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


 
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.

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

£5.95

 

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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.

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Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' NCG 278 Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Seed 1 packet - 15 seeds
Very limited stock
£2.15

 
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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Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. 'William Guiness' NCG 570 Aquilegia vulgaris Ex. 'William Guiness'
Seed 1 x packet (200 seeds approx.)

£2.15

 
Aquilegia 'Magpie', Columbine, Granny's Bonnet

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Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball' NCG 349 Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball'
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Black cornflower

An annual that ticks all the boxes! The unusual deep purple - almost black - double blooms on tall stems are a wonderful cut flower and also attract all kinds of pollinators.

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Dahlia Ex. 'Bishop of Auckland' NCG 297 Dahlia Ex. 'Bishop of Auckland'
Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds approx.

£2.15

 
Dahlia Ex. 'Bishop of Auckland'

The seeds or plants on offer are either from 'Bishop of Llandaff' or 'Bishop of Auckland'. Although they are not expected to breed true, all my own sowings have resulted in plants with black foliage and flowers that strongly resembe the parents. Although generally considered tender, dahlias will very often…

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

£1.95

 
Sweet William, black

New!

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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Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold' NCG 407 Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold'
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds

£1.95

 
Winter creeper 'Emerald 'n' Gold'

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Geranium phaeum, various NCG 507 Geranium phaeum, various
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£3.75

 
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.
Ex. Reddish-purple, blotched leaves
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.
Ex. a particularly red shade of purple
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.
Ex. Mid-purple
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 60 seeds approx.
Mixed colours
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.
Ex. Dark purple
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.
Almost white - slight blueish tinge
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.
Red-purple, plain leaf
£1.95

 
Dusky cranesbill

Although a British native, Geranium phaeum is perhaps more commonly seen as a cultivated garden plant, particularly in colours singled out as particularly attractive. These appear in Spring and range from deepest-purple to near-white. The lobed or divided foliage varies in colour too, from mid to dark green, often with…

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Helleborus niger NCG 273 Helleborus niger
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)
Mixed colours
£3.75

 
Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds approx.
Ex. Dark pink, strong veining
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds approx.
Ex. Pink, speckled
£1.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds approx.
Ex. Dark red
£1.95

 
Plant 5 x young plants
Mixed colours
£7.25

 
Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds approx.
Ex. white
£1.95

 
Christmas rose, Black hellebore

There are many hellebores growing in the garden, in a variety of colours, from dark red (sometimes double) to pink, white and cream, some with intricate specking or streaking. Although seeds are saved and offered separately from different coloured plants, it cannot be guaranteed that they will all come true.…

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Hibiscus trionum NCG 054 Hibiscus trionum
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Flower-of-an-Hour, Venice Mallow

Exquisite - highly recommended!

This delightful plant, which is usually treated as an annual in the UK, produces creamy flowers with dark burgundy centres on stems clothed with dark green, lobed leaves. Each flower only lasts a day but in the right conditions it will bloom profusely, followed by very attractive seed pods, throughout…

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Hyoscyamus niger NCG 026 Hyoscyamus niger
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.
PLEASE SEE NOTE IN DESCRIPTION
£1.95

 
Black Henbane, Stinking Nightshade

Black henbane produces soft, downly leaves and strange, but beautiful, pale creamy-yellow flowers intricately veined in purple. The seed pods are also rather attractive; they have a little round lid which falls off when the pods are ripe, releasing the seeds. All parts of the plant are toxic.

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Lycopersicon esculentum 'Black Cherry' NCG 487 Lycopersicon esculentum 'Black Cherry'
Seed 1 packet - 20 seeds

£1.95

 
Tomato 'Black Cherry'

This tomato variety produces masses of small, deep, purplish-red to mahoganiy-brown, sweet and juicy fruits. Perfect for the simplest of tomato salads - just slice or quarter and sprinkle on balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt, plenty of freshly ground pepper and perhaps a little finely sliced red onion scattered…

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Lycopersicon esculentum 'Brandywine Black' (Organic) NCG 486 Lycopersicon esculentum 'Brandywine Black' (Organic)
Seed 1 packet - 20 seeds

£2.15

 
Tomato 'Brandywine Black' (Heirloom)

New - heirloom variety!

Like other beefsteak tomatoes, this heirloom variety produces large, frequently irregular-shaped fruits, but is unusual in that it has potato-leaved foliage. The tomatoes can vary somewhat in colour, usually a rosy hue, sometimes green-shouldered, but they are renowned for their exceptional flavour.

NOTE: These are externally sourced, organic…

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Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' NCG 394 Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
Plant 1 x plant (Equiv. 9cm pot)

£3.95

 
Seed 1 packet - 10 seeds

£2.95

 
Loosestrife 'Firecracker'

The picture does not really do this plant justice. Attractive, deep-purple rosettes of rounded leaves appear in early spring, followed by tall spikes of more pointed leaves which bear small, yellow, star-shaped flowers along their length. Although moist - even wet - soil is recommended, mine grow in a dry,…

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Nemophila discoides 'Total Eclipse' NCG 189 Nemophila discoides 'Total Eclipse'
Black nemophila

Currently unavailable

A profusion of blooms no more than an inch across, coloured deep purple - almost black - with white edges. A lovely statement at the front of the border or tumbling from hanging baskets and planters.

