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

Campanula glomerata NCG 404 Campanula glomerata
Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)
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Clustered bellflower, Dane's blood

Clusters of deep-blue bell-shaped flowers on straight stems from early summer. A very pretty plant, but spreads by underground runners and can be rather invasive, so position carefully.

Note: Bare-rooted plants, when on offer, may look a little untidy, particularly early in the year. Don't worry - they will establish…

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Campanula lactiflora NCG 064 Campanula lactiflora
Seed 1 packet


Milky Bellflower

Absolutely gorgeous!

A tall, stately campanula, pale blue/lilac or white. Makes a dynamic statement at the back of the border and is also lovely cut flower if you can bear to remove it from the garden! Masses of blooms on stems up to 2m high. Much in demand by visitors to the…

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Campanula punctata 'Kent Belle' NCG 598 Campanula punctata 'Kent Belle'
Seed 1 packet


Bellflower 'Kent Belle'

Nodding heads of deep-violet narrow, tubular flowers adorn this attractive campanula. Will probably not always come true from seed, but my experience with another campanula with similarly shaped flowers (Campanula takesimana) is that collected seeds are are likely to produce plants with blooms of a similar shape and habit, though…

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Campanula takesimana NCG 356 Campanula takesimana
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.


Korean bellflower

This lovely campanula bears drooping, tubular bells an inch or more long, coloured soft pink fading to white at the tips, in mid-summer. The leaves, which form an attractive basal rosette, are rich-green, heart-shaped, slightly glossy and serrated.

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


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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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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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' NCG 094 Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Cerinthe, Honeywort

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Deep purple, almost indigo, clusters of bells dangle above attractive glaucous, grey-green foliage. This wildflower is much loved by bees and butterflies. It self-seeds happily (but not invasively) in the gravel patio area in my garden, where it looks charming.

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Clarkia 'Crown Double Mixed' NCG 304 Clarkia 'Crown Double Mixed'
Godetia, Clarkia

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So reminiscent of English cottage gardens! Masses of soft, double flowers in reds, pinks, mauves and white. This variety produces tall plants. Make a lovely cut flower.

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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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Cobaea Scandens AGM NCG 166 Cobaea Scandens AGM
Seed 1 packet - 20 seeds approx.


Cup and Saucer Vine

This climber, which must usually be treated as an annual in the UK when situated outside, but can be successfully grown as a perennial indoors if warmth and some humidity are provided, is the perfect choice for a sunny, sheltered wall, trellis or pergola. Once the young plants have acclimatised,…

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Consolida ajacis NCG 017 Consolida ajacis
Seed 1 packet


Larkspur, Annual Delphinium

More dainty than the related delphinium, larkspur produces pink or deep blue blooms freely throughout the summer months, on tall stems with finely cut, feathery foliage. Quite variable in height. A good cut flower, if you can bear to remove it from the garden, where it always looks so beautiful!…

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Cynara cardunculus NCG 625 Cynara cardunculus
Seed 1 packet - 9 seeds
Only one packet left!


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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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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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

Currently unavailable

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 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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Echinops exaltatus NCG 229 Echinops exaltatus
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.


Giant Globe Thistle

The largest echinops, growing to at least 2m tall - and usually more, looks magnificent at the back of the bed or as a specimen plant. It is advisable to remove seed heads before they disintegrate, as the thick, long roots can make unwanted, self-seeded, plants difficult to remove. But…

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Echinops ritro NCG 603 Echinops ritro
Seed 1 packet - 10 seeds


Blue hedgehog, Globe thistle

A very dependable hardy perennial that is much loved by butterflies and other pollinating insects, Echinops ritro is a lovely addition to the garden for late-summer colour. The spiky, globular flower heads look silvery at first, turning to a dynamic blue-violet as they open. If cut early, they can be…

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Eryngium planum NCG 022 Eryngium planum
Seed 1 packet


Sea Holly

The steely blue flowers of this attractive plant, which appear on wiry stems with spiny leaves from July, are much loved by bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

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


Winter creeper 'Emerald 'n' Gold'

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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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