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A slender, elegant bean often seen in European-style restaurants. They are mouth-watering and unsurpassed in flavor. Many filets available from seed are miniatures, but these dark green stringless beans are a full-sized, 7-inch pod. Maxibel arises on tall, erect plants that require no trellising, and harvest easily. They mature faster than pole beans yielding a huge and concentrated harvest.
This bush-type Romano is the classic flat bean with the robust, distinctive full flavor and very heavy yields you would expect from a Romano. The plants are compact, and the yield is not only abundant, but starts early, extends over many weeks and will continue to bear until frost. Beans are 6 inches long, excellent fresh, and lend themselves equally well to canning and freezing.
An extraordinary stringless French filet bean growing to over 10 inches long. The delicious round pods have a pronounced nutty bean flavor that can be harvested at any size, small and slender or large and plump. The yields are impressive and long lasting. A vigorous climber.
While these extra large beets will never win a beauty contest, this HEIRLOOM variety from Europe has unsurpassed capacity for winter storage, earning it the name Winter Keeper. Provide them with plenty of compost, sow your seeds further apart than for other beet varieties, thin the roots to 4 inches apart, and you will have a harvest of crimson sweet treats that only gets sweeter with time. In season, the glossy, fuchsia-veined foliage is a delightful, hearty eating green.
A reliable golden beet with uniformly round roots and generous attractive green tops. Like other golden beets, Touchstone retains its color when cooked and has the sweet flavor prized by aficionados. It performs well even when overcrowded, making it perfect if your garden space is limited.
Aspabroc is a nutritional powerhouse resembling broccoli rabe but with an asparagus-like stem. The flavor of this “Broccolini” is sweet and delicate with subtle, peppery undertones. The entire plant is edible and can be enjoyed raw or gently cooked. After the initial central floret is harvested, the plant will continue to produce multiple side shoots.
Somewhere between a heading broccoli and a broccoli rabe, Piracicaba has succulent, tender, small green heads with very large beads. The heads are loose, with loads of side shoots and sweet stalks. Even the large leaves make excellent greens. The plants are phenomenally productive. As long as you keep harvesting its flower buds, it will keep making more, even through hot summer weather.
Dutch variety that is relatively early, has fine color, a small core, and is very juicy and sweet. Top-rated for flavor among the early varieties. A nice “baby” carrot due to its high sugar content and rapid coloring, but also good for harvesting throughout the season. Holds sweet taste even in warm weather.
A perfectly sized sweet corn to summer in your favorite container and add edible, vertical interest to your deck, patio or terrace! An ever-so-tasty breakthrough bicolor variety that is super sweet. Simply plant 4-6 plants in an (at least) 24-inch container and get ready to harvest in about 2 months!
Especially bred to be the quintessential pickler. Ideal size, shape, crisp texture and superb flavor all rolled into one. Whether picked small for tiny gherkins, medium size for dill spears, or large for bread and butter slices, these green, short, plump cukes are perfect. At whatever size, they are firm and tender-sweet! Plants grow vigorously over a long season, with great disease resistance for appreciable yields. The bountiful vines do well supported with a trellis or staking.
This HEIRLOOM, also known mouse melon, cucamelon, and sandíita (Spanish for “little melon”), is not a real cucumber, but an honorary one belonging to another genus entirely, Melothria. These little charmers pack a powerful, sweet, cucumber flavor with a tangy, citrus twist into an adorable-sized treat. Expect delicate foliage and baskets of fruit that look like doll-sized watermelons. Perfect to trellis or cascade in a hanging basket. The 1-inch fruits are terrific tossed in a salad, and the plants are productive enough to have plenty for pickling.
Mini English cucumbers are sweet little crispy gems. Best picked at 4-5 inches long. Skin is medium green and thin. Not only prolific, but independent – plants are parthenocarpic, allowing for fruit set without pollination.
A noteworthy gourmet variety from India. Smooth-skinned fruits turn from white to golden-yellow to russet brown and may be eaten at any stage, skin and all. At each stage they remain extremely crisp, sweet, juicy, refreshing, and bitter-free. Many consider the flavor best when harvested as rosy blush begins. Used in stir-fries, long-marinating dishes, pickles, and chutneys. They keep their crisp texture and absorb sauce flavors in Thai and Indian food.
