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!

WA customers please see the Quarantine page.

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).

What's New / Back in Stock

MISS WILLMOTT’S GHOST - Eryngium giganteum

A very attractive short-lived perennial with large blue or pale-green central flower cones surrounded by spiky, silvery bracts in summer & autumn. A wonderful cut flower with heart-shaped, basal leaves. Miss Willmott scattered seed in a friends’ garden, who were surprised to find a great flower growing. Frost hardy, for full sun. 30 seeds.

Toad Lily - Tricyrtis hirta
Toad Lily

Native to Japan’s mountains and woodlands, this unusual orchid like flower is ideal for cool-climates. Its soft lilac/white, star-like blossoms with rich purple spots bloom in late summer to mid-autumn. Grow this clump forming perennial in moist, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter, in part to full shade. An interesting cut flower. Cut back growth in winter. 40 seeds.

ITALIAN LAVENDER - Lavendula stoechas

The Italian Lavender is a frost hardy evergreen and compact little shrub up to 60 cm tall. It is covered in purple pink flower spikes from summer until late autumn. Also grown for essential oils, this type of lavender needs a sunny position with well drained garden soil.

25 seeds/No.9/


THYME – ‘German Winter’ - Thymus vulgaris
THYME – ‘German Winter’

A classic, easy-to-grow perennial herb for rockeries or containers, this winter-hardy variety has good yield and flavour. It does not need much watering or feeding once established. Harvest leaves before fragrant blossoms open mid-summer to flavour just about anything, especially meat, fish and poultry, vinegar and beans. 400 seeds.

PINK CONE FLOWER - Echinacea pallida

A medicinal herb used by the American Indians and is now a compound in many modern ointment for healing wounds and boosting the immune system. A beautiful plant in its own right with unusual narrow pale-pink petals.  A good cut flower. It grows well in organically rich, friable soil in full sun and dislikes to be moved. 25 seeds/No.1/

Catmint - Nepeta cataria

This useful, evergreen, edging plant has aromatic spikes of small white/cream flowers. The leaves are loved by cats. A hardy perennial groundcover that has a long flowering period over summer, extended by deadheading old flowers. It has cool grey-blue foliage and likes well-drained soil. Young leaves have a mint flavour and can be used in salads or for herbal tea. Divide in spring or autumn. 150 seeds.

Asparagus ‘Mary Washingston’

A popular heirloom variety that is early and produces long straight dark green spears with a purple tinge. The spears are delicious - tender, thick, heavy and straight. Produces a heavy yield over 2-3 months, with the first 45-60 days the most productive. 50 seeds.

Rocket 'Wasabi' - Diplotaxis erucoides
Rocket 'Wasabi'

Do you love that nose tingling high that Japanese wasabi root provides! Now you can harvest the tingle through an easily grown herb from home. The spoon shaped leaves are slightly serrated. Young leaves can be harvested in 2-4 weeks or let the plant mature for a stronger flavour. Runs to seed in the hot months, so best sown in the cooler months. Use in salads, sushi, sandwiches or as a garnish. 500 seeds.

SUNFLOWER – Giant Single - Helianthus annus 'Giant Single'
SUNFLOWER – Giant Single

This cheerful, tall sunflower is a good one for cut flowers and is easily grown in a warm, sheltered spot. A popular sunflower that grow to about 2m (it is not as tall as the Giant Russian) with a large flower head. Both the petals and flower centre are yellow. Needs staking when planted in a windy position. 50 seeds.

MEXICAN MARIGOLD - Tagetes lemonii

One of the happiest bushy perennials you will come across. It is covered in golden-orange marigold flowers most of the year and the light-green leaves release a sweet, passionfruit scent when brushed up against or the breeze catches the bush. It grows to 1.5 metres, is ideal for cottage gardens and rockeries, needs a warm, sheltered position with plenty of sun. Handles a very light frost. 50 seeds.

Quaking Grass - Briza media
Quaking Grass

An easily grown perennial grass with decorative nodding, heart-shaped seed-heads on upright stems. Initially the seed heads are green, turning red/purple then golden as summer progresses, gently dancing in the lighest of summer breezes. Best planted in small groupings. Leaves are blue-green. Flowers and seed capsules for cutting. 50 seeds. No. 1.

Chilli ‘Pimientos de Padron’  - Capsicum annum
Chilli ‘Pimientos de Padron’

A famous chilli grown in NW Spain, where it is a popular tapas (picked green and fried in olive oil). Considered the ‘Russian Roulette Chilli’ as they are mostly mild, however there is the occasional hottie to keep you on your toes. The longer the 2-4cm chillies are left on the bush the hotter they become. Not to WA. 10 seeds.

Due to a near non-existant spring and late starting summer in 2013 our seed yield was not as high as normal and we have reduced the seeds per packet.

Basil ‘Red Rubin’ - Ocimum basilicum
Basil ‘Red Rubin’

A tall basil variety (growing to 60-70 cm) with stunning dark leaves and excellent traditional flavour. The large leaves are a dark purple and shiny, making them a great contrast in pasta, salads and flavouring and colouring pickles etc. Flowers are a pretty pink lavender. Used as a culinary and ornamental plant. 300 seeds.

Tarragon, Mexican  - Tagetes lucida
Tarragon, Mexican

A perennial from Central & South America where it’s used as a medicinal & culinary herb. Flowers summer to early autumn with bright yellow/golden blooms (the petals are edible). The leaves have an anise like flavour & are used fresh or dried as a tarragon substitute in soups, sauces, eggs etc. Steep the leaves to make a tea that is popular in the region. An aromatic, ornamental plant that is fairly drought resistant when established. Also known as Yauhtli. 50 seeds.

French Marigold - Tagetes patula
French Marigold

A happy and hardy annual that is easy and fast to grow, bringing colour and beneficial insects to the garden. The petals of the bright yellow and oranges flowers are edible, having a citrus taste. Plant amongst vegies as the leaf helps to repel whitefly while the flowers attract bees, butterflies. Secretions from the root also have an insecticidal effect on nematodes in the soil and is effective as a green manure for this purpose. 70 seeds.

Green Wizard - Rudbeckia occidentalis
Green Wizard

This unusual coneflower is easy to grow and makes a long-lived cutflower and striking dried flower or seedhead. Its stunning green sepals and large, black cones are striking and appear in summer and early autumn. The flowers provide lots of food for bees. Foliage is grey-green. This mountain meadow plant prefers full sun to light shade in moist soil. 25 seeds.