The First Ivy-Leaf Geranium from Seed–Great for Baskets! Now you can grow exotic, lushly-blooming Ivy-Leaf Geraniums from seed! Geranium Summer Showers is an American-bred hybrid with large, 4 1/2- to 5-inch, clear pink flowerheads that cascade out of baskets or trail over the side of windowboxes amid foliage that looks like English ivy! A very profuse bloomer, it begins just 3 1/2 months from sowing and continues all summer and into fall, with bushy 12-inch plants bearing loads of bloom-heavy stems. The flowerheads are less tightly-held than those of traditional Geraniums–they tumble and hang in a loose, airy fashion that accentuates the number of blooms. Unique and so easy to care for, Summer Showers belongs on the blazing patio or beneath the front windows, where its glory can be enjoyed over the very long bloom season.Easy to start from seed indoors in late winter or outdoors in early spring, it blooms all summer and may winter over indoors. Position in full sun and well-drained soil. Pkt is 5 seeds.
Looks Like a Giant Blooming Stalk! Easy to grow, this native American cactus is a fabulous houseplant! Talk about eye-catching Cactus ! This charming cactus offers big, neon-bright pink blooms and thick, reddish-green stems with bold rings. This cactus is Easy to grow and endlessly colorful, it is a delightful native plant for any sunny indoor spot!Known as Comb Cactus for the way it holds its spines pressed up against the stems, Arizona Rainbow adds a ring for every year of life. A blooming plant looks like a branching tree trunk with flowers popping from the top!You will love this long-lived, very easy-to-grow houseplant, which reaches anywhere from 3 to 14 inches tall and 8 inches thick (the individual stalks are about 3 to 4 inches thick). The blooms measure 3 to 5 inches across, usually opening in late spring or early summer.
Long, Elegant Wands of Bright Pink! 8-inch flower panicles point straight up atop graceful 18-inch plants. Eye-catching bright color and fascinating curved form combine to make this one of the most garden-worthy Statices, as well as one of the finest for fresh bouquets! All summer long, these upright, somewhat slender 18-inch plants sport long, curved panicles completely bedecked in bright rosy-pink blooms! Pointing straight up, they take twists and turns, creating a fascinating effect in front of dark green foliage, walls, or buildings. A fine source of vertical color for arrangements, they are also long-lasting in the garden, holding their vivid hue and erect form well during the heat and humidity of midsummer.Easy to grow in full sun, Suworowii 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! The long panicles may be dried for Everlastings, but are probably most effective used in fresh bouquets.To dry, simply
Bloom-Happy and Easy to Grow! Winner of BOTH the AAS and Europe’s Fleuroselect Quality Mark! Wow! Exquisite shading from deep, midnight blue to pure white distinguish this stunning new Petunia, which swept the 2003 AAS and Fleuroselect awards! A very floriferous multiflora type with a taller habit than many other varieties, Merlin Blue Morn Hybrid is THE new Petunia for cool color in beds and baskets!These flowers measure 2 1/2 inches across, and their color pattern is called a “halo” or “morn.” (If you like this look, try pairing Merlin Blue Morn with Horizon Coral Halo!) They arise all over the place on neatly mounded plants about 15 to 20 inches tall and 18 to 30 inches wide. Denser and with a bit more height than most spreading Petunias, Merlin Blue Morn is very versatile, looking equally at home in the garden or container.Expect the flowers to come all season on this terrifically high performer! It is a great source of rare blue color for the annual bed, patio garden, and container display. A nice compan
No More Mildew! Welcome Bee Balm into Humid and Rainy Climates! Winner of the Fleuroselect Gold Medal, Europe’s Top Honor! Mildew is a thing of the past for Bee Balm, thanks to Bergamo! This new Dutch variety banishes mildew even in rainy or humid climates, where gardeners have despaired of being able to grow Monarda. So if you’ve ever watched your plants melt out in the dog days of August — or if you’re new to Monarda growing! — you MUST try award-winning new Bergamo.Prized in the garden for its ability to attract butterflies by the dozen and bloom over a long season with very little care from you, Monarda is a mainstay of the sunny annual bed, containers, and even the vegetable garden, where it brings in “good bugs” such as pollinating bees! Bergamo takes all those merits and adds three more: mildew resistance, very early blooms, and beautiful new color!These long, flower-packed spikes begin opening just 8 to 10 weeks after the seeds sprout. They combine lilac and rosy-violet shades for an intense, dark c
This Dainty Little Orange Pepper is Among the Hottest Anywhere! Delivers a searing degree of heat at 215,000 Scovilles! 90 days. Among the hottest peppers anywhere, Habanero reaches up to 215,000 Scovilles of heat! These little peppers look harmless, but use them very sparingly, and remember to wear gloves when handling them to avoid transferring that heat to your eye!Blocky, wrinklked peppers measure about 2 inches long and slightly less wide, maturing from silvery-green to bright orange on the plant.Start seeds indoors or, in climate with short growing seasons, outdoors at least one week after last frost. If starting indoors, allow 7 to 10 weeks for the seeds to mature into seedlings large enough to transplant safely. Fertilize when the blooms appear, and water well. Fruit is most nutritious if allowed to ripen on the plant. Pkt is 25 seeds.
