purple streaks. Roots average 8-9" by 2½-3" with good, sweet, eating quality. Suitable for spring and summer sowings. NOTE: This variety contains 5-10% white-rooted off types.
TRM547 Simply Oregano ( Multi-seed pellets )
New! The easiest way to grow oregano from seed, each pellet contains several oregano seeds in one pellet, perfect in 5" pot. Makes starting oregano seedlings ( which can be difficult for some ) super easy.
Each multi-seed herb pellet produces healthy oregano plants for the windowsill or garden. Just one pellet fills a 5" inch pot fast, with no seed broadcasting or scoops across the soil.
TRM545 Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula Venus Flytrap)
This truly unique plant grown from flower seeds is a carnivorous plant. Yes, that is right, a carivorous plant! It catches its prey, mainly insects and arachnids, with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner surfaces. When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike.
Speed of the venus flytrap closing can vary depending on the amount of humidity, light, size of prey, and general growing conditions. The speed with which traps close can be used as an indicator of the venus flytrap's general health.
Venus flytraps do best in bright light but can live in partial shade. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight in summer, especially if they live under glass, as plants hit with direct sunlight may get too hot and burn up. When grown inside under artificial lights, keep flytraps 4 to 7 inches away from fluorescent lights.
If your Venus flytraps don't show a pink interior or if the plants have long, spindly leaves, they are not getting enough sunlight. Keep the environment humid and the soil moist but don't let the plants stand constantly in water. Grow them in a pot with drainage holes. If you have a Venus flytrap terrarium, place gravel below the soil for extra drainage. Good air circulation is also important.
Average Germ Time: Scarify the seeds. Follow scarification by one month cold stratification before sowing.
Germination 28 - 35 days.
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover seeds
Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination, bottom water tray
SF063 Rainbow Eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus deglupta )
Eucalyptus Deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the "rainbow eucalyptus", Mindanao Gum, or Rainbow Gum. The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree, it is considered to have the most colorful bark of any tree in the world. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
Grown mostly in tropical settings. Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 where this tree will grow well in rich, medium to wet soils in full sun. Intolerant of frost.
TRM506 Simply Rosemary ( Multi-seed pellets )
New! The easiest way to grow rosemary from seed, each pellet contains several rosemary seeds in one pellet, perfect in 5" pot. Makes starting rosemary seedlings ( which can be difficult for some ) super easy.
Each multi-seed herb pellet produces healthy rosemary plants for the windowsill or garden. Just one pellet fills a 5" inch pot fast, with no seed broadcasting or scoops across the soil.
TRM536 Light Yellow Pocketbook ( Calceolaria nudicaulis )
This delightful curiosity comes from Chile. To have something different grow it as an annual in a pot, and when it's in flower, you'll have a nice conversation piece. The dainty yellow flowers form a "purse" shape and hold for several days.
TRM542 Purple Broom ( Polygala virgata )
A great perennial for color, bees and butterflies and cut flowers. When seen from a distance, the plant appears as a solid purple cloud of color. Very striking from afar but also charming up close, as the individual 1" flowers dangle delicately from the thin branches. Growing 4-6 feet tall and wide, this airy slender blue-green branched shrub has small lanced shaped leaves that often drop before the bloom.
Branches remain bare for the bottom 2' or so, giving it an almost tree-like look. Blooms Spring through Fall, makes a great cut flower & provides nectar for bees. Fast growing, it seems to enjoy rubbing shoulders with other plants and may resent being planted in the open. Reseeds but not enough to be a nuisance. Drought tolerant once established but looks better with some water. Native to South Africa.
Best suited for zones 8-10.
TRM505 Simply Try Basil( Multi-seed pellets )
New! The easiest way to grow basil, each pellet contains a mix of Genovese, Serrated Leaf, and Red Basil strains in one pellet, semi-dwarf, perfect in 5-6" pot.
Provides just the right amount of seed for plugs or pots, an easy and economical way to grow this popular herb! Each multi-seed herb pellet produces three varieties of basil, Genovese, serrated and dark red. Just one pellet fills a 5-6 inch pot fast, with no seed broadcasting or scoops across the soil.
TRM502 Red Delicious F1 ( Personal Sized Melon )
Very prolific and vigorous personal size "hand" melon that is just right for 1 or 2 people. Rind is veined and thin, but tough. Red flesh is tender, juicy, and very sweet ( up to Briz 11 ), with brown seeds. Plants are widely adaptable to various soil types and seasons. Tolerant PM. 85 days.
IP125 Unique F1 Personal Sized Spaghetti Squash
(1.3 lb.) This personal size squash is sweet and nutty. It turns yellow-orange when ripe and has deep orange flesh. The vines are semi-bush and very prolific. This squash is for farmers and home gardens. Tolerant to PM Race 2. 85 days.
IP126 Deep Purple Mustard
( Brassica juncea ). One of the darkest purple edible mustards available for baby leaf production. The leaves are milder tasting than Red Mustard and have a green underside.A delightful addition to salads, and a beautiful container plant too! Darkest of the purple mustards, with a milder flavor than red mustard. Baby leaves are ready after 25 days. Very good bolt tolerance. 45 days.
TRM501 Jews Mallow, Egyptian Spinach ( Molokhia )
This Middle Eastern super-green, known as Jew's mallow or Egyptian spinach, has a high vitamin and mineral content. This "food of kings" dates back to the time of the pharaohs, when an Egyptian king drank it in soup to recover from an illness. Nutritionally, it has three times the calcium and phospherous as Kale, and four times the amount of riboflavin. It also provides 70% of the RDA value for Vitamin C, 25% of the RDA of Vitamin A amongst a host of other minerals and vitamins. Today, it's one of the most widely eaten vegetables in Egypt. 60 days.
Planting season: Late spring/summer.
A good recipe and more info.
IP124 Chilipin Crotalaraia longirostrata
Common name: Chipilin, Chepil, Chepilin and Longbeak Rattlebox. This is a perennial legume native to Mexico and Central America that is grown in some tropical regions as a leafy vegetable. The leaves were used as a food source by the Aztecs of Mexico and Mayas in Central America. Leaves and tender stems are boiled in water and prepared much like spinach. It can also combined with beans, chopped meat or scrambled eggs.
Chipilin is a wild plant that has become the source of a much-appreciated green leafy vegetable in Central America. It ranges from being a wild plant to a domesticated one. It may be planted near the house, protected if it appears in a field or simply harvested when it is found in wild stands farther away.
Chipilin is an erect perennial legume growing about 5 feet (1.5 meters) high. It is a very attractive plant whose deep green foliage and beautiful yellow flowers grace many homes in Central America. It grows very quickly during the rainy season from May to November and will produce edible leaves for up to six years before it needs replacing. Chipilin, like moringa, is a plant that could become much better utilized over a much larger area in the future.
A rich source of calcium and beta-carotene, greens are tasty and mild flavored.
Leaves are easy to harvest by stripping off between thumb and forefinger and small enough to not need chopping before drying. It is also a strong nitrogen fixer that improves the fertility of the soil.
Chemical analyses show that the foliage is rich in calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic acid.
Here is an excellent article in the LA Times about Chipilin.
The seeds and roots of the plant are toxic however, and should not be consumed.
IP115 Baueri Palm Lily Cordyline baueri
This is a great houseplant with outstanding color, that will limit it's size to the container it is grown in, and can be planted outside in warm climates.
Slender trunk is topped by a five foot wide crown holding clusters of rich burgundy red, sword-like leaves. Fragrant white flowers top the stems in early summer. Heat and drought tolerant when established. A superb specimen plant for landscape or patio container.
Plant in average, well-drained soil. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10). Cabbage Palms are hardy to Zone 8 (10 degrees ). In colder climates, they can be overwintered indoors. Before the first frost in fall, bring their container indoors or lift the clump of rhizomes with a spade or fork and pot up. Keep them in a cool location (35-50 degrees) for the winter.
