• 2015: Year of the Coleus
    Coleus has a long history of use in our gardens as a foliage plant and has gone through various phases of popularity over the past couple of centuries. The relative ease of establishment after planting combined with a wide range of selections has made coleus indispensable in the garden and popular in the container as well.
  • 2015: Year of the Gaillardia
    Some of our best garden flowers started in the New World, went to Europe for culture, then returned to great acclaim. Gaillardia is one of these. Its daisy flowers usually come in shades of red or orange with fringed rays that look like their tips have been dipped in yellow paint. Plants bloom heavily from summer through fall, don’t mind the heat, and prosper with less water than most other high-performance flowers.
  • 2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper
    Sweet peppers bring a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shapes to the table. It is easy to value them for looks and flavor alone, but the sweet pepper is a nutritional powerhouse as well. Peppers have high nutrient levels at any stage but are the most beneficial when eaten fully ripe.
2015: Year of the Coleus - Abbey Road


2015: Year of the Gaillardia - Gaillardia aristata


2015: Year of the Sweet Pepper - Admiral Yellow



Plant a Pollinator Garden and Join the Challenge!


National Garden Bureau is proud to be part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. More than 25 organizations have formed the National Pollinator Garden Network, a coalition with a goal of getting 1 million Americans to plant a pollinator friendly garden, raised bed, container or window box.

Click here for National Wildlife Federation's tips to create a wildlife habitat.       Click here for Pollinator Partnership's planting guides.                                         Click here to shop for pollinator-attracting plants from NGB members. 

Install any nectar or pollen producing plant then register your pollinator garden at this collaborative share site.

Bee one of a million who cares about the plight of our pollinators. #polliNATION




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National Garden Bureau, American Beauties and Midwest Groundcovers Install Pollinator Habitat of Native Plants at Growing Solutions Farm

American Beauties Native Plants, in partnership with grower Midwest Groundcovers, just donated 220 pollinator-friendly native plants to Chicago’s Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational therapeutic garden for young adults with autism. In 2014 National Garden Bureau hosted a fundraiser to support Growing Solutions Farm. By the end of 2014, NGB was able to donate over $44,000 in cash, products and supplies to the Farm.

On August 20th the young adults who work and get vocational training at Growing Solutions Farm installed those plants in a raised-bed pollinator-friendly bunker surrounding the edible gardens that make up the farm.

 “Last year during the IGC Show, I took several guests over to Growing Solutions Farm. One of those guests, Peggy Anne Montgomery, was so inspired by this project that she and American Beauties Natives worked with Midwest Groundcovers to make this donation a reality. It’s so nice that the farm now has the plants they need to create a haven for the pollinators that work so hard in the vegetable gardens.” Diane Blazek, National Garden Bureau.

“American Beauties is all about giving back and education. We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause. This is a phenomenal program!” – Peggy Anne Montgomery, Brand Manager American Beauties.

“When Midwest was approached about supporting this project, we were all-in and wanted to give back in any way.  Seeing the results of this project and the lives that are positively impacted by Growing Solutions Farm warms my heart.”  - Jill Bondi, Marketing Manager Midwest Groundcovers.

For more information about Growing Solutions Farm, click here.


  • Broccoli 'Romanesco'

    Is it a work of art or an alien creature? Actually, this beautiful Italian heirloom variety is a type of cauliflower with an eye-catching lime green, spiraled head composed of many small, pointed florets.  When cooked, 'Romanesco' has a delicious nutty flavor and creamy texture. Sure to intrigue gourmet chefs and finicky eaters alike.

  • Radish 'Dragon' F1

    Radish 'Dragon' F1 is a cylindrical shape with a bright pink skin. The top remains green and enhances the white flesh color and mildly spicy taste. Radish is an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, Folate and a good source of magnesium. Seed is available at Territorial Seed Co.

  • Gourd 'Decorative Mixture'

     One Hundred days to maturity. This colorful mixture of many small type Pepo gourds including Egg, Spoon, Warted Dumpling. This heterozygous mixture has been selected for its bright colors, warts and semi wings. A must for everyone's fall desplays and gardens.

  • Tomato 'Jasper' F1 AAS 2013 Winner

    Excellent taste, a long harvest window and outstanding performance in the trials contributes to this cherry tomato’s success. Judges liked the texture and sweetness of the tomato as well as the uniformity of the fruits that grow on vigorous, healthy plants. 'Jasper' is a high yielding indeterminate variety with fruits that stay on the vine then hold well after ripening both on the vine and post-harvest. Vigorous vines require little or no fertilization. An added bonus is fusarium resistance and the ability to overcome weather-related stresses.

  • Pea 'Avalanche'

    Fancy, dark green snow peas for summer harvest. Pods are typically harvested at 3 3/4-4" but may be harvested at 2 1/2" for extra fancy snow peas. The vines avg. 36" and are of the semi-afila type which produces more tendrils than typical peas. Tendrils make excellent garnishes. These may be grown with or without support.





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Willhite Seed Inc. is a family owned seed company offering over 450 varieties of seed and accessories. Willhite Seed Inc. carries all types of vegetable seed, from beans to tomatoes. But, if you like melons, take a look at our free color catalog. We sell many standard and open pollinated vegetable varieties as well as hybrid varieties. Yet, our heart is in melons with many pages of cantaloupes and watermelons. We also feature unique seed varieties from France and India. We have small packet and bulk sizes available.