Which Pepper is Right for You?

A world of colors, flavors, and shapes make peppers second only to tomatoes in popularity. From sweet to spicy, ornamental to snacking, we’ve got a pepper sure to please every palate! Of course, the “best” pepper all depends on what you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve developed our Pepper Chooser to help you pick just the right peppers for your tastes and your garden. Give it a try!

Green Bell Pepper on the vine

Planting a Pepper, Step by Step

It’s easy to grow your own peppers. Just follow these six simple steps for best results.

Several tomatoe varieties in a bowl.

To Stake or Not to Stake?

Not all peppers are strong enough to hold themselves upright. Here’s what to do when they need help.

Close up of Brandywine tomato

Decoding Pepper Heat Levels

Instead of blindly tasting a pepper to determine how hot it is (ouch!), allow us to introduce you to the Scoville scale.

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Tasty Recipes

Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers


Serve these as a simple, delicious side dish, or as a savory addition to pasta, tapenades, or spreads.

Roasted Pepper and Avocado Dip

Roasted Pepper and Avocado Dip

If you like guacamole, you’ll love this mouthwatering dip with chips or on tacos – or right out of the bowl!

Ratatouille Salad with Japanese Eggplant

Ratatouille Salad with Japanese Eggplant

This fresh, flavorful mix of garden veggies can be served warm over polenta or cold over mixed greens.

Grilled Tomato Salsa

Grilled Tomato Salsa


Spicy, smoky, and so fresh! Chips and dipping veggies won’t stand a chance once you’ve had a taste.

Hot Tomato Relish

Hot Tomato Relish

Serve this warm relish with toasted sourdough rounds or atop grilled chicken or fish for a real palate pleaser.

Recaito with Culantro

Recaito with Culantro

Recaito, a mixture of culantro, cilantro, onion, garlic, and pepper, is a staple ingredient in many Latin dishes.

4 x 4 Planting Plans

Sweet and Spicy Pepper Garden

Sweet and Spicy Pepper Garden

This plan includes both sweet and hot peppers, with plenty of options for customizing it to suit your tastes.

Hot and Sweet Pickling Garden

Hot and Sweet Pickling Garden

Designed for pickle lovers, this garden has ingredients for pickled sweet peppers, hot peppers, and cucumbers.

4 x 4 Salsa Garden

Homemade Salsa Garden

Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this Latin-inspired planting plan. Sweet and spicy!

4 x 4 Fiery Grilling Garden

Fiery Grilling Garden

These vegetables go great on the grill, either for a side dish or as the main event. Just the thing for skewers!

Steve Bender's Munchkin Garden

Munchkin Garden

Plants bearing small fruits with really big flavor make this a fun, prolific garden for kids of all ages.

4 x 4 Pizza Garden

Fast and Fresh Pizza Garden

Instead of dialing for delivery, make your own pizza using fresh ingredients from this compact plan.

Easy 4 x 4 Summer Garden

This one small area can yield a surprisingly bountiful harvest of delicious herbs and summer veggies.

Kids Garden Planting Plan

Easy and Tasty Kids’ Garden

This yummy mix of herbs, veggies, and flowers will entice kids to work – and play! – in the garden.