BM74 Strawberry Spinach ( Chenopodium foliosum )
Highly novel, easy to grow plant, ideal for the border or patio containers or in the garden. Base branching with spiky foliage and stems which bear many edible, bright-red strawberry-like fruits through to early autumn.
A green that is grown and eaten like spinach before the small strawberry like fruits appear on the
stems of the plant. This plant has been around for over 400 years and was a favorite of English Monks long ago. Smaller,thinner leaves than ordinary spinach, with abundance of thumbnail size fruits which are tasty.
Useful cut material, grows 15" tall, ready in 12 weeks from seed. Annual.
IP122 Caigua ( Exploding Cucumber ) Cyclanthera pedata
This is one of the most interesting plants we have found. It is a climbing member of the cucumber family that can be used as a vegetable in salads, or steamed, it has a nice sweet flavor. It is also an herbal plant, the fruit has anti-inflammatory, weight reducing ( it is often sold in capsule form as a natural weight loss product ), lipid-absorbing, cholesterol and blood sugar regulating affects.
Can easily be grown in the garden, on a fence or trellis. It is an annual plant. One of the most interesting aspects of the plants is that when ripe, the fruits become spring-loaded missile devices, splittng and turning themselves inside-out to launch their seeds up to 5-6 feet away into the garden. This is quite the conversation plant.
TRZ019 Black Sapote Diospyros dignya
This sub tropical tree produces a fruit often called the 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit'. The Black Sapote fruit resembles a large, round green tomato on the outside and varies in size from two to five inches in diameter. The Black Sapote's flesh is rich and custard-like, with a sweet, mild flavor and appearance, gives it a nickname, the chocolate pudding tree. Some people find the taste to be like chocolate, if you like Chocolate you'll love Black Sapote. A very close relative of the persimmon the Black Sapote is a Chocoholics dream come true!
This rather slow growing, medium size handsome tree has deciduous, shiny, dark green leaves. The flowers, borne in the leaf axils, are tubular, white, with persistent green calyx. Some have both male and female organs, and are faintly fragrant; others are solely male and have a pronounced gardenia-like scent. The fruit is nearly round, bright-green and shiny at first. On ripening, the smooth, thin skin becomes olive-green. The pulp is glossy, dark-brown, almost black, jelly-like, soft, and very sweet. Its texture and color closely match stewed prunes. In the center, there may be a few seeds, but the fruit is often seedless.
Black Sapote pulp can be served as dessert with a little milk, sour cream or orange juice poured over it. With the addition of lemon or lime juice it can be used as a filling for pies and other pastry. It is also made into ice cream. The pulp can be blended with orange juice or brandy, or with milk and ground nutmeg, or with wine, cinnamon and sugar, and served with or without whipped cream. A foamy, delicious beverage is made by blending the pulp with canned pineapple juice. In Central America, the fermented fruits are made into a liqueur somewhat like brandy.
The plant is subtropical and can tolerate light frost, as well as short periods of flooding.
Cold hardy to about 28 degrees.
TRZ018 Moreton Bay Pine ( Araucaria cunninghamii )
A close relative of the Norfolk Island Pine, but a bit more cold hardy, it will grow in zones 8-10. In it's native range outside, it grows into a huge tree living for up to 450 years, but it's slow growing nature also makes it a wonderful houseplant and patio plant just like the Norfolk Island Pine.
We like the fresh new look of the foliage, and the fact that it's very low maintenance, and that it can be grown for many years as a patio or houseplant in any zone, and can later be transplanted outside for a beautiful lawn plant in zones 8-10.
PINE28 Pinyon Nut Pine ( Pinus edulis )
The perfect xeriscape plant that will in time produce the famous pinyon nuts for eating.
The pinyon (or pinon) pine group grows in the southwestern United States and in Mexico. The trees yield edible pinyon nuts, which were a staple of the Native Americans, and are still widely eaten. The wood, especially when burned, has a distinctive fragrance,making it a common wood to burn in chimineas
The pinyon (Pinus edulis) is the state tree of New Mexico (pinon in Spanish means nut pine), the trees are relatively small and rarely harvested for timber. However, pinyon nuts and firewood are in demand.
Pinyon is well adapted to the 9 to 15 inches of precipitation it normally receives in its native habitat and is one of the best native plants to use in a low-water use landscapes.
Pinyons grow best when planted in full sun and well-drained soil, at altitudes of 7,500 feet or less.
Just as severe drought stresses pinyons, so does excessive moisture after establishment. Avoid planting them in lawns, except buffalo grass or blue grama. Too much water makes them prone to other insects; established pinyons that receive precipitation only generally have few pest insect problems.
Pinyon needles are 1-2 inches long, medium to dark green, and borne in bundles of two or three. Pinyon cones open up to look like a brown rose. The nuts in the cones are widely sought after by both people and animals.
However, one pinyon in a landscape is unlikely to bear nuts, the shells will be light tan and empty due to lack of sufficient pollen ( a pack of ten seeds should produce several plants ). Where there are more pinyon trees in an area (more pollen), cones may develop chocolate brown shells with nuts. It takes several years for pinyons to reach the size and age necessary to develop cones. Additionally, cones and nuts are not borne every year, but only in years following conducive weather and precipitation.
Pinyon trees can be planted in groups to form a screen or windbreak, or singly as a focal point in the Xeriscape garden along with yarrow, Russian sage, purple coneflower, desert four o'clock and winecups.
USDA zones 5-8.
TCB006 German Beer Radish
The authentic 'Muncher Bier' radish. A favorite snack radish in Germany. Crisp white flesh, oval shaped radishes are highly prized. An heirloom from the Bavarian region of Germany. Our most requested winter radish.
TRM404 Sancho Panza Spanish Lavender Lavandula Stoechas Sancho Panza
Sancho Panza is a Spanish Lavender that can be grown as an annual or a perennial. It is winter hardy in USDA Zone 8 for wintering the plant outdoors. But, grow it in a container, and bring it into an enclosed porch or patio for zones that are colder.
Spanish Lavender herb plants have a dense, rounded, compact habit, and will be covered with blooms all summer long. It is cultivated for container use, and it is just the perfect size for a nice ornamental pot. Prefers full sun and moderately fertile soil that drains well. It is deer resistant, but the bees cannot leave it alone! The foliage is grayish green in color, and bloom spikes that are 4 - 5 inches have pine-cone-shaped blooms of dark purple. The blooms are highly scented.
SF111 Burning Bush Kochia Trichophylla
An excellent way to add dramatic color to your flower beds and backgrounds, this feathery bush is pale green in the summer, but then transforms to an intense red in the fall. It is symmetrical and oval in form and makes an outstanding foliage plant. Truly one of a kind and brings a great addition to the flower garden.
It reaches 28 inches in height and looks great when grown as a hedge along the border or in groups of 3 for focal interest.
For areas with a long growing season, Kochia Burning Bush seeds can be started directly outdoors in a prepared seed bed. For earlier Kochia plants, start the seeds indoors. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Plant in full sun. Annual.
TRM299 Habanera Mix Pelleted Seeds ( Bellis perennis )
Compact, very large flowers, mix of pink/white/red shades, excellent pot and basket plant. Pellets for easy sowing. Perennial, hardy to zone 4, grows 6 inches tall.
IP072 Blackberry Lily Belamcanda chinensis
A wonderful perennial plant for zones 4-10 for cutting gardens, flower beds and mass plantings. Grows 24-36 inches tall and blooms all summer through fall.
Native to China and Japan. Also called Leopard Lily the plant has iris-like medium-green foliage with tall upright lives. This lily is long blooming and blooms with very showy deep-orange flowers 2 inches in diameter. The 6 petal flowers are spotted profoundly with red dots. Blackberry Lily features distinctive seed pods that look like blackberry seed clusters.
