Welcome to the Norfolk Cottage Garden Seeds & Plants Shop This is an alphabetical listing of the Perennials 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.

Capsicum frutescens - Bird Eye NCG 101 Capsicum frutescens - Bird Eye
Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds


Bird Eye Chilli

A small, medium-hot chilli with a thin skin which dries easily, but for fresh chillies all year round, keep a a pot indoors by a warm, sunny window during the winter. Prune the plant in spring to encourage new, bushy growth. It is possible to keep chilli plants for a…

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Carex comans 'Bronze' NCG 216 Carex comans 'Bronze'
Plant 5 x young plants


Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)


New Zealand Hair Sedge

This very attractive grass, 12 inches high and 12-18 inches in diameter, forms a soft tussock of very narrow, chestnut-red leaves in spring. These fade somewhat as the season progresses and in summer many delicate flower/seed spikes are produced. The soft, rounded 'cushion' of this grass was a magnet for…

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Catananche caerulea bicolor NCG 567 Catananche caerulea bicolor
White Cupid's Dart

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This pretty plant produces a basal rosette of narrow, grey-green leaves, above which wiry stems rise in summer, topped with white flowers with violet-blue eyes. The papery seedheads are very attractive and are useful for dried flower arrangements.

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Cenolophium denudatum NCG 705 Cenolophium denudatum
Baltic parsley

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Although somewhat similar to cow parsley (but bushier), both flowers and foliage of this attractive hardy perennial are more refined. A very useful filler plant for flower arrangers. There is a similar annual plant, Ammi majus, that is perhaps easier for direct sowing, but is rather coarser in…

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Centaurea montana NCG 014 Centaurea montana
Seed 1 packet


Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)
Sometimes bare-rooted, trimmed back

Perennial cornflower, Mountain bluet

This wildflower has been a popular garden plant for generations. Rich blue with a reddish-purple centre, it makes a good cut flower for smaller arrangements and posies. Dead-head regularly to promote fresh blooms. The plant has a lax habit, so either cut long stems back by half to discourage legginess…

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Centranthus ruber NCG 092 Centranthus ruber
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.
Ex. white plants

Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.
Ex. Deep-red plants

Seed 1 packet - 200 seeds approx.
Ex. Pink plants


A classic cottage garden plant with delicate sprays of white, pink or red flowers held above grey green foliage. Perfectly happy in poor, stony, chalky soil, but is will tolerate other more-or-less neutral soil types. Although a perennial, perhaps better treated as a biennial as older plants tend to become…

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Cephalaria gigantea NCG 353 Cephalaria gigantea
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds


Giant scabious, Yellow scabious

Loved by pollinators!

This stunning perennial scabious is perfect for the back of the border as it can grow as high as 2.5m. Blooming during the summer, the strongly textured flowers are a delicate pale yellow.

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Cerastium tomentosum NCG 438 Cerastium tomentosum
Seed 1 packet - 70 seeds approx.



This evergreen, mat-forming perennial has small, grey-green leaves and produces a veritable carpet of small white blooms in late spring through to early summer. A wonderful plant to grow at the front of borders or tumbling over walls. It requires very free-draining soil as it does not like its roots…

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Chaenomeles  speciosa 'Geisha Girl' AGM NCG 086 Chaenomeles speciosa 'Geisha Girl' AGM
Ornamental Quince

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A very attractive and useful hardy, semi-evergreen shrub with masses of soft peach flowers in Spring. Easy to grow and well worth trying. Flowers are nectar-rich so attractive to bees. Also makes a good hedging plant.

