Hardy Exotics L-Z


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

Lobelia cardinalis

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

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.

Lobelia vedrariensis


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.

Lonicera caerulea


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

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

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

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

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.

Melianthus major

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russian Sage 10 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.

Phlox paniculata New Hybrids


Garden Phlox 20 seeds җ җ җ

A wide mix of solid and bicolours, representing some of the best of the modern hybrids. These plants are a wonderful addition to the summer border, putting one a showy display. The large flower heads are collections of round flowers into dense panicles, which are produced atop long stems. Plants are long-lived hardy perennials and are easy to grow. 16-36 inches tall. They are best grown in full or part sun, and a sunny location with good air circulation minimises mildew diseases. Clump forming.

Physalis alkekengi var franchetii


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.

Primula vialii

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


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

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 or partial shade to be impressive.

Rodgersia pinnata Henrici hybrids

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

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.

Rosa Chinensis


Angel Rose 15 Seeds җ җ җ

Miniature roses can easily be raised from seed at a fraction of the cost of buying potted plants. They are lovely in outdoor containers or can be kept indoors as houseplants and will flower year round providing they are positioned in a bright sunny window. With true Old Rose vigour, miniatures tend to be profuse repeat bloomers, from early summer into mid-autumn with a fragrance is similar to tea roses and because these are grown from seed they have their own root stock and are actually hardier than many of the larger hybrid rose varieties. 12" to 18" tall with single or semi double blooms in shades of white, rose and pink.

Scabiosa caucasica Isaac House

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.

Sempervivum Species Mixed


Hens and Chickens Aprx 50 seeds җ җ

"Hen and Chickens" or "House Leeks" are an evergreen succulent, excellent for old walls and rockeries in a dry sheltered location. Surprisingly hardy and valued for their distinctive spiralled rosettes 7cm tall.

Verbascum chaixii


Mullein Aprx 50 Seeds  җ җ җ 

One of the few truly perennial species of mullein, it has sulphur-yellow blossoms with purple and red filaments, which bloom profusely on long flower stalks in mid and late summer. These are produced above its hairy rosettes of jagged-edged leaves which are semi-evergreen. These plants are well-adapted to cottage gardens, gravel, and rock gardens, or even naturalized areas. This is one of the better behaved Mulleins that may gently self-seed but rarely becomes a nuisance!

Verbascum Phoeniceum Hybrids


Mullein Aprx 50 Seeds  җ җ җ 

Relatively unknown by gardeners, the Purple Mullein is a worthwhile perennial, especially for hot sunny sites. Plants form a low, ground-hugging rosette of crinkly green leaves, bearing upright stems or spikes of flowers in a range of soft pastel colours, from white through pink to rose and purple. Stems are tall and excellent for cutting. Although not a long-lived perennial, these usually self-sow. Seedlings are easily moved while small. Most effective when planted in groups towards the middle of the border.

Wisteria sinensis

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

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

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.



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