Normally planted in cutting gardens and shrub borders. When mass planted, Blackberry Lilies makes a remarkable display in any landscape. Leopard Lily is drought tolerant and likes to grow in full sun or light shade. The well-drained soil is preferable for the best performance. This variety of Blackberry Lily calls Freckle Face, and it is pest and disease resistant. The plant is an exceptional cut flower and can be dried too.
TRM298 Coffin Tree ( Taiwania cryptomerioides )
Also known as Taiwan Cedar. This is a must have ornamental tree for anyone living in zones 8-10, as it is a unique tree that is rarely found outside it's native range. Taiwania is an evergreen conifer in the cypress family and is related to the California redwoods. Features a conical to columnar crown, dark gray-brown bark that exfoliates in strips and dimorphic (having two forms) leaves.
Its light but durable wood is much in demand for making furniture, coffins ( hence common name ), construction and other items. It also makes an attractive ornamental for the larger temperate garden.
In the wild, this huge tree will grow over time to 180' tall or more and spread to 30-50 feet. In cultivation, it will grow much shorter, in fact, it actually makes a nice container plant when young. In 1904, it was discovered growing on the western slopes of Mt. Morrison, Taiwan by N. Konishi. It is native to Taiwan, hence the genus name.
Prickly, blue-green, leaves are sharp-pointed when they first appear, but become scale-like in appearance as the tree matures. Half inch cones do not appear until branches with flattened, scale-like leaves are produced. This tree resembles Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese red cedar), hence the specific epithet.
Best grown in moist, rich, acidic, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Site in a location protected from winter winds.
JF450 Bella Apricot Shades ( Abutilon )
Dwarf, showy 3" flower bells, apricot to orange shades, for color bowl or basket, sun or part shade grows 15" tall, blooms in 12 weeks.
JF451 Bella Pink ( Abutilon )
Dwarf, showy 3" flower bells, delightful mid pink color, for color bowl or basket, sun or part shade grows 15" tall, blooms in 12 weeks.
JF452 Bella Red ( Abutilon )
Dwarf, showy 3" flower bells, deep satiny red color, for color bowl or basket, sun or part shade grows 15" tall, blooms in 12 weeks.
1A442 Lakota ( Heirloom Winter Squash )
Sioux Indian heirloom, pear shape, flame orange with green streaks, 8 x 9", fine grain flesh, nutty taste, beautiful fall decoration, 95 days.
Lakota is as colorful as an Indian blanket with the fine baking quality of Hubbard.
You can store Lakota squash in a cool, dry place for three months or more after picking them. Leave about two inches of stem attached to the vegetables when you harvest them to prevent bacteria and mold spores from entering the stem end. Wash and dry the squash to remove excess soil and to prevent bringing pathogens into the storage area. The cut stem end will dry and form a "handle". Watch for scuffed places on the skin of the squash.
Scuffs and small scrapes will usually heal over by forming a pithy scab, which will keep bacteria out. If scrapes do not heal over, use those squash first so they don't spoil.
RTP452 Babycakes Hybrid Tomato
Need to cut back on your salt intake? Baby Cakes tomatoes are a beautiful large red cherry tomato variety that has eye-appeal and a fantastic eating quality. Determinate plants produce big yields or 1.5" diameter fruit that have a deep red color, good holding ability and a natural salty flavor. Baby Cakes can be grown in either open field culture or on short stakes. This is the larger red cherry type that you've been waiting for. 70 Days.
JF430 Lotti Deep Rose ( Arabis caucasica Lotti )
Uniform, tight, droopless mounding habit, early, strong non fading deep rose, filmcoated, grows about 6" tall. Perennial plant hardy to zone 7.
IP053 Seed-A-Plenty Dill Anethum graveolens
Wow! This dill plant is the best we have ever tried for harvesting lots of seeds for flavoring foods and pickling, early, high seed yield, nice aniseed flavor. Grows about 24" tall, can be started inside, or directly in the garden after frost.
IP048 Apricot Beauty Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Unusual apricot orange color distinguishes this specimen plant. Apricot Beauty with its pastel shades of apricot to orange is lightly spotted and the best choice for a Digitalis for the south. The blooms on tall stalks make a majestic appearance in the perennial garden.
This is a wonderful perennial plant for several reasons: It does good in containers, it is deer resistant, it attracts hummingbirds and bees, it is good for cut flowers, does well in both sun and partial shade.
Grows about 50" tall, good for zones 5-9.
IP049 Dwarf Vanilla Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Dense spikes of cream-colored gloves bloom May-July. As with most foxgloves, it does good in containers, it is deer resistant, it attracts hummingbirds and bees, it is good for cut flowers, does well in both sun and partial shade.
Grows about 30" tall, good for zones 5-9.
TRM280 Alpine Carline Thistle Carlina acaulis simplex Bronze
Also known as Weather Thistle. A tough but beautiful perennial for zones 3-9. An ornamental foliage plant suitable for the rock garden, as a background plant or for cutting flowers.
Stemless, or short-stemmed, pure white blossoms with silver bracts when mature. Open on dry days, closed in the evenings and rainy days, hence the common name, Weather Thistle. Long-lasting dried flowers.
Plants grow 4 to 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Grow in well drained- dry soils in full sun.
RLP102 Bird's Nest Anthurium Anthurium schlechtendalii
A beautiful foliage Anthurium native to Mexico and Belize. This is an exotic tropical plant that is widely grown for its beautiful leaves. It has a vase shape composed of bright green leaves more than six feet long and two feet wide on mature plants.
The inconspicuous inflorescence, which has a ripe banana-like fragrance, produces showy red fruit.
Easy to grow from seeds and makes an excellent container plant that is easily cared for.
In native region this is a rainforest medicine plant that was commonly used by the ancient Maya culture in Central America to treat pain and swelling in muscles and joints, rheumatism, backaches, etc. The Maya indians in Belize still use the leaves in their steam bath rituals.
Use as a tropical landscape accent in a wind protected garden in zones 9 or higher or as a container plant for patios in cooler zones.
TRM273 Barbed Wire Cactus Acanthocereus tetragonus
Also known as Triangle Cactus or Night Blooming Cactus. This is a wide-ranging tropical American species which grows from southern Texas to South America. It is a terrestrial or epiphylic cactus with fleshy stems that grows by clinging, by means of aerial roots, to a support structure. They are night-blooming with big white flowers and the fruits are shiny, red and edible (very sweet-tasting). Commonly cultivated in dry tropical or subtropical regions for it's delicious and attractive fruit. A robust and hardy plant that will need plenty of space. It is easy to grow from seeds.
FDR105 Ohio Buckeye Aesculus pavia
The state tree of Ohio. A nice specimen tree growing 20-40 feet tall and wide when mature. Dark green leaves colors and defoliates early in fall with color ranges from yellow to red-brown; usually pumpkin orange. Fragrant flowers in spring.
Native Americans reportedly called the fruit of this tree "hetuck" meaning eye-of-the-buck in reference to the supposed resemblance of the shiny dark mahogany brown fruit to the eye of a buck deer. The common name of buckeye evolved therefrom. Ohio buckeye is native from western Pennsylvania to Iowa south to Alabama and Arkansas.
The fruits are rich in saponins, which are poisonous to humans, though not particularly dangerous because they are not easily ingested. Squirrels love them and will quickly gather the nuts as soon as they fall.
USDA zones 3-7.
JF421 Showy Calaminth ( Calamintha grandiflora )
Calamints are close cousins to the garden mint and are native to Europe and the Middle East. Pleasantly fragrant. Rose-pink flowers are studded on short spikes among the leaves in midsummer. This will slowly spread to form a small patch. Attractive to butterflies. Useful towards the front of the border, in a woodland setting among Hosta or ferns. Also attractive in mixed containers.
A perennial plant that has many uses. Plants can be used for ground cover, planted about 16" apart each way they form spreading clumps.
