The showiest large-flowered Cosmos we’ve ever seen! Cosmos Psyche is a frilly, petal-packed delight with bloom power.The showiest large-flowered Cosmos bipinnatus we’ve ever seen, Psyche bears big, 4-inch, fully to semi-double blooms of deep lavender-pink, crimson, and white. The petals are frilly and very tightly set, for a cheery jam-packed effect surrounding the large golden eye. Arising on strong stems, they are ideal for cutting.This plant reaches 4 1/2 feet tall and about 18 inches wide, blooming heavily all summer long. A wonderful show for mass planting in the sunny border or bed, Psyche Mix is a long-lasting treat!Like all Cosmos, this charming variety thrives in the sunny garden, drawing butterflies and compliments by the dozen. Simply direct-sow the seeds wherever you’d like lots of quick, long-lasting color. 2 1/2 months later the plants are in full bloom! The flowers are great in vases too, keeping their color and holding up their heads over a long period. And the plants will thrive even in poor
These Pear-shaped Tomatoes are the Best for Sauces! 2 1/4-ounce tomato fruits have a very small seed cavity and rich, thick flesh beneath thin skin. 75 days. The finest paste tomato we have ever grown, La Rossa Hybrid combines an attractive pear shape with all the great attributes you need in a paste variety: thin skin, thick flesh, and small seed cavity!Simply the best-tasting, these 2 1/4-ounce, deep red tomatoes arise abundantly on determinate plants resistant to Verticillium Wilt and Fusarium Wilt Races 1 and 2.Start seeds indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Plant outdoors when danger of frost is past and night temperatures consistently remain above 55 degrees F. If an unexpected late frost is forecasted, protect young plants with plastic sheeting or other cover. Set plants 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart. Pkt is 30 seeds.
Bright-Eyed Blooms are an Heirloom Treasure! The boldest bicolor yet! Why can’t all heirloom varieties be as easy to grow and drop-dead gorgeous as Tiger Eyes? This fabulous French Marigold surprises and delights with big, bold “eyes” of deepest red and brightest yellow all summer long — on nifty little plants just a foot high and wide! If you love flowers (or want to protect your Tomatoes and other veggies from root knot nematodes), you MUST treat yourself to Tiger Eyes!The flowers measure about 2 inches across, with single lower petals of smoky red and eye-catching, pompon-like upper petals of sunny yellow. Taken together, this combination is absolutely stunning, and will stand out like fresh paint from among all the other humdrum red-and-yellow Marigolds. And you don’t have to wait for the flowers — they arise very, very freely all summer long, giving you an extra-long season of beauty in the sunny garden, flowerpot, or windowbox.If you’re a vegetable grower, you may have already heard that Marigolds act
Finally, Separate Colors for African Daisies! Heat- and Drought-Tolerant Plants Love the Sun! Love African Daisies but hate having to plant a random mix of colors from seed? We do too, which is why we are so glad to see the Asti series, which offers two separate colors so you can design to your heart’s content. A very heat- and drought-tolerant variety, Asti is so long-blooming that you may just have to move these plants from the cutting garden to front-and-center in the annual bed!Lavender Shades is a blue-toned mix of azure, purple, lavender, mauve, and lilac hues, all surrounding a handsome dark center. The flowers reach about 2 inches wide, with tightly-spaced petals held straight out on long, wiry stems. Perfect for cutting, these blooms also look good on the plant, thanks to a more compact, tight habit. Expect the flowers to keep coming from early summer all the way into fall, especially if you cut or deadhead the blooms promptly to encourage new bud formation.Asti™ White won a 2008 All-America
The Most Fragrant Flowering Tobacco in the World! Large Flowering Tobacco blooms in 5 bright colors keep coming all summer! Out-of-this-world fragrance PLUS large blooms and plenty of them — this Flowering Tobacco has it all, and it’s just waiting to show off in your sunny garden or containers!Usually Nicotiana is selected for either scent or blooms, but Perfume Hybrid Mix was chosen for BOTH! What a great idea — summer-long blooms in 5 bright colors on neat little plants just 20 inches tall and 12 inches wide!If your summers are hot and humid, Flowering Tobacco is the annual you MUST grow. It thrives on the very same weather that makes others flop and give up the ghost! And the scent is sweet without being cloying, evocative of old-fashioned cottage gardens. You will love it!These blooms are 2 inches long, shaped like magnificently long trumpets, and very, very abundant. The colors include blue, lilac, lime, red, and white, adding some unusual hues to the usual palette of summer annuals! And unlike some Fl
Impatien Shady Lady is one of American gardeners’ favorite Impatiens, and this distinctive shade is a delightful change of pace from the traditional reds, pinks, and whites. These 2-inch impatien blooms arise over a long season beginning in early summer and ending with frost. The 12- to 15-inch-tall impatien plants are bushy and neat, needing neither pruning nor clean-up, and both the blossoms and their stems are weather-resistant and sturdy. Always reliable for solid coverage and plenty of ultra-bright color, Shady Lady earned our own High Performer stamp of approval, and we unreservedly give it our heartiest recommendation.Shady Lady begins blooming in early summer and keeps coming all the way to frost, right through the worst excesses of summer weather. In southern areas, it has been known to overwinter. Also a fine houseplant, it is not too fussy about soil and is generally carefree and long-lasting! Pkt is 30 seeds.
