• 3 Sisters Collection

    3 Sisters Collection

    Long before there were Extension Agents advising us about companion planting, Native Americans were growing the 3 Sisters -- corn in the center, tall and sturdy; beans climbing the corn as a natural support; and squash vining at the feet of both, keeping weeds at bay and helping the soil retain moisture. It's a natural symbiotic relationship, benefiting all 3 plants. Grow it in your sunny veggie patch this season!To get you started, we have a kit with 1 packet each of corn, pole beans, and squash, plus wooden plant tags and a packet of Sea Magic, the all-natural seaweed extract you spray right onto your veggies' foliage for faster, more productive growth with NO harmful chemicals.Sow the seeds directly into the warm late-spring soil, and before you know it, you'll be growing the trio that has been nourishing North American peoples throughout the ages. Fun and interesting, the 3 Sisters belongs in every vegetable garden!Here is more about each item in this collection:
  • African Violet Fantasy Hybrid Trailing

    African Violet Fantasy Hybrid Trailing

    A distinctive look for African Violets, this trailing mix is one of the loveliest ways to showcase the lovely blooms and unusual foliage! Hang a basket in front of high windows and let the blooms tumble down, gorgeous in shades of pink and blue plus fresh-as-snow white! This mix contains both single- and double-flowered forms, so you can create many different effects for the home!Blooming just 5 to 6 months from sowing, these 1 1/2- to 2-inch blooms arise in clusters on lateral stems (somewhat like strawberry runners) amidst, handsome, heavily textured dark green foliage. A favorite for its profuse bloom, lovely foliage, and ease of culture, the African Violet is one of the joys of indoor growing!Sow the tiny seeds on top of moist growing medium (such as potting soil), keep moist, and provide plenty of light. A good choice for a bathroom with a bright window (it loves the humidity and needs the light!). Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • African Violet Fantasy Hybrids

    African Violet Fantasy Hybrids

    If you love African Violets, the sheer variety of this mix will delight you! And if you've never tried this lovely houseplant before, Fantasy is the place to start! You'll get single-, semi-double-, and double-flowered blooms in all the bright jewel tones of the family, including bicolors! Blooms of deep purple, lilac, pink, rose, red, and white -- all with a tiny buttery center! -- top these neat, rosette-shaped 4-inch plants for a long-lasting display!Blooming just 5 to 6 months from sowing, these 1 1/2- to 2-inch blooms arise in clusters above handsome, heavily textured dark green foliage. A favorite for its profuse bloom, lovely foliage, and ease of culture, the African Violet is one of the joys of indoor growing!Sow the tiny seeds on top of moist growing medium (such as potting soil), keep moist, and provide plenty of light. A good choice for a bathroom with a bright window (it loves the humidity and needs the light!). Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • Agastache 'Rose Mint'

    Agastache 'Rose Mint'

    What a gift Agastache is to the garden, with its aromatic foliage and tall, carefree bloom spikes that signal welcome to all butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds! This new variety improves on older ones by offering a more compact habit and adding dark burgundy stems to the color play of lavender blooms and grayish foliage. You will love it in the sunny garden or large containers.'Rose Mint' packs more color into every inch, flowering all summer (and into autumn in warm climates). The lavender blooms look darker than they really are, thanks to their standout stems, with florets tightly packed along the stem. Cut all you like for the vase; this plant has color to spare!Reaching 2 feet high (in bloom) and about 3 feet wide, this is a mainstay of the sunny border or, in areas north of its hardiness range, the annual bed. Plant it among scentless flowers and let its minty leaves waft their fresh fragrance throughout the garden; plant it in a butterfly-attracting garden and see how useful it is not only to butterflies but bees and hummingbirds as well. Easy, carefree, and long-blooming, it is a treasure. Pkt is 20 seeds.
  • Agastache Golden Jubilee

