Tomatoes and other vegetables, fruits, and herbs

Birthright Plant Sales by Order

Interested in tomatoes or other plants? Buying local? Supporting a local charity? You can do all that and more by purchasing plants from Birthright Victoria! We’ve re-envisioned our usual May plant sales* as Plants by Order for 2021. Please use our contact form to order plants or book a private browsing session. Include your phone number as a back-up contact and list the plants you’d like and numbers wanted. We’ll get back to you with an itemized invoice, payment options, and pick-up information.

We’ve completed our local drop offs to Oak Bay, Sidney, and Cobble Hill locations, but orders can still be collected from Peggy’s greenhouse in Langford.

*Our Garden Babies for Birthright Plant Sales raise valuable funds so that we may continue the pregnancy support service of Birthright Victoria. Offering friendship and support to women experiencing unplanned pregnancy…because we care.

Edibles: Tomatoes, Veggies, Fruits, and Herbs

On this page, you’ll find descriptions of all our edibles, including an extensive listing of tomatoes and other vegetables, fruits, and herbs. We’ve sold out of some offerings, but we still have a great selection of tomatoes available.

You can also see our 2021 Shrubs and Ornamentals listing here. And our complete listing for Perennials, Ground Covers and Rock Plants, Grasses, Basket Stuffers and Annuals here.

Vegetables

Most vegetables are annuals, maturing and bearing fruit all in one growing season before dying off with the arrival of winter.* Unless noted in the description, assume the vegetables below are annuals. Vegetables generally need fertile soil, regular watering, and a sunny location in order to thrive. Feed your plants well in order to gather a plentiful harvest. Amend the soil with compost, manure, or other organic material. Vegetables also benefit from regular fertilizing or slow release formulations.

*A few of our plants, such as Arugula Wildfire, are perennials. Perennials do not die off with winter, instead growing larger over time and producing tasty edibles each spring or summer. Another of our veggies, Perpetual Spinach, is a biennial. Biennials live just two years before setting seed and dying in the second year. Most veggies which go to seed become bitter as a result. We offer young plants to ensure you have a good harvest this year, followed by babies in coming years. Tip: take a picture of biennial plantings so you can recognize young seedlings in future years.

Most vegetables are heat lovers. There are a few exceptions, such as the cool season greens and lettuces. You’ll want to note which plants need warmth for a healthy start. Pay attention to your night-time temps and either avoid planting too early or arrange protection for early plantings.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are cold-sensitive vegetables. Don’t put them out too early, or you may lose them! Generally, you should wait for night-time temps of 10 degrees C or warmer before planting. Plan on planting out in early to mid June, depending on the weather. Young cucumber plants can also be damaged or even killed by stormy, wet and windy weather. Planting cucumber seedlings under cover using clear plastic domes can provide additional protection.

Though you can grow cucumbers in the ground, all of the varieties listed here do extraordinarily well in medium-large pots. Give them a fence to climb, and they’ll reward you with straight fruits!

The following varieties are open-pollinated or heirloom. Please see our section under tomatoes for more information on these terms and how they affect seed saving.

All of our cucumbers come two plants to a pot unless otherwise noted. Don’t try to separate them as they are sensitive to root disturbance. They will grow happily together either in the ground or in a medium-large pot. Cost is $2 per pot.
Beit Alpha Cucumber
Beit Alpha

Middle Eastern type producing masses of smooth, blocky fruits with dark green skin. Best picked young (6 inches). Tender and sweet. Burpless, with a long shelf-life. This is an open pollinated strain of the more common hybrid variety, to enable seed saving. Sold out 2021.

Lemon Cucumber

Yellow lemon-sized fruits are both productive and sweet! These unusual cucs grow equally well in containers or in the ground. Heirloom. Sold out 2021.

Japanese Long

Japanese Cucumbers are beginning to rival Long English for taste and productivity. This one has long slim fruits. Crisp as well as mild. Very productive. Sold out 2021.

Long English Telegraph Improved

Heirloom variety with slim, dark green fruits. Vigorous, highly productive vines. A superior selection well-suited to containers. The Improved variety is significantly more productive and reliable over Long English Telegraph (not Improved). Sold out 2021.

Spring Burpless

This almost spineless slicing variety grows 8-12 inches long. Disease-resistant. Crisp and bitter-free. Heirloom. Sold out 2021.

