Garden Seeds Buying Guide
Some garden seeds are no larger than grains of sand, while others resemble full-grown flower heads. Whatever you choose to plant and grow, garden seeds reward with steady growth and incredible variety.
Types of Garden Seeds
To the uninitiated, it seems nearly impossible: A whole garden -- full of perennials, annuals, vegetables, or herbs -- can be grown from just a few packets of seeds. That is the magic and beauty of garden seeds: They are inexpensive and amazing. And growing plants from seeds is not as difficult as it may seem; you can start them indoors if you have an inexpensive plant light, or you can wait until the soil warms and plant the seeds directly outside. Consider, then, the following types of garden seeds -- vegetables, annuals, perennials, vines, and herbs -- and get started on your garden seed journey.
Nearly all vegetables can be grown from garden seeds, particularly if you have a space indoors to give them a head start. Some, such as lettuce, can endure colder outdoor temperatures and still mature, while others have enough growing time once the ground warms.
Whilst we like fresh pomegranates as much as the next guy, these habit-forming seeds completely bowled us over - it was love at fi...rst taste! They have a wonderfully crunchy, slightly tart texture and still deliver that irresistible pomegranate flavor that we all adore. Raw Hunza Fruits and Nuts are grown 6,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level using ancient organic farming methods. Mountainside terraced orchards are irrigated with mineral-rich glacial melt waters from the highest elevations. Over the millennium of time this natural process has produced two-foot thick topsoil, saturated with life giving nutrients containing calcium, copper, gold and iron. Unsulphured, no preservatives and no chemical fertilizers are ever used. Hunza Fruits and Nuts are allowed to attain full ripeness and bold flavor "naturally" before being hand picked and dried under the sun and crisp, clean mountainous air. Nutritionists have long touted the health benefits of raw foods. The "Raw" logo indicates that the food was not heated above 118 F, which is the temperature at which many beneficial enzymes are believed to be destroyed. Raw foods contain more usable nutrients than their "cooked" counterparts, along with being easily absorbed by the body. read more
Even after 150 years, it's one of the most tender leaf lettuces. Hugely popular for over 150 years, it's one of the most tender an...d delicately flavored leaf lettuces ever bred. The ruffled leaves are large with an appealing green color. Simpson is well adapted to a wide range of climates and is still the best for early spring sowing. Certified Organic Seed. read more
Stringless pods stay sweet and tender. Blue Lake white-seeded pole bean has straight, 6" stringless pods that stay sweet and tende...r-crisp even at full maturity. They're wonderful fresh or frozen. A 1 oz. seed pack will plant a 20' row or 10-16 poles. Pole beans yield much longer than bush beans, right up to frost. Plant 4-6" apart at the base of poles, trellis, a fence or our Bean Tower. Burpee fully guarantees that not a drop of synthetic chemicals was used to make these excellent seeds. Certified Organic Seed. read more
Many annuals have such robust growth during late spring and early summer that planting them from seed is a perfectly acceptable gardening practice.
Perennials grown from seed are apt to be started and tended to indoors as seedlings before being transplanted outdoors. The cost savings from seed more than outweighs the extra effort.
Vines -- many of them annuals -- are easily grown from seed. Pay attention to the maturity time before planting to ensure that your climate provides enough outside growing days.
Herbs are a natural fit as a grow-from-seed addition to the garden. Try your favorites in containers; the flexibility enables you to move the pots indoors if a cold day hits.
Ferry-Morse has been supplying the best in seed and gardening supplies for over 100 years, and we are proud to still be innovating... and improving. Whether you are looking for the finest in flowers or gourmet garden vegetables, you will find all your answers here. Take a minute and explore our product categories for planning and inspiration. At Ferry-Morse, we want you to enjoy your best ever gardening experience. Ferry-Morse Seed Company offers gardener's over 350 varieties of flower, vegetable, and herb seed. read more
Who knew? Even the ordinary garden seed can have product features. Buried behind the seed's hull are, in fact, secrets to your potential growing success -- points that must be carefully reviewed and considered, or your garden seed experience may be disappointing at best. Start by considering growing time, as well as the number of plants in the seed packet and the arrival of heirloom varieties. Here's information to help you get off to a great start.
Every plant grown from seed has a specific number of days to reach maturity. Particularly when growing vegetables for crops, this is an important number to consider to ensure your climate provides enough growing days.
Some packets provide a plethora of seeds, which means you can grow a bumper crop of marigolds, for example. But other plants and flowers have fewer seeds in the packet; make sure you have enough to cover the space you want to plant.
Heirloom varieties have seen a resurgence in popularity, particularly when it comes to vegetables. These seeds have a historic bent and are sometimes more difficult to find, but they can reward with unusual flowers or crops.
It isn't difficult to get initiated into growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seed. In fact, growing a few seeds in a container is a great way to begin to understand what it takes to successfully grow plants from seed. Once you are ready to branch out into more of an investment in garden seeds, though, it's important to review several key purchase considerations. Those include cost and climate constraints. Here's a quick overview to help you along.
Even though most seeds are fairly inexpensive, seeds are still an investment -- particularly if a crop is damaged by environmental factors, pests, or disease.
Because of outdoor air and soil temperatures, some seeds cannot be started outside until later in the season. This may affect their growth potential.
