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Seedlings new to our garden


Every year I start many of my favorite stand-bys from seed - some to replace those that inevitably bite the dust in our gardens, others for our plant sale. But the most exciting plants to start from seed are those that are new to me!

Through my seed trades and exchanges, I always wind up with lots of new things to try. The list below is a sampling of the species and varieties that will be new to our garden this year. The links lead to brief plant profiles (no pictures yet, obviously), with germination results for each variety.

If the list below looks empty, it's probably because all the current season's seedlings have already found places in the garden, and are therefore no longer 'new'.

Arisaema erubescens
Aristaloe aristata
Babiana tubulosa (baboonflower)
Bauhinia brachycarpa (orchid tree)
Chamaelirium luteum (blazing star; fairy wand)
Cherleria laricifolia
Cypella herbertii (goblet flower)
Deuterocohnia longipetala
Diplarrena latifolia
Escobaria vivipara (beehive cactus)
Geissorhiza erosa
Gladiolus flanaganii (suicide lily)
Gossypium herbaceum (Levant cotton)
Helichrysum amorginum
Phaseolus polystachios (thicket bean, wild kidney bean)