Suyo Long

A productive heirloom from Northern China with long, ribbed fruits producing pretty, fluted slices. Up to 18 inches long. Mild, super crisp, sweet, and burpless. Sold out 2021.

Greens and Lettuces

Harvest in spring through early summer, and then again in the fall, if you’ve planted a second seeding. Unlike many of the heat-loving veggies, most greens and lettuces prefer cool weather and bolt (go to seed) in hot summer weather. When that happens, they become tough and bitter tasting.

All of our greens and lettuces have a minimum of four plants to a pot unless otherwise noted. Cost is $2 per pot for all but the larger Arugulas.
Arugula Wildfire

Perennial sweet flavoured variety with a mild peppery kick. Slower to bolt than other varieties. Upright habit keeps the leaves off the ground. $4. Large established clumps. Sold out 2021.

Curly Leafed Kale

High in vitamins as well as other nutrients. Harvest when young and tender for adding to salads, or cook as it matures and becomes stronger-flavoured and more bitter. Sold out 2021.

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce

Early, dependable looseleaf with frilled, light green leaves. Not available 2021.

Bronze Beauty Lettuce

Looseleaf. Super-sweet leaves blushed with bronze. Both heat tolerant and slow to bolt. Not available 2021.

Buttercrunch Lettuce

Butterhead. Soft, dark green leaves surround tender hearts which do not become bitter in hot weather. Sold out 2021.

Darkness Lettuce

Looseleaf. Dense, frilly leaves with deep red edges. This variety is especially good for low-light conditions. Sold out 2021.

Lollo Rossa Lettuce

A beautiful frilly green variety with stunning red edges. Compact looseleaf which holds up especially well in summer heat. Not available 2021.

May Queen Lettuce

Butterhead. Delicate European heirloom with tender yellow hearts blushed rose. Not heat tolerant. Sold out 2021.

Perpetual Spinach

Technically a chard, although it looks and tastes like spinach. Unlike true spinach and the lettuces, this green does not bolt with hot weather. Biennial as well as free-seeding. We’re sold out of our younger plants. Sold out 2021.

Peppers (sweet)

Peppers are another of the cold tender veggies, preferring night time temps of 12 degrees C or warmer. There are 2 main types of Peppers: Sweet and Hot. All of the peppers included here are sweet varieties, although most are not your typical Bell peppers found in the grocery aisle. In my experience, these other varieties are both more productive and easier to grow than Bell types.

All of our peppers come one to a pot and are priced at $4 each unless otherwise noted.
Ajvarski

6 to 7 inch tapered but broadly wedged fruits which ripen from green to red. Incredibly fragrant and tasty. This outstanding roasting pepper grows on 2 foot stocky plants. Sold out 2021.

Cubanelle

Also known as Cuban Sweet Pepper. Preferred by many cooks to Bell types. 6-8 inch thin-walled peppers are especially suited to quick cooking. Sweet with a touch of heat. Prized both for their rich flavour and pretty colours. Best picked when yellow-green. These peppers reach picking size and colour earlier than many varieties. Prolific, easy-care plants to 3 ft. Sold out 2021.

Italian Pepperoncini

Narrow 3-5 inch pickling pepper with superb flavour and just a little heat. Compact plants with prolific yields of thin-skinned red fruits. Also excellent fresh eating. Sold out 2021.

Lipstick

Early ripening, very sweet medium pepper with thick red flesh. Peggy’s best pepper of 2020 for productivity, fast ripening, and ease of growth! Sold out 2021.

Oda

Small, tapered peppers maturing from yellow to plum purple on strong, compact plants. Extremely productive with tasty, attractive fruits. Sold out 2021.

Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes

Bright yellow-orange, flat, ribbed, pumpkin-shaped fruits. Tremendous Hungarian flavour. Flesh is thick, crisp, and juicy. Rare. Prolific. Sold out 2021.

Red Bull’s Horn

Large red frying pepper tapered like a bull’s horn. Thick-walled and juicy. Sold out 2021.

