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All of this section should be hardy outside in most areas of the UK

Lobelia cardinalis

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Cardinal Flower Pkt җ җ 
A short lived perennial for a damp border, but with stunning 15” columns of scarlet 2” flowers in summer to early autumn.  Lobelia cardinalis has tall 3ft stems of narrow often red/purple leaves which I find complement a group of ginger lilies. Because of the short lived nature, best grown from seed every few years to keep a regular display.

Lobelia Compliment Mixed

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Cardinal Flower Pkt җ җ 
For a range of colour rather than the normal cardinalis, Lobelia Compliment can be grown as perennials or annuals. Attractive flowering spikes in a range of colours from pink, red to lilac or purple. Tall selection to 3 ft that can really add some extra colour to your tropical borders.

Lonicera caerulea

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Blue-Berried Honeysuckle җ җ җ

Lonicera caerulea or honeyberry is a relatively new introduction into the UK and are edible forms of the honeysuckle also known as blue honeysuckle. The fruits are very similar to blueberries in taste and looks, and can be eaten raw or used in jams and jellies. Like blueberries they are high in antioxidants and vitamin C and make an interesting addition to your fruit collection. However they do not mind acidic or alkaline soil which makes them a great alternative for people who struggle to grow blueberries. Best grown in pairs or more for cross pollination.

Lupin Gallery Series

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Lupin 25 seeds  җ җ җ
Lupin Gallery Series is the first dwarf hybrid Lupin which can be flowered the first year from seed with an early sowing. Once established they can produce 10 to 12 flower spikes per plant. Our mix includes shades of blue, pink, red, white and yellow. 18” tall plants.

Lupin Russell Special Mix

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Lupin Aprx 50 seeds җ җ җ
Lupin Russell  are well known standard lupins to 3ft tall in an excellent colour range including bi-colours. Essential perennial for a mixed border.

Lupinus arboreus Mixed

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Tree Lupin 15 seeds җ җ җ
If you like Lupins like me but have an alkaline soil you will share my frustration in growing normal Lupins. Lupinus arboreus though forms a small branching shrub and is available now in blue, purple, lavender as well as the normal yellow and this one is quite happy on alkaline soils. Why not give it a try?

Lycium chinense

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Goji Berry or Wolfberry 20 seeds җ җ

The two species of Goji berry or Wolfberry grown are Lycium Barbarum and Lycium Chinense, two very closely related species from China. They are perennial plants and will grow to a height of between one and three metres.  They require a sunny position and a well drained soil and fairly easy to grow, are self polinating, drought tolerant and are hardy plants. After being introduced into the UK many years ago they have already been seen growing wild in some locations.

The red berries which are small and plum shaped are very high in nutrients with many health claims. In traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries are often made into a tea that is said to work on the liver and other areas of the bodies. In food products, goji berries are often dried and mixed in with the other ingredients Marketers of goji berries have made the following health claims; improves the immune system; improves circulation;  reduces inflammation; improves vision including macular degeneration; helps reduce the aging process.

Macleaya microcarpa

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Kelway's Coral Plume 20 seeds җ җ җ
Macleaya microcarpa is a huge perennial with large plume like deep buff to coral pink flowers from early to mid summer. Height 2.2m Spread 1m. Spectacular at the back of a border or mixed with a bold tropical garden theme.

Melianthus major

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Honey Bush 10 seeds җ
Melianthus major - a popular attractive foliage plant from South Africa not often seen for sale, producing large pinnate leaves of a soft blue/green colour. An excellent foliage display plant tolerating some light frost, so may prove hardy in a warm position, but in reality best over wintered under cover. From late spring it can produce attractive long spiky racemes of red brown to brick red flowers up to 3ft long.

