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Welcome to Southern Harvest. 

We are a family-run business that is all about growing - growing healthy, interesting food to share with family and friends, as well as native and cottage plants that bring colour, fragrance and habitat to the garden. Southern Harvest supplies you with quality cottage garden, native and vegetable and herb packet seed, with speedy service and advice.

Nestled on 5 acres at the foothills of Mt Wellington in southern Tasmania, our winters are cold with regular frosts, so we value (and specialise in) plants for cool climates. We know the pleasure and reward of growing a bit of colour for the winterbare garden, as well as having something to take straight from the garden to the kitchen on those dark winter nights. Our daughters, Poppy and Bea, who inspired our logo, are a constant reminder of the joy and good health that gardens can bring to the young, the old and everyone between. We also grow organic garlic that we sell through Salamanca Market or over the internet. We stock a wide range of seeds both old and new varieties, we especially love heirloom (or heritage) seeds and the history associated with them.

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We look forward to meeting some of you at the Salamanca Market stall (Site 98- opposite the steps of the Supreme Court). Happy gardening!

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We have many wonderful photos on our website. Some of the photos are taken by Heinz Ahlemeyer if you are interested in purchasing the rights to the photo please contact us (seeds@southernharvest.com.au) or Heinz (heinzsightphotos@gmail.com).

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MOUNTAIN MINT - Calamintha nepeta
MOUNTAIN MINT

Mountain mint is a clumping/bushy plant to 50 cm that has very aromatic, spicy leaves and flowers. Originally used as a medicinal, tea and culinary herb it is now also valued for its ornamental attributes as it is attractive and long flowering. It produces many small lilac to white airy flowers all summer until late autumn. A hardy perennial that flowers in its first year. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. A tough plant that prefers well drained soil. 200 seeds.

PAINTED TONGUE ‘Black Trumpet’ - Salpiglossis sinuata
PAINTED TONGUE ‘Black Trumpet’

Large trumpet shaped flowers in dark chocolate-maroon, almost black, with a golden eye and stamens in the throat (hence the name painted tongue). The petals are also attractively veined. A half-hardy annual growing to 40 cm for a sunny sheltered position. Flowers profusely and makes an interesting and unusual cut flower. 200 seeds.

DAY FLOWER ‘Ouverture Mix’ - Commelina tuberosa
DAY FLOWER ‘Ouverture Mix’

The Day Flower is a cheery, fast flowering plant with distinct three petaled flowers (in a mix of vivid blue, white, lilac and violet) with bright yellow stamens. Also known as the Spider Flower. Plants grow to 50-80 cm and are heavy bloomers through summer and autumn. While the flowers last just one day, every morning there are plenty of new flowers. A frost tender perennial that flowers two months after sowing. Easy to grow in sun or part-shade in moist or dry soil. 50 seeds.

Coreopsis ‘Roulette Mix’  - Coreopsis tinctoria
Coreopsis ‘Roulette Mix’

A dazzling mix of contrasting golden and mahogany double and semi-double flowers, some in stripes others with contrasting centres. An easy to grow annual to 80 cm high. Great for borders and cut flowers. Flowers all summer and handles heat, humidity and dry weather. Attracts butterflies and bees to the garden. 250 seeds.

Tangier Pea - Lathyrus tingitanus ‘Roseus’
Tangier Pea

A gorgeous climbing annual pea that is as easy to grow as it cousin, the traditional sweet pea. A rarer plant than its cousin, this pea has graceful coral pink flowers with a deep rose centre (without a scent). A long lasting cut flower. Grow on a trellis, against a wall/fence or used as a ground cover. Native to southern Europe and north Africa. 20 seeds.

Zinnia ‘Mazurkia’ - Zinnia elegans ‘Mazurkia’
Zinnia ‘Mazurkia’

A sturdy annual zinnia with double and semi-double flowers with striking scarlet flowers tipped with cream. Winner of the Fleuroselect Novelty award in 2012. A great cut flower. Frost tender, zinnias prefer fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position. Frequent dead-heading in summer will prolong the flowering period. 60 seeds.

Zinnia ‘Macarenia’ - Zinnia elegans ‘Macarenia’
Zinnia ‘Macarenia’

A showy annual zinnia that is ready to dance. Impressive golden tipped, scarlet flowers- mostly doubles, 8-10 cm across. A strong plant and great for cut flower, branching at base to produce many blooms. Frost tender, zinnias prefer fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position. Frequent dead-heading in summer will prolong the flowering period. 60 seeds.

