DOLCE FRESCA Basil
The best large-leafed basil to grow in containers. Dolce Fresca combines the attractive dense round shape of bush basil with large, sweetly spicy leaves of an Italian basil. Feel free to snip with a heavy hand, because Dolce Fresca rapidly grows fresh new leaves, yet keeps to a tidy, 12 to 14 inch mound. 2015 AAS Award Winner. Packet is ½ gram, about 300 seeds.
Organically grown. A classic Italian basil, ideal for pesto. The dark green leaves are succulent, mildly spicy and plentiful on 24 to 30 inch tall, bushy, slow-to-bolt plants. Packet is 1 gram, about 600 seeds.
FLORAL SPIRES LAVENDER Basil
Lavender-pink flowers on neat compact plants, an impressive, ornamental edible. Floral Spires has spicy leaves with anise overtones, the type preferred for Thai cooking. A stylish plant for the herb, vegetable or flower garden, Floral Spires Lavender basil is also great in windowsill or patio pots. Plants grow to 18 inches tall.
FLORAL SPIRES WHITE Basil
Impressive ornamental edible; neat, compact, branching plants covered with bright white flowers. Tasty leaves, with overtones of anise, ideal for Thai cooking. Grow in windowsill or patio pots, or in herb, vegetable or flower gardens. Grows to 18 inches tall.
Cinnamon basil produces attractive rose-pink flowers and small 1-inch leaves which have a distinctive, sweet, spicy cinnamon taste and scent. Makes a wonderful tea or add it to salads and marinades. Deliciously different - full of possibilities. Packet is ½ gram, about 300 seeds.
GENOVESE COMPACT Basil
Thick, large, crinkled, dark green leaves, full of spicy flavor, superb for pesto sauces. Genovese has long been a favorite of fresh markets and gourmets, and Genovese Compact delivers same superior quality on much more neat, compact 1.5 foot tall plants. Great in containers. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.
ITALIAN LARGE LEAF Basil
Big, high yielding plant with large, 2-3 inch wrinkled leaves and a particularly sweet (and less clove-like) flavor some cooks prefer. Grows 2-2.5 feet tall. Packet is ½ gram, about 275 seeds.
SWEET DANI Lemon Basil
Contains 75% more essential oils than regular lemon basil. Leaves release an intoxicating lemon scent when brushed. Use in salads, soups, teas or potpourris - or as a seasoning for chicken and fish. An All-America Selections Winner. Packet is ¼ gram, about 125 seeds.
Organically grown. A prolific Genovese-type basil with lustrous, deliciously aromatic dark green leaves perfect for pesto. 'Nufar' is highly resistant to fusarium wilt. Slow-bolting plants grow 18 to 24 inches high by 12 to 15 inches wide. Naturally helps repel insect pests, try companion planting with leafy vegetables. Well-suited for both greenhouse and outdoor gardening. Packet is ¼ gram, about 125 seeds.
MRS. BURNS' Lemon Basil
An heirloom variety from New Mexico which has a more intense lemon flavor, larger leaves, and more robust growth than the standard lemon basil. Grows to 2 feet tall and has pink flowers. Outstanding for teas, salads, soups and vinegars. Packet is ½ gram, about 250 seeds.
SPICY BUSH (GREEK) Basil
This is a compact, tidy, globular bush that is slow to bolt and is excellent in containers. The flavor is sweet and somewhat pungent - use it modestly in salads and tomato dishes. Grows to 14 inches tall. Packet is ½ gram, about 350 seeds.
SIAM QUEEN Thai Basil
Both an outstanding ornamental and top-quality culinary basil. Leaves green, stems purple, flowers pink-violet. This is the basil most often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. With mild overtones of anise, 'Siam Queen' adds the right touch of spice to soups, curries and beef dishes. Grows to 2 feet tall. Packet is ¼ gram, about 175 seeds.
QUEENETTE Thai Basil
'Queenette' produces purple flowers on red stems, above olive-green leaves. Among the tastiest, fragrant Thai basils, flavor is spicy blend of anise, clove, and mint. Add zip to soups and curries, or vegetable and beef dishes. Attractive plants for flower garden or patio pots. Grows 12-18 inches tall.
PURPLE RUFFLES Basil
Large, 3 inch quilted leaves add a bit more cinnamon flavor to your cooking than regular basil. Makes an outstanding ornamental for containers, and an unusual distinctive garnish. Small percentage of plants will be green, thin when identified. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.
RED RUBIN (PURPLE PASSION) Basil
Organically grown. Here is a purple variety that really is close to 100% purple. While it is true that Red Rubin is a superb ornamental variety for vegetable gardens or containers, it is also quite tasty. Delivers a gourmet quality flavor that adds zip to salads and pasta dishes. Packet is ¼ gram, about 175 seeds.
How to Plant Basil Seeds
Direct sow into the garden after all danger of frost. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep, 2-3 seeds per inch, in rows 18 inches apart. Firm the soil well over the seeds. Thinning is not necessary. Can be started indoors in cell packs or flats 6 weeks prior to setting out. Kept at 70°F., germination is in 5-10 days.