    Agastache Golden Jubilee

    Agastache has never had it so good! Golden Jubilee sports deep yellow to chartreuse foliage, a heavenly mint scent, and big purple bloomspikes from midsummer into fall. Best of all, it blooms the first year from seed! No wonder this humble American native plant was considered worthy to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. It's pure royalty in a down-home package!The foliage keeps its unique color all season, and will come true from seed -- no green variations! Wonderfully redolent of licorice, it perfumes the entire garden over a long season. Hot weather intensifies the scent, turning your backyard into a fragrant meadowland with even a small planting!As if this weren't enough, Golden Jubilee also sends up fat 4-inch spikes studded with purple blooms over a long midsummer-to-fall season. Nice for cutting and irresistible to bees, butterflies, and birds, these blooms crown the 20-inch-tall, 12-inch-wide plants majestically.Golden Jubilee is a perennial, hardy in zones 6-10 and worthy of being grown as an annual farther north. It blooms generously from a first-year planting, so no matter where you live, you can enjoy the lovely foliage and enticing blooms of this American classic! Try a ribbon of golden color through the border or bed, or dot it around the patio garden, where it will share its scent generously with less fortunate flowering plants!Sow these seeds outdoors in early spring, or start seeds ahead of time indoors for earlier blooms. Easy, adaptable, and very vigorous in any sunny spot! Pkt is 20 seeds.
  • Ageratum Leilani Blue

    Ageratum Leilani Blue

    Blue as the summer sky and just about as endless, this free-flowering, long-blooming Floss Flower is a gift for the summer garden. Just 14 to 16 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide, it quickly forms a dense, rounded mound of azure blooms dotted with dark green foliage. Just the right size for containers, it also makes a splendid edging or front-of-the-border showoff.The fluffy, light-as-air blooms range from 2 to 4 1/2 inches across, and literally arise all over very well-branched plants. Because they self-clean, you need never worry about "grooming" Leilani Blue. And feel free to cut all the blooms you want for indoor arrangements -- they keep coming as long as the weather stays warm!Leilani Blue's clear color and fuzzy texture complement all the bright summer annuals beautifully. Let the low-growing, bushyframe it with masses of clear white blooms, or enjoy the nodding golden heads ofleaning over this neat, rounded Floss Flower. Like Cosmos and Coreopsis, Leilani Blue is a great butterfly attractor. If you've been considering growing a butterfly garden, there are no better plants to begin with -- plus perhaps an Asclepias, such as the bicolorfor vertical effect. The butterflies will love you, and you will have enough cutflowers to keep your vases full all summer!Leilani Blue is smaller and more compact than most Floss Flowers, making it a great choice for mixed containers. Try it front and center, perhaps surrounded by the apricot, rose, and orchid tones ofor the tiny, fragrant blossoms ofLeilani Blue is easy to grow, asking only full sun, reasonably well-drained soil, and ordinary garden soil. In southern regions, partial shade is preferred for best flowering during the hottest months. If you want to get an early start (recommended for the far north), sow seeds indoors about 12 to 14 weeks before setting out. Where the growing season is longer (hotter climates), direct-sow when the soil warms in early spring. Pkt is 75 seeds.
  • Alfalfa Sprouting Seed

    Alfalfa Sprouting Seed

    Alfalfa is very high in protein, with a sweet flavor that will enhance sandwiches and salads. Pkt is 1 oz, at least 10,000 seeds.
  • Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'

    Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'

    Never before available from seed, Alternanthera is one of the finest foliage plants around for the sunny to lightly shaded garden, and 'Purple Knight' is far and away the best of the spreaders, with a regal purple cast that actually improves with exposure to heat! The deep purple foliage adds drama to beds, borders, and containers of all types, giving you 3 seasons of carefree color!'Purple Knight' reaches just 16 to 20 inches tall but spreads up to 3 feet wide, making a nice impact in the flowering annual bed, a charming patio accent, or a super hanging basket! Marvelously heat tolerant, it reaches its deepest, richest tones in full sun, but will turn an interesting burgundy-bronze in partial shade, if you want to experiment with more than one look for this adaptable annual!Combine 'Purple Knight' withandof all types. It grows readily from seed (best begun indoors), and can be set outdoors when night temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees. Very robust and well-branched, it is a better grower from seed than it is from cuttings, and will delight you from spring till hard frost! Pkt is 10 seeds.
  • Amaranthus 'Autumn's Touch'

    Amaranthus 'Autumn's Touch'