Squash

Like cucumbers, squashes are cold-tender and should be treated accordingly. In fact, squash and cucumbers belong to the same plant family. Don’t put them out too early, or you may lose them! Generally, you should wait for night-time temps of 10 degrees C or warmer before transplanting. In our climate, that means planting out in late May to early June, depending on the weather. Young squash plants can also be damaged or even killed by stormy, wet and windy weather. Plant squash seedlings under cover using clear plastic domes to provide protection for early plantings or wicked weather.

Summer Squash

Zucchinis are the most well known of the summer squashes, but there are intriguing other summer squashes. The patty pans, also know as scallopini, provide an abundance of cute little fruits. Patty pans mature more quickly than zucchinis and are more tender and less watery. Steamed and bathed in butter, they make an especially tasty summer treat. Harvest when young up to 5-6 inches. If any get away from you, you also have the option to grow them on as winter squash.

You can grow smaller, well-behaved squashes like the patty pans in large pots, but zucchinis will do better in the open garden.

All of our summer squashes come two plants to a pot unless otherwise noted. Don’t try to separate them as they are sensitive to root disturbance. They will grow happily together either in the ground or a large pot. Cost is $2 per pot.
Benning’s Green Tint Patty Pan

This pale green heirloom scallopini grows on a productive semi-open bush. Sold out 2021.

Jaune et Vert Patty Pan

Fruits are light green or ivory with green streaks, but if harvested young may not show streaking. Prolific French heirloom. Not available 2021.

Sunburst F1 Patty Pan

Early maturing bush plants which are equally prolific and pretty. Bright yellow fruits look like tiny flying saucers. The best of the patty pans for productivity, hardiness, & beauty. Sold out 2021.

White Scallop Patty Pan

Heirloom. Flat fruit with scalloped edges. One of the best tasting and highest yielding varieties around. Sold out 2021.

Yellow Scallop Patty Pan

Bright yellow fruit with a rich, mellow flavour. Bush plant with good yields. Heirloom. Sold out 2021.

Zucchini Fordhook

Classic, dark green zucchini. Vigorous as well as productive. Space-saving bush variety. Heirloom. Sold out 2021.

Zucchini Romanesco

Productive heirloom with long, ribbed Italian fruits and a pleasant, nutty taste. Especially prized for its large, edible flowers which can be breaded and fried. Sold out 2021.

Winter Squash

These squashes mature into the fall. Their skin is much tougher and they require more room than the summer squashes. Young winter squashes need the same protection from cold, stormy weather as the summer squashes.

All winter squash seeds are edible. Clean, pat dry, and season with olive oil and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer, then roast in a 235 degree oven for 15 minutes for a nutritious treat.

Our winter squashes come two plants to a pot unless otherwise noted. Don’t try to separate them as they are sensitive to root disturbance. They will grow happily together. Cost is $2 per pot.
Spaghetti Squash

Yellow or cream oval fruits to 10 inches. Cook and scrape the flesh into spaghetti-like strands, then serve under pasta sauce as a gluten-free replacement. As with other winter squashes, these vines need space to wander. Sold out 2021.

Tomatilloes

This last tomatillo has been potted on into a 5 gallon pot with good topsoil, manure, bone meal, and crushed egg shell. Add a stake and it’s good to go. $10.
Tomatilloes and Tomatoes

Resembling green tomatoes, tomatilloes are used in savoury dishes such as salsa. They add a spicy zip to sauces and other dishes. Grow in the same conditions as tomatoes. Harvest when fruits fill out and begin to split their papery husks. Vines are vigorous and require staking. 1 pot available.

Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes

Tomatoes Terminology

A bit about tomato terminology. The two big terms in speaking of tomatoes are ‘determinate’ and ‘indeterminate.’ Determinates, also known as ‘bush’ tomatoes, tend to be shorter with less vigorous growth, setting all their fruit early and in a limited time period, meaning the fruit also ripens in the same short time period. Plants often die off by midsummer, freeing space in the garden for other planting. Determinates are ideal for when you need lots of tomatoes for soup or sauce, not as ideal for continuous harvesting throughout the summer. Because of their more compact size, these plants are especially suited to container gardening.

Indeterminates, also known as ‘vine’ tomatoes, continue to grow throughout the summer, resulting in tall, robust, and sometimes unwieldy vines. They set fruit more gradually and have a longer growing season. Although they also can be grown in containers, indeterminates need strong stakes rather than simple tomato cages. These varieties will continue to set fruit until frost kills the vines.