It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. Flowers attract and are pollinated by butterflies and bees. Plants are noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
A sweet and aromatic herb tea is made from the leaves. Very refreshing. The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use as a flavoring. The tea has a pleasant mint-like fragrance and flavor.
Medicinal Folklore: The leaves are aromatic, diaphoretic and expectorant. An infusion is used in the treatment of jaundice, nervous complaints, convulsions and cramps. A warm poultice of the leaves may help soothe bruises and rheumatic pains.
Grows 32 inches tall, hardy to zone 5.
TRM269 Puzzle Bush Ehretia rigida
A deciduous small tree or shrub, usually multistemmed, with an untidy rounded crown. It has tangled branches which arch downwards or droop giving it a unique look and it's name.
Outside it can grow up to 25 feet in height. The bark is very smooth and grey on new branches and rough on older branches and stems. The plant has an alternate leaf arrangement but the leaves seem to grow together in clusters at the tips of its short branches. The leaves can be smooth or covered with stiff hairs that are rough to the touch.
The flowers grow in dense clusters on the branches. These pale mauve, blue or white flowers can only be seen in spring with male and female flowers on different plants. They are sweetly scented. The fruits are round, orange to red, turning black when ripe and are eaten by wild animals. Parasitic plants, such as the mistletoe, Viscum rotundifolium, are often found on the puzzle bush.
The plant is very attractive to birds and insects and is therefore a wonderful addition to the wildlife garden. It can be pruned to make a shape and can also be used as a hedge in a garden. Ripe fruits of this plant are edible.
For traditional, medicinal purposes, the roots are powdered and used to treat small cuts in the skin. It is used over the abdomen and chest to relieve pains and is also used to treat gall sickness in cattle. The plant is believed to bring luck to hunters and is also used to protect huts and crops from hail. Hunters use branches of this plant to make hunting bows and fishing baskets because they are strong and flexible.
The puzzle bush is becoming very popular as a garden plant because it is hardy and drought resistant. . Use river sand or a mixture of river sand and compost to sow the seedlings.
Zone 9 or grow inside in warm greenhouses in tubs and place outside on patio or deck during warm months.
TRZ012 Hiccup Nut Plant Combretum bracteosum
The hiccup nut is unique amongst African bushwillows in that it does not have the characteristic, papery, four-winged fruit which is
familiar to many people. The fruit, instead, is a hard, round nut. Eating the nuts is said to cause violent hiccups, so do not eat the nuts! The hiccup nut is a usually a shrub or small tree which scrambles
into nearby vegetation. It grows up to between 5 to 10 feet tall, although if it has support from other trees it can reach up to 25 feet. It spreads
to between 12 to 15 feet wide.
An attractive scrambling shrub that is indigenous to Southern Africa and boasts masses of bright orange flowers displayed above dull dark green foliage. The flowers are followed by roundish fruit that ripen from green to reddish-brown. The spectacular blaze of flowers makes it a sought-after garden plant, especially in medium to large gardens.
It may be grown as a shrub if provided with a stake. Otherwise, allow it to scramble in a large garden.
The leaves are dark green in color although very new leaves may have a purple tinge. Autumn colours are a reddish purple.
The hiccup nut may be grown from seed. The hard outer shells need to be cracked and the seeds removed. The seeds should be soaked for 12 hours where they will absorb water, allowing germination to begin. You will see the seeds swell up. They can
be sown lengthways on the seedling mix and covered lightly.
Zone 10 or grow inside in tubs.
TRM267 Dune Soapberry Deinbollia oblongifolia
Deinbollia oblongifolia is a shrub or small tree in the family Sapindaceae. It is commonly known as the Dune Soap-berry and is found in coastal vegetation from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, to southern Mozambique and Swaziland.
The fruit are rounded; green and velvety when young to yellow and smooth when ripe.
The fruit are eaten by people. The leaves can be eaten as spinach, and the seeds can be lathered in water and used as soap (hence the name "soap-berry"). The roots are used in traditional Zulu medicine for stomach complaints. These shrubs are also valuable garden plants, especially in wildlife gardens as they attract loads of bees, birds and butterflies.
Tropical plant for zone 10 or higer outside, can be grown in tubs inside.
IP041 Red Lady Papaya Carica papaya
An early and productive fruiter, Red Lady is an excellent papaya for southern gardens or as a tropical container fruiting plant in the north. The dwarf tree starts to flower and set fruit during the second year when the plant reaches 4' tall. It can fruit the first year, if grown in high light with an extended growing season. Red Lady is a self-fertile hybrid whose fruits often weigh 3-5 pounds. Two-pound fruits are more common for container grown plants. The oblong papaya is orange-red, sweet and juicy when ripe. Rich in vitamins A, C and other nutrients, it also contains papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of protein. Harvest the fruit when the skin yields slightly to the touch and changes from green to yellow. You'll notice a sweet, delicious aroma when it's fully ripe. Green papayas are sometimes shredded and used in salads or stews. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.
Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors.
Full sun, grows to 8' in container, minimum temperature 50°, blooms in spring.
6002 Dichondra Repens
This is a perennial ground cover plant which has a prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves and entire margins that is grown from Dichondra seed.
It grows very close to the ground, (usually not over 2 inches tall) and is a warm season fast growing ground cover. It is adapted to warmer climates, but will retain its striking green color during winter temperatures as low as 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit with only slight leaf browning. Dichondra has broad, almost circular leaves (looks similar to clover) and when mowed low establishes a thick dense carpet look. Dichondra is now used in many ground cover situations where normal grasses may not do as well.
It has a bright green color and a very good feel underfoot.
Dichondra is highly resistant to diseases and will grow in partial shade to full sun. Beautiful in landscaping areas of no maintenance where adapted, and does not need to be mowed.
When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for an even, smooth finish. Dichondra Repens is commonly called Kidney Weed, Dichondra Pony Foot, or Lawn Leaf. It grows so easily from ground cover seeds that it can be used as a lawn alternative to create a Dichondra Repens lawn.
Best for zones 7-11.
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IP038 Yellow Rattleshaker Calathea crotalifera
Native to Belize and Central America. Known as the yellow rattle shaker for it's resemblance to a rattlesnake's rattle. It prefers moist soil and partial shade, and will bloom in a pot. Mature height is 3-4 feet.This is as exotic tropical plant that does best semi-shade. Easy to grow from seeds. It makes an excellent landscape plant that is easily cared for. Tropical but can be wintered indoors in colder regions. Great for mass plantings and border areas. Very impressive when grown as a large container specimen. As a landscape item this giant plant can make a striking focal point for a tropical or subtropical patio or courtyard. Good houseplant if provided warmth and bright light ( large tubs ).
IP037 Belizean Red Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea pliabilis
An excellent houseplant and patio plant for containers. The new leaves emerge bright red turning green as they mature. Very similiar in appearance to B. recurvata but is slower growing and more cold hardy. Native to southern Mexico (Yucatan peninsula) and Belize. It is actally a succulent, not a palm and is related to Agave and Yucca. It is a popular landscape item in tropical regions. Makes a spectacular accent plant that blends well into either tropical or arid gardens. Cold hardy to zone 8b outside when mature, but easily grown inside if given bright light.
IP035 White Morning Glory Bush Ipomoea fistulosa
Now you can enjoy morning glory blooms, even if you do not have the space to grow the vines.
This interesting plant is in the Ipomoea morning glory family with a shrub-like growth habit. It is described as growing in exceedingly dry places and can be considered a xeriscape plant, but does well in about any type of flower garden. The bush morning glory is the most prolific bloomers of any of the summer perennials.
The plant is covered with medium-size, white morning glory blooms all summer. Blooms last only one day but clusters of blooms are formed in the axil of every leaf. Plants can get 6-8 feet tall with multiple trunks. When hard frosts kill plants, the tops should be removed; in South central Texas plants will sprout again from the hardy root system the following May. Once established the bush morning glory is a tough (drought-tolerant and heat-tolerant) plant. It blooms best in direct sun and will not bloom as well if receiving less than 8-10 hours of direct sun. Plants can be cut back monthly to encourage branching and increase blooming surface.
