Cottage Garden Seeds
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.
This multi-stemmed cottage plant is covered in dozens of small, spiny, steel-blue flowers in summer and autumn. Over the cooler months, the flower bracts have a green, silvery sheen. An evergreen, salt-tolerant perennial that grows easily in well-drained, soil with extra lime and full sun. Beautiful, long lasting cut flower, fresh or dried. 30 seeds.
We love this short-lived perennial with cup-shaped, open flowers in orange, cream and pink. It is hardy, tolerates all soils and survives the hungry of browsers. This pretty, trouble-free plant for rock gardens and containers flowers from spring through to autumn and makes a simple cut flower. Dead head to prolong flowering. Easily self seeds. 200 seeds /No.1/
The pineapple lily is a hardy perennial that is easy to grow and deserve a spot in any garden. Beautiful purple striped racemes of white flowers with prominent purple tepal margins and ovaries appear in late summer. The leaves are light green with attractive wavy margins to 70 cm long. Can be grown easily in pots. Flowers need support in exposed areas. 15 seeds.
This rare, bushy annual grows to 1-metre and has very attractive, oval-shaped green and white variegated leaves and small, white flowers in summer. A fast-growing plant for full sun and well-drained soil. Its beautiful foliage also makes an unusual addition to flower arrangements. 25 seeds.
A very attractive, evergreen perennial with rosettes of spoon shaped leaves and 60cm tall stems, covered in tiny pink-white flowers over months in summer. An excellent cut flower and very hardy rock garden plant for a well drained position in full sun. over 150 seeds /No.1/
A beautiful flowering gaillarda that has dark red flowers with wide yellow tips, blooms from early summer to autumn. An easy to grow and maintain perennial, reaching a height of 75 cm. Flowers are excellent for cutting and last well in a vase. Dead head to prolong flowering. Cut back to lower buds in early winter to encourage fresh growth in spring. An excellent plant for attracting bees. 20 seeds.
A hardy herbaceous perennial that produces many golden starlike flower panicles in summer. Handles poor soils and seaside gardens. Grows to 30-60 cm. Obtained it name from the dried aromatic stems were used for stuffing pillows and mattresses to keep out bed bugs and fleas! The root makes a red dye and the flowering tops a yellow dye. Was also used to coagulate milk in cheese making. 150 seeds.
This graceful perennial produces hundreds of flowers over a long period (early summer to frost). Pink buds opening to pure white flowers with pink filaments. It handles a wide range of conditions, from cool winters to hot summers. A great cut flower and bee attractant. Prefers well drained soils, full sun and tolerates drought once established. Flowers in first year. 12 seeds.
A semi-double, bright golden flowered perennial that is sure to brighten any gardeners’ day. Lady Stratheden starts flowering in late spring and continues well into summer. Dead head to encourage a second burst of flowers. Great for bringing bees to the garden. For the herbaceous border with free draining, handles full sun to part shade. A popular cottage garden plant that was introduced in the 1920s from Chile. An award winning variety from RHS. 30 seeds.
An old-fashioned, evergreen perennial that has a long bloom period. It has hairy, pinnate leaves and tall stems topped with panicles of brilliant orange-red flowers. In warm climates it may be annual. ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ is one plant that you can say is frost-hardy, good looking, long flowering and trouble free. An excellent cut flower. For the herbaceous border with organic soil, in full sun with good drainage. 30 seeds.
This deciduous perennial produces unusual translucent green fruitballs that can be floated in water like swans or added to flower arrangements. Creamy and greenish white 5cm flowers in summer. A native to South Africa, but a long time favourite for cottage gardeners, it tolerates sandy soils and hot weather, is drought resistant and famous for attracting butterflies. 10 seeds.