Gold-Flecked Green Gourd Looks Just Like a Swan! Gorgeous coloring! Just the gourd to grow for a child’s class, a craft project, or holiday decorating, Speckled Swan is indeed shaped just like a full-bodied, long-necked swan. The neck even produces a small terminal bulb just before the tem, suggesting a head!This green lagenaria gourd grows easily and in great abundance. Now you can have your own “seven swans a-swimming” just in time for the holidays!Sow seeds directly in full sun after the soil has warmed. Train the vine onto a trellis or fence to save space and to produce neater, more rounded shapes. Pkt is 25 seeds.
The Absolute Best for LOTS of Blooms on a Compact Plant! This early-bloomer keeps the flowers coming over a long season, and is remarkably disease resistant! The Twins series is such a new take on Tree Mallow that it’s elevated this down-home plant into an exotic beauty! Winner of the Fleuroselect Gold Medal, Europe’s top honor for seed (and one that’s handed out about once a blue moon, not every year by any means!), the Twins are earlier-blooming, more compact, more floriferous, and more disease-resistant than any other Lavatera!These blooms are splendid — a full 3 to 3
Authentic Homegrown Flavor and Look! Mild and sweet, with much richer flavor than those tasteless supermarket squashes. 45 days from sowing. Perhaps the most delicious summer squash you will ever eat, Horn of Plenty Hybrid combines modern vigor with old-fashioned real squash flavor and look. It replaces the old favorite Dixie Hybrid, and to our taste offers much richer taste!The yields on this vigorous, single-stemmed bush plant are ENORMOUS, satisfying even the most squash-hungry gardener! The fruit is a very pale yellow, with just a bit of a crook in its neck (can we call this a “crickneck”?!) and a warty, homegrown texture that seems to add to the flavor. Very mild, sweet, and succulent, this is how squash used to taste before the refrigerated trucks got a hold of it.And if you’re looking to save a bit of space in the garden, the habit of this squash will delight you. The fruit arises on a single stem, very abundant and yet occupying less room in the veggie patch than most varieties. You’ll pick many armlo
Grow the most Fragrant of Them All with no Digging, Measuring, and Thinning! With these easy-to-sow tapes, you can fill any space! If you’ve ever strolled through a big patch of Basil on a summer afternoon, you know that mouth-watering, delectable aroma. Well, you can get that every day — and from just one plant! — of Marseille. This French variety is the unquestioned queen of fragrance, with foliage so aromatic you’ll find yourself making excuses to go out to the garden or patio and brush past it!A dwarf plant, Marseille apparently concentrates all its energy on producing big, showy, wonderfully scented foliage. The leaves are larger than most other varieties, and the plant is nicely branched, so you get a big harvest in very little space. Expect Marseille to reach 10 inches high and about 8 inches wide at maturity, bursting with delectable spice in every inch!Marseille is a fine variety for growing in containers, and if you scatter a few among your unscented annual flowering plants, you’ll find that bees
A Whole New Look for Geraniums! Blooms early and stays late! Orange Geraniums are hard enough to find, but a silvery-white streaked one with HUGE, long-season blooms — that’s nothing short of amazing! You will love this bold, big-flowered Geranium in your best containers and the sunny garden bed, its eye-catching blooms standing out nicely from all the reds and pinks of other Geraniums. And you’ll have plenty of time to study these beautiful blooms, too, because they are among the earliest- and longest-blooming Geraniums in the world!Horizon Orange Ice is a totally new look for Pelargoniums, and it’s got the vigor and flower power to back up its pretty face! In our trial gardens here in South Carolina, it sprang up a week or two sooner than others, then outlasted them all through extreme heat, drought, and rain as the summer progressed. This is an excellent Geranium for the garden — it’s tough enough to take whatever Nature chooses to dish out! But its blooms are so drop-dead gorgeous, you’ll want to pot it
The Best Balloon Flower, Bar None! Great for baskets and flowerpots! A Park High Performer! With the Astra series comes a whole new era in Balloon Flowers, with so many improvements you won’t believe you’re growing the same species! Higher germination rates, better branching, more blooms, richer color, and better staying power are just the highlights of Astra’s merits! Grow this beautiful perennial for yourself this season and discover just how easy and attractive Balloon Flowers can be!The good news begins the moment you plant the seeds. Unlike earlier varieties, Astra boasts a whopping 90% germination rate, so you get more plants from every packet of seeds. And such lovely plants they are — compact yet well-branched, reaching 6 to 12 inches high, 6 to 8 inches wide, and just begging to be placed in your best flowerpots, windowboxes, and hanging baskets! Tolerant of full sun or light shade, they grow quickly and are wonderfully consistent across the series for bloomtime and height.And then the flowers arriv