A third and less common category are the Semi-determinates. These plants are more compact than indeterminates while still producing fruit throughout the growing season. Semi-determinates also do well in containers.

Other Terms

Other terms you may encounter: open-pollinated, heirloom, hybrid (F1), paste, Roma. Open-pollinated seeds are both more variable and adaptable, while still tending to breed true to the parent plant. Heirloom plants are open-pollinated varieties whose seed has been passed down through several family generations to preserve valued characteristics. They are often highly prized for superior flavour. Hybrid plants, often labeled F1, are created by controlled cross-pollination of different varieties to breed for certain qualities, such as increased disease resistance or longer shelf life. Hybrid seeds do not breed true-to-type and often lack the vigour of their hybrid parents. If you wish to save seeds, choose only open-pollinated or heirloom varieties and avoid F1 or hybrid designations.

Paste tomatoes are especially useful in making sauces. They have denser, dryer flesh and fewer seeds, making for a meatier, thicker sauce. Roma tomatoes are a particular variety among the paste tomatoes, with an elongated, egg-like shape. Other paste tomatoes include Amish Paste, Oxheart, and smaller varieties such as Black Vernissage, Juliet, and Chocolate and Yellow Pear.

Tomato Growing Conditions

Tomatoes are another of the cold-tender veggies. Depending on the variety, they should not be planted out until night time temps are reliably above 7-10 degrees C. Look for words like ‘early,’ ‘cool season,’ or ‘cool climate,’ to select the most cold tolerant varieties.

The last of our tomatoes have been potted on into 5 gallon pots with good topsoil, manure, bone meal, and crushed egg shell. Add a stake and they’re good to go. $10.

Cherry Tomatoes

Small sweet fruits best suited to eating out of hand or adding to salads.

Chocolate Pear cherry tomatoes
Chocolate Pear

Huge crops of pear-shaped fruits over a very long season. Unusual variety is deep red swirled with green and brown hues. Rich tomato flavour. Good fresh eating as well as cooking tomato. Vines are vigorous, fast growing, and very bushy, so give them a bit of room. Heirloom. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Gardeners Delight cherry tomatoes
Gardener’s Delight

Heirloom vine with old fashioned tomato flavour. Long trusses of 6-12 crack-resistant one inch fruits. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Gold Nugget cherry tomatoes
Gold Nugget

Early, prolific cool-climate cherry tomato. Compact, determinate plants to 2 feet. Ideal for containers. Open-pollinated. Sold out 2021.

Juliet cherry tomatoes
Juliet

Enormous clusters of elongated, juicy, miniature Roma tomatoes draped on long trusses. Glossy, crack-resistant fruits. Indeterminate. F1 Hybrid. Sold out 2021.

Sugary cherry tomatoes
Sugary

Award-winning variety. Produces bunches of grape-shaped fruits with a higher sugar content as well as great flavour, firm texture, and very little cracking. Indeterminate. F1 Hybrid. Sold out 2021.

Sweetie cherry tomatoes
Sweetie

Early, very vigorous heirloom vine with rich flavour. Crack-resistant 3/4-1 inch, shiny red fruits. Indeterminate. Tolerant of cool, wet conditions. Sold out 2021.

Tiny Tim cherry tomatoes
Tiny Tim

Dwarf, very bushy heirloom producing masses of 1 inch scarlet fruits on tidy determinate plants. Only 12-18 inches tall. Recommended for containers or hanging baskets. Sold out 2021.

Yellow Pear cherry tomatoes
Yellow Pear

Cute as well as productive! Tasty fresh, but even better as a sauce tomato. Especially recommended for grilling. Vigorous vine demanding greater space than usual. Earlier maturing than many cherry tomatoes. Heirloom. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Small to Medium Tomatoes

A mix of small to medium fruits well suited to salads. Many are early, cold-hardy varieties.

Black Vernissage tomatoes
Black Vernissage

Productive, vigorous small paste tomato. Dark reddish-black flesh. Complex, rich flavour considered superlative in sauces. Heirloom. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Costoluto Fiorentino tomatoes
Costoluto Fiorentino

Italian heirloom beefsteak with medium, deeply fluted red fruits on vigorous vines. Beautiful sliced. Indeterminate. 2 pots available.

