Welcome to the Norfolk Cottage Garden Seeds & Plants Shop This is an alphabetical listing of all the cottage garden plants.


 
IMPORTANT NOTE:
At times, especially during the summer, plants may be cut back or pinched out if they are too far advanced to ship whole. This encourages annuals and biennials to produce extra flowering stems, so no bad thing! Perennials will establish well for next year, but may or may not flower this year, depending on species. In some instances top growth may be woody or sparce (e.g. Anthemis tinctoria), but don't worry, the plants are perfectly healthy and will soon produce fresh foliage! Please contact me if you would like to enquire about specific plants.

Acanthus spinosus NCG 001 Acanthus spinosus
Seed 1 packet - 9 seeds

£2.15

 
Bear's Britches

Dynamic - good in shade!

This stately, dramatic plant is happiest in full sun, but will also tolerate deep shade. Very useful cut flower, both fresh and dried. The flower spikes, with white blooms with purple bracts, appear above deeply divided dark green foliage.

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Acer griseum AGM NCG 080 Acer griseum AGM
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds

£2.95

 
Paper Bark Maple

Sow immediately!

A small to medium sized ornamental tree which lends interest to the garden at all times of year. Small, yellow flowers appear in spring, followed by fresh green foliage in spring and summer, then spectacular orange, red and pink autumn foliage in autumn. At all times of year the chestnut-red…

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Achillea millefolium NCG 233 Achillea millefolium
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Common Yarrow, Milfoil

A plant of many names! It has variously been called, Devil's Nettle, Hundred-leaved Grass, Lace Plant, Milfoil, Nose Pepper, Nosebleed, Sanguinarya and Soldier's Woundwort (to name just a few), some clearly referring to its medicinal properties, others to its appearance. Whilst many cultivars are available, this wild flower is white…

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Achillea millefolium, Pink NCG 638 Achillea millefolium, Pink
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)
Only a few available!
£3.95

 
Pink yarrow

A cultivar of the familiar white or cream wild flower, with flat heads of tiny, deep-pink blooms with white eyes, held on wiry stems clothed in very fine, ferny, dark-green foliage. Attractive to bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects.

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Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl' NCG 456 Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl'
Plant 1 x clump (equiv. 9-12 cm pot)
Sometimes bare-rooted
£4.95

 
Sneezewort 'The Pearl'

'The Pearl' produces sprays of small, white, double flowers on wiry stems about 24 inches/60cm high, with narrow, toothed leaves. A spreading plant which is not too difficult to control in lighter soils. The blooms tend to last longer if the plant is sited in part shade, but full sunlight…

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Acis or Leucojum autumnalis Syn. autumnale NCG 399 Acis or Leucojum autumnalis Syn. autumnale
Plant 6 x bulbs (usually in the green)
Limited stock
£5.75

 
Autumn Snowflake

Very special - bulbs now available!

Little white nodding bells on slender, red stems appear from late summer above bright-green, grass-like foliage. This is an attractive and unusual plant for the front of the border. Although said to prefer full sun, mine are in part shade and flourish there. Classified as half hardy, but generally long-lived…

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Aconitum Carmichaelii Var. arendsii NCG 129 Aconitum Carmichaelii Var. arendsii
Seed 1 x packet (50 seeds approx)

£2.95

 
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)

£4.25

 
Autumn-flowering monkshood

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Acorus  gramineus 'Ogon' NCG 722 Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'
Plant 1 x clump (Equiv. 9cm pot)

£4.95

 
Golden Japanese rush, Variegated slender sweet flag

Although strictly speaking a marginal pond plant, this small and attractive grass-like plant will grow successfully in almost any reasonable, moist soil - in fact it seems quite content in quite dry spots in my garden. It produces strongly variegated, green and yellow, fan-shaped tufts of stiff, aromatic foliage and…

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Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' NCG 756 Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee'
Seed 1 x packet (30 seeds approx.)

£2.25

 
Baneberry

Formerly known as Cimicifuga racemosa, this tall, dynamic plant produces bold cut foliage of a deep burgundy colour - almost black. Racemes of tiny, white or pinkish flowers appear on tall, arching stems in summer. Highly recommended.

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Adenophora latifolia 'Amethyst' NCG 224 Adenophora latifolia 'Amethyst'
Seed 1 packet

£2.60

 
Ladybells

Sometimes confused with campanula, to which it is related, this plant is more delicate. It has nodding bells in a lovely soft shade of violet-blue, borne on straight stems with dark-green toothed foliage.

NOTE: The plants have a rather scrambling root system and are difficult to split tidily.…

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Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' NCG 499 Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'
Plant 1 x plant (Equiv. 9cm pot)

£5.95

 

Very limited stock!

Description coming soon.

