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

Acer griseum AGM NCG 080 Acer griseum AGM
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds


Paper Bark Maple

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A small to medium sized ornamental tree which lends interest to the garden at all times of year. Small, yellow flowers appear in spring, followed by fresh green foliage in spring and summer, then spectacular orange, red and pink autumn foliage in autumn. At all times of year the chestnut-red…

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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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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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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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Exochorda macrantha NCG 059 Exochorda macrantha
Seed 1 packet - 20 seeds


Pearl Bush

Arching sprays of small, fragrant, white flowers appear along the length of stems in late spring/early summer, followed by interesting star-shaped seed pods which tend to stay on the plant throughout the winter. I was delighted to find that this is a very easy plant to grow from seed.

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Helianthemum nummularium NCG 515 Helianthemum nummularium
Common rock-rose

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Loved by bees and butterflies, this diminutive shrub has tiny, narrow, dark-green leaves which are topped with masses of small, bright yellow flowers in summer.

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Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' NCG 251 Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Plant 1 x young plant (9cm pot)


Plant 1 x plant (Equiv. 1lt pot approx.)
Usually supplied bare-rooted

Hydrangea 'Annabelle', Sevenbark

I've never known anyone unfamiliar with this delightful plant not to request it when they see it in bloom in the garden! The domed flower heads are composed of masses of small blooms, lime green at first, turning creamy-white (and almost spherical) when in full bloom and a lovely parchment…

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Indigofera tinctoria NCG 073 Indigofera tinctoria
Seed 1 packet - 30 seeds approx


True Indigo

Very limited stock!

As both latin and common names suggest, this leguminous plant is used to make dye, which is achieved by steeping and fermenting the foliage. It is an attractive shrub which is usually hardy and grows to a height of 1-2m. The smooth, slender branches produce small, light green, pinnate leaves,…

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Lavandula stoechas NCG 450 Lavandula stoechas
French lavender

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The true French lavender. Heads of tiny fragrant purple flowers topped by rosy-purple tracts in late spring and summer. Very aromatic.

NOTE: Plants offered winter 2018/19 are best overwintered in a frost-free greenhouse.

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Leycesteria formosa NCG 070 Leycesteria formosa
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.


Pheasant Berry

The stems of this most unusual-looking plant resemble bamboo and are a feature in the winter garden. However, they should be cut back hard in spring to encourage new, bushy growth. The flowers are small, appearing as nodding bunches surrounded by dark-maroon bracts, followed by reddish-brown berries which are not…

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Lupinus arboreus alba NCG 494 Lupinus arboreus alba
Seed 1 packet - 6 seeds


White Tree Lupin

Very limited stock!

This variety of tree lupin bears masses of beautiful white flower spikes in early summer. Although generally short-lived, plants produced from early-spring sowings can attain 2m in their first year, so casualties can be replaced very easily.

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

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Paeonia lutea syn. delavayi var ludlowii NCG 315 Paeonia lutea syn. delavayi var ludlowii
Plant 1 x 2nd year plant
(sown 2017)

Seed 1 packet - 6 large seeds
Sow at once

Seed 1 packet - 12 large seeds
Sow at once

Ludlow's tree peony, Yellow tree peony

This delightful plant is usually sold when much older - and far more expensive! But my own was self sown and flowered within four years, so if carefully looked after, these young plants should reward with their first blooms, which are single and a lovely clear yellow, within two years.…

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Paulownia tomentosa AGM NCG 572 Paulownia tomentosa AGM
Seed 1 packet - 50 seeds approx.


Empress Tree, Foxglove tree

Limited stock

A beautiful specimen tree with mauve, foxglove-like blooms in early spring, followed by large, soft, downy leaves. Rapidly growing, it can reach 2m/6ft in the first year and should flower within 2-3 years. The plant is borderline hardy in milder parts of the UK and it is a good idea…

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


Plant 1 x plant (9cm pot)


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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Punica granatum NCG 566 Punica granatum

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Although usually associated with warmer climes, the pomegranate can withstand temperatures as low as -15C. Best sited in a sheltered, sunny position. In particularly cold areas of the UK, it might be advisable to grow in a container, to be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse.

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Sophora microphylla NCG 581 Sophora microphylla
Seed 1 packet - 6 seeds


Weeping kowhai, Small-leaf kowhai

A very attractive small, semi-evergreen tree, native to New Zealand. Produces masses of pendulous, waxy, yellow blooms in spring. Needs a sheltered spot (against a wall is ideal) and full sun to grow as a tree, because although it is hardy to -15C/5F, it can be knocked back somewhat by…

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Syringa microphylla NCG 359 Syringa microphylla
Seed 1 packet - 12 seeds


Littleleaf Lilac

A diminutive version of the familiar lilac, with small leaves and loose, sweetly-scented clusters of tiny, purple-pink flowers in spring. More often than not, flowers continue to appear throughout the summer and into early autumn. Although best sited in full sun, it will generally cope well with part shade. More info...

Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis NCG 360 Syringa reticulata subsp. pekinensis
Peking Lilac, Chinese Tree Lilac

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This attractive, small tree or large shrub, originating from northern China, has a rounded habit and bears fragrant, creamy-white flowers in mid- to late-Spring which are attractive to pollinating insects.

NOTE: Externally sourced seeds.

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Withania somnifera NCG 500 Withania somnifera
Seed 1 x packet (50 seeds approx.)


Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha

Although native to India, the Middle East and North Africa, this tender, drought-tolerant perennial can be grown successfully in the UK as an annual, but needs to be started early, under glass, to ensure a long growing season. The roots and seeds have been used for centuries to remedy many…

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