National Garden Bureau
(Cherry Tomato, Sweet Treats Tomato)
Nothing epitomizes summer eating like cherry tomatoes. These short-lived tender perennials are usually grown as annuals. Their medium green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Yellow flowers are followed by small, succulent fruits ideal for salads or eating straight off the vine.
Tomatoes require full sun and perfectly drained, slightly acid garden loam. The vines root along the stems and should be planted deep for better establishment. They are cold sensitive,...
James H. Schutte
(Cherry Tomato, Tomatoberry Tomato)
These bright red, persimmon-shaped cherry tomatoes are super sweet! They are produced in long clusters on indeterminate vines. Fruit is produced only 60 days after planting.
Nothing epitomizes summer eating like cherry tomatoes. These short-lived tender perennials are usually grown as annuals. Their medium green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance and are not to be eaten. Yellow flowers are followed by succulent round berry fruits.
Tomatoes require full sun and perfectly drained,...
Burpee Seed Co.
(Pear Cherry Tomato, Yellow Pear Cherry Tomato)
Beautiful pear shaped cherry tomatoes of lemon yellow are produced in profusion by this classic heirloom. The mild fruits of ‘Yellow Pear’ are produced in long clusters on indeterminate vines, which bear fruit 70 to 80 days after planting. They make a colorful addition to salads and children love their fun look.
Nothing epitomizes summer eating like cherry tomatoes. These short-lived tender perennials are usually grown as annuals. Their medium green, hairy, compound leaves have a strong fragrance...
Probably the most popular garden vegetable grown, tomatoes come in all shapes, colors and sizes and make our summers a little brighter and sweeter.
These new world plants were domesticated, cultivated and enjoyed by Native Americans, from North to South America, but did not make it into European until the mid 1500s where it was primarily grown as an ornamental. Think of southern Italian cooking without the tomato! It’s hard to imagine, but these fruits did not enter the Italian diet until around...
The common domesticated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), and its hundreds of cultivars, dominates conversation and growing space in gardens worldwide. The wild or Peruvian tomato is a lesser known tomato sibling that produces small, coin-sized fruits. While botanists to South America collected plant specimens of the Peruvian tomato, the species is not usually grown. Peruvian tomato was among the first tomato plants grown at European botanical gardens centuries ago. However, modern research...
A productive vining plant that produces scores of fingernail-sized red fruits, the currant tomato is a closely related, better-tasting cousin to modern-day cultivated tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum). The two species interbreed readily, and the currant tomato historically has provided many new traits for cherry-type tomato varieties grown in modern gardens. While the wild form of the currant tomato isn't commonly grown today, it is considered a heirloom tomato in the United States, as...
(Peppermint Spiderlily, Spiderlily)
Named for its striped white and violet-red flowers, this hardy bulbous perennial is native to mountain slopes across Hubei and Yunnan in south-central China. The delicate flowers bloom in fall and are just as pretty as those of the more commonly planted pink surprise lily but are rarer in commerce.
The green, strap-like leaves appear in early spring but die away by early summer. The flowering season begins around the autumnal equinox. Each flower scape has four to six, trumpet-shaped, white...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Magic Lily, Naked Ladies, Spiderlily, Surprise Lily)
Surprise lily is a hardy bulb from Japan that sends up fragrant, rosy-pink flowers in mid to late summer long after the strap-like leaves have disappeared. Each tall flowering stem bears as many as eight large trumpet-shaped blooms, whose amaryllis-like appearance belies this bulb's cold-hardiness. The leaves emerge in early spring, months after the flower stems have withered. In mild winter regions, leaves can appear in fall or winter.
Plant this adaptable bulb during its summer dormant season...
(Fetterbush Lyonia, Shiny Lyonia, Stagger Bush)
Honey-scented white to light pink flowers in early spring are easily seen under the upward-angled leaves on the fetterbush lyonia. A broadleaf evergreen shrub with an irregular but rounded habit, it's native to the sandy plains of the southeastern United States, Virginia to Louisiana and Florida, and nearby Cuba.
The satin-glossy emerald green leaves are perfectly pointed ovals and are held at upward angles on the upperside of branches. They are leathery in texture. In early to mid-spring, hundreds...
(Desert Fern, Feather Bush)
The fine, tiny leaves of desert fern are a wispy backdrop to the small, white "puffball" flowers that appear in late spring or early summer. A large shrub native to the moist riverbanks in the Rincon Mountains of Arizona in the southwestern United States, it is usually evergreen but will drop leaves with frost or drought. Its foliage is very small and bright green, looking like that of a fern with the many leaflets. They turn yellow before dropping, most often in early spring just prior to the new...