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New Flower Seeds

New Flower Seed for 2017

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.

Alocasia portei

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New for 2017!

Giant Elephants Ear 5 seeds

Alocasia portei has quite different leaves to most alocasias - very heavily scallopped and almost fringed.  It is a very large alocasia with leaves that can get to over 1 metre long. Alocasia portei is one of the parents of Alocasia x 'Portora'.

Alpinia nutans

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New for 2017!

Shell Flower or Dwarf Cardamom 10 seeds

Alpinia nutans or dwarf cardamon is a fairly short ginger with thick lush foliage. The foliage has a spicy scent when rubbed. The compact growth habit makes it a good subject grown as a pot plant. However it rarely flowers in cultivation but when it does it produces pretty pink shell like flowers.

Aruncus dioicus

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Goats Beard Aprx 100 seeds

Goats Beard is a tall majestic plant with fine feathery plume shaped cream blooms similar to Astilbe. A giant back or border perennial reaching 120-150cm tall. Flowers June to August and perfectly hardy.

Canarina canariensis

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Canary Bell Flower 10 seeds

Canarina canariensis is a rare member of the Campanula family from the Canary Islands. This tuberous plant makes glossy, orangey-red striped blossoms throughout winter given a frost free location. Best at temperatures below 25°C in the summer when it becomes dormant to help protect against drought conditions with underground tubers like a dahlia.

In late summer, long, scrambling shoots appear, with arrow-shaped, jagged-edged leaves. The 5' to 9' long shoots meander up through other plants or along the ground.  The striking, 2" bell-shaped flowers appear in late fall or winter. The foliage then dies down to the tubers in the spring, until growth resumes in the autumn. Useful for winter flowering in a cool semi shaded conservatory when it can be pot grown and trained up a trellis.  

Cladrastis lutea

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Kentucky Yellow Wood 10 seeds җ җ җ

A handsome but rare medium sized tree (10m) from southern USA producing panicles of fragrant white wisteria-like flowers in June. Leaves turn clear yellow in autumn. Hardy in the UK own to -20C

Colvillea racemosa

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Colville's Glory 10 seeds

Related to the Poinciana this tree has huge racemes of golden flowers. A large tree though from 10m to 20m and really only suitable for the tropics preferring hot dry conditions like its native habitat in Madagascar. Pretty foliage though if grown as a novelty in a warm greenhouse.

Costus lima

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Spiral Ginger 10 seeds

A lovely spiral ginger very similar to barbatus but the flower bracts do not have the yellow flowers showing through. A good foliage plant for tropical effect and popular in tropical regions.

Ensete lecongkietii

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New for 2017! (Limited Qty)

"Orphon Banana" 5 seeds

Ensete lecongkietii is a recently discovered species from Vietnam, similar to Ensete superbum but more compact
Its squat fruits produce small, smooth 'Musella like' seeds. Worth a try grown as a patio pot plant?

Eucomis comosa

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Pineapple Flower 10 seeds җ

A native of South Africa, where it grows wild, Eucomis comosa is a member of the lily family. It is known as the pineapple plant because it wears what looks like a ruff above a fat column of striking starry-green flowers. The large leaves are also lush and tropical-looking worth including in any exotic scheme. Like all South African summer-rainfall bulbs, it is easy to keep if allowed to remain dormant in winter. Should start flowering after a couple of years from seed.

Globba schomburgkii

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Dancing Girl Ginger 10 seeds

Globba schomburgkii is easy to grow and commonly available growing to 3 ft. tall in dappled or light shade, bit it can take a fair amount of direct sun. It produces a prolific amount "bulbils" which can also be sprouted and grown on to mature plants. It tends to go dormant in winter so a frost free greenhouse or conservatory will suit it. As it tolerates low light it can be used as a novelty house plant.

Hedychium densifolium Assam Orange

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Hardy Ginger 10 Seeds җ җ җ

We normally manage to collect a sensible amount of fresh seed each autumn of Hedychium Assam Orange from our own plants. Its a useful hardy ginger and a sport of Hedychium Densifolium a smaller ginger, hardy in all parts of the UK at the root level. Treat it as a clumping border perennial plant. Each year it will throw 3ft spikes topped by orange flower spikes about 4” long in August/September.