Cutting back in July will reduce plant height and encourage a spectacular fall bloom.
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
A tender perennial that will die back in cold weather, but will grow back in spring in warmer zones.
IP028 Carpathian Blue Campanula carpatica
A tidy bun of blue flowers summer to fall. Large, double flowers bloom in a profusion blue colors on compact plants. Suitable for the front of the border, for edging and rock gardens. Prefers cool, moist, fertile soil with good organic content. Good for Cut Flowers. Good for zones 4-8.
IP029 Carpathian White Campanula carpatica
Good for Containers
A tidy bun of white flowers summer to fall. Low, mounding perennial covered in pure white, bell shaped flowers through the summer. Perfect for low borders, rock gardens or container. Does well in any well drained garden soil. Does well in containers. Good for Cut Flowers. Good for zones 4-8.
IP027 Pretty Betsy Centranthus ruber
A fragrant variety of Jupiter's Beard. A wonderful, fragrant perennial for bedding and cut flowers.
Deep red variety, fragrant flower clusters over blue gray leaves, flowers first year, drought tolerant.
Free flowering dense red terminal clusters are highly fragrant and provide long lasting cut flowers. Zones 4-9.
IP026 Chinese Holly Grape Mahonia lomariifolia
Referred to as the Chinese Holly Grape (due to its holly-like appearance and grape-like fruit) or the Burmese mahonia. Evergreen shrub, 6-12 feet tall, very erect, may be single or multistemmed, stems little branched.
This narrow, tall plant bears long green leaves, which cluster near the stem ends. The thick, glossy leaves come in great contrast to the stunning blue berries that cover the plant in spring and the autumn/winter blossom of fragrant lemon-yellow flowers. The berries can even be made into a scrumptious jam.
Year-round it offers sweet fragrances.
Will grow in part shade, especially in the afternoon, likes moist, well drained soil. May need protection from cold in much of the Pacific Northwest. Used as a specimen plant. Hardy to USDA Zone 7. Native to Burma (Myanmar), western China and Taiwan.
JF404 Flush of White Verbascum phoeniceum
Slender stems carry translucent white disc shaped flowers that open in groups all the way up. At the base is a rosette of broad deep green leaves. Flowers first year, gorgeous. Grows 24" tall, hardy to zone 5.
JF405 Antique Rose Verbascum phoeniceum
Long blooming spikes, fashionable rose color. At the base is a rosette of broad deep green leaves. Flowers first year, gorgeous. Grows 36" tall, hardy to zone 5.
JF402 Blue Eyes Chaenorrhinum origanifolium
Compact mound, covered in mid blue flowers with white eyes, for small pots and bedding, grows about 18" tall, hardy to zone 6. Loves heat, blooms first year from seed.
IP025 Geisha Girl Calendula Calendula Officinalis
Sow this beautiful flower seed and forget! It's easy and rewarding to establish in any garden. Notable for its striking double rich orange-red flowers. It has curved petals similar to some chrysanthemum. Geisha Girl has oval foliage that is light green. A common name for Calendula is Pot Marigold.
Calendula flower seed produces a hardy plant. It is happy in most soil conditions. It requires well-drained soil, preferring full sun to semi-shade. Calendula is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. An annual plant growing to about 20 inches tall. For outside flower beds in zones 4-10. Deer resistant as well.
IP024 Dragonfly Mix Aquilegia Aquilegia caerulea
Dwarf hybrids, blue, yellow, red, pink, white growing about 18" tall. Multi-colour mixture is larger flowered and later blooming than Songbird varieties. Shade Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Frost Tolerant. Perennial hardy from zones 3-8b.
IP023 Campanula Cup and Saucer Rose Campanula medium calycanthema
Dainty cuplike flowers standing on a saucer-like calyx, very old fashioned and still the newest fashion. A perennial hardy to zone 4, will grow about 32 inches tall.
JF401 Fairy Primrose Primula Malacoides Pink
Produces sweet little pink flowers for the earliest spring blooms. Dating back to the early 1900s, Primula Malacoides have been a long-time favorite container plant, especially because they can be grown indoors and flower during the late winter and early spring. Fairy Primula establish easily from flower seeds, and they put on a wonderful show in the early spring garden as well, making a perfect border plant and a nice addition to spring bulbs.
Although they are perennials in zones 8-10, they are often grown as annuals and container plants. They are deer resistant.
IP021 Teasel Dipsacus sativus
A very dramatic plant to have in the back border as it can reach a height of 72 inches. Sometimes called Indian Teasel or Fuller's Teasel, it has comb-like flower heads that were used in the wool industry to bring up the nap in woolen cloth. It is also an excellent cut flower for drying. It is widely used in floral arrangements and crafts.
Teasel plants will perform well in sunny areas with well-drained soil. Once established they need very little care and are fairly drought tolerant. Deer do not bother the Fuller's Teasel plant. The Teasel flowers are very popular with bees, birds and hummingbirds who love the flowers and seeds.
Teasels are considered a biennial. The first year they will not produce a bloom, but the second year, tall spikes will form with flower heads that are 4 inches, cylindrical-shaped and made up of a mass of tiny flowers. The flowers are usually a lavender color and bloom in a band from the bottom of the flower head to the top, lasting about a month.
To keep a patch of Teasel plants in the garden, let a few of the flower heads go to seed. The Teasel flower seeds will drop and self-sow.
IP019 Bianca Riccia Cichorium endivia
For salad mix, extra cut, fringed leaf, light green, pink petiole, heat and cold tolerant, 35 days.
Member of the chicory family, great addition to a salad with it's distinctive, slightly bitter taste. A good cool weather crop. The leaves are extra-cut and fringed, a unique light green color with pink petiole. Relatively tolerant to heat and cold for growing year-round. Plant as you would lettuce.
IP017 Rose Balloon Flower ( Platycodon grandiflorus
Soft rose color, hardy, erect stems. Grows about 18" tall, hardy to
IP015 Bianca White ( Agrostemma Githago )
These medium to tall flowering annuals have long, softly hairy leaves and large 1-1/2 inch white flowers. The flowers form singly on a long stem and sway in the slightest breeze. The flowers are followed by a straw colored flask-like seed head containing large, black, rough textured seed.
Agrostemma Bianca White Agrostemma Githago can be grown in the cottage garden with cornflowers and poppies or sprinkled among other favorite flowers. Agrostemma attracts bees and hummingbirds to the garden, and it is a great cut flower. The plant is an annual, but it will self-seed it and provide even more flowers the following year. The plant is easy to grow, and it is excellent for beginner gardeners. Grows 36" tall.
IP014 Mountain Gold ( Alyssum montanum )
This is a popular rock garden perennial for the spring garden. It establishes itself easily from flower seeds sown directly outdoors. It forms a low, trailing mound of silvery-gray leaves, and it produces a mass of bright-yellow flowers in mid to late spring.
Plants benefit from a light trim after blooming to maintain a bushy habit, and they require good drainage. After sowing seeds, maintain adequate moisture to ensure germination and establishment, but once Mountain Gold is established, it is drought tolerant.
This is a perennial for every flower garden! Thrives best in dry, rocky soil and has a preference to full sun although it will tolerate light shade. Mountain Gold adds incredible color to rock gardens. Sow seeds in empty crevices to make the garden come alive.
IP012 Canterbury Bells ( Campanula Medium White )
Canterbury Bells seed was some of the first imported flower seeds grown in colonial American gardens. In fact, they date back to medieval times and are native to southern Europe.
