Cottage Garden Seed

A splendour of fragrance and colour outside your door, a hand-picked gift for your friend, or a simple posy to brighten a room. Everyone loves flowers and other ornamental plants. Here you will find many cottage garden classics, as well as unusual additions that will be hard to find elsewhere. The right-hand column lists our selection using their botanical name. To search using their common nameuse the search button on the left hand side of the page. If you’re in the mood to browse, click on the ‘garden tour’ button on the right for a virtual wander down our garden path.

Fiddleneck / Lacy Phacelia
Phacelia tanacetifolia

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.

Calamintha nepeta

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

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.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods Sep 1st Jan 31st
Mild Climate Periods Aug 1st Jan 31st
Tropical Climate Periods Jan 1st Dec 31st
DAY FLOWER ‘Ouverture Mix’
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.

Coreopsis ‘Roulette Mix’
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.

Tangier Pea
Lathyrus tingitanus ‘Roseus’

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.

Sowing Periods
Cool Climate Periods Mar 15th May 30th
Aug 1st Oct 31st
Mild Climate Periods Mar 15th Jul 31st
Tropical Climate Periods Mar 18th Jun 30th
NASTURTIUM ‘Wild & Crazy Mix’
Tropaeolum majus

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 ‘Tom Thumb Black Velvet’
Tropaeolum minus ‘Tom Thumb Black Velvet’

A great non-trailing nasturtium with dark chocolate to mahogany coloured flowers.  With a dwarf habit it makes an ideal border or container plant. Plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual, that easily self-seeds. 12 seeds.

Poppy ‘Peace Mix’
Papaver rhoeas '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.

POPPY ‘Pandora’
Papaver rhoeas ‘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.

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