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Cucumber ‘Armenian’. A heavily-ribbed, pale green cucumber with a mild, sweet taste. Fruit is best eaten when it is between two and three inches wide and 24 inches in length. 70 days.

Peppers ‘NuMex Easter’. An award winner, this compact pepper plant sports fruits in lavender, yellow, cream, orange and red all season long. It makes a beautiful container plant or can add interest in the garden. Plants produce clusters of four to six miniature peppers in the assorted colours on well-branched stems. Super easy to grow, this hot tamale can reach eight inches tall and spread up to 10 inches wide.

Cucumber ‘Armenian’.

Rapini ‘Sorrento’. One of the most popular vegetables in Italy, it is also known as broccoli rabe. Unlike broccoli it does not form a large head but rather stalks topped with florets. This variety matures early with large florets and blue-green, narrow, turnip-shaped leaves. ‘Sorrento’ has a low bolt tolerance and is excellent for growing under cold frames or fleece. The stems, leaves and florets are edible and have a robust and slightly bitter taste that intensifies if it is overcooked.

Tatsoi ‘Rosette’. An Asian green similar to spinach, also referred to as spinach mustard or rosette bok choy. The leaves grow in a compact rosette form and can be harvest- ed throughout the season. Its mild flavour has made it a popular addition to salads and stir-fries. Easy to grow.

Rapini ‘Sorrento’.

Tomato ‘Black Krim’ (Black Crimea). This heritage tomato is a real Russian beauty with dark brown-red flesh. A beefsteak variety, ‘Black Krim’ is heat tolerant; in fact the flesh darkens as the temperature rises. It produces a tangy, rich and sweet fruit, perfect for munching on fresh out of the garden. Start plants indoors six weeks prior to the last frost. This plant produces high yields in 70 to 90 days and will need to be staked, caged or tied to a trellis.

Peppers ‘NuMex Easter’. Tatsoi ‘Rosette’. Annuals

Acalypha ‘Jungle Cloak’. Acalypha are fast-growing shrubs that we use as annuals. If you are looking to make a statement, look no further. ‘Jungle Cloak’ sports wild tri- colour foliage that represents differently on each leaf. Plant in full sun to produce bolder colours. Plants reach 24 to 48 inches in height, spreading to 48 to 60 inches in width.

Tomato ‘Black Krim’ (Black Crimea).

Caladium ‘Artful Fire and Ice’ or ‘Artful Heartfire’. A grand and colourful landscape plant that just loves the summer heat. Both varieties will develop stronger red tones in the sun. They require shade in high altitudes but do enjoy both sun and shade. ‘Fire and Ice’ will reach 18 to 30 inches in height and 12 to 18 inches in width. ‘Heart- fire’ is a little shorter, reaching 15 to 20 inches high and 10 to 14 inches wide.

Acalypha ‘Jungle Cloak’.

Caladium ‘Artful Fire and Ice’ (left) and ‘Artful Heartfire’ (above).

14 • Early Spring 2015

Courtesy of Proven Winners.

Courtesy of Proven Winners. Courtesy of Proven Winners.

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