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Agapanthus campanulatus var. albidus NCG 087 Agapanthus campanulatus var. albidus
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.
Ex. albidus (see note re. seeds)
£2.15

 
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot or equiv.)
Limited stock
£5.75

 
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.
Ex. pale blue (see description)
£2.15

 
White Bell Agapanthus

Given the right conditions - full sun and rich, moisture retentive but well-drained soil, this deciduous form of Agapanthus will reward with lovely white blooms above bright green strap-like leaves, particularly if fed regularly. A good choice for large containers, but must be kept well-watered. Generally hardy, but may benefit…

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Agastache anisata NCG 700 Agastache anisata
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Anise hyssop, Licorice mint

Soft spikes of blue flowers adorn this pretty perennial wildflower throughout the summer, above strong stems with dark-green, nettle-like leaves. All parts of the plant have a strong scent of aniseed. Also known as Agastache foeniculum or Lophanthus anisatus.

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Agrostemma githago NCG 639 Agrostemma githago
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Corn cockle, Bastard nigella, Corn pink

This delightful annual wildflower has pink, five-petalled flowers surrounding by elongated calyxes, on strong, upright stems with narrow leaves. Should happily self-seed but unwanted plants are not difficult to remove.

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Agrostis nebulosa NCG 002 Agrostis nebulosa
Seed 1 packet

FREE!
When you buy other items.

 
Cloud Grass, Fibre Optics Grass

Highly recommended!

As the seed heads emerge, they resemble fibre optics! Lovely plant for floral arrangements. Remove seedheads if you don't want the grass to self seed, but unlike some grasses is not difficult to control - roots are shallow so young, unwanted plants can be removed easily.

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Ajuga reptans NCG 420 Ajuga reptans
Creeping bugle

Currently unavailable

Creeping bugle is a low-growing, evergreen plant that is useful to provide ground cover or to grow between paving stones. It produces spikes of rich blue/purple flowers in Spring, above dark, sometimes almost black, foliage.

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Akebia quinata NCG 003 Akebia quinata
Chocolate vine

Currently unavailable

A most attractive climbing vine that lends interest to the garden throughout most of the year. Pretty flowers, interesting foliage and striking lilac-skinned fruit, which are edible. The fruits are ripe when they split to revel their glistening white pulp, studded with shiny black seeds (which are also edible, so…

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Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double Icicle' NCG 702 Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double Icicle'
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx
Only one pack left!
£1.95

 
Hollyhock 'Chater's Double Icicle'

Beautiful bright-white double blooms adorn this lovely variety of hollyhock. Although hollyhocks are strictly speaking perennials, these very popular cottage garden plant, are best treated as biennials, particularly since they can be susceptible to rust. Cut back after first flowers are almost spent to encourage new, albeit shorter, flower spikes.

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Alcea rosea Ex. 'Jet Black' NCG 302 Alcea rosea Ex. 'Jet Black'
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Hollyhock, Ex. 'Jet Black'

Deepest, deepest red-purple - as close to black as you can get! Although strictly speaking a perennial, this very popular cottage garden plant is best treated as a biennial, particularly since it can be susceptible to rust. These are very tall plants and some support is recommended.

NOTE: Since…

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Alcea rosea, mixed NCG 005 Alcea rosea, mixed
Seed 1 packet, mixed

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. white with purple eye

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. pale cream

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. very pale pink

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. pure white

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. pale yellow

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. rich raspberry red

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. extremely dark red

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. apricot with red eye

£1.85

 
Seed 1 packet, Ex. deep strawberry pnk

£1.85

 
Hollyhock, single

I am offering here not only mixed-colour seeds but a selection of packets containing seed collected from individual plants that I thought particularly pretty, but they cannot be guaranteed to come true. (NOTE: Seeds from black hollyhock are listed separately.)

Although strictly speaking a perennial, this very popular cottage…

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Alcea rugosa NCG 590 Alcea rugosa
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds

£2.95

 
Russian hollyhock, Yellow fig-leaved hollyhock

Very unusual hollyhock!

Hollyhocks, although strictly speaking perennials, are usually grown as biennials, chiefly because they are susceptible to rust. However, this pale-yellow-flowered variety, with fig-leaf shaped foliage, is said to be a true perennial, being less prone to rust. The flowers are distinctive in that, unlike other hollyhocks, they have a lobed…

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Alchemilla alpina NCG 585 Alchemilla alpina
Plant 1 x young plant (equiv. 9cm pot)
Very limited stock
£5.75

 
Alpine lady's mantle

My favourite alchemilla - the delicate, deeply cut, silver edged leaves of this small plant are altogether more refined than those of other varieties. Lovely at the front of the border and useful in containers. Sprays of tiny yellow-green flowers on wiry stems appear in spring and summer.

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Alchemilla erythropoda AGM NCG 313 Alchemilla erythropoda AGM
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)
Very limited stock
£4.95

 
Alpine alchemilla, Dwarf lady's mantle

Limited stock

Much daintier than the familiar Alchemilla mollis, this miniature variety looks lovely at the front of the border or in containers. Sprays of tiny yellow-green flowers on short, wiry, reddish stems appear in spring and summer.

