Heirloom Plant Order Page

Also available at southeastern pow wows (see list available soon)

and at local flea markets or farmers markets (list available in spring)

The following plant varieties will be offered by The Lovely Janet for the 2008 growing season.  If an heirloom or open-pollinated variety you want is not listed we will be happy to grow it especially for you, but you must let us know no later than February 12, 2008 what "non-listed" varieties you want, and quantity. (If you would like a list of varieties known to us, please contact us). There will be no additional charge for this service, but we must receive
a 50% deposit in advance no later than February 28, 2008.

All plant orders received in advance of shipping schedule will be filled two weeks after "last frost date" for your geographical area. 

Young plants  cannot be left out in extreme heat or cold, Please be sure you are prepared to receive your plants and begin shock recovery on the day your plants arrive.   We will do everything possible to insure you receive your plants in satisfactory condition, but cannot be responsible for conditions or problems beyond our control.

At this time we absolutely do not ship live plants outside the contiguous 48 states of the United States.


Tomato Seedlings

Ten Varieties in Many Shapes, Sizes and Colors

Tomato Seedlings in small cells See variety descriptions below
Tomato Seedlings  - 3" pots   See variety descriptions below
  • Anait  

    70 days, semi-determinate

    The plants have regular leaves that are good producers of red, juicy, cherry/saladette fruits, with sweet flavor.  Plants are very productive with little cracking or evidence of disease.  Originally Armenian, acquired from Robert Stanley, Heirloom Seeds Australia.

  • Atkinson

    80 days, indeterminate

    The firm and meaty Atkinson were bred at Auburn University , Auburn , Alabama . This tomato is of good red color with green shoulders. It is suitable for green wraps, fresh market, and home gardens. The plant is a strong grower with good foliage protection for its large fruit.  It is resistant to nematodes and fusarium wilt race 1. It grows extremely well in Southeastern USA , for markets and for home gardens in the South.

  • Bradley
    80 days, semi-determinate

    Released by Dr. Joe McFerran  of the University of Arkansas in 1961.   A semi-determinate, short stake type of plant with heavy foliage cover when staked and pruned.  Pink fruit with green shoulders in the 7-ounce range, excellent fresh market quality. Fusarium wilt resistant but can crack. 

  • Burbank Red Slicing

    73 days, determinate  

    Developed around 1915 by Luther Burbank.  Stocky short determinate bushes are heavy yielders of 6-8 oz deep red fruits, with a traditional bold tomato taste,  that have the highest total free amino acids of any tomato.  This was Luther Burbank’s personal choice for canning.  Fares well in drier, as well as humid climates.

  • Cherokee Purple
    85 days, indeterminate

    Disease resistant, good for the South. [Pre-1890 Tennessee heirloom, reportedly of Cherokee Indian origin. Introduced 1993 by SESE Seed courtesy of Craig LeHoullier, given to him by J. D. Green.] Large fruits (10 to 12 oz.) are smooth with slightly ridged shoulders. Ripens to a unique dark, dusky pink/purple. Sometimes called a 'black' tomato, 

  • Estlers Mortgage Lifter

    85 days, indeterminate

    Huge,(1# and considerably over when well grown) fruit with excellent flavor. This one is said to be older than Radiator Charlie's. It reportedly goes back to 1922 and is a considerably bigger plant with larger fruit than Charlie's and seems much more prolific. Chuck Wyatt's seed came from "Bob" Estler, son of the "Bill" Estler who originated the variety. Seed of this variety was sent to Australia in the thirties by the Estler’s is probably the ancester of the Australian variety Mortgage Lifter which has evolved considerably.  There seems to be little, if any difference is taste.

  • Kelloggs Breakfast

    85 days, indeterminate

    Plant produces good yields of large 16 oz orange beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes have superb rich flavor and few seeds. A high production heirloom with fruit that is both meaty and juicy.  From Darrell Kellogg, .

  • Legend

    68 days, determinate

    Introduced by Dr. James Baggett at Oregon State University , this very early variety sets large fruit that are glossy red and round with a very good flavor that is a nice blend of sugars and acids. Plants have a strong resistance against the late blight fungus. It sets fruit well under cool temperatures, and contains few seeds.