The Famous Stringless, Leafless Sugar Snap Just Got Better! Now Sugar Lace is resistant to PEMV! 68 days from direct-sowing. When Sugar Lace arrived on the scene a few years ago, a bright new day dawned for sugar snap peas! This variety was not only stringless, it was nearly LEAFLESS — all its energy went into making peas, for yields like you wouldn’t believe! Well, now the best is even better: Sugar Lace II has the same highly productive habit, PLUS improved disease resistance!Sugar Lace II sets masses and masses of dark green, plump 3 1/2-inch pods on compact 30-inch plants that never need staking. No strings and very few leaves mean easier harvest as well as lots more peas! And such scrumptious peas they are, succulent and sweet. This variety sets well in either spring or fall, and has added Pea Enation Mosaic Virus (PEMV) to its arsenal of disease resistance, which also includes Powdery Mildew and Bean Leaf Roll Virus. A great Pea for north or south, Sugar Lace II is a must for anyone who appreciates sup
Super-Fast Blooms — and Plenty of ’em! Even in heavy, wet, or clay soils, this Monkey Flower thrives! You simply won’t believe how quickly and abundantly this little Monkey Flower leaps into bloom! Less than 2 months after you sow the seed indoors, you’ll be admiring the cheery blotched faces of this adaptable annual!The Magic series is by far the first Monkey Flower to bloom each year, with masses of showy 1
The Stunning Burgundy-Leafed Basil — that Sows in a Snap! With these easy-to-sow tapes, you can fill any space! Red Rubin is such an improvement over previous Basils that it might as well be a new species! Not only is it gorgeous, with deep burgundy leaves so richly colored they almost look blue, but it’s wonderfully fragrant, bushier, and lasts better than others! Add to that its super-easy germination and growth in these revolutionary new seed tapes, and you’ve got an unbeatable crop so easy you won’t be able to believe you grew it yourself!With this new seed tape, you literally lay it down on top of the soil where you want the plants to grow, cutting it to fit the space and arranging it in any pattern you like. Then rake or sprinkle about a half inch of soil on top of the tapes and water them in well. That’s it — in a few weeks you’ll see evenly-spaced, healthy green shoots that need no thinning! The two 7
The Showy “Lily Pad” Lawn Substitute! Just an inch or two high, it stays neat all year with no mowing! Put away the lawn mower for good — with robust, year-round ground coverage from Dichondra, you may never use it again! These tiny lily pad-shaped leaves are as exquisite to look at as they are easy to care for. Happy in sun or part shade, they arise so densely that you may never have to tackle “bare spots” in the lawn again!This plant reaches just 1 to 2 inches high, remaining neat all year. It spreads readily, with one pound of seed covering 1,000 square feet. The foliage ranges from 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch across, with larger leaves serving as a base for smaller and new foliage. The charming kidney shape adds to the appeal of this year-round ground cover!This perennial is equally happy in full sun or partial shade. Zones 9-11. Pkt is 6065 seeds.
Big White Blooms Just 43 Days from Sowing on Weather-Tough Plants! 3 1/2-inch blooms begin early and just keep coming, for an especially long season! Begin the Petunia season a week or two earlier this year with big, gleaming white blooms! Like favorite guests, Celebrity Petunias come early and stay late! With the fastest average bloomtime of any Floribunda, they pop up in the garden just 43 days after sowing–when the vigorous plants are no more than 4 inches tall! And they keep up the good show over a very long season, continuing for several weeks after others have given up. Part of this endurance is due to great resistance to adverse weather, from rain and humidity to warm nights–Celebrity keeps its neat, mounded habit and plentiful blooms through it all! The plants eventually reach 8 to 10 inches high, making them a great size for both garden and container. Very impressive, carefree performers, they have been wowing gardeners for more than a decade, and we have named them Park’s High Performers for super
A Fabulous Fragrant Snap in a Trailing Form! 7 bright colors, including one bicolor! Imagine a hanging basket filled with the fruity fragrance and watercolor-washed flowers of this dense, spreading, cascading Snap! Growing just 8 inches high and trailing an amazing 16 inches or so, it’s bushy and spreading in the garden. At last, a great way to showcase the fascinating “dragon’s-jaws” blooms up close in containers and windowboxes as well as baskets! This mix contains white, yellow, pink, orange, scarlet, violet, and a pink-and-white bicolor. All colors work well together in a mixed planting.Seeds may be direct-sown or started indoors for earlier blooms. Snaps are cool-season annuals that bloom in spring and fall in warm areas, summer in colder climates. In very warm locations they may winter over if mulched. They do best in full sun to light shade. Pkt is 10 seeds.