Underwood Gardens offers no photo of their newly reintroduced heirloom basil ‘Pepper’, but use your imagination: it is described as a "handsome, peppery-tasting basic with small, lavender blossoms, leathery dark-green leaves, and the distinct aroma of green pepper." But here’s the kicker: it grows to 3 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide. A basil shrub! I’ll take a dozen.
Botanical Interests offers a new blend of old sweet peas called ‘Moroccan Spice’ that includes four varieties of wine and chocolate-colored flowers. Mmmmmmmm….
And here’s this silly thing: a "unique grasslike plant" (it’s a sedge) called Isolepis ‘Live Wire’ that will be distributed wholesale by PanAmerican Seed, which means that it will probably show up in nurseries under another name or another company’s label. I like a plant with a sense of humor, so why not?
Also from Botanical Interests is the ‘Jelly Bean Red and Yellow’ grape tomato. Sweet red and yellow tomatoes grow over a long season, making them the ultimate garden snack. (No, the red and yellow fruits don’t grown on the same plant, but you can fool people by planting two vines in the same hole and letting them grow together.)
Anybody else see anything interesting on their list?Posted by Garden Rant on October 11, 2006 at 6:53 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.