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Chamaemelum syn. Anthemis nobile syn. nobilis 'Flore Pleno' NCG 320 Chamaemelum syn. Anthemis nobile syn. nobilis 'Flore Pleno'
Plant 1 x plant (Equiv. 9 cm pot)


Double flowered Chamomile

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Delightful in all respects, this highly scented double-flowered form of perennial chamomile has feathery leaves and inch-wide, creamy-white blooms. Best planted in containers or at the edge of borders, where, when brushed against, both leaves and flowers release their strong, sweet, apple-like fragrance. NOTE: Depending on season, plants are sometimes…

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Chasmanthium Syn. uniola latifolium NCG 235 Chasmanthium Syn. uniola latifolium
Seed 1 x packet (30 dehulled seeds approx.)
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Northern Sea Oats, Spangle Grass

The photograph really does not do this delightful grass justice! Growing to a maximum of a metre or so (usually somewhat less), the erect stems resemble miniature bamboo in their growth habit. The seed heads are, however, quite different, being delicate, flat, diamond shapes - almost like spear heads -…

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Chrysanthemum rubellum 'Mrs Jessie Cooper' NCG 423 Chrysanthemum rubellum 'Mrs Jessie Cooper'
Chrysanthemum 'Mrs Jessie Cooper'

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Chrysanthemums have never been my favourite plants, but this one is an exception! A very hardy variety, this compact plant has dark-green, lobed foliage which contrasts well with the deep-pink, narrow-petalled flowers that appear from summer right through to late autumn. Chrysanthemums are good companion plants as they contain the…

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Clematis occidentalis NCG 509 Clematis occidentalis
Seed 1 packet - 10 seeds


Blue virginsbower, Bell rue

A wild form of clematis originating from the US, with nodding, blue-purple flowers with four petals (or, more accurately, tepals). A good choice for scrampling over walls or large shrubs in a spot offering some shade.

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Clematis tangutica NCG 016 Clematis tangutica
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.


Golden Clematis

This beautiful perennial climber scrambles happily over trellis or support on a wall and provides a profusion of bright yellow lantern-like flowers throughout the summer, followed by attractive seed heads that resemble silvery tassels. Provision of shade at the roots is advisable, particularly in very sunny positions. If space is…

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Clematis terniflora var. mandschuria NCG 695 Clematis terniflora var. mandschuria
Seed 1 packet - 6 seeds


Manchurian clematis

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Commelina dianthifolia NCG 575 Commelina dianthifolia
Seed 1 packet - 40 seeds approx


Bird-bill Day Flower, Widow's Tears

Seeds now available!

One of my most exciting finds of 2016! This little-known plant is fully hardy when planted in well-drained soil, where over time it naturalises to produce drifts. One-inch diameter, striking gentian-blue flowers rise from attractive, rich-green foliage from mid-summer. The flowers fade by the afternoon, but are replaced daily by…

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Corydalis elata  'Blue Summit' NCG 555 Corydalis elata 'Blue Summit'
Plant 1 x young plant (Equiv. 9cm pot)


Blue fumitory 'Blue Summit'

Deepest blue - wonderful!

Much easier to grow than the related Corydalis flexuosa, this beautiful woodland plant produces spikes of rich, dark-blue flowers with a coconut-like scent above finely divided light-green foliage with tiny magenta markings at the base and tips of the leaflets. Delightful!

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Corydalis temulifolia syn. quantmeyerana 'Chocolate Stars' NCG 418 Corydalis temulifolia syn. quantmeyerana 'Chocolate Stars'
Plant 1 x young plant (equiv. 7-9cm pot)
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Corydalis 'Chocolate Stars'

Very limited stock!

A hard to find Corydalis with unique chocolate brown spring foliage which fades to green by summer. The leaf edge is nicely serrated and very pale lavender flowers are borne in early summer. If grown in shade with ample soil moisture, it will not go summer dormant. Grows 12-16in high…

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Cotinus coggygria NCG 342 Cotinus coggygria
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds


Smoke Bush

The plant from which these seeds were sourced has grey-green leaves with delicate, feathery flower spikes which turn from cream to a deep pink as the year progresses.

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Craspedia globosa 'Drumstick' NCG 301 Craspedia globosa 'Drumstick'
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.
Limited stock

Billy Balls, Billy Buttons

Currently unavailable

Originating in Australia, where it is perennial, this quirky hardy annual has a long flowering period, producing bright-yellow, ping pong-shaped flower clusters (glomerules), about an inch in diameter, on strong, straight, unbranched stems rising from basal rosettes of leaves. Excellent for use in both fresh and dried flower arrangements.

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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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