    Blending perfectly into the late summer and autumn landscape, the giant 2-foot plumes atop this Red Amaranth combine soft pistachio-green and bronze tones to create restful, airy beauty in the sunny annual bed. Perfect for cutting for fresh or dried arrangements, these massive blooms last for many weeks on the plant, delighting the songbirds who flock to feast on their seeds all fall!'Autumn's Touch' reaches 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall, with very large, handsome dark green foliage and thick stems that need no staking. The plumes arise in late summer and continue well into fall, even catching the first snowfall in some climates. The color shades from more intense green at the base to lighter celery hues and bronze at the tips. Unusual and so pretty!This Amaranthus is easy to grow in full sun and any well-drained soil, even poorly fertile ones. It makes a fine planting for the rear of the annual border, and looks good silhouetted against brick or painted wood buildings. Or place it in the center of a bed, as a crown for the lower-growing varieties around it! Wherever you put it, birds will quickly find it, and flock to enjoy its goodness.If you love Amaranthus, as we do, you might enjoy the traditionalas a companion to 'Autumn's Touch', or eye-catchingEasy to grow from seed, this is a plant no garden should be without. Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • Amaranthus 'Dreadlocks'

    Amaranthus 'Dreadlocks'

    A showstopping plant that steals the scene in garden or vase, 'Dreadlocks' is a joyously bright, floriferous, unique Amaranthus you won't want to miss. Not only are its magenta blooms eye-catchingly bright, but its distinctively weeping habit sets it apart from every other plant in the annual bed -- and begs to be used in fresh and everlasting bouquets indoors!'Dreadlocks' is an upright plant about 3 feet tall and up to 18 inches wide. Its flowerstems point straight down, however, reaching 3 feet to brush the garden floor. All along the stems, closely spaced, are borne magenta blooms in big, tight, rounded 1 1/2-inch clusters. No plant has ever been more aptly named, for these long, elegant flowering stems really do look just like dreadlocks!Amaranthus is a sun-loving annual that is easy to grow and very long-blooming. Its unique architectural look makes a fine focal point for annual beds, and its bright blooms keep their color well. Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • Amaranthus Towers Green

    Amaranthus Towers Green

    An utterly unique plant habit, unusual flower color, and an unbelievably long season of bloom! This Amaranthus will make visitors do a double-take, and its design possibilities are almost endless. From midsummer right through early fall, the plant bears masses of velvety-soft, bright chartreuse florets on thick, columnar spikes, the central stem much taller than the others. Who can resist such a novelty?This plant ranges from 3 1/2 feet tall (at its central "tower") to about 27 inches at the secondary flowerspikes. Each bloom column measures 16 to 20 inches long and several inches thick, every iota of space jammed with rich color. The stems are fascinating in fresh arrangements, and may be dried for winter-long color as Everlastings.Towers creates an instant focal point for the annual bed or border, and is at home among small shrubs and foliage plants as well. It is a fine companion to its crimson-flowered sibling,as well as to white blooms such as lacy-leaved. It would make a stunning counterpart to the large green blooms ofin the garden or vase!Towers is a sun-loving annual that grows readily in moist, well-drained soil. Water well during long dry spells in summer to keep the flowers coming. The foliage is striking, too -- if you can take your eyes off the blooms long enough to see it! The green leaves are boldly splashed with purple right down to the ground. Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • Amaranthus Towers Mix

    Amaranthus Towers Mix

    Meet the Amaranthus that is taking American gardens by storm! An utterly unique plant habit and an unbelievably long season of bloom are delightful additions to the sunny border or accent planting . . . and did you notice that one of the colors is vivid lime-green? These two Amaranthus will stop visitors in their tracks in any setting -- and with their sun-loving nature, the design possibilities are nearly endless. Who can resist such an opportunity?This mix contains equal amounts of the red- and chartreuse-flowered Towers. Both plants range from 3 1/2 feet tall (at their central "tower") to about 27 inches at the secondary flowerspikes. Each bloom column measures 16 to 20 inches long and several inches thick, every iota of space jammed with rich color. The stems are fascinating in fresh arrangements, and may be dried for winter-long color as Everlastings.Towers creates an instant focal point for the annual bed or border, and is at home among small shrubs and foliage plants as well. It is a fine companion to white blooms such as lacy-leavedas well as to brightly-colored annuals and perennials of all hues.Towers is a sun-loving annual that grows readily in moist, well-drained soil. Water well during long dry spells in summer to keep the flowers coming. The foliage is striking, too -- if you can take your eyes off the blooms long enough to see it! The green leaves are boldly splashed with purple right down to the ground. Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • Amaranthus Towers Red

