Cottage Garden Seeds

Snow in Summer - Cerastium tomentosum var. columnae
Cerastium tomentosum var. columnae

This great ground cover is loved for the profusion of white flowers in late spring – summer & the woolly silver-grey foliage that maintains interest when flowering has stopped. Growing to 15 cm this ‘carpeting’ ground cover is perfect in dry & poor soils, rock gardens or edging for paths/lawns. Has a cascading effect when planted in rock walls or hanging baskets. Flowers in first year. 80 seeds. nO. 1.

HONEYWORT  - Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’
Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’

A beautifully unusual plant with smooth, rounded, blue-green, succulent-like foliage with whitish spots. Very attractive, drooping, purple and yellow flowers appear in spring and summer and are a valuable source for honey production. This hardy annual is a handsome and usually tough plant for a sunny to lightly shaded position. Best suited for well drained soil, in rock gardens or pots. 15 seeds.

ROMAN CHAMOMILE - Chamaemelum nobile
Chamaemelum nobile

Perfect for making chamomile lawns, this wonderfully aromatic, ‘apple-scented’ groundcover is also great for filling gaps between pavers and stonewalls. Its pretty, daisy-like flowers have white petals and yellow centres and bloom in summer. They can be dried to make a soothing tea or used fresh as a garnish. Also called English Chamomile. A hardy perennial. 300 seeds.

GERMAN CHAMOMILE - Chamomilla recutita
Chamomilla recutita

A perennial herb mainly grown for medicinal purposes. The dried flowers are made into a tea, which has a calming effect and aids digestion. In the garden, chamomile tea is a mild fungicide when sprayed on affected plants. Pick the flowers in summer on a sunny day, dry them upside-down in a shady warm area. For full sun with average soil. 500 seeds.

WALLFLOWER ‘Cloth of Gold’ - Cheiranthus cheirii
Cheiranthus cheirii

A beautiful scent to go with this bright, golden yellow flowers. Will bloom over late winter and spring from a late sowing or in autumn from an early sowing. The flowers are sweet scented, about 2.5 cm across in showy clumps on short racemes. Belonging to the cabbage family, this short-lived evergreen perennial prefers slightly alkaline (limy) soil and good drainage. 200 seeds.

CRAZY DAISY ~ Shasta variety  - Chrysanthemum maximum
Chrysanthemum maximum

A fun daisy with long lasting double and semi-double white flowers. A hardy perennial that grows to 80 cm. Makes a great border plant with healthy growth of toothed oblong leaves and a mass of flowers. Makes an outstanding cut flower due to good vase life and medium stems. Handles most soils in full sun or part shade. About 50 seeds.

SHASTA DAISY - Chrysanthemum maximum 'Alaska'
Chrysanthemum maximum 'Alaska'

An old fashioned perennial with big white flowers and yellow centres, blooming all summer on 80 cm tall stems. Plant in large groups and divide from time to time. For full sun and good soil. Salt tolerant. 120 seeds/No.1. Not to WA.

SPIDER FLOWER ‘Fountain Mix’ - Cleome spinosa (syn. Hasslerianna)
Cleome spinosa (syn. Hasslerianna)

An unusual bedding plant with spidery flower petals in red, pink or white and attractive palmate leaves. This fast-growing and long-flowering annual makes a beautiful cut flower. Prefers a full sun to part shade, with well-drained soil. Deadhead flowers to prolong flowering to frost. Requires light and warmth to germinate, surface sow and press onto soil surface to ensure good contact. Keep moist and warm (20˚C+). Germinates in 14-18 days (will not germinate if too cold, seed will rot). 200 seeds.

PARROT BEAK - Clianthus puniceus
Clianthus puniceus

This unusual species from New Zealand is related to the Sturt Desert Pea. An evergreen shrub or scrambling climber with attractive deep pink/red, clustered pea flowers in spring. A moderately frost hardy evergreen plant best grown in full sun to semi shade in average garden soil. Prune back regularly. 15 seeds/No.8/

Cup and Saucer Vine - Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens

A vigorous, ‘plant and stand back’ vine with stunning, dark-purple, cup-shaped flowers year round. A great ‘quick fix’ for pergolas, ugly walls etc. Native to Mexico, it thrives in warm conditions, but tolerates cool climates, too. Can handle very light frosts. Prefers full sun.  10 seeds. Not to WA.

Cup and Saucer Vine ‘White’ - Cobaea scandens ‘Alba’
Cobaea scandens ‘Alba’

A fast-growing vine that happily covers any unsightly structures with the benefit of blooming year round with white cup-shaped flowers. A great ‘quick fix’ for pergolas, ugly walls etc. Native to Mexico, it thrives in warm conditions, but also tolerates cool climates. Can handle very light frosts. The more sun the more it flowers. Not to WA. 10 seeds.

DAY FLOWER ‘Ouverture Mix’ - Commelina tuberosa
Commelina tuberosa

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.

AMERICAN DAISY - Coreopsis grandiflora 'Mayfield Giants'
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Mayfield Giants'

It blooms for months in summer until autumn on 80 cm tall stems with beautiful golden yellow daisy like flower heads. A great cut flower and healthy perennial for a sunny garden bed with ordinary soil. 80 seeds/No.1/

Coreopsis ‘Roulette Mix’  - Coreopsis tinctoria
Coreopsis tinctoria

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.

COSMOS ‘Picotee’ - Cosmos bipinnatus 'Picotee'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Picotee'

A gorgeous cosmos with white flowers that are delicately edged with shades of magenta-pink. On slender 120cm stalks and delicate, bright green foliage these flowers attract attention in any garden. 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. 50 seeds.

COSMOS ‘Sensation Mix’ - Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sensation'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sensation'

This tall Mexican Aster has white, pink and red daisy-like flowers on slender 120cm stalks and delicate, bright green foliage. Marginally frost-hardy (frost tender seedlings) 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. 50 seeds.