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Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' (Organic) NCG 479 Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' (Organic)
Basil 'Dark Opal'

Currently unavailable

A dark-purple variety of basil, with smaller, more toothed leaves than the more commonly-grown Sweet Genovese. Great for adding contrasting colour to salads and tomato dishes. For companion planting enthusiasts, basil is said to encourage the growth of tomatoes, peppers and chillies!

NOTE: These are externally sourced, organic seeds.

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Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' NCG 253 Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Lilyturf, Ornamental Black Grass

Sold out for the time being

Although, true to its common name, this evergreen plant is both ornamental and black, it is not a grass! It forms clumps of glossy, purple-black leaves (some may occasionally be dark-green), with spikes of pale purplish-pink flowers in autumn, followed by glossy black berries. It grows only about 6 inches…

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Oryza sativa 'Black Madras' NCG 364 Oryza sativa 'Black Madras'
Ornamental Black Rice

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Dynamic and much recommended, this ornamental rice adds a touch of the Orient, whether used in containers or to add accent in borders. The colour is a deep puple - almost black. Do ensure that adequate water is provided - rice, of course, grows with its feet in the water!

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Papaver orientale 'Checkers' NCG 571 Papaver orientale 'Checkers'

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Papaver somniferum var paeoniflorum 'Black Peony' NCG 291 Papaver somniferum var paeoniflorum 'Black Peony'
Paeony Poppy, black

Sold out for now

Exquisite darkest-red to almost black paeony-type blooms on tall, strong stems. A wonderful cut flower.

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

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Pelargonium sidoides NCG 262 Pelargonium sidoides
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)
Limited stock
£7.50

 
Kalwerbossie geranium, Silverleaf geranium

Available only in the form of small plants.

This very dainty species pelargonium/geranium, which originates from Africa, has circular, crinkled, silver-grey-green leaves about an inch across and clusters of small, deep magenta - almost black - flowers on fine, long, wiry stems. Like most pelargoniums, it is frost tender,…

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Persicaria virginiana 'Lance Corporal' NCG 498 Persicaria virginiana 'Lance Corporal'
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.

£2.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£3.95

 
Virginia knotweed, Jumpseed 'Lance Corporal'

New variety - highly recommended!

An interesting shrubby perennial with strong, v-shaped markings (looking rather like bats), which are dark brownish-red - sometimes almost black - on a bright green ground. In the autumn delicate spikes of bright-crimson flowers appear on thin, wiry stems. Although it is recommended to grow in part or full shade…

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Phytolacca acinosa (a.k.a. americana) NCG 201 Phytolacca acinosa (a.k.a. americana)
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.
Please read notes before ordering!
£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 9cm pot)
Please read notes before ordering!
£3.95

 
Indian (a.k.a. American) Pokeweed, Inkberry, Pidgeonberry

Although invariably referred to as American pokeweed (P. americana), the variety seen in UK gardens is almost certainly Indian pokeweed (P. asinosa). Both look very similar, but P. acinosa has vertical upright inflorescences, whilst P. americana has lax flower stems, single spherical fruits rather than clusters - and is not…

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' NCG 079 Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 9cm pot)
Please see notes.
£4.25

 
Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower, Gloriosa Daisy

This perennial Rudbeckia is a trouble-free plant that makes a stunning statement when planted en masse in the hot bed! The deep yellow flowers with black eyes stand on tall, wiry stems and are a very useful cut flower. Prefers full sun but will tolerte part shade.

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Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard' NCG 425 Rudbeckia occidentalis 'Green Wizard'
Seed 1 packet - 40 seeds approx.

£2.95

 
Cone flower 'Green Wizard'

A wonderful cut flower, fresh or dried, this unusual hardy rudbeckia has its origins in Western USA. From late-spring and well into summer it produces elongated, russet-brown cones above a circle of green bracts on tall, strong stems bearing dark green leaves. Much recommended!

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Scirpus atrovirens NCG 495 Scirpus atrovirens
Seed 1 packet

£1.95

 
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)

£4.25

 
Dark-green bulrush

Attractive pond plant

A popular marginal pond plant, this bulrush has very attractive dark brown (almost black) seed heads in spring, above dark-green, grass-like foliage. The seeds, although extremely small, are popular with garden birds.

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Viola 'Blackjack' NCG 062 Viola 'Blackjack'
Viola 'Blackjack'

Currently unavailable

This is probably a cross between Bowles' Black and a standard viola. Still, it is rich in colour and produces masses of small, midnight-blue flowers with yellow eyes. Very useful for front of border or in containers and hanging baskets. Cut back after first flush of flowering to encourage new…

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Viola 'Bowles Black' NCG 516 Viola 'Bowles Black'
Viola 'Bowles Black'

Currently unavailable

A very pretty viola that is usually hard to come by, with flowers which are deepest midnight-blue to almost black, with deep yellow eyes. Although strictly speaking a hardy perennial, best treated as a half-hardy annual. The seeds gathered from these plants were fertilised when almost all other violas in…

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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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