Lavender angustifolia is one of the richest in essential oils, meaning more fragrance power both fresh and dried. And this Lavender Hidcote Blue’ cultivar has a more erect, compact habit and darker flowers, so its perfect for hedges. Fresh flowers can be crystalized and used in candies and cakes; dried flowers are used in potpourris and satchets; oils are used in creams and perfumes. And these are only some of the more common uses – imagination can create endless more!An evergreen perennial, Lavender ‘Hidcote Blue’ has a subtle blue-green coloring and sweet fragrance. Reaching 12 to 24 inches high and 12 inches wide, it boasts 2
An Extra Dollop of Sugar in Every Bite! Oh, how sweet they are! And you’ll love the high yields and quick maturity! 72 days from direct-sowing. How sweet is this new sugar-enhanced Corn? Well, according to one of our tasters, a single bite “makes you feel like you’re in Hershey, Pennsylvania!” I don’t know if any Corn can beat a chocolate bar for sugary flavor, but Temptation Hybrid is obviously out to try!This Corn is more than just great flavor, though. It is super reliable and early to produce. Our growers reported an average of 72 days, but the seeds in our trial gardens last year beat all other varieties to the tassel, ready to eat in just 60 to 64 days! The plants are very heavy-yielding, too, with plenty of 7- to 8-inch ears just stuffed with bright yellow kernels. Talk about great “tip fill” — these kernels go to the very end and look ready to jump right off the cob!Reaching 6 feet tall in any sunny, well-drained garden soil, Temptation Hybrid is a breeze to grow and a joy to eat. It’s so sweet you’l
Long-Lasting, Cheery Pink, Rose, and Red Daisies for Spring and Summer! 2 1/2- to 3-inch blooms on long, strong stems are ideal for cutting! A carefree delight for two seasons of glorious color, Painted Daisies evoke the natural beauty of meadowlands and wildflowers. Robinson’s Mix is a collection of 3 radiant colors–pink, rose, and red–all boasting a large central gold disc and blooming abundantly on bushy, vigorous 16- to 18-inch plants. The big, 3-inch daisies continue over a very long season, on strong stems that just seem made for cutting. The finely-divided foliage makes a lovely foundation for the blooms, remaining a bright, fresh green even when not in bloom.Easy to grow in full sun to partial shade. Pkt is 100 seeds.
Statice is a glorious Everlasting, truly deserving of the name since it holds its rich color for years when dried, and the Statice Soiree Improved series is the best of the annual Statice! Dense, papery flowerheads simply cover the uniform 2-foot statice plants all summer long, leaving you with the problem of whether to cut it at first bloom for dried use or let it revel in full glory in the summer sun! Either way, Statice Soiree never disappoints!Easy to grow in full sun, it is not picky about soil type provided the drainage is adequate. Plants are superb for the border or bed, and indispensible for the cutting garden!To dry, simply cut the stem at desired height (or cut the entire plant at the base), remove the foliage, and hang the branch upside-down in a well-ventilated, dry location. Pkt is 100 seeds.
The Brightest Edible Ornamental Yet — Even the Leaves are Purple! The purple-to-red peppers taste as good as they look! This jazzy ornamental pepper is so beautiful in foliage, flower, stem, and fruit, you may hesitate to eat its charming conical peppers! Don’t worry — they’ve got a hot bite that is irresistible, making this hardworking little plant a great “crop” as well as a perfect accent for containers and the garden!Explosive Ember begins spring with new foliage of bright purple, followed by purple-and-white blooms on jazzy purple stems! These flowers festoon the upright, bushy little plants with bright color for several weeks. After the blooms pass, the fruit begins to set in clusters of about half a dozen. Pointing up and out, the dark purple peppers are a bold accent even before they begin maturing to fire-engine red. Stunning!Just 10 to 14 inches tall and 8 to 10 inches wide, this compact little plant is ideal for any location from the annual bed to the formal planter or windowbox. It thrives in he
7 Rich Colors on Huge, Early-Blooming, Abundant Gazanias! Mix of the award-winning Daybreak series, containing Red Stripe, Garden Sun, Bronze, Bright Yellow Improved, Bright Orange, Pink, and White. Winner of many awards, the Daybreak series probably deserves even more recognition than it’s already received. You just can’t improve upon these huge blooms, glowing with bright color, that completely cover the small plants from early summer to frost. What makes this Gazania series so special is its combination of very big flowers, early and long bloom season, and ultra-tolerant low, spreading plants. Here’s what you can expect to get with Daybreak:3- to 4-inch blooms with a wide central disc Blooms in just 12 weeks from seed–that’s 1 to 3 weeks earlier than most other Gazanias! Tough, drought-tolerant plants needing only lots of sun and light, well-drained soil Low-growing, spreading habit 8 inches tall and 10 inches wide “Weathermen” flowers–they close on overcast days! 7 radiant colors: Red Stripe, Garden Sun
