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.

Cup and Saucer Vine ‘White’
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.

Feathered Pink Dianthus
Dianthus plumaris

A sweet perfumed dianthus with fine, simple, linear grey-green leaves. A hardy perennial growing to 50 cm high. The flowers come in a range of pinks and have clove like tasting petals that can be added for flavour or decoration to cakes, salads and drinks. Flowers from late spring into late summer. Prefers well drained sites. Suitable for rock gardens and cutting. No. 1. 50 seeds.

Monarda fistulosa

A hardy perennial with aromatic foliage and lilac-purple flowers that are magnets for honey bees and other beneficial insects. Growing to 80 cm high it can be planted in a wide range of soils in full sun to part shade. A versatile plant whose leaves are used for tea, culinary and medicinal purposes. Also used as a cut flower. Handles dry conditions. No. 1. 150 seeds.

Drought Resistant
Zebra Mallow / French Hollyhock
Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'

A hardy perennial that flowers in its first year, striking white cup shaped flowers with dark violet stripes running to the centre. Also know as French Hollyhock, the flowers, leaves and seed are edible. A prolific bloomer that is used to attract beneficial insects. No. 9. 30 seeds.

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
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