~ Seed for Decorative Flowers ~
(edible flowers are lower down)
Night Scented Stock
One of Ben's all-time favourite cottage-garden flowers. The pale pink blooms release a wonderful scent which is at its strongest at dusk - just a few plants can fill the garden with perfume on a still evening - definitely plant some under your bedroom window if you can.
Ready in about 6-8 weeks - sow in spring, after the last frost, in trays or small pots, prick out when big enough to handle, and transplant out when 4 inches high, about 6-8 inches apart. Enjoy the scent!
Very easy, such a strong scent. Great for kids too.
approximately 1000 seed £
Virginia Day-Scented Stock
This is a different flower, again with a wonderful scent, but during the day, rather than the evening. Small plants (8 inches or so) in a mix of pale shades, and very easy to grow, great for children.
Very easy, great for kids too.
approximately 1000 seed £
Wallflowers - 'My Fair Lady' mixed colours. NEW
Do you remember these from your grandparents' garden? Wallflowers are great - you sow them any time up to August and they flower early the next spring, about 40cm tall with a huge range of colours.
Easy and cheery spring flower to brighten up your garden. Not edible, for decoration only.
approximately 400 seed £
Hollyhocks - 'Summer Carnival' mixed colours. NEW
One of Ben's favourites from his childhood, these are beautiful mixed-colour peony-flowered (double-petals) hollyhocks, to about 5 or 6 foot tall. Very easy to grow, and always impessive just how tall they come from such a small seed.
And just a reminder that Hollyhocks are not edible...
approximately 70 seed £
Zinnias - dahlia flowered doubles, in mixed colours.
Zinnias are beautiful , crazy flowers in really bright colours, and will grow well in the UK as long as they don't get too cold and damp. Plant in spring, not too early, so that it isn’t cold when they need to be planted out. They will grow slowly at first but by late summer they should make a good display with many velvety flowers.
This is a whole mix of colours and shapes, but they all have the little ring of central star-shaped florets that make Zinnias so special.
You can grow them in a flower bed or interspersed with your vegetables.
Please note that although beautiful, they are not for eating.
approximately 200 seed £
Carnations - Giant Chabaud mix
Carnations are another brilliantly scented flower, traditionally used by florists as they keep so well when cut, but also beautiful and long-lasting in the gaden. The “Chabaud” variety are a large upright variety, heavily scented with a heady clovey aroma, and in a really good range of colours. Surprisingly easy to grow.
Very good as a cut flower - they last for a long time in a vase.
about 350 seed £
Tricolor Mix Clary Sage
A decorative plant about 2 ft tall - with very pretty blue/white/pink leaves making a good show in the summer. Attractive to insects too. Very easy to grow and good as a cut or dried flower.
Please note that although beautiful this is not for eating, it is NOT the same as the herb 'sage' and should not be cooked with!
approximately 500 seed £
China Cat Sunflower Mix
A fantastic multi-headed sunflower with rings of orange on its yellow petals.
About 5' to 6' tall, the nice thing about this is that lots of heads are produced over a long season, so it is ideal for cutting, or just a fancy display in the garden. The seeds are a reasonable size and you could save them to eat or feed the birds.
This variety was created by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds. To get the multi-heading habit, he crossed 'Gloriosa' with silverleaf sunflowers, and when he finished, he named the variety after the 1972 song by the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead.
The song is pretty cool, but the sunflowers are even better, and less likely to annoy your neighbours.
18 seed £
Autumn Beauty Sunflower Mix
From 2 to occasionally 3.8m tall, these sunflowers are mostly yellows with the occasional oranges and reds, to cheer up your garden.
A bit of a lucky dip, this mix, some people get lots of red, others get yellowy-oranges; we think it depends both on soil and night-time temperatures!
at least 20 seed £
Dwarf Fantasy Sunflower Mix
Mini sunflowers? This might seem a bit of an odd idea - but they are really, really pretty, short little sunflowers of different shades, they look great in the flower border....
Very cute little sunflowers about 2 to 3ft tall, ideal for the back of a flowerbed or cutting - sure to make you smile.
30 seed, organic £
Sunzilla VERY BIG HEADS
This new variety of sunflower grows to about 10ft tall and has been chosen for the absurdly large heads that it makes - 18 to 24 inches in diameter!
