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Plant New Bonnie Fruits and Vegetables

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Containers Choice tomato

From fiery cayenne peppers to sweet strawberries, Bonnie Plants has lots of new and delicious introductions for your spring garden.

Tomato ‘Container’s Choice’ (above) is perfect for planting in pots and bears flavorful, medium-sized fruits on disease-resistant plants. Tomato ‘Indigo Rose’ is also new this year; the blue-purple fruits turn dusky purple as they mature. They’re packed with anthocyanins, disease-fighting compounds that may help fight cancer and reduce inflammation.

If you enjoy spicy dishes, try Bonnie’s new ‘Dragon Cayenne’ peppers, which are also compact enough for containers. The petite peppers are blazing hot (30,000 to 50,000 units on the Scoville scale, a measure of heat in foods). Use them fresh or dried, or bottle them for pepper sauce.

Need more firepower? Plant the ‘Heat Factory Magic Trio,’ three of Bonnie’s hottest chilies, for homemade salsas, sauces, and jerk seasoning.

Dragon Cayenne peppers

Grow some herbs for your Italian cuisine. You can snip the leaves and stems of Bonnie’s ‘Italian’ oregano, a perennial for zones 5 to 10, throughout the growing season. The plants need moist but well-drained soil and plenty of sun. These edibles spread easily, so you can also use them as ornamental edging for flower and vegetable gardens.Italian oregano

Strawberry ‘Tristan’ is another new Bonnie variety that’s great for container gardening. The eye-catching pink blooms are followed by sweet, medium-sized berries that ripen from late spring until frost. Give the plants, which are hardy in zones 5 to 8, full sun, and expect your biggest harvest in the second year after planting.

strawberry 'Tristan'

Are you planning to can tomatoes this year? Grow ‘Biltmore’ in a half whiskey barrel. This determinate variety ripens a large amount of tomatoes at one time, so it’s ideal for home canning.

Ready to get your garden growing? Visit your local Home Depot Garden Center for your favorite Bonnie Plants. Availability varies; a store associate will be glad to help you find what you’re looking for or suggest an alternative.

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