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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'.

Acaciella angustissima (white ball acacia; fern acacia; prairie wattle)
Agapanthus praecox 'Dwarf Blue' (lily of the Nile; African blue lily)
Agave difformis (century plant)
Agave palmeri (century plant)
Albuca osmynella
Albuca spiralis (corkscrew albuca)
Amberboa moschata (sweet sultan; cornflower)
Anthemis cretica (Cretian mat daisy)
Antirrhinum cirrhigerum (wolf-mouth)
Arisaema erubescens
Aristaloe aristata
Aristea africana (African capeblue)
Artemisia stelleriana (beach wormwood; dusty miller)
Azorina vidalii (Madeiran bellflower)
Babiana tubulosa (baboonflower)
Baptisia arachnifera (cobwebby wild indigo; hairy rattleweed)
Bauhinia brachycarpa (orchid tree)
Brodiaea elegans (elegant cluster-lily)
Cyclamen mirabile (hardy cyclamen)
Cyrtanthus epiphyticus (fire lily)
Deuterocohnia longipetala
Dierama pauciflorum (angel's fishing rod)
Encelia californica (coast sunflower, California brittlebush)
Escobaria vivipara (beehive cactus)
Eucomis bicolor (pineapple lily)
Gossypium herbaceum (Levant cotton)
Helichrysum amorginum
Horminum pyrenaicum (dragon's mouth)
Lutzia cretica
Nicotiana mutabilis (flowering tobacco)
Pediomelum tenuiflorum (wild alfalfa; slender-flower breadroot)
Pelargonium carnosum (fleshy pelargonium)
Psoralea canescens (buckroot; eastern prairie turnip)
Sauromatum venosum (voodoo lily)
Scilla peruviana (giant squill)