Parade of peppers—How to Choose Peppers to Grow in Your Garden

By on September 11, 2013

Welcome to the world of peppers! Hot, sweet or spicy -- we have special varieties for you to grow.

When a friend of mine bought his first house he exclaimed, Now I can grow peppers!

Even if peppers aren’t your primary reason for having a garden, be sure to add some in a sunny spot.

Peppers are just too flavorful and colorful to pass up. Plus they’re full of phytochemicals and have terrific amounts of Vitamin C (the C levels go ten times higher as the peppers ripen).

In our latest video, Tricia teaches you about Growing Peppers and shows you how she plants and nurtures them in her raised beds.

Pepper seeds

We have so many Peaceful Valley organic pepper seed packs that your big question really should be which peppers to grow next summer?

salsa fiesta seed tinThree of our gift-worthy seed tin collections have peppers as part of their specially chosen ten-packs of seeds.

Salsa Fiesta, Sun Splash, and Edible Front Yard all make great host gifts anytime, or holiday gifts in December, and the tins offer rodent-proof storage for a stack of seed packs.



If you’ve been growing peppers for a while you know your must-haves, but we add new peppers every year, so take a peek at our varieties to see which would tickle your taste buds and liven up your garden.

Peppers in edible landscaping

edible front yard seed tin edible landscapingPeppers look so good you can show them off in your front yard and inspire your neighbors to do some edible landscaping.

To really catch the attention of the dog-walkers who pass by, try Black Hungarian and Sweet Pickle peppers that grow up, instead of hanging down. Since the peppers change colors as they mature you get a rainbow effect on just one plant.


Smokin’ hot peppers

red scotch bonnet seed packGrowing peppers for maximum heat? Red Scotch Bonnet and Habanero are the hottest.

Dried Poblanos are Anchos so we call the seeds Ancho Poblanos.

Smoked Jalapeños become Chipotles; smoking any pepper will enrich and deepen its flavor. We use a smoker for this.



Peppers to dry and grind as spices

For genuine paprika, grow your own Paprika, then dry the peppers and grind them into a powder with complex flavors.

Love to use pepper flakes in cooking? Those flakes are dried and sliced pieces of cayenne peppers—we have red Cayenne, or you can go multi-colored with red, purple, green, and orange in the Cayenne Mix.

Hang bundles of peppers to dry as chile ristras, then use them later for chile sauces. New Mexico Joe Parker and Anaheim are the traditional ristra peppers.

Chill with the sweet peppers

purple beauty bell pepper seed packCrunchy, juicy bell peppers are a hit with everyone from kids on up.

Red bell peppers are green bell peppers that have completely ripened. Our Golden Cal Wonder and Sweet Chocolate hold their name colors when ripe.

Sweet Purple Beauty bell peppers are smaller than their cousins—known as “salad bells” they’re the cherry tomatoes of the bell pepper group.

Don’t want to choose? Grow the Rainbow Bell Mix with six colors!

Nardellos don’t look like bell peppers (they have a long, thin shape) but their thinner flesh and slightly stronger flavor make them a pepper to add to your garden.

Stuffed peppers

poblano pepper

For chile rellenos start with the Ancho Poblano pepper shown above. For European stuffed peppers, Cal Wonder Green Bell peppers have thick walls, and are easy to fill and bake.

Grow peppers in containers too

Add peppers to your front yard, vegetable bed, or grow them in containers. Our Smart Pots are easy to plant, easy to move, fabric containers and are perfect for peppers.

Enjoy your pepper growing adventures and please leave us a comment about your favorites!

  Comments (6)


I want a chilly seed for chilly sauce and I don’t know what one to pick out. would you please let me know what one to get?

Posted by Cryatal Gellata on Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:54:10 AM

Well this kind of depends on how spicy you want your chili. If you want some heat, plant some cayenne, jalepeno peppers or habanero. Some medium hot peppers that are really good are the New Mexico Joe Parker. Now you may want to balance your chili with some bell peppers such as the sweet cal wonder, a green bell pepper. The ancho poblano peppers also have a really nice flavor but is not too spicy. Enjoy.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Feb. 17, 2015 at 11:10:23 AM


I would like to know which type of fertilizer you can recommend for me to use on my pepper plants as I’ve just transplanted them about about three weeks ago and some of them seem to be yellowing a bit around the leaves, also forming some spots on their leaves as well. They’re in the ground with a weed barrier and mulch applied.

Posted by JB on May. 21, 2015 at 3:48:00 PM

JB, Peppers really love the heat so not sure where you are located, just make sure they are not getting too cold at night. But sounds like a little transplant shock. Kelp is always a good thing to give them for stress or B vitamins like Thrive Alive. I would just use a fertilizer with a little more phosphorus and potassium and not too heavy on the nitrogen. Especially when they start to flower they would benefit from more P and K. Also, until they develop a strong root system, think about giving them a liquid foliar fertilizer like liquid fish or liquid grow.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on May. 22, 2015 at 9:04:45 AM


Thanks Suzanne, I will do so and as far as my location, I’m in New Orleans, La. and have no idea what zone I’m in.

Posted by JB on Jun. 03, 2015 at 6:18:48 PM

JB, looks like New Orleans is in USDA zones 9a to 9b, depending on where in the city you live.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Jun. 04, 2015 at 3:37:24 PM

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