Growing (and Renaming) Love-in-a-Mist

Growing (and Renaming) Love-in-a-Mist

November 27, 2018

We find these plants fascinating. They have all the charm of bachelor's buttons, the extraterrestrial appearance of passionflower, and the lacy leaves and stems we love about fennel and dill. All in one easy-to-grow plant. If you haven’t been growing love-in-a-mist from seed, add it to your garden plan for this season.
growing love lies bleeding from seed

Grab a Shovel and a Tarp: Love Lies Bleeding In Your Backyard

November 22, 2018

Love lies bleeding is a fantastic multi-purpose plant, serving as a grain substitute, garden ornamental, and vegetable. But who named these plants? Some emo botanist who'd just been romantically trashed? A winged cherub-turned-serial killer? Growing love lies bleeding from seed is our favorite kind of murder mystery.

growing iris from seed

How (and Why) to Grow Iris from Seed

November 20, 2018

Have you ever dreamed of growing iris from seed? We'll help you learn about the diverse iris plant family, and why home hobbyists and budding nursery growers shouldn't be intimidated by starting their irises from scratch. Whether you're growing for your own garden, for market, or for gifts, we've got seeds for you.
growing godetia from seed

Farewell to Spring: Growing Godetia From Seed

November 15, 2018

We love North American wildflowers, especially those indigenous to the Pacific side of the Continental Divide. They often have every bit of charm and beauty as fragile species, but with the ruggedness that's characteristic of any leading character in a John Ford movie. Here's the dirt on growing godetia from seed.

Globe Gilia: The Eco-Warrior Unicorn of the Golden State

Globe Gilia: The Eco-Warrior Unicorn of the Golden State

November 13, 2018

Irrigation restrictions affect more and more North American gardeners each year, especially in the west. Globe gilia is an important native plant in California's coastal ecosystems. It's also an amazingly easy-to-grow garden ornamental, and a favorite component in wildflower mixes. Try growing globe gilia from seed!
growing ice plant from seed

The Ice Plant Cometh: Growing Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis from Seed

November 08, 2018

We really love growing ice plant from seed. It's low-maintenance, and among the most unusual flowering plants we offer. Our favorite variety, "Livingstone Daisy," has become a best-seller, especially among those who're challenged by low-quality sandy soil, watering restrictions, and high summer temperatures.

growing gayfeather from seed

Purple Down from the Top Down: Growing Blazing Star Gayfeather from Seed

November 06, 2018

We love exotic-looking plants that defy the "hothouse flower" cliché, especially when they're incredibly easy keepers...and native species to boot! Growing gayfeather from seed is a rewarding pick for gardeners who want all the glory with minimal effort.
growing geraniums from seed

Growing Sticky Purple Geranium (Geranium viscosissimum)

November 01, 2018

Any blogger posting an article titled "All About Geraniums" is a big fat liar. Geraniums have their own family (Geraniaceae) and multiple genera; there are hundreds of geraniums indigenous to almost every part of the world. So we'll settle on a popular, easy-to-grow domestic species: Sticky purple geranium.

Here Today, Gone to Maui: Growing Hollyhocks for Cool Weather Tropical Charm

Here Today, Gone to Maui: Growing Hollyhocks for Cool Weather Tropical Charm

October 30, 2018

If you've had a crappy day at work, and you wish you were in Maui, at least you can grab yourself a Mai Tai and transport yourself to a sandy beach when you've got hollyhock flowers as the focus of your thousand-yard stare. Here's to growing hollyhocks from seed!
growing Larkspur from seed

It's Not Rocket Science! Defusing Myths About Larkspur's Challenging Nature

October 25, 2018

Has anyone ever told you that growing larkspur from seed is about as easy as finding botanical life on Mars? You just need to know a bit about this stunning ornamental's germination needs. Once you have that nailed down, you're cleared for takeoff. In fact, "rocket" refers to the speed by which they grow and bloom.

growing flax from seed

The Facts on Growing Flax from Seed

October 23, 2018

Fields of flax grown for seed and fiber production look like the blue sky has fallen to earth when they're in bloom, and then green fading to yellow as the foliage and seed pods ripen. If you're looking for a burst of silky color in your garden while growing snacks to feed local wild birds, try growing flax from seed!
growing dahlias from seed

You're Not Growing Dahlias in Your Garden? That's Criminal!

October 18, 2018

In spite of rumors and innuendo, growing dahlia from seed is quite easy. Most of the drama associated with cultivating award-winning dahlia plants stems from the mistaken assumption that, because enthusiasts nerd out on their own cultivation techniques, dahlias must be temperamental little divas. They're not!