Michauxia tchihatchewii

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Catherine Wheel Flower 20 seeds җ җ
I first grew this spectacular flower about 10 years ago and they are indeed wheel like, with about 20 white petals radiating from a central pale yellow hub. Each individual bloom is about 4 inches in diameter, and dozens open up simultaneously on plants up to 5 feet tall. Large numbers of buds extend the flowering period to at least a month. The leaves are produced mostly as a ground-hugging rosette; they are tough, deeply notched and covered with stiff hairs that people with sensitive skin might find irritating. Like a few other members of the Campanula family, michauxia is a biennial - it blooms in its second season from seed and then dies. But growing Michauxia tchihatchewii from seed is easy, making annual replacement of the plants no chore, just as gardeners are used to routinely replace biennial foxglove plants. A choice and rare plant.

Monarda didyma Panorama Mixed

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Bergamot or Bees Balm 25 seeds  җ җ җ
Monarda an old favourite of ours in our cottage garden is a durable, showy garden plant for the perennial border and an interesting cut flower with stem up to 60cm. A tea from the spicy leaves of this plant is known as Oswega Tea and the petals are also edible in salads. This special mixture of Red, Pink and Salmon shades makes a wonderful addition to any garden. Easy to grow and fully hardy.

Nepeta nervosa Blue Moon

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Catmint or Catnip 25 seeds җ җ җ
Nepeta nervosa 'Blue Moon' is a lovely hardy perennial strain of Catmint with densely packed blue flowers over compact, neat mounds of lightly aromatic foliage to 45cm. Flowers July until September. Also quick to flower in just 12 to 16 weeks from an April sowing. Ideal for borders and containers. Watch out though as Cats just love this plant and like to sit on the mounds of scented foliage! (Great for the cats but not good for the plants!)

Nepeta nervosa Pink Cat

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Pink Catmint or Catnip 25 seeds җ җ җ
Nepeta nervosa "Pink Cat" is a lovely new hardy perennial strain of Catmint with densely packed pink flowers over compact, neat mounds of lightly aromatic foliage to 45cm. Flowers July until September. Also quick to flower in just 12 to 16 weeks from an April sowing. Ideal for borders and containers. Watch out though as Cats just love this plant and like to sit on the mounds of scented foliage! (Great for the cats but not good for the plants!)

Paeonia suffruticosa

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Tree Peony 10 Hybrid Seeds җ җ
Paeonia suffruticosa or Tree Peonies are hardy, medium sized, deciduous shrubs that produce woody stems which will grow larger each year, eventually reaching between 1.5 and 2.5 metres in height and width in ideal conditions. Tree Peonies flower from April to June, depending on variety, producing large, scented, single, semi-double or double flowers. Our seeds are from a China based company who specialise in these plants and the seed has been selected from the best hybrid varieties in mixed colours of yellow, pink, red, mauve and orange.

Papaver orientale Pizzicato mixed

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Oriental Poppy Aprx 100 Seeds җ җ
Papaver orientale Pizzicato is a superb semi dwarf mixture of these lovely Oriental Poppies. Colours range from red, scarlet, pink, mauve, salmon and white all with a black centre. Each plant once established can produce up to 20 flowers in a season. 18” tall.

Penstemon sensation mixed

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Beard Tongue Pkt җ җ
An excellent seed mix of colours, including red to pink, lavender and rose, and bi colours with tall 2ft strong stems. These lovely Penstemon plants produce a profusion of flowers from June to September in milder areas. Colder winter temperatures below -8°C will tend to cut them back and the resulting new growth the following spring takes longer to flower. Best for milder gardens or in protected positions. Our own plants flowered non stop from June to November in 2005 with an excellent display.

Perovskia Taiga

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Russian Sage 20 seeds җ җ җ
We have been growing Perovskia Taiga, a lovely perennial for many years in our own garden, it produces soft grey-green foliage on white stems. The colourful flowers resemble spikes of blue lavender. This particular variety has larger flower-heads and is an impressive plant, even in winter when bold groups of the white stems make an attractive feature. The deeply cut foliage smells strongly of sage when bruised.