The Giant Watermelon with the Night Sky on its Rind! Massive fruit — up to a staggering 50 pounds apiece — have thick, ridged rinds marked with moon- and star-shaped golden patches! 100 days. Probably the most beautiful — and unusual — watermelon ever grown, this heirloom is also one of the sweetest! Most of the fruit is 25 to 30 pounds, but the occasional over-achiever balloons up to 50, protecting the succulent juiciness of its bright red flesh with a deeply-ridged, very thick rind!The rind is the most interesting aspect of Moon and Stars. It is very dark green, liberally spotted with bright yellow and boasting the occasional larger, moon-shaped blotch of the same color. The foliage bears the same markings! No two melons are just alike, making this crop a delight with each new fruit.Heirloom lovers and watermelon addicts alike will love Moon and Stars. It is ultra-sweet, succulent, and delectable, with a rind as attractive as the flesh is delicious!Sow direct when the soil is warm and all danger of fros
Just when we thought New Look couldn’t be beat, it’s time to take a closer look — and discover the beauty and great garden merit of Pentas Graffiti Lipstick! Not only are these huge 8-inch flower clusters sporting a fascinating new (or is it retro??) color, they are appearing earlier than any other Pentas on plants that are compact and simply the best for putting up with our long, hot American summers. If you love the look of these summery stars, you’ve got to try Graffiti Lipstick!Very well-branched and vigorous, this 18- to 24-inch-tall plant sets plenty of flowering stems, so you can pick the big blooms you like without worrying that there won’t be “enough” left to keep the plant looking good. The tiny star-shaped blooms of rich rosy-pink form clusters an astonishing 8 inches wide, really showing to great advantage on these super-compact little plants!Great in containers marching up the front steps or decorating the deck, Graffiti Lipstick is also a fine performer in the sunny annual bed and cutting garde
A Bean that Illustrates the Balance of Life! This hard-shelled variety loses its black-and-white pattern during cooking, so be sure to store some in a glass jar for display! 100 days. This charming heirloom variety looks for all the world like a yin yang pattern, right down to the spot of opposite color on each side, for balance! A hard-shelled variety that also may be harvested young for tender (soft-shell) use, Yin Yang is an American favorite just waiting to be rediscovered.The plants reach 15 to 18 inches high, setting huge numbers of pods. The beans have a mild flavor that even children like, and are very useful if stored, enabling you to keep “bean season” going all winter! Whatever you do, be sure to set aside some of the beans to display — they lose their pattern during cooking, and you’ll want to remember their delightful yin yang motif.To harvest the beans as hard shells, let them dry completely inside the pods on the plants. Pick them when most of the leaves have fallen from the plants, and the se
The One Zinnia Perfect to Grow Anywhere in the United States! 2-inch blooms create a solid carpet of color on super-vigorous dwarf plants. When we grew this Zinnia in our trial gardens here at Park Seed, the “oohs” and “aahs” were deafening! And no wonder–Profusion Cherry (and its sunny sister, Orange!) won the AAS Gold Medal Flower Award–the first flowers to receive this prestigious award in a decade! And then both Cherry and White walked off with Europe’s Fleuroselect Gold as well! The most highly-decorated landscaping Zinnia ever grown, Profusion remains the ONLY choice for an extra-early, extra-long, extra-colorful summer season of bloom!These bushy plants, 12 inches high and 15 inches wide, are simply smothered nonstop all season with cheerful, 2-inch daisy-formed blooms of brightest cherry-red tinged with pink. Ideal for mass plantings or containers! Profusion is highly tolerant of mildew and other foliage diseases, and laughs at heat, humidity, and drought. We are proud to give Profusion our highest
The First Full-Sized Stringless Filet! The gourmet “European” bean served in elegant restaurants! 59 days. This is the elegant bean you see in European-style restaurants. Most filets available from seed are miniatures, but Maxibel is a full-sized, 7- to 7 1/2-inch pod with all the “gourmet” flavor you expect! As easy to grow as other snaps, Maxibel arises on tall, erect plants that harvest easily. The beans are stringless and very slender, with a dark green color, straight form, and mouth-watering tender flavor. The first full-size stringless filet bean is also the best! Easy and trouble-free, even for the new gardener, this snap bean is widely adapted across the U.S., and is compact in the garden. For best harvest, succession-plant every 3 weeks or so from early spring till late summer (avoiding the worst summer heat in warm areas). Hardier than pole beans, bush snaps can be direct-sown after all danger of frost. Pkt is 1 ounces (about 100 seeds).
Nutty-Sweet Flavor on a Longlasting Winter Squash! Discover Delicata, the neglected autumn treat — now in bush form! 80 days. As if slathered in brown sugar and fresh butter, the succulent flesh of this hard-shelled squash is nutty, sweet, and rich — a delicious hot treat for a cold autumn day! Once a mainstay of American tables, Delicata Squash fell from favor around the 1920’s, when more people moved to the cities, refrigeration was introduced on a wide scale, and fewer gardens had room for the large space necessary to grow vigorous vines. But now it’s back — and in a bush form compact enough for even a very small garden!Cornell’s Bush Delicata is an oblong veggie about 8 inches long and 4 inches around. The rind is ivory with dark green stripes and flecks, while the flesh (surrounding a very small seed cavity) is a rich golden-orange. It can be baked, steamed, roasted, grilled, or even punctured and popped into the microwave for a quick snack! And even though it tastes so savory, an entire squash contai