Glacier tomatoes
Glacier

Compact, potato-leaf plants produce an abundance of round, 2-3 inch fruits on three foot vines. A great salad tomato with excellent flavour for an early-season type. Reliable in cooler season climates. Open-pollinated. Semi-determinate. Sold out 2021.

Green Zebra tomatoes
Green Zebra

Lime green streaked with yellow. Small 3 oz fruits. Sweet, slightly tart flavour is perfect for salsa. Heirloom. Indeterminate. 1 pot available.

Jaune Flamme tomatoes
Jaune Flamme

French heirloom vine. Extremely productive and early main season tomato. Persimmon orange skin and flesh. A small, full-bodied salad tomato with a hint of citrus. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Moonglow tomatoes
Moonglow

3-4 ft vines produce high yields of attractive neon-orange, medium fruits. Highly recommended for eating out of hand due to the sweet, non-acidic flavour and few seeds. A vigorous grower and good keeper. One of Peggy’s must-have varieties! Open-pollinated. Shorter indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Moonglow yellow variation tomatoes
Moonglow yellow variation

A variation of Moonglow with yellow flesh and more seeds, but equally tasty! Shorter indeterminate. 2 pots available.

Pink Vernissage tomateos
Pink Vernissage

Small pink fruits with green stripes on vigorous vines are both attractive and tasty. Early and productive heirloom. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Siletz tomatoes
Siletz

Medium, full-flavoured slicing tomato bred to thrive in cooler temps. Tall, determinate bush produces over a long period. Open-pollinated. 4 pots available.

Sub-Arctic Plenty tomatoes
Sub-Arctic Plenty

A bushy, early season tomato suitable for both northern climates and cool spring conditions. Produces an abundance of 2-3 inch scarlet fruits on 4 foot determinate plants. Sets fruit early and in cool weather. Plants may also be placed close together and do not require staking. Open-pollinated. 3 pots available.

Taxi tomatoes
Taxi

Loads of bright yellow, golf ball sized fruits early in the season. Compact, bushy determinate plants. Sweet, rich flavour with low acidity. Open-pollinated. Sold out 2021.

Large tomatoes

Beefsteaks, sandwich slicers, and paste tomatoes. Most are main season.

Amish Paste tomatoes
Amish Paste

The ultimate paste tomato, producing large red fruits on heirloom plants. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Black Krim tomatoes
Black Krim

Juicy Russian beefsteak with dark red-purple fruit and superlative flavour. Heirloom. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Classic Beefsteak tomatoes
Classic Beefsteak

Heirloom. Deep red slicing tomato. Massive size. Indeterminate. 9 pots available.

Hendersons Pink Ponderosa tomatoes
Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa

Meaty, pink-red heirloom beefsteak. Huge size. Indeterminate. 2 pots available.

Kelloggs Breakfast tomatoes
Kellogg’s Breakfast

Heirloom orange beefsteak with superb sweetness and flavour. Great sandwich slicer. One of Peggy’s must-have varieties! Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Oregon Spring tomatoes
Oregon Spring

The standard for early tomatoes. Large slicers with a mild flavour on tidy, determinate plants. Open-pollinated. 3 pots available.

Oxheart tomatoes
Oxheart

Heart-shaped paste tomato. Huge, orange, and meaty. Also makes a flavourful sandwich slicer. A versatile tomato which earns a place on Peggy’s must-have list after its 2020 performance! Indeterminate. Heirloom. Sold out 2021.

Pink Brandywine tomatoes
Pink Brandywine

7-9 foot potato-leaf vines produce heirloom beefsteaks prized for their flavour and size. Indeterminate. Sold out 2021.

Tappys Heritage tomatoes
Tappy’s Heritage

Large red fruits on vigorous, disease resistant, high-yielding vines. Flavourful. Good all-round tomato for eating, canning, or freezing. Bred from heirloom varieties. Indeterminate. 3 pots available.

Yellow and Red tomatoes
Yellow and Red

Long keeper with yellow-orange skin and red flesh. Open-pollinated. Indeterminate. 3 pots available.

Fruits

Most fruits are perennial, growing more productive over time or, as in the case of strawberries, needing replacement every 3-4 years. Available fruits vary from year to year, depending on what plant donations come in. Some years we have strawberries or raspberries. This year we have just the two fruits listed below.