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Allium caeruleum NCG 672 Allium caeruleum
Blue globe onion, Blue-of-the-heavens, Blue-flowered garlic

Currently unavailable

Small, clear-blue globes of loveliness! The blooms appear in late-spring to early summer on straight, slender stems. The foliage dies down before the flowers appear. I hope to offer seeds later in 2016.

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Allium  cristophii AGM NCG 095 Allium cristophii AGM
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx

£2.95

 
Star of Persia

Beautiful giant orbs of lilac flowers are followed by exquisite spherical seed heads and are wonderful for dried flower arrangements. The dried stems are very weak; the solution is to very carefully push a slender woody stem (I use willow) or heavy wire down the stem, preferably while it is…

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Allium  fistulosum NCG 007 Allium fistulosum
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Welsh Onion, Bunching Onion

A non-bulbing 'bunching onion' that is useful when just a hint of onion is required. An attractive plant that can be grown in an ornamental bed. Bees and other beneficial insects love it!

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Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' AGM NCG 435 Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' AGM
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds
Limited stock
£1.95

 
Ornamental Onion 'Purple Sensation'

The perfect choice for hot and dry conditions, this beautiful allium looks wonderful planted in drifts. The umbels of rich, purple flowers are 3 inches across and borne on strong, upright stems.

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Allium hollandicum Syn. aflatunense NCG 681 Allium hollandicum Syn. aflatunense
Seed 1 x packet (30 seeds approx.)

£1.95

 
Persian onion

The seeds offered have been collected from particularly rich-magenta flowers. The 3 inch globes have prominent stamens and look wonderful grown en masse!

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Allium moly NCG 784 Allium moly
Yellow garlic

Currently unavailable

Clusters of golden-yellow, starry flowers adorn this lovely bulbous plant in late Spring to early Summer.

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Allium ostrowskianum syn. oreophilum NCG 785 Allium ostrowskianum syn. oreophilum
Mountain lover, Pink lily leek

Currently unavailable

Description coming soon.

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Allium schubertii AGM NCG 343 Allium schubertii AGM
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds

£2.95

 
Persian onion, Schubert's onion, Tumbleweed onion

Looking for all the world like fireworks, giant orbs of lilac flowers are followed by exquisite seed heads that and are wonderful for dried flower arrangements. The dried stems are very weak; the solution is to very carefully push a slender woody stem (I use willow) or heavy wire down…

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Allium ursinum NCG 721 Allium ursinum
Ransoms, Wild garlic

Currentlly unavailable

The wide, bright green leaves of this pretty woodland plant have a mild garlic flavour and can be used in salads. In spring it produces attractive heads of small white flowers - which are also edible, as are the shoots, stems, roots and seeds! Ransoms require shady, moist conditions.

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Allium vineale NCG 401 Allium vineale
Seed 1 packet - 60 bulbils approx.

£1.95

 
Crow garlic

Although crow garlic is often considered a weed (the bulbils produced at the tip of the stems fall to the ground and can cause it to spread rather too eagerly!), if you don't have space to grow proper garlic but would like to add a hint of fresh garlic to…

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Aloe barbadensis NCG 846 Aloe barbadensis
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£5.95

 
Aloe vera, Barbados aloe,

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Alonsoa warscewiczii NCG 451 Alonsoa warscewiczii
Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx.

£2.25

 
Mask flower

Highly recommended!

A native of Peru, this is one of my favourite discoveries! The stems of this tender perennial are strong and wiry and the small leaves are a rich green. The flowers, which are about an inch across and rich vermillion-red, opening from sweet little pouch-like buds, are produced in profusion…

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Alstroemeria Ex. Orange NCG 600 Alstroemeria Ex. Orange
Peruvian Lily

Currently unavailable

Alstromeria with their bright, beautifully marked, lily-like blooms, look far too exotic for our climate but they are hardy plants that will survive in almost any situation.

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Alstroemeria Ligtu Hybrids NCG 610 Alstroemeria Ligtu Hybrids
Peruvian lily

Currently unavailable

Flowers in a range of colours, from white through warm yellows, oranges and reds to shades of pink, on strong, straight stems with glossy foliage. Prefers soil that is not too limey.

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Alstroemeria psittacina 'Mona Lisa' NCG 462 Alstroemeria psittacina 'Mona Lisa'
Seed 1 packet - 9 seeds

£3.25

 
Lily of the Incas, Peruvian Lily, Parrot lily

Limited stock!

