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Welcome to Southern Harvest. 

We wish to advise that our office will be closed from Friday 15th December to Thursday 4th January 2018. We will still be taking orders to ensure that you do not miss out on your selected seed. All orders will be posted out promptly once the office is open. Thank you for your understanding.

Have a great Xmas and New Year break.

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

LIVINGSTON DAISY  - Dorotheanthus bellidiformis
LIVINGSTON DAISY

These ground-covering plants form large, evergreen carpets with a spectacular flowering display in summer. Vibrant colours range from white, pink, red, lemon to apricot with petals only opening on a sunny day. A heat and drought tolerant, succulent annual for full sun with good drainage. Excellent for mass displays or smaller pots. 200 seeds. No. 1.

Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber ‘Rosenrot’
Red Valerian

A charming old fashioned perennial with clusters of light red flowers in late spring and summer, with soft grey green foliage. Flowers in its first year (if started early enough) and makes a great fragrant cut flower. Deadhead to promote more flowering and to prevent self seeding. Self seeds easily. Not for very hot & humid climates. 25 seeds. No. 1.
 

Curry Plant - Helichrysum italicum
Curry Plant

This small perennial has plenty going for it. The leaves are very attractive with silver grey-green foliage and are used in salads and cooked food as they have a slight curry flavour. The yellow flowers & seed heads are both attractive in the garden or vase. Prefers well-drained soils in full sun. It can also tolerate dry, poor soils. Flowers Dec.-Feb. 75 seeds.

ABSINTHE WORMWOOD  - Artemisia absinthium
ABSINTHE WORMWOOD

Made famous by being one of the active ingredients in the spirit ‘Absinthe’. This herbaceous perennial has many uses – Koreans use it in cooking, Moroccans in mint tea, companion planting and medicinal uses include aiding digestion, flatulence and a nerve tonic. Grey-green leaves provide an ornamental value. Yellow flowers in summer. 500 seeds.
 

COMFREY - Symphytum officinale
COMFREY

A perennial valued for its herbal properties and as an activator in compost, helping other plant material decompose more quickly. The leaves and roots contain allantoin (a hormone-like substance that stimulates cell division) and have been used as an external poultice for bruises sprains and broken bones over centuries, hence the other common names of bruisewort, knitbone and boneset. 20 seeds.

MANUKA - Leptospermum scoparium
MANUKA

Tea Tree or Manuka is used for medicinal purposes and for essential oils, and is especially known as a source of medicinal honey. This Tasmanian type is very frost hardy and has pretty white/rose pink flowers in summer. A good container plant which needs regular, light pruning. Extremely variable in size depending upon soil and climate (ideal conditions to 7m). Handles a wide range of soils and climatic conditions. Not to WA. 200 seeds/No.1/

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia
Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia

A hardy annual that bees, hoverflies and parasitic wasps love, making it is a great companion plant in the garden. A prolific bloomer with dense, curved, bell shaped blue-lilac flowers. It grows to 80 cm and makes a useful border plant that will supply you with cut flowers. Also used as a green manure to suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil. Sow in spring for summer flowering or in autumn to protect the soil through winter and early spring blooms. 100 seeds. No.1.

MISS WILLMOTT’S GHOST - Eryngium giganteum
MISS WILLMOTT’S GHOST

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.

Meadow Sage - Salvia pratensis
Meadow Sage

An aromatic perennial wildflower from Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. Beautiful blue-dark purple flower spikes to 60+ cm that attracts beneficial insects to the garden. A hardy woody stemmed plant that can be included in a meadow mixture. A honey-bee food plant and culinary herb where it has been used in flavouring beer and wine. Flowers in its first year. 50 seeds. No. 1.

Chilli 'Butch T Trinidad Scorpion' - Capsicum chinense
Chilli 'Butch T Trinidad Scorpion'

The hottest chilli in our catalogue!! A previous world record holder for the hottest chilli at 1.4 million Scoville Heat Units. A tall plant that likes a warm, sheltered position (in cooler areas grow in greenhouse or indoors). Produces a good yield of 5-8 cm pendant shaped chillies that taper to a sharp point (the scorpion’s tail). Extremely hot, so do not let kids pick fruit from the plant!! Not to WA. 15 seeds.

Carrot ‘Deep Purple’ F1 - Daucus carota var. sativus
Carrot ‘Deep Purple’ F1

CARROT ‘Deep Purple’ F1 Daucus carota var. sativus

A carrot that is purple all the way to the core. Most other purple carrots have just purple skin or flesh, not this one it’s purple through and through. A sweet carrot that retains its colour though the cooking process. Beware though a purple carrot soup is a site to behold!! Treated seed. 200 seeds.

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek

A fast growing annual herb/spice. Both the leaves and seed can be used in the kitchen. In India the leaves are used like spinach in curries, while the seeds are used are lightly roasted and used as one of the spices in curries. As fenugreek is a legume with nitrogen nodules on its roots it can be used as a dual purpose crop; in the kitchen and as summer green manure crop. Collect seed from the pods for sprouting. 100 seeds.

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek

A fast growing annual herb/spice. Both the leaves and seed can be used in the kitchen. In India the leaves are used like spinach in curries, while the seeds are used are lightly roasted and used as one of the spices in curries. As fenugreek is a legume with nitrogen nodules on its roots it can be used as a dual purpose crop; in the kitchen and as summer green manure crop. Collect seed from the pods for sprouting. 100 seeds.

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia - Phacelia tanacetifolia
Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia

A hardy annual that bees, hoverflies and parasitic wasps love, making it is a great companion plant in the garden. A prolific bloomer with dense, curved, bell shaped blue-lilac flowers. It grows to 80 cm and makes a useful border plant that will supply you with cut flowers. Also used as a green manure to suppress weeds and to add organic matter to the soil. Sow in spring for summer flowering or in autumn to protect the soil through winter and early spring blooms. 100 seeds. No.1.

Spinach ‘Malabar Red Climbing’ - Basella rubra
Spinach ‘Malabar Red Climbing’

An attractive perennial vine that has edible green leaves and shoots that can be used in salads or stir fries. The red stems give the plant an ornamental value as well. Provide a trellis for easy picking and to protect other plants from being smothered! A heat loving plant that is grown as an annual in cooler areas as it is frost tender. While not a true spinach the leaves taste and look similar. 30 seeds.

Masterwort - Astrantia major
Masterwort

A long flowering attractive plant that provides a touch of elegance to the cottage garden with a mass of white starry flowers with pink veins in summer. Used in flower arrangements. Prefers cool-temperate areas, in warmer climates provide midday shade. Can be used as a ground cover when planted as a group. Deadhead to prolong flowering and self seeding. 20 seeds. No. 3.