Hedychium griffithianum

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Himalaya Ginger 10 seeds

Hedychium griffithianum or Syn H gracilis is a tough ginger from the Himalaya and probably hardy in mild areas but best grown under cover to accommodate the late flowers. These are borne in attractive spidery white cluster with salmon filaments carrying a mild scent in the evenings. A delicate shorter thin leaved variety to 3ft.

Hedychium Wardii

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Yellow Ginger 5 Seeds җ

We have been growing Hedychium Wardii for many years but for the first time this year our stock plants have produced some large plump scarlet seeds. Only a few but a unique offering while stocks last!

Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Hybrids (Mixed)

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Tropical Hibiscus Mixed Colours 10 seeds 

Fabulous large flowers on small shrubs that abound all over the tropics. One of these flowers in a native girl’s hair is perhaps one of the most thought of images to conjure up an Island paradise. We have found at last found another source of crossed hybrid seed for you to try out with a good colour range, but you will need a warm heated greenhouse or conservatory to grow these successfully. Hibiscus sinensis does not come true from seed but the pictures on the image below represent an example of  the colour ranges you might achieve.

 


Hollyhock Spring Celebrities

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New for 2017!

Compact Annual/Bienniel Hardy Hollyhock 15 seeds җ җ җ

A completely new dimension in annual compact flowering Hollyhocks, these unique, bushy, dwarf plants produce stout stems which become clothed in beautiful, anemone-centred, frilly blooms, in a surprising array of colours including rose, red, lemon, lilac, pink, purple, and white. Ideal for planting in the middle of borders, or in large containers for an impressive patio feature. As a bonus the flowers are edible and because this plant reaches only 24 to 28 inches and the flowering stems are quite stout and strong, you need never worry about staking or tying the blooms!

Larkspur 'Sublime Mixed'

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Larkspur Aprx 250 seeds 

A cottage garden favourite Larkspur Sublime is an ideal flower for garden display and for drying. An excellent strain of solid stems and fully double flowers to 120cm. Considered to be the best variety for use as a dried flower.

Lobelia vedrariensis

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Perennial Lobelia Aprx 100 seeds җ җ

A perfect plant for the summer garden that deserves more popularity, Lobelia vedrariensis is a vigorous, upright perennial enjoying long spires of dark violet flowers atop dark green leaves flushed with purple from mid summer to early fall. An architectural plant which adds vertical interest to your borders. It may need a bit of space growing 3-4 feet tall, this well-branched Lobelia thrives in medium to wet well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Attractive to butterflies.

Lunaria annua Chedglow

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Purple Honesty 20 seeds җ җ җ

Lunaria Chedglow is a hardy biennial flowering from April to early May with dark purple leaves, stems seedpods and purple flowers growing to 3ft. Like normal Honesty the decorative seed heads persist with translucent discs that can be used in dried flower arrangements. Best to remove any seedlings with green stems.

Maackia amurensis

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Amur maackia 10 seeds

Maackia amurensis is a rare and handsome plant native to Northern China and Korea with new leaves in spring a beautiful ghostly, silver-blue in colour aging to green.  It also has delightful upright panicles of creamy-white, slightly fragrant flowers in midsummer. An unusual and lovely garden tree.

Nepenthes madagascariensis

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Madagascan Pitcher Plant 10 seeds

One of two Nepenthes native to Madagascar it grows slender shoots to about 1 m tall, with thick, leathery leaves that sport vase-like, yellow or reddish pitchers on wiry stalks. These pitchers fill with rain water and attract insects, mostly ants, that are trapped, drowned and finally digested by the plant as a supplement to the poor nutrient situation in its habitat. Grown under glass it prefers to be dry between watering and a good compost is sphagnum moss.

Passiflora maliformis

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New for 2017!

Sweet Calabash  10 seeds 

Passiflora maliformis a native of the Carribean is cultivated for its beautiful fragrant flowers and delicious aromatic sweet yellowish fruit. It is a woody climber than can reach 10 m lenght in its native habitat but can be grown as a container plant. It climbs by tendrills sprouting from the leaf axils and the leaves are ovate not lobed. Like Alata it is best having a restricted root run or it just keeps growing without any flowers!

Salvia patens Patio Sky Blue

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Blue Angel 20 seeds җ җ

Salvia Sky Blue has true sky blue flowers on compact well-branched vigorous plants. Easy to grow and low-maintenance it is a tuberous herbaceous perennial blooming continuously with good care originating from Central Mexico. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees. They do well in either sun or partial shade and fairly drought tolerant once established. Hardy to about -10c if not in soggy winter conditions. 50cm

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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