Asian HEIRLOOM. An open-pollinated oriental eggplant variety, imported from Taiwan. Fruits are elongated and slender, averaging 10 inches long and 1 1/2-2 inches across with a lovely, lavender-plum colored skin and white interior flesh. Bred to be resistant to many diseases, as well as tolerant to wet and hot conditions. A good yielder, with fruit weighing about 1/2 lb. each.
A prized Polish HEIRLOOM tomato best harvested once it has fallen to the ground. Noteworthy flavor with hints of pineapple and vanilla. Their high pectin count makes them ideal not only for summer snacking but also for preserves and pies and over ice creams. Expect an abundant harvest from July til frost.
These French delicacies bear pale yellow, smooth skin, with distinctive green stripes and a richly aromatic perfume. They have a generous layer of salmon-orange flesh, a silky-but-firm texture, and rich, sweet full-bodied cantaloupe-type flavor. Alvaro takes the mystery out of growing Charentais type melons. They are early to mature, and easy to harvest before splitting.
A customer favorite, Oregon Giant stands distinguished among among it snow pea kinfolk for its sweet, rich, fat and wide 4- to 5-inch pods. Retains sweetness, so may be picked a little plumper than the thin-podded varieties. Great for stir-fries, steaming, and eating out of your hand!
A delicious Italian HEIRLOOM whose name translates to “horn of the bull,” a tribute to the peppers’ full, tapered shape. The 8-inch fruits mature from glossy green to dark red, are crisp with a full-bodied flavor, and pack a sweet and spicy tang. A versatile addition to your harvest, these peppers can be enjoyed raw, fried, stuffed or grilled. Excellent yield.
Better adaption to cool conditions makes this pepper successful as an early-yielding Jalapeño variety. Prolific yields of 3- to 4-inch long blunt fruits with the distinctive Jalapeño flavor. The spicy fruits can be harvested dark green or allowed to ripen to red for maximum heat.
HEIRLOOM immigrant from the Caribbean Islands and a close relative of the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet. To complement its searing heat, Habanero has a delicious, pungent, smoky quality unlike any other pepper. Wrinkled 2-inch by 1 1/4-inch fruits ripen from dark green to salmon orange. If you are after a taste of tropical heat, this pepper’s for you.
Sunset-colored fruits start out purple and ripen to yellow, orange, and then red. 12″ tall when grown in pots, 24-30″ tall in the field. Spaced closely together, plants make a colorful hedge. The 3/8″ x 3/4″ fruits of this Piquin-type chile are very hot.
Hailing from the foothills of Puebla, Mexico, the Serrano bears abundant candle-flame shaped fruit up to 3 inches long. The flavor is bright and biting, with a delayed fuse. Harvest at any stage, keeping in mind their kick intensifies as they age from green to orange to red.
An HEIRLOOM treasure from China, sometimes called Roseheart or Red Meat Radish, the Watermelon Radish has a ball-shaped root that is about 4 inches in diameter. Deep green shoulders fade to a bright white skin and finally a bright rosy, red flesh reminiscent of a summertime watermelon. Crispy, and with a mild, sweet flavor, it lends itself well to salads, garnishes and your favorite Asian dishes.
An All-America Selections Winner with a relatively tidy bush habitat bred for growing in containers. Cream-colored skin accented with forest-green stripes envelops smooth, orange flesh with a sweet, nutty flavor. Has yields superior to the classic Delicata and requires less space! The 1 1/2 – 2 lb. fruit store well, remaining edible for about 100 days. As a bonus, tolerant of powdery mildew.
The brilliant yellow color, crunchy texture, buttery flavor, and high productivity are all first rate. Designated as an AAS in 1985, Sunburst is the standard scallop-edge dish-shaped squash. The plant is a compact, open habit bush. For optimum tenderness and flavor, pick the squash young, when it is 2-3″ in diameter.
Next stop, Salsa Verde! This purple tomatillo yields a sharper and sweeter flavor than the classic green tomatillo. Harvest when husks have split and skins have achieved a deep purple hue. The flavor is superb when eaten right from the plant. Try adding a twist to your kabobs with this grilled gem.
An HEIRLOOM with plentiful clusters of juicy, beautiful, dusky, black and deep-red tomatoes that fully merits a place in your garden and on the dinner table. Flavor is complex, full, rich and sweet.
