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Plantgem sells flowers that you won’t find anywhere else

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shit the flower seed stash at your local big box store, and you’re sure to find the usual suspects. I’m talking about your standard golden sunflowers, your delicate lavender, your fiery marigolds. Of course, there is an allotment of tried and true perennials, such as phlox and hydrangea, that are sure to germinate year after year. If you’re lucky, you can scrape together something with a little more oomphlike crazy zinnias or splashy dahlias.

What don’t you think? Funky, one-of-a-kind seeds and bulbs that you don’t see in an average garden. For example, the chocolate lace flower blooms in a stunning spectrum of dusty pink, maroon, and burgundy. The apricot lemonade cosmo, aptly named for its pale orange petals and deep, mauve heart, or the white-capped peony, has edible blooms that taste as good as they look.

Co-founders Willow King and Julie Carson created Plantgem as a destination for those seeking the unexpected. Horticultural company DTC sells seasonal supplies that you will not find anywhere else. Hand-curated by passionate farmer-florists and breeders from all over the world, Plantgem is a one-stop-shop for the most discerning green fingers.

“We saw an opportunity to create a truly modern garden brand, one with a curated catalog of different varieties [of flowers] it really makes our hearts sing,” Carson tells Well+Good. “We wanted gardening to be more inclusive, casual and funky than the more traditional offerings.”

Photo: Plantgem founders Willow King and Julie Carson

Carson and King met over a decade ago and quickly bonded over their shared love of flowers. But not just planting old flowers, the ones they could only buy from their boutique florists. Purple violets and buttery daffodils wouldn’t make it. They wanted to grow alien seeds and bulbs to rival any botanical garden.

Take peonies for example. Everyone loves peonies, they are beautiful. But come spring when they start to bloom, drive around your neighborhood and you’ll find limited varieties of peonies in most gardens you pass. But there are hundreds of different varieties of peonies growing in a rainbow of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. But because the big box retailers all buy from the same or similar wholesalers, you’ll still find peonies for cookies, in the yard, after another, after another.

“We continue to be amazed at the many varieties that blow our minds that you don’t see in any of those conventional channels,” says King. “I think it’s part of the small flower grower movement that is reinvigorating heirloom varieties, doing their own breeding or working closely with smaller growers, and moving away from the ‘big-box’ varieties to interesting color ways and habits.”

These independent breeders and local flower growers are the lifeblood of Plantgem. Based on garden trends, seasonality and personal preference, Carson and King put together a range of seeds, bulbs and planted roots that are ready to plant. Fear not, you don’t have to be a gardener because every product available online is seasonal (anything you buy now is meant to be planted in the fall to bloom next spring). Planetgem provides specific, detailed care instructions for each species.

Whether or not the seeds germinate is less important to Carson and King than the journey. “People don’t know they can actually grow these things, but we don’t give them anything that’s really hard to grow,” King said. “We have plenty of master gardeners with acreage to play with who are excited to buy our varieties, but we’re also trying to reach people who are gardening on their fire escapes in Brooklyn for the very first time.”

Plantgem seeds, bulbs and roots

Plantgem, Ranunculus Butterfly Theseus Bulbs (5 Tubers) – $34.00

The butterfly ranunculus is Carson’s personal favorite flower. It blooms with a surprise of glossy, opal petals. “I planted ranunculus in my garden in Colorado and I forgot about them — two and a half months later I have these little beauties.”

Buy a pack of five corms, or bulbs, to plant now for spring blooms of red and pink.

Plantgem, Tulip Black Parrot (5 bulbs) – $17.00

You’ve never seen tulips like this. Black parrot tulips grow a moody, dark purple-red color, swapping smooth petals for wrinkled, ruffled petals. Plant them in the fall, any time before the ground freezes (the winter cold is actually good for them) and watch them bloom in the spring.

Plant Gem, White Cap Peony Root – $34.00

Want those white peonies we mentioned? Buy these live roots to set in the fall and winter to bloom in the spring (note: it can take a few seasons to get reliable flowers. Patience!) Brilliant white center for a hip look.

Plantgem, Chocolate Lace Flower Seeds – $6.00

The classic seed packs you’d find at the hardware store just got a serious upgrade. All brand seeds come in a tight black tube with planting instructions. To grow these lacy beauties, plant the seeds after your last frost in late spring. Once summer arrives, you’ll have a burst of dusty, delicate blooms that make excellent homemade dye.

Plantgem, Fritillaria Meleagris Mixed — $15.00

The Fritallaria is often referred to as the “Snake’s Head” thanks to the reptilian pattern on the petals. The colors range from dark purple to light pink, all mottled with light spots. They are also super low maintenance – just plant them in the fall and enjoy them next year.

Plantgem, Moonstone China Aster Seeds – $6.00

Asters are annuals, so they only bloom once a year. But don’t let that put you off — these bad guys bloom for a long time, bursting into a pale periwinkle that looks great growing in your garden bed or clipped into a bouquet.

Plantgem, Amaryllis Rilona Bulb – $18.00

These amaryllis bulbs produce 2-3 stems with multiple flowers on each stem, so you’re guaranteed to get plenty of flowers. You plant them indoors and they grow in a fiery orange that stands out in a sea of ​​greenery that makes up your indoor jungle.

Plantgem, Muscari Pink Sunrise Bulbs (12 Bulbs) – $25.00

Want to grow a string of pearls? Muscari are the second best. They bloom in small pale pink spines that look like the gemstone, naturalize or spread out in lush beds as they grow. Like aster, it is super resilient, so plant your bulbs and enjoy.

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