Capsicum annuum ‘Basket of Fire’ – A Chili pepper that is as beautiful as it is tasty, these are a favourite for growing in containers or hanging baskets. The small tapered fruits mature from a creamy-yellow to orange, and finally a deep red. Peppers from this F1 hybrid can be dried and it shows good tolerance for growing in cooler climates. 80,000 Scoville heat units. Grows up to 20″ tall. Annual.
Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’ – This All-American Selection winner lives up to its name with jet black foliage and rounded glossy black fruits (resembling black pearls) that mature to a cherry red – these are about 3/4″ in diameter. The purple flowers add to the overall aesthetic appeal, making this a great addition to planters or mixed borders. 10,000-30,000 Scoville heat units. Grows to 18″ tall. Annual.
Capsicum annuum x chinense ‘Carolina Reaper’ – This habanero hybrid was once the hottest pepper in the world and the puckered red fruits often grow a small red tail on the bottom (hence the ‘reaper’ reference). The peppers range from 1-3″ in size and will come into bearing earlier when grown in large containers – just allow to dry out between waterings. 1,569,300 Scoville heat units. 3-5′. Annual.
Capsicum annuum ‘Loco’ – A lovely chili pepper that holds as much ornamental value as it does flavour. The tiny fruits are abundant, staring out a bright purple (almost artificial looking) and maturing to a traditional deep red. These make great additions to salsas or chilies and it is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. 24,000 Scoville heat units. F1 hybrid. Grows 10 to 12″ tall. Annual.
Capsicum annuum ‘Fish’ – A heritage or heirloom pepper which comes to us from the mid-Atlantic states via the Caribbean. The plant and tapered fruits are often beautifully variegated with the peppers starting out white and maturing to red. The young white peppers from this Cayenne-Serrano hybrid were used to spice cream sauces for seafood dishes. 5,000-30,000 Scoville heat units. Grows 2′ tall. Annual.