This pretty Swiss chard is named for the fact that it looks like rhubarb. It’s a vigorous cultivar and its vibrant red stems hold their color even after cooking. Harvest can begin 50 to 60 days after seeding. Leaves should be gathered by cutting the oldest outer stems close to the ground. These have a short shelf life, so eat them quickly.
Swiss chard is planted for its big crinkled leaves that can be eaten in salads, soups or simply steamed or sautéed. Usually grown as an annual, it is a...
(Scarlet Charlotte Swiss Chard, Swiss Chard)
Alluring to the eye and a delight to eat, 'Scarlet Charlotte' is a mild, delicious Swiss chard with large crinkled green leaves and magenta-red leaf stems. Harvest can begin about 65 days after sowing and leaves gathered all season long, though they taste best in spring and fall when days are cool and nights chilly. Harvest healthy, mature glossy leaves by cutting them cleanly at the base.
Swiss chard is planted for its big crinkly leaves that can be eaten in salads, soups or simply steamed...
The mild, tender and delicious Swiss chard, 'Verte A Carde Blanche', is a large-leaved French heirloom with wide, flat leaf stems and huge dark green leaves. Harvest can begin 65 days after seeding and leaves gathered all season long, though they taste best in spring and fall when days are cool and nights chilly. This is a taller variety that produces huge leaves so only a few mature leaves will make a meal. Harvest healthy, mature leaves by cutting them cleanly at the base. These have a short shelf...
James H. Schutte
The mild and delicious Swiss chard, 'Witerbi Mangold', is a large-leaved heirloom with broad stems and large, savoyed, dark green leaves. Harvest can begin 60 to 70 days after seeding and leaves gathered all season long, though they taste best in spring and fall when days are cool and nights chilly. This is a short-stemmed variety that's not well-suited for bunching. Harvest healthy, mature leaves by cutting them cleanly at the base. These have a short shelf life, so eat them quickly!
A 1998 All-American Selections Winner, 'Bright Lights' chards are as tasty as they are beautiful. This popular chard mix offers plants with colorful stems of yellow, red, orange, pink and apricot topped with enormous leaves of deep green or purple. The stems even hold their color after cooking.
Swiss chard is planted for its big crinkled leaves that can be eaten in salads, soups or simply steamed or sautéed. Usually grown as an annual, it is a true biennial. Unlike its cousin the beet, chard...
(Birch, Crimson Frost Birch)
Not only does the attractive white bark dazzle year 'round, the Crimson Frost birch provides magnificent burgundy-red to purple foliage from spring to autumn. This cultivar is a hybrid, derived from a cross between Betula platyphylla var. szechuanica and B. pendula ‘Purpurea’. It attains a rather narrow, pyramidal habit at maturity.
In early spring, drooping flower clusters called catkins dangle from the naked branches. Male and female flowers occur in separate catkins...
(Japanese White Birch)
A beautiful, upright, white-barked deciduous tree, this native of Japan is the most widely grown variety of Manchurian birch. The single or sometimes branched trunk is clad in chalky, milk-white bark, giving it year-round interest. Attractive elongated pores (lenticels) decorate the trunk and branches. The relatively large, triangular, toothed leaves alternate along dark brown twigs. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. The foliage emerges later in spring than that of typical Manchurian birch, making...
Paper birch is a medium to large, deciduous tree that is native of the extreme northern United States, Alaska and much of Canada. It is most valued for its beautiful white papery bark that is accented with bands of black. In fall its medium green leaves turn a pretty yellow, and in winter its stark white bark contrasts nicely with evergreens.
This very hardy tree does best in cold climates and excels in moist, but well drained sandy loam soils. Paper birch does not tolerate difficult sites,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Common Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch)
European white birch is a softly pyramidal tree when young, becoming more rounded at maturity with graceful arching branches. This high-altitude native of northern Europe and Asia features beautiful white, exfoliating bark and deeply-cut, lacy leaves. Small greenish catkins appear in the spring and are quite eye-catching.
European white birch is tolerant of both wet and dry soils in full sun. This handsome tree has been used extensively in the cool-climate park landscapes. However, its use is...