HEIRLOOM 1885 Indeterminate. Flavor is the main reason that this 19th century Amish heirloom tomato remains available. Large fruits range from 10-24 ounces and are borne on vigorous vines. They are flattened and irregular, a pinkish red. Many call it the best tasting tomato they have ever had.
A beloved HEIRLOOM believed to have originated with the Cherokee nation in Tennessee. This heavy-bearing legacy sets giant beefsteaks weighing about a pound and filled with intense violet-purple hues. Each tomato is a masterpiece of color and unmatched flavor that consistently ranks at the top in taste tests. A must have for tomato connoisseurs!
An ultra early bearer that continues to reward throughout the growing season with delightfully sweet tomatoes. Glacier ushers in loads of flavorful, round, 2- to 3-inch, orangey-red fruit on compact, potato-leafed plants. It will be your first tomato of the season, and likely your last in the fall.
As appealing to the palate and eyes as its name implies. The trusses of these delectable little cherry tomatoes bear green fruit, which then develop purple tops and crimson bottoms. Ultimately they ripen to a midnight black tone with deep, maroon-colored bottoms. These Indigo babies are not only sparkling with flavor, but brimming with the same glorious antioxidants found in the pigmentation of blueberries. A stunningly beautiful addition to your garden.
This delicious HEIRLOOM from West Virginia sets massive 1- to 2-pound beautiful, sunny orange beefsteaks. The globes are rich, meaty, full-flavored, and superbly sweet. Simply unforgettable!
A legendary HEIRLOOM courtesy of “Radiator Charlie’s” crossbreeding efforts. These huge beefsteaks average 2 1/2 pounds, but can weigh in at up to 4 pounds. Size aside, with their sweet, rich flavor they are consistently a standout in taste tests.
Heirloom quality meets modern-day disease resistance in this supersweet, Campari-type tomato. These “vine-ripened” tomatoes proffer clusters of 2-ounce, crack-resistant exquisite tasting fruit over the long harvest, with great ability to withstand both late and early blight.
A true yellow beefsteak that starts off with green stripes and fully ripens to a radiating golden beauty, like sunshine on a vine. Fruits of Pork Chop are 8 to 12 ounces, slightly flattened, sweet, with a hint of citrus and oodles of flavor.
This Swiss émigré, often called the “Brandywine of Europe,” is a beloved HEIRLOOM topping a host of taste tests. While only medium-sized, it delivers the robust flavor of the larger types. The dark rose-pink hue embodies a sweet, meaty flesh wonderfully balanced by a bit of zing.
“Without these little babies, there’s no summer.” A perfect combination of deep sweetness with a hint of acid tartness. Small fruits, borne in prolific clusters, ripen very early to a rich apricot color and keep producing till frost. A must for garden snacks with a taste that can’t be beat.
English HEIRLOOM Indeterminate. Unique fruits noted for their stripes. When immature they are a light green with dark green stripes. When mature the stripes alternate between red and a yellow orange. Two inch fruit have a very tangy flavor, Yields are very heavy, and quite early.
Deliciously sweet and very aromatic, the petite yellows weigh in at 6 pounds and are just the right size to fit in your refrigerator. Perfect for New England, they are early to mature, prolific and well-suited to shorter growing seasons.
A bush-type Italian HEIRLOOM suitable for smaller gardens. Characterized by dark and light green stripes with a gentle ribbing. Flavor is nutty, akin to Costato Romanesco. Harvesting when 12 inches or smaller will prolong season. Excellent for slicing, frying, and steaming.
Costata Romanesca is a traditional Italian HEIRLOOM with unsurpassed flavor. Deeply striped and ribbed, Costata resembles Cocozelle, with its distinctive sweet and mildly nutty flavor. An excellent yielder of tasty male squash blossoms for cooking. While fruits can be picked at any size, these even retain their taste and texture when harvested large. So not to worry if you miss the “harvest window.”
Gecofure stands for GEnovese COmpatto FUsarium REsistant. It is an Italian strain, widely regarded as the best for pesto and garlic-flavored dishes. The compact habit of Gecofure makes it well suited to both the garden and a container garden.
