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

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.

Cynara cardunculus NCG 625 Cynara cardunculus
Seed 1 packet - 9 seeds
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The cardoon, also called the artichoke thistle, is a member of the sunflower family. It is native to the western and central Mediterranean region. A robust plant, growing up to 2.4m/8 feet tall, it produces large, rich-pink thistle-like flower heads above divided, grey-green foliage. The immature flowers, called globe artichokes,…

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Datura metel 'Blackcurrant Swirl' NCG 696 Datura metel 'Blackcurrant Swirl'
Angel's trumpet 'Blackcurrant Swirl'

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Although strictly speaking a perennial shrub, this dynamic plant is usually grown as an annual, but container-grown plants can be overwintered in a conservatory or heated greenhouse. HIGHLY POISONOUS!!!

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Datura stramonium NCG 234 Datura stramonium
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.

Jimson Weed, Thorn Apple

Datura produces white, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers and light green foliage, but the most striking part of the plant is its large spiky seed pods. They make a very interesting addition to dried flower arrangements. Although originating from warmer countries, this plant has become widely naturalised in the UK. HIGHLY POISONOUS!!!…

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Delphinium requienii NCG 599 Delphinium requienii
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds


Requin's larkspur

Very rare!

A beautiful plant which is seldom seen in the UK, Requin's larkspur produces spikes of soft, brownish-blue flowers, reminiscent of orchids, above attractive, shiny leaves (which, unlike those of other delphiniums, are said to be of no interest to slugs and snails). Usually grown as a biennial, but will flower…

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Dianthus barbatus Ex. nigrescens 'Sooty' NCG 432 Dianthus barbatus Ex. nigrescens 'Sooty'
Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx.


Sweet William, black


May not always come true from seed, but seeds were exclusively from this variety and should produce a high proportion of dark-red to almost black blooms.

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Didiscus caeruleus 'Blue Lace' NCG 280 Didiscus caeruleus 'Blue Lace'
Blue lace flower

Currently unavailable - crop failure!

This gorgeous long-flowering annual, with its umbels of soft mauve blooms, is also sweetly scented and should be better known - it deserves a place in any self-respecting garden! It is also a very good cut flower. Lovely... and very attractive to pollinating insects.

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Didiscus caeruleus, Lacy Series NCG 452 Didiscus caeruleus, Lacy Series
Lace flower, mixed

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A most attractive (to pollinating insects as well as humans!), long-flowering annual. The umbels of blooms in soft shades of pink, blue, mauve and white are sweetly scented and make an excellent cut flower.

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

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Digitalis ferruginea gigantea 'Gelber Herold' NCG 620 Digitalis ferruginea gigantea 'Gelber Herold'
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx


Rusty foxglove 'Gelber Herold'

Rare and beautiful!

A tall, dynamic variety of rusty foxglove that looks spectacular when grown en masse! Much recommended. Although listed as a perennial, it is generally short-lived and may not survive after flowering, so it is best to sow every year.

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Digitalis grandiflora 'Carillon' NCG 692 Digitalis grandiflora 'Carillon'
Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx


Dwarf yellow foxglove

This diminutive yellow-flowered foxglove is compact and sturdy. It is happiest in semi-shade but will tolerate both deeper shade and sunnier positions. Flowering for most of the summer, the blooms are a soft pale-yellow. Well-drained, humus-rich soils are recommended for best results.

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Digitalis grandiflora ambigua/macrantha AGM NCG 223 Digitalis grandiflora ambigua/macrantha AGM
Seed 1 packet


Large yellow foxglove, Cream-coloured foxglove

This stunning plant is a perennial, but generally short-lived, so best treated as a biennial. Tall spikes of soft yellow, speckled flowers rise above a rosette of dark green leaves. It is lovely in a woodland setting, where the blooms light up shady corners, but will tolerate sun.

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Digitalis lutea NCG 180 Digitalis lutea
Seed 1 packet


Small foxglove

A lovely plant for woodland areas. Small yellow blooms with speckled throats are borne on delicate spikes - a much more dainty plant in all respects than the common pink foxglove. Although it will tolerate both sun and dry soil, this plant is happiest in rich, moist soil and dappled…

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Digitalis obscura NCG 455 Digitalis obscura
Seed 1 packet - 40 seeds approx.


Willow-leaved foxglove, Dusky maid, Sunset foxglove

Limited stock

This rare and most striking, foxglove originates from the mountains of Spain and is also found in parts of Africa. Generally a little shorter than most other digitalis varieties, the flowers are exquisitely coloured in shades of russet, burnt-orange and red, complemented by evergreen, narrow-leaved foliage. In the right environment…

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Digitalis parviflora Jacq. NCG 362 Digitalis parviflora Jacq.
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.


Chocolate Soldier, Small-flowered foxglove

Plants sold out - can grow to order

A most unusual foxglove, and like most digitalis, usually treated as a biennial, although it can survive as a short-lived perennial. This variety produces flower spikes of densely-packed, chocolate-coloured, tubular flowers about 2cm in length, above basal rosettes of attractive, slightly glossy, dark-green foliage. It will happily self-seed in a…

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Digitalis purpurea NCG 447 Digitalis purpurea
Seed 1 packet


Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx
Ex. cream


This, the original, wild form of the traditional cottage garden biennial plant, will be familiar to all, with its tall spires of blooms in a variety of pink shades above rosettes of large, mid-green leaves. The flowers are much loved by pollinating insects, especially bumble bees.

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Digitalis purpurea 'Apricot' NCG 346 Digitalis purpurea 'Apricot'
Apricot foxglove

Sold out for now

The traditional cottage garden foxglove comes in many colours and this, with its warm, pale pink spikes, is one of my favourites! These seeds have been sourced from a commercial grower, so they should come true.

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Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice' NCG 664 Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice'
Seed 1 x packet (200 seeds approx.)


Plant 3 x young plants
Delivery from late-April to early-May 2018

Foxglove 'Pam's Choice'

A two-toned foxglove, white with strongly contrasting, dark-maroon speckling in the throat.

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Digitalis purpurea Ex. f. albiflora NCG 248 Digitalis purpurea Ex. f. albiflora
Seed 1 packet


White Foxglove

An attractive white form of the familiar cottage garden foxglove. Seed is collected only from pure white plants but may not all come true - sowing more than you need and discarding young plants with red tinges at the base of leaves should help you obtain white plants. When plants…

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Digitalis purpurea subsp. heywoodii 'Silver Cub' NCG 523 Digitalis purpurea subsp. heywoodii 'Silver Cub'
Foxglove 'Silver Cub'

Currently unavailable

The beautiful white flower spikes of this variety are enhanced by the foliage, which is covered in fine white hairs, giving a silvery appearance and silky to the touch. Can be grown as an annual, flowering in its first year if sown in January or February.

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Eccremocarpus syn. Calampelis scaber NCG 673 Eccremocarpus syn. Calampelis scaber
Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx.


Chilean Glory Flower

Delightful climber!

A lovely climber with attractive, divided, mid-green foliage and masses of small, tubular blooms in shades from deep-red to orange from late spring and well into autumn. If grown in a sheltered position it will sometimes survive a mild winter in the UK, but is more usually grown as a…

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Eschscholzia californica NCG 075 Eschscholzia californica
Seed 1 packet


California Poppy, Golden Cup, Cup of Gold

This drought-tolerant plant, with its finely divided grey-green foliage and very bright, shiny orange petals, looks wonderful near the edge of the border. Cut quite hard back after the first flush of flowers and it will quickly regenerate to provide further colour on well into autumn without becoming too straggly.…

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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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