    Amaranthus Towers Red

    An utterly unique plant habit with an unbelievably floriferous, long-blooming season! This Amaranthus will make visitors do a double-take, and its design possibilities are almost endless. From midsummer right through early fall, the plant bears masses of velvety-soft, bright red florets on thick, columnar spikes, the central stem much taller than the others. Who can resist such a novelty?This plant ranges from 3 1/2 feet tall (at its central "tower") to about 27 inches at the secondary flowerspikes. Each bloom column measures 16 to 20 inches long and several inches thick, every iota of space jammed with rich color. The stems are fascinating in fresh arrangements, and may be dried for winter-long color as Everlastings.Towers creates an instant focal point for the annual bed or border, and is at home among small shrubs and foliage plants as well. It is a fine companion to its chartreuse-flowered sibling,as well as to white blooms such as lacy-leavedIt would make a stunning counterpart to the large green blooms ofin the garden or vase!Towers is a sun-loving annual that grows readily in moist, well-drained soil. The foliage is striking, too -- if you can take your eyes off the blooms long enough to see it! The green leaves are boldly splashed with purple right down to the ground. Pkt is 50 seeds.
  • Angel's Trumpet Ballerina Mix

    Angel's Trumpet Ballerina Mix

    Marvelously fragrant and exotic in both color and size, this eye-popping Angel's Trumpet mix looks like something from a hot-house instead of an easy-to-grow, sun-loving tropical you can start from seed! Unlike single-flowered Angel's Trumpet blooms, which dangle, the Ballerina series looks upward, the immense 6- to 8-inch flowers exquisitely whorled and twisted to show off their beauty! In the container or the sun-soaked garden, these summer-blooming show-offs are scene-stealers!This mix contains three softly-colored colors: purple-and-white, solid white, and primrose-yellow. All the blooms are double, simply enormous, and so fragrant you'll think you've stepped into the garden of your dreams . . . as perhaps you have!The plant is quite compact in containers, reaching only about a foot high and 3 feet wide. In the garden, it forms a dense, well-branched shrub 3 feet tall and slightly wider. Beginning in early summer and continuing until the fall weather sets in, the plant is covered with magnificent blooms, so fragrant that a single plant perfumes the garden! Large, very attractive fruits follow the blooms, and should be cut for splendid accents to fresh and dried arrangements.If you live north of zone 9 and want to grow Ballerina in the garden as an annual, wait to plant it until the soil is thoroughly warm in spring. (I prefer the freedom of containers so that I can rearrange them on the patio all summer long!) Wherever you plant it, keep it there; transplant will slow its growth and shorten its bloomtime.purple,oras well as an economical collection ofNot fussy about soil, Angel's Trumpet asks only for plenty of sun. Pkt is 10 seeds. Zones 9-11.
  • Angel's Trumpet Ballerina White

    Angel's Trumpet Ballerina White

    Marvelously fragrant and exotic in both color and size, this eye-popping Angel's Trumpet looks like something from a hot-house instead of an easy-to-grow, sun-loving tropical you can start from seed! Unlike single-flowered Angel's Trumpet blooms, which dangle, Ballerina White looks upward, the immense 6- to 8-inch flowers exquisitely whorled and twisted to show off their beauty! In the container or the sun-soaked garden, this summer-blooming show-off is a scene-stealer!The blooms are huge and pure white with the softest possible creamy tinge, held in a whorled fashion as lovely as a rose! Wonderfully fragrant, a single plant perfumes the garden!The plant is quite compact in containers, reaching only about a foot high and 3 feet wide. In the garden, it forms a dense, well-branched shrub 3 feet tall and slightly wider. Beginning in early summer and continuing until the fall weather sets in, the plant is covered with magnificent blooms, so fragrant that a single plant perfumes the garden! Large, very attractive fruits follow the blooms, and should be cut for splendid accents to fresh and dried arrangements.If you like this pure white bloom, take a look at the other Ballerinas:andWe've even got anas well as aIf you live north of zone 8 and want to grow Ballerina White in the garden as an annual, wait to plant it until the soil is thoroughly warm in spring. (I prefer the freedom of containers so that I can rearrange them on the patio all summer long!) Wherever you plant it, keep it there; transplant will slow its growth and shorten its bloomtime. Not fussy about soil, it asks only for plenty of sun. Pkt is 10 seeds. Zones 8-10.
  • Angel's Trumpet Ballerina Yellow