Mystery Berry Plants

Large plants in 5 gallon pots: $10 each

These mature plants produce blueberry-like fruits. Perhaps huckleberries? Sold out 2021.

Red Currants

Gallon pots priced at $4 each

Tart, crunchy fruits taste equally appealing in muffins or jams. Especially nice mixed with raspberries! 10 pots available.

Herbs

Herbs have served us since ancient times. In the kitchen especially, but they have also been used in healing remedies, making fragrances, and for their appearance and scent in the garden. Most herbs are strongly scented and attract pollinators, a plus for the vegetable gardener. Some have attractive flowers. Others are used today in modern and folk medicines. For the home gardener, fresh herbs add a surprisingly flavourful punch to home-made meals. As an added benefit, the strong scent of most herbs makes them unattractive to foraging deer!

Herbs grow in a range of conditions, from shade to full sun, and rich soil to poor. The mint family in particular makes up a large group known for their invasive habit. Some are shade lovers, while others thrive in sun. Many herbs are perennial, but others are annuals, and still others biennials. Please see our Vegetables section for more information on these terms.

Basils

A staple of the Mediterranean garden. These heat-loving annuals are cold-tender, so site them in full sun once the temperature warms up. Basil’s spicy flavour is the main ingredient in Italian Pesto, but it has many other uses in the kitchen. For an extra zip, try adding Basil to soups, sauces, and salads.

All of our basils have multiple plants per pot and are priced at $3 each unless otherwise noted.
Genovese

Famous Italian heirloom known for its use in pesto. Large green leaves are both fragrant and tender. An especially vigorous variety. Slower to go to seed than other basils. Sold out 2021.

Lemon Basil Mrs. Burns

The very best lemon basil with vigorous growth, lush leaves and a sweet lemony flavour. Sold out 2021.

Licorice

A novelty basil with anise scent and flavour as well as purple-maroon stems & flowers. Sometimes known as Thai Basil for its use in Thai cooking. Sold out 2021.

Mammolo

Bred for exceptionally high leaf count and compact growth habit. Super bushy, large-leafed, with a classic Italian basil aroma and flavour. Superb for containers. The most cold-hardy of the basils we grew in 2020. Sold out 2021.

Sweet

Classic cooking basil for sauces, pesto, salads. A large leafed Italian type growing 12-18 inches tall. Sold out 2021.


Bergamot

Also known as Monarda. The classic ingredient in Earl Grey Tea, paired with showy double red flowers and an intoxicating scent. While some monardas are annual or tender, this one is solidly perennial. A member of the mint family, so you know it’s invasive. Try growing bergamot in a pot in the shade garden to enjoy its fragrance but limit its growth. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Chives

A kitchen essential for snipping into dips or garnish. The dusty purple flowers are also edible. A perennial for sun. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Comfrey

Nodding pink flowers for shade. Invasive, so watch where you plant it or plant in a pot. Internal use is not recommended, but this herb can be used externally to speed healing. Perennial. Price: $3. 7 pots available.

Mammoth Dill

Tall plants with aromatic flowers, seeds, and foliage. Larger flowers and seed heads than other varieties. Seeds are used in pickling, while the ferny leaves complement soups, omelets, and salads. An annual for sun. Price: $2. Not available 2021.

Fennel

Makes a handsome display with anise scent and flavour, ferny foliage, and a tall bushy habit. A snacking treat as you wander through the garden! This is the perennial herb form of fennel rather than the annual vegetable. Price: $2. 2 pots available.

Lovage

A tall perennial herb to 4 feet for shade. Attractive, bushy foliage. Celery-like leaves can be used like celery. Price: $3. 2 pots available.

Marjoram

Variegated low foliage. Similar flavour to oregano, and another member of the mint family, but this one is not invasive. Perennial herb for sun. Price: $3. 3 pots available.

Mints

Mints are typically used as garnish or to flavour teas and sweet drinks, but they also complement meats such as lamb. We use our mints to make a flavourful jelly. All mints are invasive, so watch where you plant them or grow in large pots. This perennial herb needs shade. Deer resistant.

All of our mints are priced at $2 each unless otherwise noted.
Apple Mint

Handsome plant with strongly scented, round wooly leaves. Taller than most mints, resulting in greater yields. Sold out 2021.