This is a tall agapanthus with flower stalks up to 48 inches high, each topped by a cluster of stunning blue, bell-shaped flowers ...from mid to late summer. Striking plants for the back of the border. read more
Heuchera is grown for its foliage more than its flowers. Coral Cloud is evergreen with scalloped-edged, glossy, dark green leaves ...forming a very attractive plant. In early midsummer, it is topped by sprays of bell-shaped blooms in shades of red. Grows easily in shade or sun and is an excellent groundcover or filler to soften the landscape and add lushness. We ship #1 grade root divisions that will grow quickly into full plants in the shortest time. Order Coral Cloud for your garden today! read more
Here we have a rose of exceptional freshness and beauty. The flowers start as charming little buds, gradually opening out to form ...wide but shallow cups. These are beautiful at all stages, and have a pleasing formality of form. The colour is the softest glowing pink with hints of apricot. This rose forms a rather upright and bushy shrub and has attractive Musk Rose foliage that is exceptionally free of disease. The growth is short to medium in height. This is an excellent rose for bedding, borders or for arrangement in the house; the flowers lasting several days in water. There is a light myrrh fragrance. read more
A tough little rose that bears flowers of the most perfect formation - shallow cups of the purest rose pink. These hold their form... to the end; the occasional petal falling back to give a pleasing effect. The plant has an excellent bushy habit, maturing into an attractively rounded shrub with its flowers almost to ground level - a characteristic that we particularly favour at David Austin Roses. The young foliage is bronze at first, later becoming green - and the whole plant is of truly ?Old Rose? character. There is a strong, pure Old Rose fragrance that has been described as reminiscent of rose-based cosmetics. Harlow Carr is the newest and most northerly of the R.H.S. gardens. A fine display of English Roses has been created there. read more
Grown primarily for its strikingly mottled foliage and used as a spreading groundcover. Wide, ruffled leaves are attractive throug...hout the season, starting out a deep green then changing with age to shades of pewter, burgundy, and olive. Sprays of small flowers in late spring are a bonus. read more
There is something a little special about white roses ? they are all purity and light ? and yet really good white roses are rare a...mong English Roses and Hybrid Tea Roses alike. This is because white roses are very difficult to breed. ?Claire Austin? bears pleasingly cupped buds of a pale lemon shade which gradually open to form large, creamy-white flowers of typical English Musk delicacy; their petals perfectly arranged in concentric circles, with a few more loosely arranged in the center. They have a strong fragrance based on myrrh with dashes of meadowsweet, vanilla and heliotrope. It forms an elegant, arching shrub with plentiful, medium green foliage. Strong and particularly healthy. Undoubtedly our finest white rose to date. Claire Austin is David Austin?s daughter. She has a nursery which specializes in hardy plants, including the UK's finest collection of irises, peonies and day lilies. read more
This rose promises to be one of the most robust and hardy roses in our collection. It is also highly resistant to disease and it w...ill bloom with unusual continuity throughout the season. Indeed, it is an ideal rose for the inexperienced gardener. The young buds are a rich orange-red. These open to form chalice-shaped blooms, filled with loosely-arranged petals. Each petal has a salmon pink upper side which contrasts beautifully with the attractive golden-yellow reverse. The chalice shape means that the undersides of the petals are clearly seen, revealing glimpses of the deeper color in the heart of the bloom. There is a pleasant, warm, tea fragrance, with hints of spiced apple and cloves. Lady Of Shalott quickly forms a large, bushy shrub with slightly arching stems. The mid-green leaves have attractive, slightly bronzed tones when young. Named for the Tennyson Society. The name is taken from one of Alfred, Lord Tennyson?s favourite poems of the same name; it is the 200th anniversary of his birth this year. In the poem, The Lady of Shalott lived in a castle close to King Arthur?s Camelot and was held in a spell until she saw the reflection of Sir Lancelot in a mirror. Grows 4 feet high and 3 1/2 feet wide. read more
New deep crimson roses are always a welcome addition to our collection. The flowers of this variety are in fact light crimson in t...he bud but, as the center gradually reveals itself, it becomes a very deep velvety crimson while the outer petals remain rather lighter in color. They are of large size and cupped at first, becoming shallowly cupped with time. As the flower ages we get glimpses of the stigma and stamens among the petals. The growth is quite bushy, forming a broad shrub with good disease-resistance. The leaves are mid-green; the younger leaves being red-bronze to form a nice contrast. There is a strong Old Rose fragrance with a fruity note. Noted as ?warm and fruity with blackberry, blueberry and damson?. Munstead Wood was Gertrude Jekyll?s own garden in Surrey where she worked on her many gardening books. Grows 3 feet high and 2 1/2 feet wide. read more
A rare and wonderful garden plant, Toad Lilies are woodland plants that grow in cool, shady locations. The plants form handsome co...lonies and bloom from August to October. The stems can grow from 6? to 48? tall, and can spread from 12? to 60?. Leaves grow along the entire length of the stems, which are topped by racemes of 2- to 3-inch waxy flowers resembling orchids. The flowers are white but heavily freckled with mauve and purple spots. They have an exotic appearance, and provide garden color and interest when few other flowers are in bloom. read more