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New Flower Seeds

New Flower Seed for 2015

As part of our customer service we are always looking for exciting or unusual new seeds on a regular basis, all of these  are consolidated into our website as they become available but we like to highlight them in this section. Although these new seeds appear within each category, the following is a growing and working list of all new items for the coming season.

 

This section will be regularly updated as new seeds come in.

Agave attenuata

New for 2015!

Foxtail Agave 20 seeds 

One of the most attractive and popular Agaves, this species from central Mexico has very wide, unarmed, fleshy and soft, pale green to blue green leaves with a felty texture, and forms a leaning or creeping trunk with age. A great plant for frost-free subtropics and for patio decoration in the summer but brought back under cover during winter. You can see it in abundance over the hill sides in Madeira with its long curling flower spikes.
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Agave havardiana

New for 2015!

Harvards Century Plant 10 seeds җ

A particularly attractive, medium-sized Agave, native to western Texas, that forms a tight rosette of well armed, bluish-grey leaves. It can take heavy freezes with ease but needs a very well drained spot in full sun to survive in a sheltered spot outside in the UK.
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Agave ovatifolia Giant Form

New for 2015!

Giant Whale's Tongue Century Plant 10 seeds җ җ

Agave ovatifolia is true dream of a plant originally discovered from north-eastern Mexico, where it grows in a small, rugged mountain area between 3700 and 7000 ft.  This giant form of Agave ovatifolia has much more attractive, larger black spines and will grow into a rather large, solitary plant with broad, lightly keeled, almost unreal, powdery greyish white leaves in a dense rosette that can reach to 10 ft. across. In cultivation it is well adapted to temperate climates. Best of all is that not only it can take drought and very severe freezes without damage, it will also hold up well in cold and damp winters if given excellent drainage, outperforming most other Agave in this respect. For any Agave aficionado, this is a must-grow plant!
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Alchemilla mollis Robustica

New for 2015!

Ladys Mantle Aprx 50 Seeds җ җ җ

A robust and vigorous selection with stronger stems and uniform habit, for a more upright habit of this Lady's Mantle species. Alchemilla Mollis produces large pale green foliage clumps topped by sprays of tiny yellow flowers. Popular with flower arrangers because of the beautiful texture in the foliage. A native to Southern Europe it is mostly grown for its beautiful ornamental properties flowering from June to August and reaching a height of approximately 45cm.
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Alocasia odora

 New for 2015!

Elephants ears 10 seeds

A common tropical large leaved Aroid very similar to Macrorrhiza but with slightly rounder leaves, will not tolerate such low temperatures as Macrorrhiza but easier to over winter compared with Black Magic. Tall plant perhaps reaching 3 metres in the wild on 2 metre stems and grows very fast from seed to 3ft in the first year if you can provide ideal conditions.

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Amaryllis Dutch Hybrids

New for 2015!

Amaryllis Hybrids 10 seeds

Amaryllis or Hippeastrum are a favourite early spring house or conservatory plants grown for their exotic flowers. Bulbs can be expensive but why not try growing a range of colours from this Dutch hybrid selection of seeds. A bit of patience is required as they can take 3 years to reach flowering size but well worth the wait.
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Arthropodium cirratum

New for 2015!

Renga Lily Pkt җ

A clump forming plant from New Zealand with grey green glaucous foliage. The leaves are soft and drooping and masses of starry white flowers appear in late Spring. Although nowadays it is usually grown as an ornamental, the rhizomes are edible when cooked, originally used by the Māori and can be harvested throughout the year. It will only tolerate light frosts so best grown in pots and kept under glass in winter.
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Bromelia pinguin

New for 2015!

Wild Pineapple 10 seeds

This tropical Bromeliad is native to Central America through to Mexico and the West Indies. It is very common in Jamaica, where it is planted as a fence around pasture lands, on account of its prickly leaves. The fruit, known as piñuela is dug out the protective "hair" removed, peeled like a banana, and eaten. They are said to be slightly tart. The leaves gradually change from a shiny green to a reddish colour as they age. The white or pinkish flowers are produced on a dense panicle that arises from the heart of the plant. The plant also yields a fibre for thread making called pinguin, which can be used as substitute for jute.
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Calliandra eriophylia

New for 2015!

Pink Powder Puff Tree or Fairy Duster 10 seeds

Calliandra eriophylla, commonly known as Fairy Duster, is a low spreading 50cm shrub native to deserts and arid grasslands from to Mexico. The flowers, which appear late winter to late spring, have dense clusters of pale to deep pink stamens and are about 5 cm wide. Its small size lends itself to pot culture.

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Carissa macrocarpa

New for 2015!

"Natal Plum" 5 seeds

Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum), is a spiny shrub native to South Africa, commonly found in the coastal bush of the Eastern Cape and Natal. It produces shiny, deep green leaves and snowy white flowers whose perfumed scent intensifies at night. The ornamental plum it produces are a round, crimson fruit that can be eaten out of hand or made into pies, jams, jellies, and sauces. A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known fruit has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare. Worth trying as a pot grown plant on a warm conservatory if not for the fruit but for the perfumd flowers.
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Caulokaempferia sikkimensis

New for 2015!