Selected by Tim Peters of “The Bigger and Better Nursery”, who has bred for a thicker stem so there is less risk of it collapsing under the weight of the massive flowers.
In fact the whole plant is ‘supersized’ and the leaves are enormous as well, as you can see in the photo whith Jemma.
A very, very BIG sunflower. Stake well in windy sites so it doesn’t blow over .
10 seed £
'Marvel of Peru' - the Four O'Clock Plant
A wonderful plant that opens its flowers in late afternoon each day. Also known as ‘Belle de Nuit’ or Night Beauty, it’s a really easy-to-grow and beautiful flower, making small bushes about 2 ft across, with multicoloured trumpet-shaped blooms.
It's designed to attract moths, so the flowers stay open all evening.
Sow the seeds in deep pots, 2 or 3 per pot, in late spring and keep moist until they germinate.
Please note Marvel Of Peru flowers are not edible, these are for decoration only.
about 40 seed £
Monstrusum Mixed Tall Strawflower NEW
Strawflowers are easy, and great for dried flowers as well as making an impressive display. This is a pretty mixed population with hot reds and golds plus magenta, lavender, pink and white, growing to about 3ft outdoors or 5ft under cover.
(NB: decorative only - not for eating.)
The plants are SO easy to grow but smallish packet as the seed is very fiddly to collect - it starts off fluffy like a dandelion seed!
about 500 seed £
Aquilegia "Mixed Large Flowered"
Aquilegias (also known as Granny's Bonnet or Columbine) are another of Ben's favourite flowers, and this is a special mix of different types , giving you a whole range of colours.
Sow in spring in April/May. Once big enough to handle move them into pots, later on transplant them out.
They will flower the following spring, and in mild areas will survive for several years, as well as new baby plants coming from the seed they make. Easy and beautiful!
Please note Aquilegia are not edible, these are for decoration only.
about 300 seed £
Forget-Me-Not "Royal Indigo Blue"
A very pretty and easy cottage-garden flower. Simple to sow and grow, and will often self-seed thereafter.
Sow in spring in trays with some heat and plant out once the weather is really good; the biggest plants will flower straight away,and the rest will flower the following spring. They can easily be transplanted around the garden to make a nice bedding display, or left to grow where they wish for a more natural look.
Forget-me-not petals are edible and can be used for cake decoration or sprinkled on desserts, but they're not particularly tasty.
about 500 seed £
Poached Egg Plant ATTRACTS BENEFICIAL INSECTS
A very easy, beautiful and child-friendly plant. Sow in Spring, in a fine tilth directly where you want them to grow; the seeds should be about 3mm deep. An old favourite of ours, the plants make a spreading low mat with cheerful white and yellow flowers that beneficial insects such as hoverflies really love.
Please note poached egg plant are not edible, these are for decoration only.
about 200 seed £
Mixed Orange & White California poppies NEW
An easily grown & relatively drought tolerant garden flower., this is a mix of mostly yellows and oranges, plus a few of the rarer red & white flowered strains. These look really lovely in the garden and flower for a long time, as well as being easy for kids to grow.
These are not the same species as ordinary poppies, so don't eat the seeds! You can put the petals in salads if you like.
pkt of seed (hundreds), organic £
Sweet William SCENTED
Another great cottage-garden flower, good for kids as they're pretty simple and reliable., and are good either in the garden or as a cut flower.
Sow seed in summer (May to August) for a mass of flowers the following summer. You can sow in-situ , or start in trays/modules. Plant out to their final position once big enough to look after themselves; they do need full sun but don't mind being close together; they're trouble-free and need little attention once they are established.
This variety has longer stems good for cut flowers. Please note Sweet Williams are not edible, these are for decoration only.
about 400 seed £
Bolero French Marigolds
Here we have beautiful dwarf marigolds to interplant with your other crops; the roots repel nematodes in the soil and the flowers attract beneficial pollinators. We always put them in clumps among our tomatoes in the tunnel!
Easy to grow. Sow in Spring in pots/modules undercover, plant out to a final spacing of about 5 inches to 1 ft apart.
Please note these French Marigolds are not edible, they are for decoration only.
about 200 seed £
Tall Mixed Snapdragons
Snapdragons are a beautiful and easy cottage-garden flower, and this packet is a mix of different colours.
Really easy and ideal for children. Sow in spring in seed trays or small pots in gentle warmth and when the baby plants are big enough to handle, then pot them on into individual pots.
Once the weather has warmed up and there’s no further risk of frost, then they can be planted out in their final position, about a foot apart in a flower bed or in big planters.
Snapdragon flowers are edible, and can be used for decoration, but they don't taste great.
about 200 seed, organic £
~ Seed for EDIBLE Flowers ~
Calendula 'Flashback Mix'
Flashback Mix is an amazingly diverse mix of Calendula ("pot marigolds"). They have been bred for all sorts of different coloured backs to their petals, to contrast with the fronts.
In the evening, they fold up their petals for the night, showing off the flashy backs of their flowers. Although they make a beautiful garden and cut flower, Calendula flowers are also edible. In times past they were used to colour butter, but nowadays their main use is to add to salads. A sprinkling of petals, or even whole flowerheads, is a really nice way to add a bit of colour to a fresh salad.
Bred on Gathering Together Farm by Frank & Karen Morton, who have since retired, we now maintain them on our farm in Wales.
100 seed, organic £
Sokol breadseed poppy
Breadseed poppies are unique in that the heads do not 'open' when the seed is ripe, so the seed doesn't shake out in the wind – instead you can collect it for cooking, topping breads or pasta.
These beautiful poppies are 3ft tall, pale pink with pretty darker patches on their petals. Easily-grown, giving a lot of seed from a small space, this is the rare white-seeded type with a superior flavour.
Rare, white-seeded. One of our best-selling varieties.
Please note Poppy seeds only are edible, not the flowers.
pkt of organic seed (hundreds and hundreds) £
this was Ben's favourite photo of 2012
"After Midnight" breadseed poppy NEW
An amazing new poppy from Frank & Karen at Wild Garden Seeds that is almost completely black.
We produced a small crop in our seed gardens and it looked stunning. Like all breadseed poppies, the seeds do not fall out when ripe, and can be collected for cooking.
Rare, almost-black breadseed poppy. Very limited stocks.
Please note Poppy seeds only are edible, not the flowers.
pkt of seed (many hundreds) , organic £
Mixed Salad Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums are a really easy plant to grow – ideal for kids - and as well as attracting beneficial insects, the leaves are added to salads, and the flowers are edible too. Even the seed-pods can be pickled and used like capers!
Here we have mixed three colours (red, orange and yellow) and added a variety with variegated leaves, so you can have colourful salads all summer long.
Red, Orange, Yellow, & variegated. Ones in the photo were grown by Josie in her edible flower-garden.
a generous pkt of 75-80 seed for £
Borage for Salads
A very well-known bee plant, attracting them and other useful pollinators to your garden, borage has very pretty blue star-shaped flowers that are edible.
We often sprinkle them on top of our tomato salad for an amazing contrast.
Pictured in our back garden, and on a salad earlier this summer.
at least 200 seed £
Chinese Violet Cress
Meet the beautiful and easily-grown 'Chinese Violet Cress', also known as the 'February Orchid'. It's very easy to grow as it is actually from the brassica family, and it makes pretty bushes that eventually get to about waist height, with intense purple flowers.
For growing outdoors, sow from March - June with early sowings best in trays/modules, later can also sow direct. But also very sucessful sown in late August & grown overwinter in a polytunnel/greenhouse or even under cloches, making an excellent winter salad, & bringing a welcome splash of colour in spring.
Start to pick once plants are established, both the leaves and flowers are edible & great in salads.
90 seed (it's incredibly rare) , organic £
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Wild Violet "Johnny Jump-Up"
An easy and beautiful old flower, with little yellow/purple little flowers. The plant is about 4 inches tall -it will often naturalise and grow in your garden for many years.
Very easy to grow. Sow the little seeds in fine compost in trays / modules and *just* cover with soil. Water gently and keep moist and nicely warm until they germinate. When big enough to handle transplant out to their final position; they will tolerate partial shade.
The flowers are edible and can be put in salads or candied to decorate cakes.
about 500 seed £