Basil - Aramatto

Add color and scent to your bouquets with basil. The tallest cut-flower basil in our trials. Aromatto has sturdy, purple stems, dark purple flower bracts, and purple-green bicolor foliage. Use as a filler accent or edible flower. Scent is similar to Cinnamon basil. Spicy flavor. Sweeter-tasting than Genovese basils. 
• Edible Flowers: Use in any recipe that calls for basil, or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts.

4-pack for $3

2 4-packs for $5

Marigold - Giant Orange

Tall, strong stems for cut flowers. Large flower heads, avg. 3", sit atop sturdy plants. These Giant marigolds are prolific producers for cuts as well as excellent garden performers. Sturdy, uniform flower heads are also useful for marigold garlands. Also known as African marigold, American marigold, and Aztec marigold.
• Edible Flowers: Use the flowers to dress up salads and desserts or cooked in egg or rice dishes. Flavor is floral with hints of citrus and spice, and slightly bitter. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter. 

4-pack for $3

2 4-packs for $5

Opopeo Amaranth

Open-pollinated. The grain of the gods from Opopeo, Mexico. Doubles as a wonderful green until flower-set. Huge plants require 2' spacing. Opopeo’s magenta-purple stems grow 4–8' topped by 2' deep burgundy flower spikes each laden with 4–8 oz of seed grain. Grain matures from early to mid October. Cut and hang the heads to dry inside rather than field-curing in wet autumns. Wait until grain is crumbly dry and then rub against a mesh screen to thresh. Store your grain securely; mice love it. Boil two parts water to one part grain for a high-protein gluten-free breakfast cereal or mix with pumpkin meal, vegetables and herbs, allow to harden, and slice into fryable patties. Multi-branched plants prone to lodging in loose soils, otherwise may offer support to pole beans when given a head start. 

4-pack for $3

2 4-packs for $5

Red Shiso

 Open-pollinated. Introduced from Japan in the 1850s. Its extremely ornamental curly purplish-red cinnamon-scented sharp-flavored leaves are used in sushi, sweet and sour sauces and stir-fries. Also known as zi su, a specific in Chinese medicine for seafood poisoning. Louise Weber of Greenwich, CT, asserts that deer won’t touch it and plants it around their favorite crops

Lemon Mint

Vigorous blooms add a wildflower look and spicy citrus scent to bouquets.

Towers of bright lavender 1 1/2-2" blooms on straight and thin, yet sturdy stems. An unusual and easy-to-use cut flower. The blooms and leaves are edible, though the leaves are intensely spicy. Native to the US. Also known as lemon bee balm, purple horsemint, and lemon mint.

• Edible Flowers: Add petals to salads, sprinkle over mild fish, use in fruit salads, or to garnish desserts and drinks. Flavor is minty and spicy. Leaves are used to flavor salads, cooked foods, and tea.

• Attracts Beneficial Insects: Nectar plant for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. 

4-pack for $3

2 4-packs for $5

Wild Bergamot

Open-pollinated. Our native wildflower species of the familiar bee balm is a great addition to the perennial border in light dry alkaline soils. The 3–4' plants bear aromatic lavender blossoms highly attractive to pollinators. Leaves impart pungent aroma to teas, potpourri, meats and beans. Traditionally used as an aromatic stimulant to improve digestion and increase perspiration. Native Americans employed it internally to combat colds and flus and externally to calm skin eruptions.

4-pack for $3

 2 4-packs for $5

Pepper - Odessa Market

Open-pollinated. This heirloom pepper from Odessa on the Black Sea in Ukraine helped Heron connect his plant passion to his heritage. Its attributes translate wonderfully to Maine’s Zone 4. Strong stocky stems and unique dark green leaves easily set it apart from most others. It grows rapidly and dependably sets 7–12 fruits per plant, crisp, juicy, thick-walled and tasty. At the edible green stage the 2¼x4½" tapered peppers have a distinct wild lime color that rapidly morphs to orange and then to a deep dark red. Sweet and full-textured whether enjoyed raw, sautéed or roasted. Broad canopies with good leaf cover reduce sunscald and protect from frost. Fruits are remarkably free from blossom end rot.

$4 for a 3" pot

3 pots for $10

Pepper - Boldog Hungarian Paprika

Open-pollinated. The Boldog from Hungary that doesn’t bite but does dry nicely with a hint of spiciness. A prolific bearer of 4–6" long wrinkled tapered pendant fruits. Pick red and grind into sweet paprika, string into decorative ristras or enjoy fresh. Boldog sets enough fruit to accommodate all three uses. The town of Boldog is in a well-known spice-pepper district northeast of Budapest.

$4 for a 3" pot

3 pots for $10