    Angel's Trumpet Ballerina Yellow

    Another lovely Ballerina has come to join the family ofandThis soft, buttery yellow is a bit frillier than its cousins, and every bit as eye-poppingly beautiful! The huge blooms point upward (instead of dangling like single-flowered Angel's Trumpets!), wafting their heavenly aroma throughout the entire garden! And they're so easy to grow from seed!These fully double flowers measure 6 to 8 inches across, and are followed by lovely ornamental fruit. The plant is quite compact in containers, reaching only about a foot high and 3 feet wide. In the garden, it forms a dense, well-branched shrub 3 feet tall and slightly wider. Beginning in early summer and continuing until the fall weather sets in, the plant is covered with magnificent blooms!If you live north of zone 9 and want to grow Ballerina Yellow in the garden as an annual, wait to plant it until the soil is thoroughly warm in spring. (I prefer the freedom of containers so that I can rearrange them on the patio all summer long!) Wherever you plant it, keep it there; transplant will slow its growth and shorten its bloomtime. Not fussy about soil, it asks only for plenty of sun. Pkt is 10 seeds. Zones 8-10.
  • Angel's Trumpet Blackcurrant Swirl™

    Angel's Trumpet Blackcurrant Swirl™

    The most dramatic Angel's Trumpet of all, this double-flowered beauty combines violet and silver tones with intense fragrance for a bowl-you-over gorgeous impact. The flowers reach 6 to 8 inches wide, dangling profusely from bold purple stems. They appear in great numbers beginning in midsummer and lasting until the cold fall weather. A single Blackcurrant Swirl™ perfumes a garden and transforms a patio or deck into a tropical oasis. A large planting is almost an embarrassment of riches!Angel's Trumpet is only hardy in zones 8 through 10, but this large, fountainous plant is grown everywhere. Its habit is just perfect for containers, looking absolutely stunning all by itself on the porch steps, in pairs flanking the garden entrance, or any other focal point of the landscape. Expect it to reach 3 feet high in full bloom and spread 2 to 3 feet wide, setting new buds by the dozen.If you live in Blackcurrant Swirl's™ hardiness range, try it among Hollyhocks and other tall, spiky perennials that will show off its arching stems to best effect. The grayish green foliage is handsome among all other colors as well. A very easy plant, eager to bloom and needing no special care beyond adequate water and plenty of sunshine. Pkt is 20 seeds.
  • Angelonia Serena™ Lavender

    Angelonia Serena™ Lavender

    Serena™ is a dream come true for Angelonia lovers -- the first variety EVER available from seed for the home gardener! Now you can grow this long-blooming, sun-loving, heat- and humidity-tolerant annual for pennies a plant!Serena™ is a bit shorter than other Angelonias, but that's all to the good. The 10- to 12-inch stems (much taller in the South -- up to 18 inches) sport long rows of splendid 3/4-inch blooms that open gradually over several weeks, giving you bright color all summer. And this is a well-branched plant 12 to 14 inches wide, with more flowering stems than you'd expect and such an easy-care nature!Use Serena™ as you would Salvia in the hot, dry garden. It doesn't need to be deadheaded after bloom -- fresh flowering stems simply arise to replace the old ones! -- and it attracts bees. Although it's quite drought tolerant, it also fares well in moist soils. And at just a foot high, it's ideal for containers!The Serena™ series contains other fine colors:andChallenge it to your hottest, driest, most difficult garden spot this summer, and I think you'll be amazed by the results!Sow these pelleted seeds at about 74 degrees F. They'll sprout in less than a week, at which time you can grow them on at any soil temperature between 68 and 80 degrees F. Transplant into the sunny garden when they have at least 2 sets of true leaves and all danger of frost is past. They bloom 13 to 14 weeks from sowing. Pkt is 10 pelleted seeds.
  • Apple Carolina Red

