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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.

Geranium pratense 'Plenum Violaceum' AGM NCG 454 Geranium pratense 'Plenum Violaceum' AGM
Meadow cranesbill 'Plenum Violaceum'

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This stately, blue/purple double geranium with deeply cut leaves flowers profusely during the summer months. A real beauty and much-commented upon when visitors see it in full bloom in the garden.

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Geranium pratense 'Summer Skies' NCG 576 Geranium pratense 'Summer Skies'

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Geranium pratense Ex. 'Mrs Kendall Clark' AGM NCG 228 Geranium pratense Ex. 'Mrs Kendall Clark' AGM
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds
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Geranium 'Mrs Kendall Clark'

Very pretty!

This is an exquisite geranium! The strong, upright stems bear sky blue blooms run through with delicate white veins (most blue geraniums have dark veins). Happy in full sun or part shade and has a long flowering period. A must! Please note that since there are other geraniums in the…

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Geranium pratense, blue NCG 411 Geranium pratense, blue
Seed 1 x packet (20 seeds approx.)
Ex. Dark blue

Seed 1 x packet (20 seeds approx.)
Ex. Mid-blue

Cranesbill, tall, blue

This lovely tall, deep-blue geranium is happy in full sun or part shade. It has strong, upright stems and is self-supporting in all but the most exposed sites. Please note that since there are other geraniums in the garden there may have been some cross-pollination, so I cannot guarantee that…

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Geranium pulchrum NCG 355 Geranium pulchrum
Geranium pulchrum

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'Pulchrum' means 'beautiful', and well describes this gorgeous evergreen perennial, which comes from the mountains of South Africa, has large, grey-green, velvety foliage and produces sprays of saucer-shaped, pink blooms with red veins from late spring right through to late autumn. It is classified as a sub-shrub and can reach…

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Geranium  pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis' NCG 221 Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx.


Mountain Cranesbill 'Bill Wallis'

With its abundance of small, rich purple flowers from early spring and right through until autumn, small, lobed leaves and reddish stems, this is a delightful geranium and, given what I'm about to tell you, surprisingly rare. I am going to be brutally honest with you; if you choose to…

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Geranium renardii 'Phillipe Vapelle' NCG 463 Geranium renardii 'Phillipe Vapelle'
Renard geranium 'Tschelda'

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A delightful geranium, chiefly due to its rounded, velvety, deeply textured leaves. The standard variety has pinkish-white flowers with purple-red veining, but these are a soft mauve, also with strong veining, and I believe them to be a variety named 'Tschelda'. Loved by pollinating insects and much recommended to humans!

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Gladiolus callianthus - Acidanthera 'Murielae' NCG 416 Gladiolus callianthus - Acidanthera 'Murielae'
Abyssinian gladiolus

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So much daintier than most other gladiolus, and with a deliciously spicy scent too! The flowers are funnel-shaped, white with a purple blotch at their centre, rising above light-green, sword-shaped leaves. Highly recommended.

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Gladiolus mixed, multicoloured NCG 530 Gladiolus mixed, multicoloured
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.


Gladioli, mixed

The seeds offered are from a variety of gladiolus, but all were special... some multi-coloured, as ilustrated, and some plain, sometimes with a white streak, in delicious colours ranging from clear lilac through to deepest maroon - almost black. The flowers will have cross-pollinated, so seed will not come true…

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Hesperis matronalis NCG 448 Hesperis matronalis
Seed 1 packet


Sweet rocket

This sweet-scented, short-lived perennial attracts bees and other pollinating insects and is therefore perfect for naturalising in a wildlife-friendly garden. The loose heads of small flowers range in colour from almost white, through pale lilac to mauve. A perfect plant for the informal cottage garden. Also a good cut flower.

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


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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Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard' NCG 577 Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard'
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.


Spotted hawkweed

Unusual and very attractive foliage!

An unusual and decorative addition to the front of the border, this variegated form of hawkweed (usually considered a weed!) produces a low rosette of intricately blotched, dark red-brown and blue-green leaves, above which nod small, yellow daisy-like flowers on tall, wiry stems. It is for the foliage that this…

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Hyoscyamus niger NCG 026 Hyoscyamus niger
Seed 1 packet - 100 seeds approx.

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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Ipomoea purpurea Ex. 'Grandpa Otts' NCG 635 Ipomoea purpurea Ex. 'Grandpa Otts'
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.


Morning glory 'Grandpa Otts'

An abundance of the familiar Morning Glory flowers, but in an intense deep-violet colour that will hit you between the eyes! Although it is possible that not all seeds will come true, I would expect most to do so. Attracts butterflies and other pollinating insects.

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Iris foetidissima NCG 029 Iris foetidissima
Seed 1 packet - 20 seeds


Plant 1 x clump (equiv. 9-12cm pot)


Stinking Iris

An unusual woodland iris with dingy yellow/brown flowers with a purplish tinge, arising from stiff, sword shaped foliage. The flowers are followed by large green seedpods that open to reveal neat rows of bright red seeds. Don't be put off by the name - any smell is only apparent when…

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Iris sanguinea AGM NCG 415 Iris sanguinea AGM
Plant 1 x plant (equiv. 12cm pot)
Please see description notes

Seed 1 packet - 25 seeds approx.


Blood-red iris


This delicate iris is perhaps my favourite. The Audrey Hepburn of the iris family... not cheap and gaudy but delicate, composed and very, very classy - a natural beauty! I'm not quite sure how it got its common name; the petals do have a reddish base, but are for the…

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Iris setosa var arctica NCG 243 Iris setosa var arctica
Dwarf Arctic iris

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This sweet little iris, standing only a few inches tall, has pale blue flowers with striking veins, and are yellow at the centre, fading to silver. The blooms appear above green, spear-shaped leaves.

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Knautia macedonica, Ex. pink NCG 053 Knautia macedonica, Ex. pink
Pincushion flower, Macedonian Scabious (Pink)

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Masses of very delicate pink, 'pincushion' flowers (very like scabious), about an inch across, on tall, thin, branching stems. This plant has a very long flowering season and is much loved by howerflies and bees. Taller plants may benefit from light support. Please note that a dark-red variety is also…

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Lathyrus cirrhosus NCG 387 Lathyrus cirrhosus
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds


Plant 1 x plant (9-12cm pot)
Very limited stock

Cirrhose vetch

New... very rare species sweet pea!

A collector's item! This very unusual small but robust, scrambling perennial sweet pea is native to the Pyrenees and forms a dense mound of attractive, grey-green foliage bearing tendrils and many small, pale-pink, unscented blooms from June well into summer. A deceptively robust plant that will do well in relatively…

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Lathyrus odoratus NCG 030 Lathyrus odoratus
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds


Mixed Sweet Pea

This mixture of sweet peas in pink, red, blue, mauve and maybe occasionally pale yellow (lathyrus chloranthus). Something of a Jamboree bag, but will no doubt produce some attractive plants and all will complement each other!

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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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