Orchid Ginger 10 seeds

Caulokaempferia sikkimensis, the Orchid Ginger, is a rare and unusual member of the family with medium-sized bright-green paddle-shaped foliage and an extremely beautiful small white and pink flower that arises directly from the soil. This ginger flowers late in the season in the UK, usually not appearing until September or even October before the first frosts start to cut back the leaves. An exciting and not especially hard to grow, it deserves to be more widely cultivated only requiring a warm sheltered south-facing aspect and a fertile but well drained humus-rich soil. Caulokaempferia can also be grown in a container and kept under glass in a cool greenhouse or conservatory keeping dry during the winter months. It relatively modest size compared to the taller more vigourously growing Hedychiums makes it a good choice for container growing with exotic foliage and a beautiful flower.

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Coccoloba uvifera

New for 2015!

Sea Grape 10 seeds

On sand dunes and beaches, seagrape usually grows as a diffuse, sprawling shrub but away from the constant salt and sand spray it can grow into a handsome vase-shaped tree. The shiny, evergreen leaves are leathery, rounded with heart-shaped bases and potentially useful as a warm conservatory foliage plant. The bright green leaves are often veined in red and are about 8" in diameter. The fragrant white flowers are very small and borne on 6-10" spikes. Female trees produce tiny "grape" like fruits.
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Cucumis dipsaceus

New for 2015!

Hedgehog Cucumber 10 Seeds (Annual) 

The Hedgehog cucumber vine has small yellow flowers like any cucumber followed by pretty very hairy, yellow, ornamental fruits. This ancient medicinal cucumber is spiky looking, but yet soft and flexible a bit like "Velcro". It is used in Madagascar and Africa as a food and as a Medicinal plant for thousands of years. The small green fruits are said to be edible (please don't try!) but the ripe yellow fruit is extremely bitter and can be crushed and used as a "fish poison".
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Cyathea dealbata

New for 2015!

Silver Tree Fern Pkt 

Cyathea dealbata, also known as the silver tree fern or silver fern is a species of medium-sized tree ferns, endemic and symbolic to New Zealand. It can grow to heights of 10 m or more with a dense crown of long (4m) fronds that have a silver-white colouration on the undersides. This distinctive silver colouration has made them useful for laying along tracks for night walking. Once established, it will tolerate drier conditions but it does best when sheltered from strong winds and frost in a well drained shady damp position. For the UK it needs to be kept pot grown (which will also contain its ultimate size) and brought under glass for winter.
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Eremophila maculata

New for 2015!

"Spotted Emu Bush" 5 seeds җ җ

A dense dwarf frost resistant shrub requiring excellent drainage and an open dry position. The spotted pink flowers are borne singly from winter to late spring or early summer. Eremophila maculata grows to about 2m high and 2m wide. Many Eremophilas come from areas in Australia with less than 150mm annual rain. In most areas of Australia once established they never hand watered again.
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Galphimia gracilis

New for 2015!

Thryallis 10 seeds 

Galphimia gracilis,or Thryallis, is a small tropical shrub from  the tropics producing a constant display of yellow flowers, with light green foliage. Easy to grow in heat but they do best in full sun.

Thryallis once established, like to be kept dry, requiring only light waterings and best in a very well drained compost when kept in a container. Allow the compost to almost dry out between watering. The flowers born on terminal spikes appear all year if kept warm.

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Guaicum officinale

New for 2015!

Tree of Life 10 seeds

A small evergreen tree native to the West Indies that grows slowly to 30' in the wild but as a manageable shrub if pot grown making it a potential candidate for a warm glasshouse or conservatory. It forms a twisted trunk and produces blue flowers with five petals, followed by bright yellow-orange fruits with red flesh and black seeds. The wood called lignum vitae is one of the hardest known, almost impervious to water and has medicinal properties.
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Halesia Carolina

New for 2015!

Carolina Silverbells 10 seeds n£]]

A beautiful spring flowering tree from the USA with clusters of white flowers emerging from the previous years wood to create a stunning display. Produces winged seeds and some striping on the young bark. Prefers acid, well drained soil conditions and partial shade similar to cornus species. Maximum height about 20ft and is often classed as a shrub rather than a tree. Seed needs stratification.

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Ipomoea Split Second

New for 2015!

A fully double version of Ipomoea 10 seeds  җ

The best double-flowered Morning Glory we have ever seen, Split Second is a big, full, Peony-like bloom of rosy pink that looks nothing like its single cousins. This is the most exciting breakthrough in Morning Glories in a long time, and we're delighted to be able to offer it to you this season. Split Second flowers heavily from early summer until frost, thriving in blazing sun and any well-drained soil (but especially those on the dry side). The blooms are huge, very full, and delightfully twisted, with no two just alike. If you're looking for a vine with a beautiful difference, Split Second is the one you MUST try!

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Metrosideros fulgens

New for 2015!