    Apple Carolina Red

    Highly productive and boasting simply delicious fruit, Carolina Red is the pride of the South! This heirloom apple originated more than 200 years ago in Tennessee, and is known for bearing not one but two crops of toothsome fruit every year!Carolina Red (also known as Georgia June, Red Harvest, and Blush June, among other names) is a small tree just 8 to 12 feet high and wide with a big crop of small to medium-sized round apples in early to midsummer. With speckled red skin and crisp white flesh often tinged with red, this fruit is delicious, both for fresh eating and for pies. After its big production, it often reblooms in summer and then sets a smaller second crop in autumn!Carolina Red is not a storing apple; it is meant to be eaten or preserved immediately. Luckily, it is so delicious that this is never a problem! Aromatic and crunchy, these apples have a way of vanishing between the tree and the back door!This is a well-branched, stocky little tree, upright and vigorous. Its rootstock is "MM.111," known for its drought tolerance and good adaptability. Carolina Red is just the right size for today's smaller gardens, and combines well with our other two heirlooms this season,andIt does need a pollinator, so plant at least two apples and enjoy the richness of a miniature orchard in your own backyard, no matter how constrained you may be for space!We are delighted to make these American heirloom apples available, but our stock is very, very limited. If you're interested in these trees,You will reap the rewards for many years to come! Zones 5-8.
  • Apple Grimes Golden

    Apple Grimes Golden

    It is our pleasure to make available, in very limited quantities, this heirloom American apple. Before there was Golden Delicious, there was Grimes Golden, and we know you'll agree with a single bite that it is superior in flavor! Developed in the 19th century and an apple-lover's favorite ever since, it's a spicy-sweet variety you've simply got to grow!These apples are small to medium, with slight russeting (the rough texture present on the skin of some apples), a tall, slightly ribbed shape, lots of speckles, yellow flesh, and a heavenly aroma that will lure you to the tree before you even see it! A very high sugar content (19%) makes this a good dessert and cooking apple, but it's also indescribably yummy straight from the tree on a crisp autumn day.You may ask why, since its flavor is clearly superior, Grimes Golden ever gave way to Golden Delicious as America's choice. The reason is simple: Golden Delicious travels better, so it became the crop of choice for large growers who shipped great distances. Grimes Golden is a home apple-grower's dream, however!This little tree reaches only about 12 to 15 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide, and because it is self-fertile, you need plant only one. Its rootstock is "MM.111," known for its drought tolerance and good adaptability. Grimes Golden also makes a good pollinator for other nearby apple varieties, so if you're growing one of our other heirlooms, Iordefinitely put Grimes Golden into the mix!Developed by Thomas Grimes of Virginia by 1804 (probably earlier, but that's our first written record of its existence), Grimes Golden is a very gardenworthy tree. It shows good resistance to fire blight as well as to cedar apple rust, and it harvests in early fall, making it suitable even for the north. You will adore this tree, and look forward to the fruit every year. Do find a place for it this season! Zones 5-8.
  • Apple Roxbury Russet

    Apple Roxbury Russet

    We are so very honored to be able to offer this heritage apple this season! Supplies are very limited, but we do have stock of the genuine "Roz," America's oldest apple, and we urge you to order it TODAY to avoid disappointment. Just read about the history of this exciting apple:Roxbury Russet is, as far as historians can determine, the first apple bred in North America. It originated with the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century, and quickly became known as "the Roz." (Other monikers include Howe's Russet, Leathercoat, and Reinette Rousse de Boston!) It remained popular throughout the 18th century, and Thomas Jefferson eventually included it in his orchard at Monticello. (There is a record of it growing in the South Orchard in 1778.) It has been continuously grown, despite the many hundred varieties to come after it!Okay, history is one thing, but flavor is all that counts in this fruit, and the Roz lives up to its grand heritage. It's got a nice high sugar content (about 12.8%), yet the bite is crisp and pleasantly tart. Storage just improves the flavor. It was originally grown for cider and juice, but quickly became a favorite for fresh eating, too.Rosbury Russet is coarse-grained -- that's what "russet" means when it comes to apples. It has green skin and yellowish-green flesh, very firm and juicy. Simply delicious!This apple matures late -- September to October in most areas -- on trees that resist scab, fire blight, and cedar apple rust, among other diseases. Just 8 to 15 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide, it's a good size for the home garden. Its rootstock is "MM.111," known for its drought tolerance and good adaptability. Plant Roz near any other apple tree (or another Roz, for that matter!) and it will bear heavily for decades!If you love heirloom apples as we do, try our other two finds this season:andZones 5-8.
  • Artichoke Imperial Star