Chocolate Mint

With purplish green stems and foliage, this mint has a distinct chocolate scent and flavour. Use in desserts or casual snacking. A favourite with children! 11 pots available.

Corsican Mint

Tiny leaves with an intense peppermint flavour. More useful as a shady ground-cover than a kitchen herb because of its tiny leaves, but it makes a stunning display trailing over a clay pot. Not available 2021.

Garden Mint

A smooth-leafed variety with a crisply pleasing mint flavour. 3 pots available.

Spearmint

The old fashioned variety with deeply veined leaves. 9 pots available.

Oreganos

Oregano has a spicy scent well suited to both meats and pasta sauces. In fact, Oregano may be the most commonly used kitchen herb. Oreganos are sun-loving members of the mint family, so be warned: they’re invasive. If you don’t want them to take over your garden, grow in a pot either above ground or sunk into the soil. Perennial.

All of our oreganos are priced at $2 unless otherwise noted.
Culinary Oregano

The classic Mediterranean kitchen herb. 6 pots available.

Hopley’s Ornamental Oregano

Only lightly scented, with gorgeous pink-purple flowers more suited to the perennial garden than the kitchen. Sets a few babies but is not invasive. $2. Sold out 2021.

Kent Beauty Oregano

Showy ornamental trails nicely over baskets or cascades over slopes. Has a spicy oregano scent but is not reliably hardy in our climate. $2. Sold out 2021.


Curly Parsley

Parsley vies with Oregano for the title of most commonly used kitchen herb! This biennial lives just two seasons, growing bitter after setting seed in its 2nd year. These are young plants, so they should provide clippings all summer without going to seed. Prefers sun but will tolerate some shade. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Rosemary

Pairs well with meat, especially lamb or chicken. Rosemaries are somewhat tender in our climate, so site them where they have some shelter from cold winter weather. A protected slope out of the wind will provide winter shelter while preventing vulnerable roots from sitting in water.

Our rosemaries are one-year old plants and priced at $2 each.
Creeping Rosemary

Ornamental trailing form. Performs mid-air twirls as it creeps along or cascades over banks. Makes a good ground cover for sun. Not available 2021.

Culinary (upright) Rosemary

Another classic kitchen herb. Plant in well-drained soil in sun. Usually survives in our climate so long as its roots don’t sit in water, though in a bad winter you may lose it. Sold out 2021.

Foxtail Rosemary

Similar to the classic culinary form, but growth habit is shorter and wider, with superior shape & bushiness. This variety appears to grow less woody than the culinary and yields more fresh green foliage. An attractive herb for sun and well-drained soil. 14 pots available.


Rue

Delicate, ferny blue foliage with yellow flowers for shade. Some people are sensitive to rue and therefore need to wear gloves when handling. Historically, rue has been used for a variety of home remedies, but it can be toxic and should not be taken internally. In the garden, rue repels insects and serves as a companion plant for roses and raspberries. Perennial. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Sages

Another group of savoury kitchen herbs, but unlike the Rosemaries, these ones are reliably hardy. Sages prefer well-drained – even poor – soil in sun.

The more mature two year old plants are priced at $4, 1 year olds at $3.
Garden Sage

Wide spreading sun-lover. Very hardy as well as drought-tolerant. Use with meats, in soups and stews, even in perogi filling, 1 one-year old plant available.

Golden Sage

Variegated green and yellow leaves. Grows smaller than regular garden sage. 1 two-year old and 3 one-year old plants available.

Tri-colour Sage

Variegated green and cream foliage, splashed with pink. Another smaller sage. Not available 2021.

Thymes

Small leafed herbs used to season savoury dishes. Essential herb in boquet garni, together with rosemary, sage, and marjoram. Thymes are tough perennials for full sun and poor soil. They also belong to the mint family, but are only moderately invasive.

Thyme

A low-growing form. Very drought-tolerant. Great with meats or in marinades, stews, soups. Price: $2. 20 pots available.

Lemon Thyme

Prostrate green foliage splashed with yellow. Pronounced lemon scent and flavour. Especially nice in vegetable marinades. Price: $3. 1 pot available.

Look for our other thymes such as Mother-of-Thyme and Wooly Thyme with ground covers on the Perennials page.