Unlike many other Peruvian lilies, 'Mona Lisa' is known to come true from seed. It makes a wonderful cut flower (if you can bear to remove it from the garden!), with large heads of dark-red, speckled flowers with tinges of green on strong, straight stems with glossy foliage. Prefers soil…

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Ammi majus NCG 088 Ammi majus
False Bishop's Weed, Herb William

Currently unavailable

Rather like cow parsley, but both flowers and foliage are much finer. This annual is a very useful filler plant for flower arrangers and is very attractive to bees. Plant en masse for best effect. A similar, but less well known plant (in my opinion far superior, and a perennial…

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Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata NCG 148 Ampelopsis glandulosa var. brevipedunculata
Seed 1 packet - 6 seeds

£2.95

 
Porcelain berry

Lovely climber for a warm wall!

This vine-like plant is attractive in all respects, but particularly for its stunningly coloured berries, which range from soft blue-green through turquoise to purple. It grows vigorously in the right conditions. Positioning on a sheltered south-facing wall in poorish soil and restricting root growth gives the best environment for reliable…

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Amsonia tabernaemontana NCG 574 Amsonia tabernaemontana
Seed 1 x packet (12 seeds)

£1.95

 
Rhazya, Eastern Bluestar

A clump-forming perennial with willowy, dark green leaves and clusters of sky-blue, starry flowers in spring and summer.

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Anemanthele lessoniana NCG 749 Anemanthele lessoniana
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Pheasant's tail grass

Syn. Stipa arundinacea - full description soon.

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Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance' AGM NCG 167 Anemone hupehensis 'Hadspen Abundance' AGM
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Windflower 'Hadspen Abundance'

Japanese anemones are best grown in a position where there is space for them to spread. They can be invasive but this is weighed against their attractiveness and usefulness in the garden. 'Hadspen Abundance' is a medium-sized plant with dark green lobed foliage on strong, straight stems which support pink…

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Anemone hupehensis 'Prinz Heinrich' NCG 513 Anemone hupehensis 'Prinz Heinrich'
Seed 1 packet

£2.25

 
Windflower 'Prinz Heinrich'

Japanese anemones are best grown in a position where there is space for them to spread. They can be invasive but this is weighed against their attractiveness and usefulness in the garden. 'Prinz Heinrich' is a medium-sized plant with dark green lobed foliage on strong, straight stems which support very…

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Anemone pavonina NCG 326 Anemone pavonina
Peacock anemone

Sorry - sold out

This spectacular, spring-flowering anemone is a Mediterranean species with dark-green leaves and bright, cup-shaped blooms in pink, purple or red, usually with a white eye. It is happiest in a sunny position in free-draining soil, either towards the front of a border, in containers or naturalised in grass.

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Anemone x hybrida  'Honorine Jobert' AGM NCG 067 Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' AGM
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Japanese Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

Japanese anemones are best grown in a position where there is space for them to spread. They can be invasive but this is weighed against their attractiveness and usefulness in the garden. A tall plant with dark green lobed foliage on strong, straight stems which support clear white cupped flowers…

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Anemone x hybrida Ex. 'Pretty Lady Emily' NCG 714 Anemone x hybrida Ex. 'Pretty Lady Emily'
Seed 1 packet

£2.25

 
Japanese anemone Ex. 'Pretty Lady Emily'

Japanese anemones are best grown in a position where there is space for them to spread. They can be invasive but this is weighed against their attractiveness and usefulness in the garden. 'Pretty Lady Emily' produces very pale-pink, double flowers with a rich yellow centre.

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Anemonopsis macrophylla NCG 461 Anemonopsis macrophylla
False anemone

Currently unavailable

This exquisite woodland plant is native to the Japanese island of Honshu and seed is rarely found for sale, so don't miss out! The delicate, waxy flowers, which are very pale lilac, with darker tips to the central petals, open from attractive, spherical buds and are borne on wiry stems…

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Anemopsis californica NCG 296 Anemopsis californica
Lizard Tail, Yerba Mansa

Currently unavailable

A spring-flowering plant, having a cone of inflorescences surrounded by 4-9 white bracts which look like petals. This plant needs moisture and should always have its feet in water, so is a good choice as a marginal pond plant. It has many uses, ranging from herbal to crafts (for instance,…

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Anthemis nobilis 'Treneague' NCG 319 Anthemis nobilis 'Treneague'
Lawn chamomile

Sorry - currently unavailable

This low-growing, non-flowering form of chamomile is traditionally used to make the highly-scented, traditional 'chamomile' lawn', but can also be used in smaller quantities, dotted around in rockeries, at the front of beds or near paths where, when trodden on or brushed against, it releases its distinctive, apple-like fragrance. I…

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Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise' NCG 082 Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandaise'
Plant 1 x plant (Equiv. 9cm pot)
Available from late August
£4.95

 
Plant 3 x small plants
Available from late August
£6.95

 
Mayweed, Golden Marguerite, Dyer's Chamomile

Currently unavailable

With its masses of creamy-yellow daisy-like flowers on wiry stems with finely divided aromatic foliage, this drought-tolerant plant is a bright and cheerful choice for dry areas, although it will be happy in most soils. Cut back hard in the autumn to encourage strong new shoots in the spring. The…

