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

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.

Sisyrinchium striatum NCG 202 Sisyrinchium striatum
Seed 1 packet - 60 seeds approx.


Sisyrinchium, yellow

Small pale yellow flowers with deeper yellow eyes on spikes above soft, greyish-green, sword-shaped leaves. Although strictly speaking a perennial, this plant seeds itself happily and the younger plants develop quickly and are often more attractive.

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Soleirolia syn. Helxine  soleirolii NCG 804 Soleirolia syn. Helxine soleirolii
Plant 1 x clump (equiv. 9cm pot approx.)


Mind-your-own-business, Baby's tears

A mat-forming, creeping perennial with tiny round leaves. It spreads rapidly so needs to be sited carefully, but does have its uses. Some sources describe it as tender, but mine has thrived in the passageway down the side of my house for 20 years! But it is perfectly happy as…

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Sophora microphylla NCG 581 Sophora microphylla
Seed 1 packet - 6 seeds


Weeping kowhai, Small-leaf kowhai

A very attractive small, semi-evergreen tree, native to New Zealand. Produces masses of pendulous, waxy, yellow blooms in spring. Needs a sheltered spot (against a wall is ideal) and full sun to grow as a tree, because although it is hardy to -15C/5F, it can be knocked back somewhat by…

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Sparaxis tricolor, mixed NCG 614 Sparaxis tricolor, mixed
Seed 1 packet - 10 seeds


Plant 9 cm pot (10 bulbs)
Limited stock! Delivery Feb-March

Harlequin flower, mixed

Originating from South Africa, the harlequin flower is a very showy choice for containers in late Spring. All the flowers, which are not long-lived but appear in succession to provide a long flowering period, have a dark halo around a yellow centre, but the colour of the outside of the…

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Stachys byzantina NCG 414 Stachys byzantina
Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 12cm pot)


Lamb's ears

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NOTE: Depending on season, plants, when available, may be trimmed back and/or barerooted for shipping. In this case they will look untidy, but will soon produce fresh foliage.

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Stokesia laevis NCG 219 Stokesia laevis
Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster

Sorry - currently unavailable

The clear lilac blooms of this plant resemble a delicate cornflower, but this is altogether a far superior plant, in my estimation. Not only is it very drought-tolerant, but is lightly scented, makes a good cut flower, attracts all manner of wildlife and will flower through to the first frosts.…

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Stokesia laevis v. Alba 'Traumeri' NCG 265 Stokesia laevis v. Alba 'Traumeri'
Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster - White

Sorry - out of stock!

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Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pringlei NCG 602 Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pringlei
Seed 1 packet
(Contains chaff - see notes)

White aster, White Michaelmas daisy

Copious small, white, narrow-petalled, daisy-like flowers with yellow centres adorn this aster in autumn, on tall, wiry stems clothed in small leaves.

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Symphyotrichum Syn. Aster novae-angliae 'Violetta' NCG 390 Symphyotrichum Syn. Aster novae-angliae 'Violetta'
Seed 1 packet
Contains some chaff

Plant 1 x plant (9 cm pot approx.)
Very limited stock, sometimes bare-rooted

New England Aster 'Violetta'

This tall, striking aster is exquisite... the picture does not really do it justice. It produces masses of deep-purple, single flowers about 3.5cm in diameter from late summer and well into autumn. It is loved by pollinating insects. Also a good cut flower. Much recommended! I cannot guarantee that seed,…

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Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue' NCG 421 Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue'
Plant 1 x plant (9 cm pot)


Comfrey 'Hidcote Blue'

Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue' produces branching stems bearing mid-green, rather coarse, foliage. Clusters of red buds appear in late spring, maturing to pale blue and then white. The foliage is mid-green and rather coarse. Best planted where it will always be required, as it is difficult to completely remove once established.…

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Symphytum orientale NCG 763 Symphytum orientale
Seed 1 x packet (50 seeds approx.)


White comfrey

Unlike its cousin, S. officinale, the flowers of this useful plant are pure white. It makes a wonderful fertiliser and, being semi-evergreen, leaves can be added to the compost heap throughout most of the year. It can also be used as a mulch and a liquid fertiliser can be made…

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Syringa microphylla NCG 359 Syringa microphylla
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds


Littleleaf Lilac

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

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Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis NCG 360 Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds


Peking Lilac, Chinese Tree Lilac

This attractive, small tree or large shrub, originating from northern China, has a rounded habit and bears fragrant, creamy-white flowers in mid- to late-Spring which are attractive to pollinating insects.

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

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Tagetes patula 'Disco Red' NCG 227 Tagetes patula 'Disco Red'
French Marigold 'Disco Red'

Currently unavailable

For those who are not lovers of French marigold, this one is much classier and may make you think again! The single blooms are deep orange to burgundy - sometimes almost brown, with a striking yellow edge.

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Tagetes tenuifolia 'Starfire Mixed' NCG 052 Tagetes tenuifolia 'Starfire Mixed'
Seed 1 packet


Mexican Marigold 'Starfire Mixed'

The masses of yellow, orange and vermillion flowers produced throughout the summer are not only very pretty but an extremely useful 'companion' plant. Since growing them at the base of my greenhouse tomatoes aphid are a thing of the past! Tagetes are suitable for planters and baskets or the front…

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Tanacetum parthenium NCG 217 Tanacetum parthenium
Seed 1 packet
N.B. Contains chaff


Hundreds of tiny little chrysanthemum-like flowers, white with a yellow centre, adorn this popular cottage garden plant. The stems are strong and erect, with mid-green, lobed leaves.

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Tellima grandiflora NCG 347 Tellima grandiflora
Seed 1 packet


Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 9cm pot approx.)


Fringe cups

Attractive shade-loving plant

A lovely woodland plant with a rosette of light-green round, lobed foliage and slender stems bearing insignificant, but nonetheless attractive, downward-pointing bell-shaped flowers down their length, sometimes creamy yellow, sometimes tinged with pink.

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Teucrium hircanicum 'Purple Tails' NCG 065 Teucrium hircanicum 'Purple Tails'
Seed 1 packet - 40 seeds approx.


Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 9cm pot)
Limited stock

Caucasian Germander 'Purple Tails'

Just a few plants available

Deep pink flower spikes with purple bracts from early summer to autumn, on erect stems rise above crinkled rich green basal foliage. Cut back after first flush to encourage new blooms. Although it prefers moist, free-draining soil, this plant is drought tolerant.

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Thalictrum aquilegifolium NCG 615 Thalictrum aquilegifolium
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.


Meadow rue

This lovely plant has sprays of nodding, fluffy, pinkish-purple flowers with long stamens above intricately divided foliage, followed by attractive seed heads. A good cut flower.

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Tigridia pavonia NCG 045 Tigridia pavonia
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.


Tiger Flower

This exotic bulb in shades of red, yellow, white and cream is happiest in full sun in moist, well drained soil (add grit to the planting hole if soil is heavy). Tigridia can endure the cold, but for complete safety, in all but the mildest areas it is advisable to…

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Norfolk Cottage Garden - Free Seeds!
Choose a packet of seeds from the three varieties below and it will be added to your order absolutely FREE!
 Nicotiana langsdorfii
Nicotiana 'Lime Green'
 Agrostis nebulosa
Agrostis nebulosa
 Nicandra physalodes
Nicandra physalodes Shoo-fly plant

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