    Artichoke Imperial Star

    In our garden trials, this standout produced nearly 3 times more Artichokes in a single season than older varieties! The sweet, mild-flavored flower buds are round and thornless, for easier harvesting. And they stay closed longer on the plant, so you don't have to pick the entire crop at once!Harvest them at 4 1/2 inches in diameter for best flavor. Delicious and so productive in the garden!Direct-sow in the sunny garden around the final frost date, or start indoors 4 to 6 weeks earlier. Space (or thin) the seedlings about 6 feet apart. Divide every 3 to 4 years to maintain vigorous yields. Fertilize once annually with a nitrogen-rich mixture. Pkt is 20 seeds.
  • Arugula

    Arugula

    Once a rare delicacy, Arugula is now part of the American dinner table. But for what it costs at the fresh market, growing your own is the only sane option! And it's a good thing it's so easy to grow -- you can sow the seeds successively every 2 weeks all spring to guarantee yourself a big harvest over many months to come!This plant reaches about 2 1/2 feet tall and 1 foot wide, with leaves best cut at 2 to 3 inches long. Cut just what you need for the next meal; each leaf that is severed stimulates production of more foliage, so a single plant can keep producing over a long season. And the flavor is so delectable when the leaves are young and tender -- peppery and mustardy, with a palate-cleansing zing! Great in pesto, too -- just don't let the leaves get too big, because they will lose their tender texture with maturity.Start seeds indoors 3 to 4 weeks before last frost. They should germinate in 3 to 4 days at 40 to 55 degrees F. When the seedlings are 4 weeks old, transplant them into rows about 18 inches apart, in full sun to dappled shade and loose, rich soil. Pkt is 100 seeds.
  • Asclepias Cinderella

    Asclepias Cinderella

    So fragrant, colorful, and carefree! A magnet for butterflies, 'Cinderella' is one of the easiest, most adaptable plants you will ever grow. Just toss the seeds into the garden and stand back! Vanilla-scented flowerheads 2 inches across arise among the long, lush leaves all summer long (and often right into fall!), crowding atop very free-blooming plants 2 to 4 feet high and 2 feet wide. Every sunny garden deserves this trouble-free, long-blooming perennial!If you can bear to cut them, the blooms are long-lasting in fresh and dried bouquets. This native American plant loves full sun and thrives in heat, humidity, and even drought--yet is also quite winter-hardy and permanent. All it asks is well-drained soil (moist or damp soils are just fine!) and plenty of sun. What could be simpler--or more lovely--in the sunny garden or natural landscape?And if you have more boggy soil than you'd like -- or you just want to create a spectacular two-tone planting -- combine 'Cinderella' with itsYour garden will be all the better for it!'Cinderella' is a gift your garden will treasure for years. Its heavy nectar production attracts all kinds of good bugs to the garden (the kind that feast on destructive predators!), and the fragrance is delightful. Best of all, this perennial is super-easy. You will love it! Zones 3-8.
  • Asparagus Jersey Knight Hybrid

    Asparagus Jersey Knight Hybrid

    Jersey Knight is 99.5% male seeds, so you can count on larger, more profuse spears than ever from this ultra-vigorous performer! The spears are top-size -- a full 5/8-inch in diameter -- and are bright green with deep purple tips and bracts. Stunning on the dinner plate, they're one of the easiest varieties to grow, thanks to terrific vigor that makes these plants come back stronger every year!The yield you can expect from Jersey Knight is 2 to 4 times greater than older strains, such as the Washington series. Highly Rust-resistant and tolerant of Fusarium, Crown and Rust Rot, Jersey Knight is the one you want for years of reliable peformance!Asparagus from seed is one of the best bargains in the garden. This perennial produces many crops of fresh spears that sell for very high prices in the supermarket, yet it is relatively easy to grow! Prepare the soil well, adding plenty of organic matter and fertilizing with a well-balanced mixture such as 5-10-10. Asparagus has deep, spreading roots, so be sure the soil is well-worked. Thin the seedlings to about 1 1/2 feet apart and water well during growth. Fertilize twice annually (before new spring growth and right after harvest). Cut no spears the first year, and cut only sparingly the second in order to encourage a great crop for the third year. If you want white (blanched) Asparagus, simply block out the light as the spears are forming by applying mulch on the plants. Pkt is 25 seeds.