Pinetree Garden Seeds is rapidly becoming my favorite seed catalog. Not only do they carry the flowers that I want to grow, but their prices can’t be beat! While most companies are pricing their seeds in the range $2 to $3, Pinetree Garden Seeds sells almost all of its seeds for less than $2. Their seed count and germination rate is excellent. I find myself ordering more and more from them every year.
New to my garden this year are:
Castor Beans (Ricinus communis) I first saw these at Rutgers Gardens. I didn’t fall in love with them until last year when I began to see them in different places and various settings. They really stand out among more ordinary flowers. I’m hoping that they will help camouflage the Ugly Green Fence.
Dahlias I’ve long resisted growing anything that I have to dig up every fall and replant every spring. I lost my resistance to dahlias last year at Chanticleer. After that trip, I seemingly saw them everywhere and when I found that I could grow them from seed rather than expensive tubers, I decided to give them a try.
Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora) I fell in love with a picture in a catalog. Along with the claim that it “was a real eye catcher in our trials.” It’s also supposed to be an excellent bee plant so I’m sure that I can find room for it.
Chinese Foxglove (Rehmannia elata) I’ve actually grown this once before. Only one plant bloomed, but it was striking enough (and likes shade) that I want to try it again. It blooms all summer, something I lack in the border along the back of my house which is filled with spring flowers.