Canterbury Bells have always been valued for their showy three-foot stalks of bell-shaped flowers that last from late spring and into the summer. If you want to enjoy the flowering period of this Campanula longer, keep the spent flowers deadheaded to prolong the bloom time. Stake Campanula plants before the flowers open to keep stems upright. They are sun-lovers and establish easily from flower seed for any flower garden. Canterbury Bells are praised for being excellent cut flowers. Cut the Canterbury Bells flowers after one or two flowers are open. The flowers will last in vase up to 8 days and more when floral preservatives are added to the vase water.
A biennial plant suited for zones 3-8.
IP011 Cushion Spurge ( Euphorbia Polychroma )
Cushion Spurge gives visual interest through the seasons with leaves turning from yellow to bright green to red as the seasons change from spring to summer to fall. Cushion Spurge gets it name because it grows in a rounded mound that resembles a cushion. Cushion Spurge performs beautifully as an edging along a formal walk or winding garden path, as a rock garden or border specimen, planted on top of retaining walls, or massed in moderate expanses as a general ground cover plant.
In the cooler zones the plant will do fine in full sun, but in southern zones the plant will prefer some afternoon shade in order to perform its best. Euphorbia Cushion Spurge is not for wet soils or for soils that are over fertilized. It is very drought tolerant, but it does not handle foot traffic well.
Euphorbia Polychroma care includes cutting the plant back by about 1/3 after flowering is through. This trim will keep the plant compact and neat. Cushion Spurge will self seed easily, so cutting the plant back will slow this process down. Wear gloves when handling the plant since the white sap is a skin irritant. Avoid too much fertilizing as plant will become leggy.
Best suited for zones 4-8.
IP010 Firecracker ( Mina lobata )
This member of the morning glory family produces masses of dazzling 1.5 inch tubular flowers that mature from soft lemon yellow, through orange and deep rusty red. A plant in full bloom will never be forgotten! Incredibly showy, it deserves to be the focal point of your flower garden. Grows to 10 feet or more tall. Annual.
IP009 Bellvue Mix ( Abutilon hybridum )
This lovely Flowering Maple has early blooms and vivid colors, the blooms, when full-sized, will stand out from across the garden! This flowering maple plant will provide brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow from spring until frost. You just can't find an easier, more beautiful source of color indoors or out which can be grown from flower seeds! The flowers are 3 inches across and have a crepe-paper feel, somewhat like Hibiscus. You won't believe how many flowers you get on each and every plant.
Flowering Maple is also called Parlor Maple because it makes a lovely house plant, and this variety can also be used for containers. Very free-blooming and easy to care for, it asks for only a sunny window and a periodic feed. It is superb for the garden, too. Low enough to edge a pathway or dazzle in the front of the border, it's a nice accent plant for the patio as well and so easy to grow from flower seeds. Tolerant of partial shade where summers are long and hot, it grows quickly and lushly from seeds. You will love this garden standout!
NB74 Dwarf Elephant Ears Colocasia Fallax
One of the hardiest elephant ear varieties, and the only one we have found that can be grown from seed. Boasts a silver splash highlighting the center vein of matt-green, with smaller silver veins radiating from the center to the leaf edge. Leaves are rounded and have a velvety-texture.
The plants are adorned all summer with small yellow spathe and spadix flowers. The 18" tall plants make 2' wide clumps in 3 years, but should spread faster in very wet soils by means of short above ground stolons, quite unique and very beautiful.
Elephant Ear varieties are hardy in zones 7-10 as perennials, suitable in zones 4-6 as annuals.
IP111 Chabaud La France ( Dianthus Caryophyllus )
Chabaud La France has double, fringed flowers that have a lovely spicy scent. The foliage is clump-forming and blue-green in color with long, wiry, sturdy stems that make it perfect for cutting. Can be grown as a perennial in frost free zones, or grow as an annual where winters are cold. Grow Carnation flower seeds in borders, planters, cottage gardens and rock gardens. Grows 24" tall, annual or perennial to zone 6.
IP112 Carnation Rose ( Dianthus grenadin )
Grenadin Carnations are very popular with florists and are used in corsages, bouquets, and a wide range of floral arrangements. You can grow this lovely rose colored carnation from flower seed in your own garden. They grow big, full blooms on strong, straight stems. They feature a blue-gray foliage that stays attractive even when the blooms are finished. Their blooms last a long time whether left in the garden or cut for the vase. Also has a wonderful spicy clove-like fragrance. Good drainage is essential for winter hardiness. Grows 18-24" tall, annual or perennial to zone 5.
RLP088 Himalayan Grape Vine ( Parthenocissus himalayana )
Parthenocissus himalayana is a deciduous climber growing 20 feet or more at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The green flowers are followed by black, edible, sweet fruits (grapes) that can be used for jellies or sauces. Parthenocissus semicordata will adapt well in most humid, warm-temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 and above. The seeds need cold stratification for 6 weeks after sowing, but even then, germination may be somewhat erratic.
AW26 Himalayan Coralberry ( Ardisia macrocarpa )
A compact bush from the eastern Himalayas bearing dark green leaves and profuse, star-shaped, white to pale pink flowers in early summer followed by many berries in autumn, which remain on the plant for months, giving it a very decorative look, making it ideal for growing as a pot plant for indoors, although it can stand mild frosts. Though not usually grown as a fruit crop, the berries, which have have a mild sweet taste, are edible and children are very fond of them. Best grown outside in zones 10 or higher, it is easily grown in tubs in warm greenhouses, and is a fairly good houseplant.
AW24 Thailand Black Stem Banana Musa balbisiana atia
Please click on this photo to see the large image that details the wonderful color of the stalks!
This is a wonderful, fast growing banana with tremendous ornamental appeal. The picture shows 2 year old plants started from seed growing on one of our bayou properties on the Gulf Coast. The more exposure to sunlight, the darker the stem gets. Will grow to a massive 18 feet or taller outside, or can be grown in a container where growth will be limited by container size. Very cold hardy, probably down to 15 degrees if mulched heavy, and loves hot, hot weather as well!
3456 Queen Alexandra ( Papaver orientalis )
Precious light salmon with dark eye. Queen Alexandra produces bright and beautiful peach, pink colored blooms. Flowers have a remarkable silky texture and appearance. A true oriental dream poppy. May be planted outdoors in the spring or fall. 2-4 ft. tall plants, Perennial zones 3-9.
TRM220 African Rosemary Eriocephalus africanus
An evergreen South African shrub growing to about 3 feet tall that does well in rock gardens and xeriscapes. Grows 3-4 feet across. When in bloom, the whole shrub is almost covered with purple-eyed, white flowers, loved by bees. The flowers are followed by fluffy seed heads looking much like cottony wool or snow. Stiffly branching with aromatic needle-like foliage covered with tiny hairs, this bushy shrub displays an overall silvery-grey appearance. It can be trimmed into a hedge, or makes a nice background flowering shrub.
African Rosemary is one of the shrubs that most people in the Cape know because it is so common in the veld and easy to identify with its thin, grey leaves, which smell like Vicks when crushed. It is also a well-known medicinal plant and an excellent shrub for the waterwise garden.
Eriocephalus africanus is very variable, especially when comparing plants growing in the salty air along the coast with those growing under much drier conditions inland. In general, they all form bushy evergreen shrubs up to 3 feet with a silvery, grey appearance. Looking at the leaves that are arranged in tufts along the branches, it is easy to see a number of features that help the plant to survive with little water. Special features include the grey leaf colour which reflects sunlight and thereby reduces leaf temperature. The minute, silvery hairs covering the leaves trap moisture and thus reduce transpiration. Best suited for zones 9-10.