MOUNTAIN MINT  - Calamintha nepeta
MOUNTAIN MINT

Mountain mint is a clumping/bushy plant to 50 cm that has very aromatic, spicy leaves and flowers. Originally used as a medicinal, tea and culinary herb it is now also valued for its ornamental attributes as it is attractive and long flowering. It produces many small lilac to white airy flowers all summer until late autumn. A hardy perennial that flowers in its first year. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. A tough plant that prefers well drained soil. 200 seeds.

Snap Dragons ‘Lucky Lips’ - Antirrhinum majus ‘Lucky Lips'
Snap Dragons ‘Lucky Lips’

Simply gorgeous! This darling has a white flowers with purple-red lippie. The contrasting purple-red and white flowers on long flower spikes are stunning in the garden or as a cut flower. Perennial, or a cold-season annual, this selection offers a bright colour mix with bigger than usual, ruffled florets. Snapdragons keep blooming until frost. Take care not to overwater. 400 seeds.

Cosmos ‘Velouette’  - Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Velouette’
Cosmos ‘Velouette’

A new and stunning annual cosmos! The dark red petals are contrasted with clear white stripes. Some plants have just the dark red flower, so when planted as a group they provide an eye catching combination. Marginally frost-hardy this annual favours a sunny, protected spot with free draining, light soil. To prolong flowering dead head and provide a weekly dose of liquid fertilizer. Grows to 60-80 cm. 50 seeds.

Cornflower Annual ‘Artistic Mix’  - Centaurea cyanus Artistic Mix
Cornflower Annual ‘Artistic Mix’

An impressive annual mix of classic blue, rose, plum and white flowers, with hints of ‘frosting’ and colour shades. These annuals grow well in full sun and good, limy, well-drained soil in a sheltered position. Cut back spent flowers to promote regrowth. Flower petals are edible, adding colour to salads. Plant en masse for a striking display or amongst your vegies for a bit of colour. Makes a great cut or dried flower. Self-seeds. 200 seeds.

Poppy ‘Mother of Pearl’  - Papaver rhoeas 'Mother of Pearl
Poppy ‘Mother of Pearl’

This selection of annual poppies was breed from a strain selected by Sir Cedric Morris (artist and gardener) who used to wander the fields and hedgerows looking for softer colours. The result is a beautiful and gentle mix of pale and smoky colours in grey, lilac, mauve, pink, soft orange and white. Easily grown in a sunny position, it looks beautiful if mass planted. They make good cut flowers if gathered early in the morning just as the green sheath is falling from the petals, but the blooms don't last long. Self seeds. 700 seeds.

POPPY ‘Pandora’ - Papaver rhoeas ‘Pandora'
POPPY ‘Pandora’

A gorgeous annual poppy with a delightful combination of shades, ranging from deepest burgundy-red to pinkish-red, the lower petals are artfully striped with silver-grey. Flowers are a mix of doubles and singles.
Easily grown in a sunny position, it looks beautiful if mass planted. For cut flowers gather early in the morning just as the green sheath is falling from the petals, but the blooms don't last long. Self-seeds. 700 seeds.

Poppy ‘Peace Mix’ - Papaver rhoeas 'Peace Mix'
Poppy ‘Peace Mix’

A cheery & hopeful mix of bright red & white poppies. The red, or ‘Flanders’, poppy has long been associated with remembering those who have fallen at war. The white poppy was introduced in 1933 when a British women's guild, concerned that the red poppy was being used to promote military power, offered the white to symbolise the belief that conflict could be resolved in ways other than war. Easily grown in a sunny position, it looks beautiful if mass planted. Self seeds. 700 seeds.

NASTURTIUM ‘Wild & Crazy Mix’ - Tropaeolum majus
NASTURTIUM ‘Wild & Crazy Mix’

A wild, trailing plant that just keeps on running! With a mix of colours including scarlet, yellow, orange and cream this plant provides lots of colour and plenty of ground cover. Plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual, easily self-seeds. 20 seeds.

NASTURTIUM ‘Wild & Crazy Mix’ - Tropaeolum majus
NASTURTIUM ‘Wild & Crazy Mix’

A wild, trailing plant that just keeps on running! With a mix of colours including scarlet, yellow, orange and cream this plant provides lots of colour and plenty of ground cover. Plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual, easily self-seeds. 20 seeds.