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.

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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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'
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

Limited stock!

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

A diminutive version of the familiar lilac, with small leaves and loose, sweetly-scented clusters of tiny, purple-pink flowers in spring. More often than not, flowers continue to appear throughout the summer and into early autumn. Although best sited in full sun, it will generally cope well with part shade. More info...

Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis NCG 360 Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis
Peking Lilac, Chinese Tree Lilac

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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 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 - 100 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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Tithonia rotundifolia 'Fiesta Del Sol' NCG 292 Tithonia rotundifolia 'Fiesta Del Sol'
Mexican Sunflower 'Fiesta Del Sol'

Currently unavailable

A smaller, more compact variety than her sister, 'Torch', this is a lovely addition towards the front of the hot bed! A profusion of rich orange flowers from late summer to autumn, on branching plants growing to about 30in/80cm tall. A good cut flower, although the hollow neck of the…

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Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch' NCG 046 Tithonia rotundifolia 'Torch'
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds
Limited stock

Mexican Sunflower 'Torch'

A dynamic plant for the hot bed! A profusion of rich orange to vermillion flowers from late summer to autumn, on large, branching plants up to 6ft/2m. A good cut flower, although the hollow neck of the cut blooms can be a little prone to sudden collapse, particularly if deprived…

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Trachelium caeruleum 'Pallas' AGM NCG 441 Trachelium caeruleum 'Pallas' AGM
Blue throatwort

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Although a perennial, this stunning plant is usually grown as an annual, as it will not withstand frost. It forms a bushy mound of small leaves from which rise flower stems topped with large umbels composed of many tiny mauve flowers. A wonderful cut flower - much recommended!

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Trachycarpus fortunei NCG 742 Trachycarpus fortunei
Seed 1 x packet (30 seeds)


Windmill palm, Chusan palm

When mature, this beautiful palm is quite happy outside in most parts of the UK and will withstand temperatures as low as -15-20C. It is best grown in a sheltered, sunny position. Removing the lowest tier of leaves (and spent flowering stems after fruiting) on mature plants each year in…

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Tragopogon pratensis NCG 671 Tragopogon pratensis
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx


Meadow salsify, Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, Showy goat's beard

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