Seed Shop: New Spring Heirloom Offerings for Your Garden

Discover our editors’ picks for the freshest heirlooms to plant this spring.

Photo by Johnny's Seeds

‘Panorama Mix’ Monarda

Also known as bee balm, this perennial color palette of blossoms will attract a variety of pollinators to your garden! Cut them for their enchanting bouquets and for their edible blossoms’ minty, citrusy flavors. These tasty flowers will jazz up your drinks and desserts while aiding in digestion and providing respiratory relief. Native American Blackfoot, Chippeqa, Crow, and Lakota tribes have long made Oswego tea from Monarda flowers to access their high concentrations of antiseptic thymol. You can also infuse baths with minty Monarda blossoms to ease sore muscles and aching feet, and mix them into steam baths to clear the sinuses. Hardy in Zones 4 through 9, Monarda can be directly seeded after the last frost, and will germinate within two weeks. For best results, however, start seeds indoors 7 to 9 weeks before the last spring frost, after which they’ll be ready to transplant. When they bloom, you’ll be joining the chorus of birds, bees, and butterflies singing their praises.

 Johnny's Seeds
$4.65 for 100 seeds

 Photo by Johnny's Seeds

‘Galahad’ Organic Tomato

If you’re looking for the best in flavorful, dependable beefsteak tomatoes, look no further than the heroic ‘Galahad.’ Ripening at an average weight of 7 to 12 ounces, this flavorful hybrid has been bred to resist disease. Fusarium wilt, gray leaf spot, late blight, nematodes, tomato-spotted wilt virus, and Verticillium wilt typically threaten tomatoes of the Midwest, Deep South, and northern U.S., but ‘Galahad’ conquers them all with its award-winning genetics. This tomato doesn’t require pruning or trellis support, and produces early. It stood out as the winner in multiple regions in the 2020 All-America Selections (AAS) trials, an annual taste-testing by professional horticulturists of never-before-sold cultivars.

Johnny's Seeds
$5.45 for 15 seeds 



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