  • Marglobe Improved

    77 days, indeterminate

    Deep red 6 oz. fruits. Developed in New Jersey 1917 by Fred J. Pritchard of the USDA by crossing Marvel and Globe.  Marglobe Supreme is a more crack resistant version. One of the first disease resistant strains with a good resistance to Verticillium and Fusarium wilt. 'Marglobe' is the parent of many tomato varieties. Medium size red fruit make excellent canning tomatoes. Good size and uniform deep scarlet color. Great for humid climates.

  • New Hampshire Surecrop

    78 days, indeterminate

    This tomato has a rich history and some valuable traits for today's gardener. Using wild species from Mexico , it was developed by Dr. A.F. Yeager in 1957 to be resistant to late blight (Phytophthora infestans). This determinate variety yields 4-5 inch tomatoes full of rich old-time tangy flavor. Excellent for canning and slicing.



Pepper Seedlings

All varieties are hot except for the Italian Frying Pepper, Jimmy Nardello’s  

Pepper Seedlings in small cells See Variety Descriptions Below
Pepper Seedlings - 3" pots  See Variety Descriptions Below
  • Bulgarian Carrot (C. annuum)

    67 days

    Beautiful, 3-1/2 inch long, bright orange peppers have the shape and color of a carrot, but are quite hot. Fruit is produced in abundance on short plants, making for quite a show in the garden. The flavor of these chiles is not only hot, it is also fruity, lending itself to use in chutneys, salsas, sauces, and even hot pepper jelly. Bulgarian heirloom variety. 

  • Cayenne, Long Slim (C. frutescens)

    75 days

    Bountiful harvest of pencil-shaped fruits that are 5 inches long and 1/2 inch thick, but often curled and twisted. Flavor is red hot and best used in very hot dishes.

  • Chiltepin (Tepin) (C. baccatum)

    85 days

    Very hot; 0.25 to 0.375 inches long by 0.25 to 0.375 inches wide; Chiltepin/Tepin Type; matures from green to red; pods are held erect; a wild cultivar found near Prescott, Arizona; from USA, Arizona; Uses: Drying; Long Season.


  • Jalapeno (C. annuum)

    80 days

    Hot. Originated in Mexico - it is named after the city of Xalapa ( Jalapa ). This chili gained its world wide popularity by being versatile.  Short, dark green tapered fruit.  


  • Jimmy Nardellos  (C. annuum)

    80 days

    Sweet Italian Frying.   The seeds for this variety were give to SSE by Jimmy Nardello who lived in Naugatuck , Connecticut until his death in 1983. His family had been growing these peppers in that region ever since coming to the U.S. Mr. Nardello's mother originally brought the seeds with her when she immigrated to the U.S. in 1887 with her husband Guiseppe. They came from the small village of Ruoti in the Basilicate region of southern Italy . One of the very best for frying. Productive 24" plants are loaded with 10-12" long peppers. 


  • Pearl (C. annuum)

    90 days

    Dusky blue-green foliage.  Seed acquired from Tyrone Washington from plants that grew wild in his mother’s  garden in the Watts area of Los Angeles .  Named in her honor.  Tall plants produce 1 inch long black and dark green narrow fruit that turns red at maturity.  Extremely Hot! Very Prolific Producer.


  • Pequin (C. annuum)

    65-90 days
    One of the hottest peppers, Pequin is a wild pepper of Mexico and South Texas . A small Birdseye pepper with a unique flavour and heat. Fruits are bright red, small, elongated and slightly pointed. Grow in pots or borders in warm climates, indoors, conservatory or greenhouse. Plants fruit best in second year and should be brought indoors to overwinter.

  • Pretty In Purple  (C. annuum)

    65-90 days
    Dark purple fruit and violet-colored flowers are what make this plant so special. Purple peppers almost cover the foliage, turning the 2-1/2 foot tall plants nearly purple. Upon maturity, the peppers turn red and are extremely hot. At this stage, purple, orange, and red fruit may be on plants at the same time, making a very colorful and attractive display.