Phyllostachys heteroclada

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Water Bamboo (10 seeds Pr Pkt) җ җ

A rare erect growing bamboo which reaches over 30 feet in height with up to 2" diameter green culms. Older culms have masses of leaves which make it very good for hedges and screens. Heteroclada is sometimes known as "water bamboo" due to its tolerance of waterlogged soils. Hardy to about -20°C.

Phyllostachys pubescens

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Moso Giant Bamboo 10 seeds җ җ җ
Phyllostachys pubescens bamboo commonly known as moso is one of the largest hardy bamboos in the world. It is the most popular bamboo in china, used for food, timber, paper, plywood, flooring, and crafts. Its use in landscaping is growing in popularity in the US and Southern France. Young shoots are covered with a fine, fuzzy covering that looks like velvet. This is a true giant. Can you imagine standing in a grove of giant moso that has canes the thickness of small telephone poles? One of the most beautiful and probably the most magnificent of the giant hardies. Needs fertile soil and summer heat to grow well and it will take many years to mature from seedlings. Hardy to -17C.

Physalis alkekengi var franchetii

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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.

Piptanthus nepalensis

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Evergreen Laburnum 15 seeds җ җ
Piptanthus nepalensis is a really pretty shrub in spring with attractive pea like sprays of bright yellow flowers, followed by racemes of large bean type pods in the autumn. Easy from seed and fairly fast growing with flowers in the 2nd or 3rd year. An open habit shrub from Himalaya that I find benefits from a light pruning after flowering to keep it in shape. Rarely seen for sale in my experience, to 5ft in 5 years.

Primula vialii

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Orchid Primrose   Aprx 150 seeds  җ җ җ
APrimula vialii is a beautiful and exotic form of primrose. The two-toned red and pink columnar flowers look very like little red hot pokers. Can be grown in an open border but best in partial shade. A must have novelty

Rheum nobile

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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.

Rheum palmatum tanguticum

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Ornamental Rhubarb 10 seeds җ җ җ 
If you like large leaves and spectacular flowers you have to try growing Rheum palmatum tanguticum a form of ornamental rhubarb. It forms huge clumps of large, often purple backed soft leaves, supporting columns of 6ft tall red flowers. An excellent spot plant for a lawn specimen that requires plenty of water to be impressive.

Rodgersia pinnata Henrici hybrids

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Feather Leafed Rodgersia 20 seeds җ җ җ 
Rodgersia pinnata - a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial that is excellent for a bog garden, water side or damp conditions in shade. In mid-summer, plumes of fragrant, pink-red flowers carried on red stems to 2ft above large crinkled green/bronze foliage that turns a deeper colour in the Autumn. Often featured on TV gardening programs because of the large exotic looking leaves and good for shady areas.

Romneya coulteri

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Californian Poppy 10 Seeds җ җ
A gorgeous woody based perennial fully hardy given some protection and a warm sunny position. Romneya coulteri has large poppy like scented white flowers with a prominent golden stamens. Attractive narrow silver grey green leaves support the flowers on 3ft stems. Picture is of our own plant taken in July.

Salvia superba Blue Queen

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Perennial Salvia Aprx 50 seeds җ җ җ
A superb compact strain of Salvia  flowering over a long period numerous 6-9 in. spikes of deep violet flowers on 12” to 15” plants. This vibrant mid-border salvia is perfect for introducing a splash of a colour in a moist but well-drained border. It flourishes in sun or light dappled shade and is highly attractive to butterflies and bees.

Salvia superba Rose Queen

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Perennial Salvia Aprx 50 seeds җ җ җ
Salvia superba Rose Queen - a superb compact strain flowering over a long period numerous 6-9 in. spikes of rose flowers on 12" to 15" plants. This vibrant mid-border salvia is perfect for introducing a splash of a colour in a moist but well-drained border. It flourishes in sun or light dappled shade and is highly attractive to butterflies and bees.