The classic Italian HEIRLOOM with extremely tender, fragrant, large, brilliant green, intensely aromatic leaves. It is slow to bolt, so you can expect a full season harvest. A favorite among chefs and a go-to variety for pesto making and “insalata caprese.” Genovese, when compared to other basils, has less of a tendency to become bitter after long, slow periods of cooking. Slightly more aroma and potency than Sweet Basil.
This unique blend will provide exquisite culinary delights for your kitchen, color and form for your flower beds, and scents to cherish. Includes: Lemon Basil, Lime Basil, Thai Basil, Amethyst Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Genovese Basil, Red Rubin Basil, and Sweet Basil.
Adds a unique citrus flair to salsas, salads, dressings, or as a marinade for chicken or fish. Compact plant has 2″ long, bright green lance-shaped leaves. A snappy addition to mixed borders and also perfect for containers. Just one brush of the leaves releases an invigorating lime scent that will permeate the air in seconds!
Delicate onion-flavored foliage topped with attractive globe- shaped , lavender-pink blooms. Both the foliage and the blooms are edible. Chive plants will self seed. They are a great perennial for the garden.
A special variety that is bred to maximize foliage production and not bolt. In trials, this variety produced three times the yield of regular cilantro over a much longer period. It is often used in combination with tomatillo, tomatoes, and chiles, creating unforgettable sauces. It is also known as Mexican parsley or Chinese parsley.
Also called Winter Cress, or Creasy Greens in the South, Upland Cress is an easy-to-grow, cut-and-grow again crop. The plant grows to about 4- to 6-inches tall with peppery and pungent leaves akin to watercress. Harvest at any stage from microgreens to full maturity. Leaves, shoots, and flower buds are all delicious. Very slow to bolt, cold tolerant and long standing.
All America Winner for 1992 bred by the Burpee Co. The objective was to diminish the plant size so that it could be grown in containers and the smallest of gardens. A welcome addition to salads and it is a lovely ornamental plant with its yellow flowers, deep green foliage, and compact growth habit.
This salad mix from Hudson Valley Seed Library is bursting with shape, color and flavor! Includes a variety of their lettuces, mustards, herbs, arugulas, brassicas (such as tatsoi and mizuna), and radicchios. The perfect combination for your summer salad bowl.
Easy to grow, and dependable perennial. Given its inherent desire to thrive, many prefer containers for their mint. No matter the location, this zesty, aromatic and versatile herb is an essential ingredient of any herb garden.
Wildly aromatic perennial with low-growing spreading habit just 6 to 8 inches tall. The pungent dull green leaves exhibit some purpling at the tips with white flowers. Lends the classic flavor to your Italian, Mexican & Greek culinary endeavors.
Very large and meaty, dark green leaves with a remarkable flavor that is indispensable in the kitchen. This cultivar is quite a bit sweeter than a standard Italian parsley and excels all season long as the leaves grow back strong after cutting.
With sweet, anise-like flavor and aromatic leaves, this herbaceous, half-hardy, perennial of the Marigold family is commonly used as a substitute for the more difficult-to-grow French tarragon. Substitute in equal portions in your favorite recipes. The golden yellow flowers that provide show-stopping color in late summer/early autumn are also edible and ideal for brightening up salads and desserts.
In the sensational new Arizona series, Arizona Sun is a compact and uniform, 10-inch plant, with bright sunny yellow, mint-scented tubular flowers. Blooms in abundance throughout summer and into the fall. Hummingbirds and other pollinators love this carefree and drought tolerant plant.
A kaleidoscope of brilliant colors garnish this lovely delight. Tubular raspberry, lilac and orange flowers in summer and fall sit a top lacy, fragrant leaves on bushy 2 foot tall plants. Like other Agastache, the highly aromatic foliage is irresistible to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Commonly known as Butterfly Weed, Asclepias is a drought tolerant, native perennial with magnificent bright orange flowers concentrated in compact clusters atop branching stems. A non-stop bloomer from midsummer to autumn, the brightly colored flower clusters are followed by fruit and showy seed. The perfect choice for attracting butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden.
This showy 2- to 3-foot tall plant produces blossom spikes of papery, apple green, bell-shaped calyxes enveloping small white flowers. An extremely long-lasting and striking addition to both cut and dried arrangements. In the vase, it’s a perfect foil for more brightly colored annuals whilst adding form, structure, and interest in its own right. A self-sower that can usually be relied upon for years of successive blooms.