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Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' NCG 278 Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds

£2.25

 
Black-leaved Cow Parsley

The finely divided, ferny, deep-purple, almost black leaves of this unusual plant make a lovely contrast with other plants, particularly those that have predominantly light-green foliage. The flat heads of tiny flowers are white with small pink bracts. Please note that not all plants produced from the seeds offered will…

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Antirrhinum majus 'Bizarre Hybrids' NCG 293 Antirrhinum majus 'Bizarre Hybrids'
Snapdragon 'Bizarre Hybrids'

Currently unavailable

Although a perennial, antirrhinums are usually treated as annuals. This variety has unusual, marbled flowers in a variety of colours - usually a mixture of yellows and reds. Snapdragons are a children's favourite! Since other antirrhinums are grown in the garden, I cannot absolutely guarantee that these seeds (or plants,…

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Antirrhinum majus 'Black Prince' NCG 708 Antirrhinum majus 'Black Prince'
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Snapdragon 'Black Prince'

Although strictly speaking perennial, antirrhinums are more often treated as annuals. This variety, which is tall, with deep, red-green foliage and very dark red (almost black) blooms, makes a dynamic statement, particularly when grown next to plants with light-green foliage. Highly recommended.

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Antirrhinum majus Ex. tall, red NCG 188 Antirrhinum majus Ex. tall, red
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Snapdragon, Ex. tall, deep-red

Although a perennial, antirrhinums are usually treated as annuals. These seeds were collected from particularly tall, velvety-red plants. Since other antirrhinums are grown in the garden I cannot guarantee that all will breed true.

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Antirrhinum majus ssp. tortuosum NCG 283 Antirrhinum majus ssp. tortuosum
Seed 1 packet - 70 seeds approx.

£2.15

 
Greater Snapdragon

Rare!

The seeds of this unusual variety of antirrhinum were collected in the Rif Mountains, Morocco. The plant has a rather lax, sprawling habit and bright, purplish-red blooms, Although a perennial, antirrhinums are usually treated as annuals, but you can try cutting them back from late autumn to early spring.

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Antirrhinum majus, mixed NCG 008 Antirrhinum majus, mixed
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Snapdragon, mixed

Although usually perennial, antirrhinums are generally treated as annuals. This is a mixture in many colours and heights, from medium-sized to dwarf (usually distinguishable early in their lives by small leaves, and tending to a trailing habit, making them a useful in hanging baskets). A children's favourite!

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Apium graveolens secalinum NCG 236 Apium graveolens secalinum
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Leaf celery, Wild celery, 'Par-Cel', Smallage

Looking almost identical to flat leaved parsley, all parts of this plant have a strong celery scent and flavour. Add a sprig or finely chopped leaves to stocks and sauces. The insignificant flowers are white, followed by masses of seed, which can be used to make celery salt (hover over…

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Aquilegia Clementine 'Salmon Rose' NCG 146 Aquilegia Clementine 'Salmon Rose'
Seed 1 packet - 40 seeds approx

£2.25

 
Columbine, Granny's Bonnet 'Salmon Rose'

New variety!

Beautiful spurless, double, salmon-pink blooms on wiry stems - a very special aquilegia! These seeds were taken from plants away from other aquilegias, but it is still possible that there has been some cross-pollination. However, in my experience this variety tends to breed true.

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Aquilegia oxysepala NCG 492 Aquilegia oxysepala
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.

£2.15

 
Oriental columbine, granny's bonnet

This unusual little wild columbine with brownish-red skirts and soft-yellow centres originates from Mount Konsai in Japan and is very hardy. Much recommended. (Externally sourced seeds.)

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Aquilegia viridiflora 'Chocolate Soldier' NCG 609 Aquilegia viridiflora 'Chocolate Soldier'
Columbine 'Chocolate Soldier'

Sold out for now

Unusual chocolate-brown petals with contrasting yellow-green stamens make this little aquilegia a stunning addition to the garden. Works well at front of border of in rockeries. Highly recommended!

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Aquilegia vulgaris 'Miss M I Huish' NCG 793 Aquilegia vulgaris 'Miss M I Huish'
Seed 1 x packet (30 seeds approx.)

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£4.95

 
Granny's bonnet, Columbine 'Miss M I Huish'

A beautiful, deep-violet, spurless, double variety of the classic cottage garden plant.

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Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. 'William Guiness' NCG 570 Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. 'William Guiness'
Seed 1 x packet (75 seeds approx.)

£2.25

 
Aquilegia 'Magpie', Columbine, Granny's Bonnet

Known both as A. 'Magpie' and A. 'William Guinness', this striking variety has deep red-purple (almost black) sepals and spurs and white-edged 'blades' - the modified petals at the centre of the flower.