'Scarlet Rata Vine' Pkt

Metrosideros fulgens or Scarlet Rata is a forest vine endemic to New Zealand. The scarlet rata is one of the better-known species of rata vines, because it flowers in the autumn or winter, and is often highly visible growing over road side trees. Its displays of large red flowers are quite spectacular given the right light.

The plant prefers warm moist habitats and in the wild grows up to 10m long or more. It climbs in the same way as ivy, sending out short adventitious roots to adhere to the trunks of host trees, penetrating and clinging to rough surfaces. It will tolerate a light frost but an interesting choice for a cool greenhouse or conservatory where it can be kept to size by pruning where it will take on more of a shrubby habit rather than a vine.

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Mimosa nuttallii Pink Sparkles

New for 2015!

Hardy Sensitive Plant 20 seeds 

Pink Sparkles sensitive plant is a close relative to Mimosa pudica but a bit more winter hardy. Some seed suppliers are suggesting that it is winter hardy but that is not the case but able to survive cool winter conditions as a house plant or under glass better than Mimosa pudica. Fluffy pink flowers and touch sensitive leaves with a prostrate habit.

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Orlaya grandiflora

New for 2015!

Lace Flower Aprx 30 seeds җ җ җ

Orlaya grandiflora 'White Finch' is a very useful cut flower for bouquets or a vase. It makes an easy to grow, border plant with decorative snow-white lacy blooms which resemble lace-cap hydrangeas These appear throughout the summer above the fine, fern-like foliage. This gorgeous hardy annual has an extremely long flowering period and will often flower until the first frosts. Grows to about 70cm.

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Passiflora quadrangularis Erotica

New for 2015!

Penis Granadilla  5 seeds

A somewhat bizarre form of Passiflora quadrangularis with distinctly phallus-shaped fruits!  It of course assumes you have enough heat, space and humidity to grow this vine large enough to fruit but an interesting talking point? As a bonus it produces the normal lovely passion flowers of this species once mature.

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Phyllostachys nigra

New for 2015!

Black Bamboo 10 seeds җ җ җ

Bamboos are a must for tropical bedding and Nigra is particularly attractive developing shiny black stems given a sunny position. Growing to 15ft or 20ft after a few years it will need some room for a permanent position. It is a controllable clump forming variety that does not throw out invasive runners. We can vouch for that as we have a 20 year old clump that shows no sign of running. Hardy to -25c
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Physalis alkekengi var franchetii

New for 2015!

Chinese Lanterns Aprx 50 seeds җ җ җ 

This is a large strain of Chinese lanterns produce tiny, creamy-white flowers from July to August followed by bright orange-scarlet berries enclosed by large papery, red lanterns. Perfect for providing autumn interest in well-drained areas of the garden. The papery lanterns make wonderful dried flower arrangements. To prevent them from becoming invasive like mint, leave space around them to manage the plants or keep in containers. We just dig them out from where we don't need them but no big problem to control. Good for sunny well drained positions.
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Prestonia mollis

New for 2015!

"Babeiro" 10 seeds

An evergreen tropical climbing vine from South America up to 10ft with shiny dark green leaves and attractive greenish yellow flowers with long tube and windmill-like arranged petals in axillary clusters. Needs all year round warmth so best in a heated glass house with minimum winter temperatures of 15C and not over watered in winter.
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Rheum nobile

New for 2015!

Sikkim Rhubarb 5 seeds җ җ җ 

Rheum nobile or Sikkim rhubarb, is a giant herbaceous plant native to the Himalaya. It is an extraordinary species of rhubarb At 1–2 m tall standing out from the crowd in its rather bleak natural habitat. Excellent for a cool and moist location with its attractive cream coloured bracts and broad foliage. One of the most architecturally striking of all Asian mountain plants and very rare in cultivation.
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Solanum capsicoides

New for 2015!

Devil Plant 10 seeds

A frost tender perennial 2ft to 4ft. It is native to eastern Brazil but naturalized in other tropical regions. This plant is often used in colder but frost free regions as a rootstock for perennial eggplants where it can increase the crop some 10 fold. Also a very ornamental pot plant where it produces lots of bright orange fruits. In autumn the leafless branches with ripe fruits can be used in dry bouquets as the fruits will not dry out, rot or fall off. Easy to grow but for the UK best sown early in the year to produce summer fruits.
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Solanum caripense

New for 2015!

Tzimbalo 10 seeds

This herby shrub is commonly cultivated in South America for its apricot-sized, purple and cream striped fruits that are reminiscent of a pleasantly tart melon. Easy to grow from seeds, it fruits within a few months.
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Tibouchina semidecandra

New for 2015!

Brazilian Spider Flower Pkt

A fairly hardy shrub able to take a few degrees of frost. Tibouchina have soft hairy leaves with spectacular flowers and the centre stamens look like a jungle spider - hence the name. I use mine as bedding for the late summer flowers and pot culture. The seed of Tibouchina is tiny, similar to gloxinia seed, so please don't expect a large packet!
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Symbol Codes

Germination -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

Backlog for Fresh Seed Flavour

Hardiness - To -5°C җ To -10°C җҗ Fully Hardy җҗҗ

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving