my seed planting list for 2020

Starting Seeds

It’s always so exciting to start planting seeds! One month left to winter (which is a really mild on for us here in southern New England), and my little seedlings are popping up. I’ll continue to add to this post as I plant seeds this season.

For some flowers and herbs, I’m listing botanical names. For a few plants, like lavenders and oregano’s, I’m growing several types to compare them and learn about them. Oregano names seem particularly complicated, so I hope I’ve listed them correctly.


February 5

English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia cultivars “Lavender Lady”, “Provence Blue”, “Elegance Purple”, “White Ice”, and “Munstead”
Spike Lavender Lavandula latifolia
Spanish Lavender Lavandula stoechas “Bandera Purple”
Pot Marjoram Origanum onites
Sweet Marjoram Origanum marjorana and the cultivar ‘Syriaca Zaatar’
Greek Oregano Origanum vulgare ssp. Hirtum
Syrian Oregano Origanum syriaca “Cleopatra”
Sweet Oregano Origanum vulgare
Parsley Double Curled and Italian Large Flat Leaf
Bunching onions Red Beard
Leeks Bandit
Onions Cabernet, Wethersfield Red, Patterson, Yankee, and Bridger


February 23

I’ve hand-collected many of these seeds and I expect many will not germinate.

Baby’s Breath Gypsophila muralis
Bee Balm Monarda fistula and Monarda didyma
Blazing Star Liatris spicata
Brown-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa
Candytuft Iberis umbellata
Cone Flower Echinacea purpurea “White Swan”
Coreopsis Coreopsis tinctoria and the cultivar “Dwarf Plains Red”
Culver’s Root Veronicastrum virginicum
Delphinium Delphinium grandiflorum “Dewy Blue” and Delphinium elatum “Fantasia Mixed Colors”
Horseflyweed Baptisia tinctoria
Ox-Eyed Daisy Chysanthemum leucanthemum
Pasture Rose Rosa carolinius
Snapdragon “Potomac Appleblossom”
Sneezeweed Helenium flexuosum and Helenium autumnale
Stock “Katz Lavender Blue”
Yarrow Achillea filipendulina


March 8

Broccoli Blue Wind, Piracicaba
Brussels Sprouts Dagan
Bunching Onions Ishikura Improved
Cabbage Katerina, Tendersweet, Alcosa, Tete Noir, January King, Kalibos
Cauliflower Purple of Sicily
Endive Frisse
Kale Winterbor, Black Magic
Black-Eyed Susan Vine Thunbergia alata
Amaranth Hopi Red Dye
Alyssum Royal Carpet, Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland
Heal All Prunella vulgaris


March 10

Basil Newton
Basil Prospera
Basil Purple Opal
Basil Genovese
Basil Sweet Thai
Eggplant Astrkom
Eggplant Hansel
Eggplant Kamo
Eggplant Orient Express
Eggplant Patio Baby
Okra Burgundy
Pepper Arapaho
Pepper Candy Cane
Pepper Jalepeno
Pepper Large Red Thick Cayenne
Pepper Leutschauer Paprika
Pepper Lipstick
Pepper Long Thin
Pepper Recovery
Pepper Roulette
Pepper Thai Hot
Alyssum Gold Dust
Calendula Ball’s Improved Orange
Celosia Flamingo
Chamomile Matricaria recutita
Datura Ballerina Mix
Lemon Mint Monarda citriodora
Marigold Mission Giant Yellow
Marigold Colossus
Marigold Cottage Red
Marigold Petit Mix
Mexican Sunflower Torch
Milkweed Poke Milkweed
Poppy Cherry Glow
Poppy Hungarian (pink)


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