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Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. Alba NCG 275 Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. Alba
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Granny's Bonnet - White

There is a large clump of the single white variety of this familiar and much loved cottage garden plant established behind the pond, and it often breeds true. Although there could be some cross-pollination with other colours in the garden, I am confident that the seeds offered will produce a…

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Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. var. stellata 'Nora Barlow' NCG 009 Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. var. stellata 'Nora Barlow'
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.

£2.15

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£4.95

 
Columbine, Granny's Bonnet, 'Nora Barlow'

This dainty aquilegia has double, spurless blooms in muted shades of pink, green. Not much more to say other than that it is my favourite aquilegia and is quite delightful! Since other aquilegia are grown in the garden there is the possibility of cross-pollination, but in my experience these seeds…

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Aquilegia vulgaris, Ex. Pink, single NCG 276 Aquilegia vulgaris, Ex. Pink, single
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Granny's bonnet, pink, single

It's not possible to guarantee that these seeds will come true, but they were gathered from such a pretty pink plant that I decided to save them separately from the other plants in the garden. If they fail to produce pink flowers, they will reward you with a lovely selection…

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Aquilegia vulgaris, various NCG 298 Aquilegia vulgaris, various
Seed 1 packet, mixed

£1.95

 
Plant 3 x young plants, mixed
Sourced from the garden to order.
£5.75

 
Granny's bonnet, various

A mixture of single, double and ruffled plants or seeds in a variety of colours - dark-purple, blue, white and pink. I'm also offering packets containing seeds from specific plants, but there may be some cross-pollination.

Note: Plants, when offered, may be bare-rooted, depending on season.

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Argemone mexicana NCG 010 Argemone mexicana
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy

This unusual and attractive late-flowering plant with distinctive vareigated and prickly leaves is drought tolerant. The poppy-like, papery lemon-yellow blooms have red-orange centres and are a welcome sight at a time of year when other flowers are saying their goodbyes. Watch out! All parts of the plant are, true to…

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Armeria pseudarmeria NCG 434 Armeria pseudarmeria
Sea thrift

Seeds sold out for now

The pretty little soft-red, globe-shaped flowerheads on stems 8-12in/20-30cm tall rising above low-growing rosettes of evergreen foliage are a magnet for pollinating insects. These tough plants are easy to grow and tolerate quite harsh conditions and poor, sandy soil.

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Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' AGM NCG 011 Arum italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' AGM
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds

£2.15

 
Plant 1 x pot (9-12cm)

£4.95

 
Italian arum 'Marmoratum', Variegated Cuckoopint, Lords-and-Ladies

Beautiful plant for shade!

The boldly marbled, arrow-shaped leaves appear in autumn and last right through most of the year. Seedlings may look unpromising at first, but as the plants grow the leaves develop their beautiful markings. Plant under trees to light up dark areas. When plants are on offer they are usually self…

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Aruncus dioicus AGM NCG 247 Aruncus dioicus AGM
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot approx.)
Sometimes bare-rooted
£4.95

 
Goatsbeard, Goat's Beard

Resembling an astilbe, but larger and more vigorous, this stunning plant gives a wonderful display of creamy-white, feathery flower plumes in late spring to early summer. The flowers retain their freshness longer in more shady areas, but the plant will also perform well in full sun. Well deserving of the…

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Asparagus officinalis NCG 400 Asparagus officinalis
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.85

 
Garden asparagus

Growing this delicious and exceedingly healthy vegetable from seed might seem a strange idea, since there is a long wait before even crowns can be harvested. Seed-grown asparagus means another year's wait, but the plants will tend to be stronger and healthier than those from bare-rooted crowns that may have…

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Asphodeline (Syn. Asphodelus) lutea (Syn. luteus, flava) NCG 369 Asphodeline (Syn. Asphodelus) lutea (Syn. luteus, flava)
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds

£1.95

 
Asphodel, Jacob's rod, King's spear

This unusual plant bears fragrant, star-shaped yellow or white flowers in spring, rising above narrow, grassy leaves.

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Aster novae-angliae NCG 230 Aster novae-angliae
Plant 1 x young plant (Equiv. 9cm pot approx.)

£4.95

 
New England Aster 'Purple Dome', Michaelmas Daisy

This very pretty aster has a compact form, generally needing no support. From late summer it is studded with hundreds of rich, pinkish-purple flowers with yellow centres. It continues to flower even past the first frosts, providing welcome colour at the back end of the year. A very good cut…

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Aster Novae-angliae 'Harringtons Pink' AGM NCG 391 Aster Novae-angliae 'Harringtons Pink' AGM
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot or equiv. bare-rooted)

£4.95

 
New England aster 'Harrington's Pink'.

