Which leaves Susan. And I don’t even grow from seeds. As we’ve seen, though, most seed catalogs also offer plants, bulbs, and planting supplies. Here’s the one that made me smile when I saw it on my mail pile a couple weeks back: Select Seeds, a catalog that I know many of you also enjoy.
This is the one I save for a quiet hour on the couch with a glass of wine. It specializes in old-fashioned plants with quaint names; I rely on it for white heliotrope, statuesque nicotianas, eye-popping coleus, and many other of my favorite annuals. As usual, it did not disappoint, though I’ve always found the organization a bit non-intuitive and it’s even more so this year (fragrant, cottage annual, foliage, container, perennials, bulbs). I’d rather see it divided into plants and seeds, period, and alphabetical within the two categories. No matter. They’ve got the goods, and there’s a new offering I’m already very excited about: clematis “rubromarginata.” It’s from 1862, has a similar form to sweet autumn, an almond fragrance, and flowers summer to autumn.
I was also interested to see that a rudbeckia triloba variant I bought from them last year, “pairie glow,” which I’ve already raved about quite tediously (seen in my garden, above), has been recognized by the Master Gardeners Association. I’ll be ordering more, as I’m doubtful it will return. It probably self-seeded, which means I’ll be digging it out from in-between the flagstones. Still, best to make sure. Here’s a case where ordering from the website is definitely easier, as that’s where you’ll find the sensible alphabetical listing.