TRM224 African Dogwood Rhamnus prinoides
The African dogwood is a very attractive dense shrub or a small tree that grows up to 12-15 feet tall. The leaves are light green when young and very dark and shiny when mature. This tree is no relation of the American and Asian dogwoods ( Cornus species ). The flowers are greenish, in small clusters in the axils of the leaves. They are loved by bees and other insects. The edible fruits are about the size of a pea, roundish and divided into three compartments. They are fleshy and green, turning red and then purple as they ripen. The fruit is favored by many bird species. The wood is white to yellow, often streaked with brown, pink, red or green and is hard and heavy. It is too small to be generally useful, although walking sticks may be made of it. On grassy hillsides the tree often appears quite black, or at times it glitters in the sun so conspicuously that it can then be distinguished at a distance by this alone. The chief use of this tree is magical. It is widely used by African people as a protective charm to ward off lightning and evil influences from homes and crops and to bring luck in hunting. The South Sotho name 'Mofifi' means 'darkness', and in Lesotho they say "darkness overcomes witchcraft". This tree is also used by Africans to cleanse the blood, to treat pneumonia, rheumatism, sprains, and stomach ache, and as a gargle. It is also used in the treatment of skin complaints and respiratory infections. Zone 10 and higher outside, or in large patio tubs for warm greenhouses.
TRM223 Crocodile Bark Jackal Berry Diospyros quiloensis
Small multi-stemmed tree, dark grey bark fissured in a grid pattern, spirally arranged leaves, creamy white sweetly scented flowers (male & female flower separate) during Spring, red acorn-shaped fruit, useful timber. We do not know the quality of the fruit, the tree is primarily grown for it's ornamental appeal. Zone 10.
1A367 Jade Empress Palm ( Rhapis multifida )
The Jade Empress Palm Tree is one of the most beautiful and rarest palms in the world. This is a small, slow growing palm that can be kept indoors for its entire life. It is also great for small gardens. A very nice patio palm that doesn't get too large and does well in light shade, making it a great houseplant. It is shorter than Rhapis humilis and the canes are thinner. It is about the same height as Rhapis excelsa but has more leaflets and a much more attractive trunk. This palm is cold hardy down to 20F outside.
3452 Jelly Tree Crataegus monogyna
The common hawthorn or single-seeded hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. Other common names include may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw.
The Common Hawthorn is a shrub or small tree 15-25 feet tall, with a dense crown. The bark is dull brown with vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns.
The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in late spring and are moderately fragrant. The haw is a small, oval dark red fruit about .4 inches long, berry-like, but structurally a pome containing a single seed. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.
Common Hawthorn is extensively planted as a hedge plant, especially for agricultural use. Its spines and close branching habit render it effectively stock and human proof with some basic maintenance.
The fruit of hawthorn, called haws, are edible raw but are commonly made into jellies, jams, and syrups, used to make wine, or to add flavour to brandy. Botanically they are pomes, but they look similar to berries. A haw is small and oblong, similar in size and shape to a small olive or grape, and red when ripe. Haws develop in groups of 2-3 along smaller branches. They are pulpy and delicate in taste. Hawthorn Jelly has become very popular lately, lending to the name of "Jelly Tree" when the hawthorn is referred to.
Hawthorn Jelly recipe.
These seeds must be cold stratified for 120 days before sowing.
TRM200 Luculia Shrub ( Luculia gratissima )
This medium to large shrub has attractive long leaves but is primarily grown for its 8-inch wide, fragrant pink flower heads that bloom fall to winter in warm climates. It is a semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub from the lower elevations of the Himalayas and into Yunnan Province where it has be known to grow to 20 feet tall. In cultivation, the largest plants are usually around 8-10 feet tall. It needs a near frost-free winter and cool summer climate. If it is damaged by frost, the plant can be cut back to a pair of healthy leaves or buds in late winter to early spring after the chance of frost is past. Somewhat difficult to start and grow, 5his is not a plant for the amateur gardener or the wrong location, but when it is happy, it is sensational.
Luculias grow well in a semi-shaded position (or a spot with protection from hot afternoon summer sun). A free-draining coarse soil with added organic material is best. They like a cool root zone, so keep the plant mulched. Do not let the soil dry out. Luculias resent root disturbance and don't like to be transplanted. During prolonged periods of heavy rain, spraying the foliage with a phosphorous acid product such as Yates Anti Rot may help prevent root rot. Shoots that have been damaged by frost can be cut back to a pair of healthy leaves or buds in late winter to early spring, when the chance of frost is past. A light prune to remove spent flowers at this time will also help to shape the plant and keep it bushy.
3450 Pygmy Cypress Pine ( Callitris oblonga )
This rare, small conifer to about 5 m tall is native to Australia, on Tasmania and in New South Wales, where it grows in dry wood and scrublands. It is densely branched, and holds needle-like, bluish-green foliage, small, yellow male cones and woody, oval-shaped, grey female cones that contain dark brown, winged seeds. An attractive, drought tolerant, ornamental for temperate climates, in USDA Zones 8 and 9.
2744 Purple New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax purpurea
The Purple New Zealand Flax has beautifully colored reddish-maroon leaves. Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves. It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe freezes.
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.
2745 Variegated New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax variegatum
The Variegated New Zealand Flax has cream-colored and green
striped leaves. Native to New Zealand, Phormium tenax grows
large tufts of broad, sword-shaped, stiffly ascending leaves.
It does best in temperate climates and is a perfect companion
for palms, bamboos and tree ferns. It is extremely tolerant of
wind and can take coastal exposure as well as severe
Phormiums appear to grow well in most types of soil but, as with many other plants, a moist but well-drained soil generally gives best results. In some gardens they are planted along the sides of streams or around pond edges where they seem to grow very well.
They grow best in a sunny position although they will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Their tough leaves are quite resistant to desiccation so in the garden they rarely need any extra watering.
For plants in containers almost any general-purpose potting compost seems to give good results. If peat-based composts are used, it is necessary to add slow-release fertiliser granules, or to feed occasionally with a liquid fertiliser.
When growing well, phormiums soon fill the pot with roots and do not apparently suffer from being pot-bound. However, for best growth it is sensible to move the plant to a larger pot when roots are seen growing out of the bottom holes.
TRM193 Cake Bush ( Piper marginatum )
Also known as Marigold Pepper. Cake bush is a perennial bushy shrub growing in moist, shady spots in the Amazon rainforest in Surinam.
Unlike other Piperaceae species, this one is easy to recognize due to the typical heart-shaped leaves with 7-8 nerves which end in one point at the base.
It is also easy to recognize for the strong licorice (anise) smell. A rewarding ornamental for tropical and warm temperate climates and producer of an essential oil that works as a deterrent for the yellow fever mosquito. Makes a nice summer patio plant, but should be brought inside in cold weather. Zones 9-11 outside.
A difficult seed to germinate, but if you have only one to germinate, it is well worth it as this is truly a beautiful plant.
TRM189 Tasmanian Snowberry ( Gaultheria hispida )
This beautiful, small shrub to about 5 feet tall is native to Tasmania, where it grows in wet forests. It has red stems, shiny dark green leaves and white flowers followed by clusters of edible, bright white berries, that can be consumed raw or used in tarts. A delightful ornamental for temperate climates, in USDA Zones 8 and 9.
3451 African Wisteria Tree ( Bolusanthus speciousus )
The tree wisteria is certainly one of the most spectacular of the flowering trees when in flower, mimicking the splendour of the jacaranda.
This decorative, small to medium-sized tree is deciduous, the bark of the stem is brownish grey, rough and deeply fissured. Leaves, which are spirally arranged, are suspended from drooping branches.
The drooping, blue-mauve, fragrant, pea-like flowers hang from the branches in bunches, often covering the whole tree. Flowering time is early spring. Flowers are followed by papery, brown fruit pods, that hang from the branches in clusters, and never split to release their seeds.
It can be grown in a medium to small garden, as well as in a container. It will withstand moderate frost if it is protected for the first 2 to 4 years, depending on the amount of frost it has to sustain.
PEP390 Padron Pepper ( Warm to hot Pepper )
Unique Spanish novelty, pimento shape, 5 percent of fruits are hot, rest mild if picked at 1-1/2", but all hot if grown to 2-3", great sauteed, 60 days.