Scabiosa caucasica Isaac House

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Perrenial Scabious Aprx 35 seeds җ җ җ
The large flowers of the Caucasian scabious are a valued contribution to any garden, attractive to look at, attractive to butterflies as well as an excellent cut flower. Issac House Hybrids are strong stemmed with large flat flower heads in a lovely mix of blue, white and lavender and will flower the first year from seed if started a good 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out.

Verbascum bombyciferum Polar Summer

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Mullein Aprx 50 Seeds  җ җ җ 
This is an eye-catching plant with heavily felted, silver-grey rosettes of large leaves that look outstanding in winter. From these, tall, furry, silvery flower-spikes emerge in early summer. These reach their full height by mid-summer and start to produce a succession of wide-open, yellow flowers which continue into late summer. After flowering, the spikes still look attractive for months before starting to die off. Plants self-seed copiously and if possible leave the seedlings where they appear naturally as they are very drought-tolerant and are not fond of being transplanted. Needs a well drained sunny position.

Verbascum hybridum Banana Custard

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Mullein Aprx 50 Seeds җ җ җ 
This wonderful Verbascum hybrid produces huge, two toned flowers from late spring into early summer that look fantastic in any perennial garden. The blooms are a mixture of bright and light yellow, and are somewhat different from the rest. Also known as Mullein, this wonderful plant has light green silvery foliage that will add great contrast to the flower colour. The plants grow to a height of two to four feet with a spread of one to two feet. Try Banana Custard in rocky sloped for colour, or as a border plant in a cottage garden.

Verbascum hybridum Snow Maiden

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Mullein Aprx 50 Seeds җ җ җ 
The tall, erect spikes of Verbascum  'Snow Maiden' are packed with small, pure white flowers, which have yellow stamens, and will continue to appear over a long summer. It makes a striking show for the middle to back of a multi-coloured border or white bed, and is easily grown from seed. Free-draining soil is vital, also making it a good contender for Mediterranean-type areas with plenty of sun and light soil.

Verbena canadensis Perfecta

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Clump Verbena aprx 50 seeds җ җ
Perennial Verbena, a native to North America, are rather fine long blooming and showy plants for the border, tubs or baskets with clusters of deep violet flowers. Not reliably hardy below -10C they are best given some winter protection. Prune back to new growth after winter ravages and they will grow back into excellent mounds flowering for up to 6 months and only stopped by hard frosts.

Verbena canadensis Toronto Rose

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Clump Verbena aprx 50 seed җ җ
A pink form of the perennial Verbena of North America. excellent fine long blooming and showy plants for the border, tubs or baskets with clusters of deep pink/violet flowers. Not reliably hardy below -10C they are best given some winter protection. Prune back to new growth after winter ravages and they will grow back into excellent mounds flowering for up to 6 months and only stopped by hard frosts.

Wisteria sinensis

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Chinese Wisteria 10 seeds җ җ

This well known Chinese Wisteria is a climbing vine with scented blue-violet 12" flowers in pendulous clusters in mid-April. It is distinguished from the Japanese Wisteria by larger flowers and shorter racemes.

When choosing a location, keep in mind that the Wisteria sinensis has a fast growth rate. It grows up to 30 feet in height and 30 feet in spread, preferring full sun and moist, well-drained soil. The plant will take a few years to reach maturity and flower but well worth the wait, it can also be used for bonsai work if you prefer. I have also grown these as standards in a central lawn location, requiring some support for a few years but the cascading effect in flower was quite spectacular.

Yucca filementosa

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Adams Needle 10 Seeds  җ җ
One of the hardiest Yuccas that flowers within a few years from seed. Yucca filementosa is clump forming up to 5ft tall with panicles of white tulip shaped flowers from a basal rosette of deep green leaves edged with white threads. Best situated in a sunny protected position however fully hardy in the UK.

Yucca glauca

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Soapweed Yucca 10 Seeds җ җ
Slightly hardier than Yucca filementosa with narrower leaves. Clump forming up to 5ft tall with panicles of white tulip shaped flowers from a basal rosette of deep green leaves.

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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