A wonderful cut flower, this aster has tall, strong, straight stems and is self-supporting on all but the most exposed sites. The flowers, which appear from late summer and well into autumn, are about 3.5cm across, a lovely warm-pink with a yellow centre and are very attractive to pollinating insects.…

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Aster sedifolius AGM NCG 232 Aster sedifolius AGM
Plant 1 x young plant (equiv. 9cm pot)
Limited stock
£4.25

 
Michaelmas daisy

Currently unavailable

This dainty little aster does best in part shade, but will tolerate a sunny position. The pale lavender flowers appear in abundance on wiry stems with small, narrow leaves. The plant is rather lax in habit, so if nearby plants fail to support it, staking is recommended. Unlike many asters,…

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Astrantia major 'Roma' NCG 826 Astrantia major 'Roma'
Seed 1 x packet (50 seeds approx.)

£2.15

 
Masterwort 'Roma'

A lovely mid-pink variety of the traditional cottage plant.

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Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding' NCG 176 Astrantia major 'Ruby Wedding'
Seed 1 x packet (30 seeds approx.)

£2.25

 
Masterwort 'Ruby Wedding'

An exquisite, deep-red variety of the traditional cottage garden plant.

NOTE: Seeds, when offered, have been collected exclusively from this variety, but since there are other astrantia in the garden there is the possibility of some cross-pollination.

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Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated' NCG 539 Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated'
Masterwort 'Sunningdale Variegated'

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This lovely astrantia produces masses of the usual pincushion blooms, which are pink with green tinges. But it really comes into its own in early spring, when the young foliage has strong white and green variegation. The white changes to cream and then yellow as the season progresses, and eventually…

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Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' AGM NCG 012 Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy' AGM
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)
Sometimes bare-rooted
£3.75

 
Masterwort 'Shaggy' (a.k.a. 'Margery Fish')

This astrantia form, with its white pincushion blooms, which are tinted green, is happy in shade and is said to repel slugs, so try planting near hostas. Makes a very good cut flower which lasts well and also can usually be successfully dried for winter arrangements. Although harvested from plants…

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Astrantia major, deep pink NCG 827 Astrantia major, deep pink
Seed 1 x packet (50 seeds approx.)

£2.25

 
Masterwort, deep pink

A lovely deep-pink variety of the traditional cottage garden plant. I don't know its name, unfortunately.

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Astrantia maxima AGM NCG 378 Astrantia maxima AGM
Largest Masterwort

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This lovely astrantia has a long flowering period. Rings of stiff, finely toothed, rich-pink bracts surround umbels of very small, pink flowers on straight, wiry stems above attractive, deeply-lobed, bright-green foliage. The plant has a spreading habit but is generally not difficult to control. Much recommended!

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Astrantia mixed NCG 069 Astrantia mixed
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£3.95

 
Masterwort, mixed

This astrantia mix should produce pincushion blooms which are pink or white with green tinges. It is happy in shade and is said to repel slugs, so try planting near hostas. Makes a very good cut flower which lasts well and also can usually be successfully dried for winter arrangements.

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Barbarea verna NCG 091 Barbarea verna
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
American land cress, Winter Cress, Wild Rocket

Vitamin packed!

Perhaps the best thing about wild rocket is that (as its other common name makes clear!) it produces lush foliage at times when other salad plants are not available. Its strong, pungent flavour is not dissimilar to water cress. Finely chopped, it makes an interesting addition to sandwiches. Treat as…

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Belamcanda chinensis NCG 381 Belamcanda chinensis
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds
Limited stock
£2.75

 
Leopard lily

Beautiful!

This most attractive perennial, which bears vividly orange blooms with dark spots, is a member of the Iris family. A lovely addition to a sunny hot bed, where it thrives even in quite arid conditions, although it will also tolerate light shade. A plant that is very easy to grow…

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Bidens ferulifolia 'Golden Goddess' NCG 207 Bidens ferulifolia 'Golden Goddess'
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Bidens 'Golden Goddess'

A taller variety than the familiar hanging basket and container Bidens, this bright and cheery plant looks lovely planted en masse in the hot bed, alongside other orange and yellow-flowering plants such as Cosmos polidor and Tagetes tenuifolia. The foliage is very attractive too - finely divided leaves are a…

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Billbergia nutans NCG 688 Billbergia nutans
Plant 1 x young plant (Equiv. 9cm pot)

£5.95

 
Queen's tears, Friendship plant

Limited stock

A bromeliad native to South America, the Friendship plant is so called because it produces side shoots which can be removed and grown on give to friends and family. The flowers are a kaleidoscope of pink, green, purple and yellow. They are evergreen perennials, generally quite forgiving of cold -…

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Billbergia x windii NCG 746 Billbergia x windii
Plant 1 x young plant (Equiv. 9cm pot)

£4.95

 
Angel's tears, Friendship plant

A bromeliad native to South America with flowers in a kaleidoscope of pink, green, purple and yellow. They are evergreen perennials, generally quite forgiving of cold - mine survive well over the winter in an insulated but unheated greenhouse, and spend the rest of the year outside in dappled sunshine,…