  • Serrano (C. annuum)

    75 days

    Very hot chile called for in many recipes. Candle-flame shaped fruit are 2-1/4 inches long, green, then red at full maturity. Borne on attractive 30 to 36 inch erect, branching plants. Suitable for salsas and sauce recipes as well as eating fresh.


  • Tabasco (C. frutescens)

    80 days

    Fiery hot, this is the one that has made Tabasco sauce famous. Green leaf strain that grows best in the South and East. Light yellow-green peppers turn to red and grow on tall plants. Heavy Producer.


  • (NM)Twilight (C. annuum).

    80 days

    Hot.  Pequin type ornamental with upright pods of medium heat. Plant grows 26-32 inches height with pod size ranges form .5 to .75 inches long by .25 to .375 inches wide. Matures from pale yellow to purple to orange to red, all colors present at one time


Herb Seedlings

Medicinal Herb Varieties

small cells - Plant descriptions below   - $2.50 Ea.

Medicinal Herb Varieties  3 inch pots - Plant descriptions below - $3.00 Ea. 
  • Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis) - A member of the mint family, easy to grow, lemon fragrance and flavor, effective preventive against viral infections such as herpes (see third photo from the left in top photos--bees and butterflies adore the purple-spike flowers, but leaves harvested before  blossoming are more effective)

  • White yarrow - Delicate fern-like folliage and Queen-Annes Lace-like white flowers.  Flowers are effective against bacterial infections when taken in tea.

  • Comfrey - Large broad leaves, lovely drooping blue-purple flowers.  Leaves were used  to ease pain and speed healing for injuries such as bruises, sprains and bone breaks. (see photo on far left above - comfrey is the large-leafed blue-green plant in the foreground.)

  • German chamomile - Small plant, good for containers, fern-like leaves and small yellow flowers.  Flowers make a tasty calming and stomach-soothing tea.  Safe even for youngsters. 

  • Pleurisy root - Long-stemmed plants with gorgeous lush orange flowers.  Bees and butterflies LOVE it, hence it's nickname "Butterfly plant." (see photo on far right with orange flower and slender spikey leaves in the lower right corner.  This was taken when the plant was very young and had just blossomed).  

  • Bee balm  (Monarda) - Long stemmed plants with a gorgeous, fringed red bloom.  Bees and butterflies adore it.  Herbal properties:  antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic and stimulant. An infusion is medicinal used internally in the treatment of colds, catarrh, headaches, and gastric disorders, to reduce low fevers and soothe sore throat, to relieve flatulence, nausea, menstrual pain, and insomnia. Steam inhalation of the plant can be used for sore throats, and bronchial catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane, causing an increased flow of mucus). Externally, it is a medicinal application for skin eruptions and infections.

  • Mountain mint - Good cooking additive with meats, Infusion helps with coughs, colds, general run-down feeling and flatulence.

  • Lavender - Beautiful blue flowers, delightful scent and delicate flavor - flowers used to decorate and flavor candies and tea. Also  used for relaxation, also has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive and anti-depressant properties.   

  • Spearmint - used as a flavoring in many drinks and commercial products like toothpaste, also useful to relax abdominal cramps related to flatulence, and has recently been shown to help reduce hirsutism in women.


Cooking herbs to spice up your meals - but many also have medicinal uses!


Cooking Herbs in small cells Small Cells - Plant descriptions below
Cooking Herbs   3 inch pots - Plant descriptions below
  • Opal basil -  Same scent as regular basil, but with rufflled purple leaves, and a small plant that fits well in containers.   Often used as an ornamental, but has serious uses - drinking an infusion before traveling can prevent travel sickness.  

  • Cinnamon basil - Basil with a sweet, spicy scent and taste.  Tall bronze stems (about 3 feet) , purple flowers and bronze-tinged leaves.  Great for pesto with a little extra flair!

  • Genovese basil - The classic Italian basil.  Sweet, spicy flavor. . Plants can reach 5 feet, 

  • Rosemary - used in cooking and is a powerful antibiotic/anti-viral/anti-fungal

  • Lemon thyme - Good in Italian and Asian dishes, strong lemony flavor, also antibiotic/anti-viral/anti-fungal

  • Common thyme - Wonderful flavor in meats and stews, also antibiotic/anti-viral/antifungal

  • Greek Oregano - Favorite seasoning for Italian cookery

  • Forest green  parsley - Great in soups and stews, a popular garnish, and high in vitamin C

  • Ordering our Seedlings

If you are looking for a variety that we don’t list here, let us know and we may be able to include it.  All special requests must be in hand prior to our February plantings.     