3436 Sweet Prickly Pear ( Opuntia dulcis )
A shrubby cactus, closely related to Opuntia phaeacantha but larger and more upright overall, that can reach to about 3 feet tall with much branched, flat, grayish or pale green shoots and yellow flowers, followed by red, sweet, edible fruits that are popular for making jelly and jam. It is native to the southwestern USA and northern Mexico at higher elevations. It can take severe drought and hard freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 6 and above.
3435 Fragrant Copperpod Tree ( Pheltophorum pterocarpum )
An evergreen tree in zones 10 and above, it will drop it's leaves during the winter in colder zones, and should not be raised outside if the temperature will drop below 22 degrees. Makes a nice tub plant when young. It has dark green leathery leaflets, fragrant, yellow flowers and alongated seedpod. Used as a shade tree on streets and roadsides or cover for cash crops in the humid tropics. Also grown as an ornamental. Bark contains tannins, giving a light yellow color to leather, tannins also present in leaves and wood. Medicinal uses: bark for dysentry, tooth powder, eye lotion, embrocation for pains and sores; the bark gives a dye of a yellow color. Can be used as a shade - or specimen tree.
JF369 Southern Star Pink ( Ruellia )
Pastel pink with carmine throat on a dwarf plant, long leaves, flowers over foliage, heat and drought tolerant, low maintenance in container, grows about 12" tall, blooms in 15 weeks from seed. A nice annual plant for containers and flower beds, sow about 3 seeds per 10" basket.
JF368 Copper Queen ( Stylomecon heterophyllum )
Flaming Poppy, sweetly scented, copper hues, for color bowl or garden, Pelleted seeds, grows about 12" tall, blooms in 9 weeks from seed.
JF361 Cameo Rose and White Aquilegia caerulea
Deep Rose and White colors. F1 Dwarf, for garden or pots, long blooming from spring on, grows 5" tall, hardy to zone 3.
JF362 Cameo White Aquilegia caerulea
Pure white color. F1 Dwarf, for garden or pots, long blooming from spring on, grows 5" tall, hardy to zone 3.
JF363 Cameo Blue and White Aquilegia caerulea
Blue and white color. F1 Dwarf, for garden or pots, long blooming from spring on, grows 5" tall, hardy to zone 3.
JF364 Cameo Pink and White Aquilegia caerulea
Pink and white color. F1 Dwarf, for garden or pots, long blooming from spring on, grows 5" tall, hardy to zone 3.
JF365 Songbird Cardinal Aquilegia caerulea
Dark red sepals with white petals, large flower. Early flowering F1 hybrid, huge 3" flowers, the largest flowered columbines by far,
spring-summer blooms, grows 24" tall, hardy to zone 4.
JF366 Songbird Goldfinch Aquilegia caerulea
Bright light yellow, ultra long spurs. Early flowering F1 hybrid, huge 3" flowers, the largest flowered columbines by far,
spring-summer blooms, grows 24" tall, hardy to zone 4.
JF360 Citrona Orange ( Erisimum )
Early spring blooming sidekick for pansies, for pack or color bowl or mixed container, dwarf, quick to bloom, grows only about 10" tall. Cool season thriver, scented flowers bloom spring and fall, fast crop. A hardy perennial that is hardy to zone 5.
3430 Happy Hour Mix Portalaca ( Moss Rose )
A mix of all the Happy Hour varieties. Early F1, excellent garden performance, heat resistant. Grows about 8" tall, blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
3431 Sundial Pink Portalaca ( Moss Rose )
Delightful pink color. Early, Mounding habit, flowers under shorter days, well branched, uniform large semi-double blooms, perfect in South. Grows about 6" tall, blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
3432 Calypso Mix Portalaca ( Moss Rose )
Double, extra vigorous habit, flowers stay open longer. Grows about 4" tall, blooms in 10 weeks from seed.
Z2828 Guatemalen Blue Banana ( Cucurbita maxima )
Belongs to the Banana group of squashes, noted for their fine table quality. This selection is dark "blue" with light stripes; golden-yellow flesh is thick and firm. Fruits range up to 20 inches in length and average 5 pounds. You can keep this one in the refrigerator after the initial cutting and continue to slice off small rings that can be either baked or roasted. 90-95 days.
Z2827 Chia Seed Salvia hispanica
Chia is an annual herb growing to 3 feet tall. Its flowers are purple or white and are produced in numerous clusters in a spike at the end of each stem. Very easy to grow, just be careful not to overwater.
The plant grows as an annual in all climates and as a perennial ornamental in Zones 9 through 11.
Makes a wonderful windowsill potting plant and an attractive addition to the garden.
Chia seed is the edible seed that comes from this desert plant, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. It's been written that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.
Chia is undergoing something of a renaissance after centuries of neglect. It was a major crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. and was still cultivated well into the 16th century, AD, but after the Spanish conquest, authorities banned it because of its close association with Aztec religion (Indians used the seeds as offerings in rituals). Until recently, chia was produced by only a few small growers, but commercial production has resumed and it has become one of the hottest health foods marketed.
Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Another advantage: when added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.
Chia has a nutlike flavor. You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as "chia fresca." As with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods.
JF343 Whipstick Wattle Acacia adsurgens
Australian native with attractive blue/green leaflets presenting a feathery effect. A shrubby
grower to about 12 feet tall. Branching is lightly whorled with a delicate upward sweep having paired thorns.
Beautiful yellow flowers in a miniature bottle brush look. Good greenhouse/container plant that can be raised inside
anywhere or outside in zones 8-10.
3427 Beaked Yucca Yucca rostrata
A remarkably beautiful Yucca that forms a large, spherical crown of blue-grayish green, narrow leaves, supported by a moderately tall, solitary trunk, clothed at least in its upper part in a dense skirt of dead leaves. Native to northern Mexico and western Texas, it is slow growing but very hardy to drought as well as severe cold.
3428 Giant Mexican Desert Palm Yucca filifera
One of the largest and most popular Yuccas, this species from northeastern Mexico can reach a height of about 10 m (33 ft.) tall. The massive trunks are tall and solitary at first and start branching with age. The rigid leaves form a compact crown. It will tolerate light to moderate freezes and is best suited to warm temperate/subtropical areas.
TRM164 Possum Tails Ptilotus spathulatus
A unique addition to warm weather gardens and a great container plant for cooler zones.
This strange Australian perennial grows in dry places, in grass and woodlands throughout southern Australia. It produces a small rosette of smooth, fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves that are dark green above and light-green below. Its inflorescences , however, are very distinctive, upright, densely furry, greenish-yellow and resemble giant pussy willow flowers. It requires well-drained soils and will do best in warm-temperate climates in USDA zones 9 and 10.
JM173 Naples Long
Beautiful, very old, Italian heirloom.
These large, peanut-shaped squash can weigh 20-25 lb. The skin is a deep green that turns tan in storage. The flesh is bright orange, and the flavor is superb, rich and very sweet. Avg. 2-3 fruits/plant. 125 days.
TRM147 Water Dragon Calla palustrus
This plant produces a white flower with glossy, oblong, heart-shaped green leaves. In late summer into fall a cluster of red berries will appear. It prefers cool, boggy wetland and pond edges in full shade. The stems creep or float. The height at maturity is 12" to 18".
Calla palustris is a perennial. It is hardy to zone 4. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by flies.
Even though the seeds are edible and the roots can be made into a flour, the green parts of the plant are poisonous. Causes severe pain in mouth if ingested. Symptoms include burning and swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, and throat; difficulty of speaking.
TRM240 Chilean Hydrangea ( Hydrangea serratifolia )
This shrub is the only Hydrangea native to Chile. The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.
It grows in semi-shade to shaded areas. Hardy to zone 7.
Seed has a naturally low germination rate of 30%, but the packet contains over a 100 seed.
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