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My Favorite Crop Varieties

Deciding which varieties of seeds to plant isn’t easy. The options are almost limitless. I’m here to help. This post lists my favorite crop varieties; the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I grow that are standouts and perform well season after season. 

As I look through the crops in this blog post, I feel I’m introducing you to some of my friends. I hope you like them as much as I do. Check this list each season; I’ll add to it as I include more crops on my must-grow list

Favorite Crop Varieties

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How to decide which varieties to grow

Crops are divided by category (vegetable, flower, and herb). The reasons I love to grow it are listed, along with a source (if available) for seeds.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions or some of your own must-grow crops that I should add to the list. 

My FAVORITE Crops
that I plant EVERY YEAR

Vegetable varieties I love growing in my garden

This post lists my favorite crop varieties; the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I grow that are standouts and perform well season after season. 

Borlotti Beans

How to Grow Borlotti Beans: 5 Tips for Growing Borlotti Beans

Painted Serpent Armenian Cucumber

Painted Serpent Armenian Cucumber

Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean

Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean

Texas Early Grano Onion

Texas Early Grano Onion
  • Large-sized, flavorful
  • Favorite short-day onion variety
  • Read more about how to grow onions

Pinkeye Purple Hull Cowpeas

Pinkeye Purple Hull Cowpeas

Astia Container Zucchini

Astia Container Zucchini

Utah Celery

Utah Celery

Costata Romanesco Summer Squash

Costata Romanesco Summer Squash

Japanese Cucumbers

Japanese Cucumbers

Super Sugar Snap Peas

Super Sugar Snap Peas
  • AAS Winner, easy to grow
  • Great flavor at any stage, edible pod
  • Read about how to grow peas

Imperial Broccoli

Imperial Broccoli

Di Ciccio Broccoli

Di Ciccio Broccoli
  • Small initial head with abundant side shoots
  • Grows well through Arizona winters
  • Read about how to grow broccoli


Mini Jack Pumpkin

Mini Jack Pumpkin

Sugar Snax Carrot

Sugar Snax Carrot
  • Easy to grow (especially if you use pelleted seeds)
  • Disease-resistant, good flavor, stores well
  • Read about how to grow carrots

Hale’s Best Cantaloupe

Hale's Best Cantaloupe

Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe

Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe

California Wonder Peppers

  • Reliable producer, prolific
  • Large peppers can be harvested green or left to ripen to red
  • Read about how to grow peppers
California Wonder Peppers

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Early season variety, easy to grow
  • Heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant
  • Read about how to grow potatoes

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Yellow Pear Tomatoes

perpetual HERB, FRUIT & VEGETABLE  planting Calendar for the low desert of Arizona zone 9b
  • PLANTING GUIDE: Each month lists vegetables, fruit & herbs to plant outside & seeds to start indoors.
  • HARVEST GUIDE: Photos show what may be ready to harvest that month.
  • Planting dates are for the low desert of Arizona (zone 9b).

My favorite herb varieties

This post lists my favorite crop varieties; the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I grow that are standouts and perform well season after season. 

Emerald Towers Basil

Emerald Towers Basil
  • Excellent flavor and production
  • Compact (grows up, not out)
  • Read about how to grow basil

Bouquet Dill

Bouquet Dill

Slow Bolt Cilantro

Slow Bolt Cilantro

Visual planting guides for vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers & vines.


My favorite must-grow flowers

This post lists my favorite crop varieties; the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I grow that are standouts and perform well season after season. 

Sundancer Sunflower

  • Branching sunflower with endless blooms
  • Large plants that bloom all summer
  • Read about how to grow sunflowers
This post lists my favorite crop varieties; the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I grow that are standouts and perform well season after season. 

Sweet Pea Perfume Delight

Sweet Pea Perfume Delight

Cherokee Sunset Rudbeckia

  • Beautiful blooms in sunset hues
  • Easy to grow
  • Long-lasting plants and flowers
Cherokee Sunset Rudbeckia

Queeny Orange Lime Zinnia

Queeny Orange Lime Zinnia
  • Stunning blooms on long stems
  • 2018 All-America Selections winner
  • Read about how to grow zinnias

Tecolote Ranunculus


Rainbow Bouquet Dwarf Strawflower

Rainbow Bouquet Dwarf Strawflower
  • Cold, heat & drought-tolerant
  • Long-lasting blooms
  • The compact size is perfect in beds and containers
  • Read about how to grow strawflowers

Flowers to Plant Outside & Seeds to Start Indoors Each Month in the Low Desert of Arizona.
• PLANTING GUIDE: Each month lists annual flowers and bulbs to plant outside & seeds to start indoors.
• BLOOMING GUIDE: Photos show what may be in bloom that month.


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