All plants are $3.50  per 3” potted seedling or $2.50 per cell tray plus any shipping costs.  Remember, you get one plant free except for shipping for each 6 you order!

We accept orders by phone (770-596-7625), in person or by email. You can cancel an order at any time prior to shipping. We accept payment via check, money order, also via paypal or credit card)

After we have received your order, we will send an e-mail to you to confirm:

1) The date you would like us to ship your plants

We maintain a list of “last frost dates”  throughout the United States and Canada and can schedule your shipment far any time after the “last frost date” for your area. If you are not sure, may we suggest two weeks after the “last frost date” for your area.

2) Shipping or delivery plans - We usually ship UPS, and add shipping costs to the price you are charged, depending on weight and destination.  We will send you an e-mail when your plants are shipped and a tracking number so you can know when to expect delivery.  Please include your phone number on your order.

For people local to the Atlanta area we can also arrange for you to pick up your plants at a local pow wow where Owlstar is set up, or at our new, year-round booth in the Douglasville Indoor Flea Market, if you prefer that arrangement.  We will want to pre-arrange your pickup date to be sure we have YOUR plants in our booth. 

You may order just one plant of a given variety or as many of a variety as you want so long as we have them in stock. Please consider that it is inefficient to ship less than 4 plants for an order because shipping is so disproportionately high compared to the cost of the plants. (Mixed varieties are okay -- this is purely a shipping cost issue  

We will, however, ship any quantity you request so long as you accept the shipping charges.


About Our Seedlings

Most of our seedlings are produced from heirloom* seed that we have been collecting, growing out and saving for many years.  The remainder are produced from seed acquired from reliable sources.   

We strive to look for varieties that do well in the North Georgia growing area. We have hundreds of varieties of tomato and pepper seed, and many varieties of traditional medicinal herbs, but many do not thrive here for one reason or another.  Please ask us for recommendations of the varieties that tend to thrive here, relative to some of the others. 

*What's an heirloom plant?  Put simply, many people classify these as plants grown from seed saved from an earlier harvest that "breeds true."  The fruits of the new plant will look and taste exactly like it's "parent."  If you like that fruit, it makes sense to keep saving the seeds of the previous generation to grow more delicious fruits in the next season.   Hybrids are either deliberately manufactured, or are the product of accidental crossbreeding of two heirlooms.  Fruits of these "children" may or may not look and taste like their parents, thus seed-saving becomes less desirable.  There is a third category "Open Pollinated" or "standardized" that many group with heirlooms because they, too, "breed true."  These are hybrids that have been cross pollinated over generations to produce a new breed.

We do not have a greenhouse! All seeds are started in February or March in our home. Once germinated, we move the young seedlings into our cool basement under fluorescent lighting. We transplant the seedlings into four inch pots, using fresh soilless mix as the growing medium. They live in our sunny driveway. In other words, our plants may not look as large and perfect as greenhouse-grown seedlings, but they are tough and should move easily into the final environment that you provide.

Safe Seed Pledge

We at "The Lovely Janet Gourmet Veggies and Herbs" pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

Plants that are grown out from seeds we have not saved ourselves are produced using seeds from trusted sources.  We track these sources through each planting and can provide the source upon request. Some of our providers are also members of Native Seeds/SEARCH and Seed Savers Exchange.  Commercial sources are from trusted seedsmen such as J.L. Hudson, Territorial Seeds, Sand Hills Preservation Center, Abundant Life Seeds, Victory Seeds and others with similar philosophy

We are members of Seed Savers Exchange and Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Our primary goal is to continue the time honored practice of maintaining our heritage seed banks and plants grown from those seeds.  This means you will enjoy fruits and vegetables that may not look as uniform as those you see in the chain grocers; but the taste will tell you what really matters.


The Lovely Janet