Heirloom flowers brighten the garden, attract pollinators and beneficial insects, perfume the air and many have medicinal or herbal properties as well. They have much brighter colors, more and longer lasting scent than the hybrids of today.
Heirlooms are living treasures passed down from one generation to another. Our inheritance is their color, scent and beauty from the past for the future. Heirlooms have been selected for color, scent and performance over long periods of time, whereas hybrids are developed to meet market demands.
Heirloom seeds are excellent travelers, as evidenced by the age of many varieties; some are several hundreds to several thousands of years old, and have traveled across several continents.
The best time to plant your heirloom flowers is in the fall! Read Plant Your Spring Flowers in the Fall for the full story.