This uncommon, easy-care perennial, too seldom seen in American gardens, features the foliage of an Iris, the blooms of a Lily, and unusual glossy black berries that form in clusters when its seedpods split open in fall. Long-blooming and very easy to grow, it is a fine addition to any planting. The jazzy, unusual blooms arriving mid-summer are borne at the end of long, wiry stems, reach 2 inches wide and have a rich orange base and liberal scarlet speckles. Fascinating to behold in the garden and often brought indoors for arrangements.
A stunning first-year flowering echinacea with hues ranging from rich purple to pink, red, salmon, yellows, creams and white. The abundant flowers grace the top of well branched, durable plants. Well suited to your perennial border, a mass landscape planting, a butterfly garden or as a cut flower.
Award-winner with color all season. Green and wine-colored foliage, purple stems, lilac-rose blossoms and shiny, magenta pods (2-3″). While all parts of the plant are edible, it is recommended that the mature seeds be boiled before eating; used in Asian, Thai and Indian cooking. Useful as cut flowers; pods may also be dried.
Hundreds of petite, edible, golden flowers cover neat, low mounds of lacy foliage with a citrusy scent. When planted in trios, these long bloomers give the thick, rounded appearance of a small flowering shrub. Not only great for beds, borders and containers, the fragrant edible excels as a companion in the vegetable garden to repel unwanted guests.
Hundreds of bite-size, petite flowers cover neat, low mounds of lacy foliage with a citrusy scent. The long-blooming edible flowers are well-suited for beds, borders, containers and salads. Also an excellent companion plant for your veggie garden.
The blending of pastels and bicolors in delicious shades of strawberry, raspberry, apricot, and cream. Result is an astonishingly soothing carpet of color. Both leaves and flowers are edible with a peppery zing.
This All-American winner is a trailer, ideal for hanging baskets and moderate spreading, with vines that are substantially longer than Jewel Mix. Large double and semi-double blooms in creams, yellows, orange and reds will brighten up your pots and borders from midsummer until frost. The flowers and young leaves are edible with a spicy, peppery flavor akin to watercress. Great as a garnish or for adding zip to your salads!
A nice compact 15 to 18-inch plant with bright, colorful double blooms in yellow, orange and deep red held above light green foliage. Will reward you with blooms until frost. Both leaves and flowers are edible with a peppery zing.
This visually stunning cultivar of flowering tobacco will add stature, grace and fragrance to your summer borders. Large basal leaves give rise to masses of 24-inch stems topped with sweetly scented tubular flowers. The flowers fade through red, pink, and white to give the effect of a beautiful pastel tri-color plant. Pollinators, including hummingbirds, love it.
This standout variety boasts dense, gorgeous, delightfully scented clusters of blush, pink and rosy cream blooms, with a distinctive picotee edging. The strong-stemmed, statuesque plants stand 4-feet tall and will quickly cover a trellis with a captivating grace and fragrance.
RARE – The rediscovered light orange form of tassel flower, almost lost in the last 20 years. Little tufted paintbrush blossoms dance on the tops of curvy stems.Great in masses, or weaving among other annuals. Self sows.
Best Tithonia for cutting. Flowers are 3 1/2 inches wide on strong branching plants with velvety dark green leaves. Blooms midsummer to frost. Loves hot dry sites. Once you have Tithonia in your garden, it’s hard to live without!
This well-loved beauty makes an architectural statement with rich lilac-purple flower clusters floating atop slender, willowy stems that stand un-staked up to 6 feet tall. Good see-through plant for a splash of color and in mass plantings.
Looking for an excellent cut flower? This recommendation by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers yields masses of long, sturdy stems with 3- to 4-inch, fully double, dahlia-like chartreuse blooms. These are outstanding massed in the landscape, holding up well in summer heat and rain, and jaw-dropping in in mixed bouquets with an excellent vase life.
These exotic and unusual bicolored Zinnias flaunt a stunning chromatic display of burgundy outer petals that gradually lighten to a creamy lime center, punctuated again by a central burgundy-pink eye. A mix of semi-double and fully double, 2- to 3-inch blooms are held atop sturdy stems on these 18-inch, well-branched plants. An eye-catching flower, ideal for long-lasting cut arrangements.