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Borago officinalis 'Bianca' NCG 703 Borago officinalis 'Bianca'
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx

£2.25

 
Borage 'Bianca' (White)

Like the common blue borage, this white variant is edible. The flowers, which have a flavour reminiscent of cucumber, can be added to summer drinks or as a garnish on salads and other cold dishes. The leaves can also be added, wilted, to Mediterranean recipes such as pasta sauces and…

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Borago officinalis, Blue NCG 593 Borago officinalis, Blue
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Borage, Blue

Borage is edible - the flowers, which have a flavour reminiscent of cucumber, can be added to summer drinks or as a garnish on salads and other cold dishes. The leaves can also be added, wilted, to Mediterranean recipes such as pasta sauces and to ravioli stuffing. Borage is very…

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Brimeura amethystina AGM NCG 242 Brimeura amethystina AGM
Amethyst hyacinth, Spanish hyacinth

Sorry - out of stock

The delicate, pale blue, nodding bells of this pretty bulbous plant are fragrant and much loved by butterflies. Although the common name refers to it as a hyacinth, it is in fact only distantly related. NOTE: Not to be confused with the Spanish bluebell, which is a thug and…

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Brunnera  macrophylla 'Jack Frost' NCG 550 Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)
Very limited stiock
£5.25

 
Siberian bugloss 'Jack Frost'

One of my favourite spring-flowering plants, with delicate sprays of sky-blue flowers, somewhat similar to forget-me-not, but with rather more wiry flower stems, above large, heart-shaped, exquisitely marked leaves. NOTE: Depending on the season, plants, when offered, may be delivered bare-rooted and trimmed back, but will soon produce fresh growth.

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Brunnera macrophylla NCG 691 Brunnera macrophylla
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot or equiv.)
Very limited stock
£4.95

 
Siberian bugloss

One of my favourite spring-flowering plants, with delicate sprays of sky-blue flowers, somewhat similar to forget-me-not, but with rather more wiry flower stems, above large, rich-green, heart-shaped leaves. NOTE: Depending on the season, plants, when offered, may be delivered bare-rooted and trimmed back, but will soon produce fresh growth.

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Bupleurum rotundifolium 'Griffithii' NCG 171 Bupleurum rotundifolium 'Griffithii'
Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx

£1.95

 
Common Hare's Ear

Lovely in flower arrangements!

A very useful filler both in the flower beds and in flower arrangements (fresh or dried), this plant resembles euphorbia, but without the irritating, milky sap. The foliage is bluish-green and the tiny flowers a vivid yellow-green. Gently self-seeds.

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Calendula officinalis NCG 049 Calendula officinalis
Seed 1 packet, mixed colours

£1.95

 
Seed 1 x packet, Ex. yellow

£1.95

 
Seed 1 x packet, Ex. orange

£1.95

 
Pot Marigold

A colouful addition to salads!

One of the most recognisable and popular cottage garden plants, this Calendula mixture will light up the garden for many months with an abundance of yellow and orange blooms, some double. Makes a nice addition to small flower arrangements, so cut often to encourage repeat flowering and to keep the…

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Calendula officinalis 'Sunset Buff' NCG 551 Calendula officinalis 'Sunset Buff'
Seed 1 x packet (50 seeds approx.)

£2.25

 
Pot marigold 'Sunset Buff'

A variation on one of the most recognisable and popular cottage garden plants, 'Sunset Buff' produces double (and perhaps the occasional single) flowers in soft, peachy tones with red backs. Makes a nice addition to small flower arrangements, so cut often to encourage repeat flowering and to keep the plants…

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Campanula glomerata NCG 404 Campanula glomerata
Clustered bellflower, Dane's blood

Sold out for now

Clusters of deep-blue bell-shaped flowers on straight stems from early summer. A very pretty plant, but spreads by underground runners and can be rather invasive, so position carefully.

Note: Bare-rooted plants, when on offer, may look a little untidy, particularly early in the year. Don't worry - they will establish…

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Campanula lactiflora NCG 064 Campanula lactiflora
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Milky Bellflower

Absolutely gorgeous!

A tall, stately campanula, pale blue/lilac or white. Makes a dynamic statement at the back of the border and is also lovely cut flower if you can bear to remove it from the garden! Masses of blooms on stems up to 2m high. Much in demand by visitors to the…

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Campanula persicifolia Ex. 'Alba' NCG 098 Campanula persicifolia Ex. 'Alba'
Seed 1 packet

£2.15

 
Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 9cm pot)

£3.95

 
White bellflower

A typical cottage garden plant, this campanula, with its papery, nodding white bells on tall, straight stems above low-growing foliage, is perfect for the middle of the border and is particularly effective if planted en masse. A good cut flower. Since these are open-pollinated plants, some variation may occur in…

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Campanula persicifolia, Ex. blue NCG 384 Campanula persicifolia, Ex. blue