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Perennial and tropical plants that I would not quite call hardy. Many may survive outside given a warm area of the country but for most these are best kept under cover over winter.

Agapanthus africanus
African Lily 
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15 seeds £2.42   JS322

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A stunning violet blue lily from South Africa which has large heads of clear blue umbels carried high over a mound of dark green strap like leaves. Africanus is a larger plant and not frost hardy below about -5˚C best suited to a conservatory. Available in most Garden Centres but expensive - why not try growing some from seed - if you can wait a few years for the plants to mature.

Agapanthus Snow White
White African Lily 

15 seeds £2.55  JS1448

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Snow White is a new introduction that will flower within 1 year from seed and hardy enough to be left outside permanently in milder areas. Dwarfer in habit with multiple flowering stems.

Agave attenuata
Foxtail Agave n£
20 seeds £1.49   JS3591

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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.

Agave havardiana
Harvards Century Plant n£
10 seeds £1.49   JS3592

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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.

Agave ovatifolia Giant Form
Giant Whale's Tongue Century Plant n£
10 seeds £2.49   JS3593

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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!

Agave Americana
Century Plant n£
15 seeds £1.49   JS219

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A handsome desert plant used in tubs and ornamental pots that will take a light frost.

Agave Mixed
Mixed Agave n£
15 seeds £3.49   JS174

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Handsome desert plants used in tubs and ornamental pots. We offer a mixture of Agave species for patio pot displays. and suitable for pot culture.

Agave parryi
Parry's Century Plant n£
10 seeds £2.55   JS599 

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One of the best compact forms looking like a larger version of an artichoke in smokey blue. Grows to 2 ft maximum but slow growing.

Aloe arborescens
One
of the hardiest Aloes n]£
(Pr Pkt) £2.95 JS1498

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Tall plants to 6ft or more that will need dry conditions to survive any frosts but even then -5°C will be the maximum tolerance.

Aloe Mixed
Mixed Aloe including Aloe Vera n£
15 seeds £3.11   JS724

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Unusual desert plants often used for medicinal purposes. We offer a mixed packet of species from the USA for you to try.

Beaucarnea recurvita
Ponytail Palm n£
10 seeds £2.87   JS2016

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Beaucarnea recurvata is well known as a robust house plant all around the world. They commonly are single trunks with a huge swollen base topped with bright green leaves that spiral down from the central crown. The leaves grow to 6 feet but are only about inch wide. Plants will usually grow to 6-8 feet tall when in containers but larger if planted outside in a frost free area. Native to semi-desert regions of South-eastern Mexico and closely related to Yucca, liking similar arid conditions, hardy to about -5°C. The swollen base is a water store for the plant which survives in hot dry climates - do not over water!

Canarina canariensis

New Lower Price for 2017!
Canary Bell Flower n£
10 seeds £1.95   JS3218

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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.

Canna Seed Large Hybrids
Indian Shot
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10 seeds £2.45  JS1222

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These seeds have all been collected from our own hybrid stock plants and many of them looking like their parent flower or a cross hybrid. We have had very few turn out poor and it is a quick way of creating some good Canna plants from seed. Seed sown in early winter in a heated propagator and grown on under heated glass will probably be in flower by May or June if kept growing under glass. Once in flower they can then be planted out for the summer. Plants vary in height from 3ft to 6ft.

Canna Tropicana Series
Dwarf Indian Shot
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(Red with Bronze Leaves)

8 seeds £4.44

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A superb strain of seed raised Canna. In the first year they start flowering from June, given an early sowing in Jan to Feb. Plus they are quickly clump forming to 8 or 10 flowering shoots by the end of the first season! Semi dwarf to 3ft and ideal for borders or pots. The big attraction is that they are Canna virus free and the colour range is excellent. We were very impressed in our 2006 seed trials. Easy germination.

Canna tuerckheimii
Species Indian Shot n]£
10 seeds £1.95   JS2831

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This giant Canna, native of Belize, has huge green foliage and a branching habit, the spikes of small flowers typical of a species Canna are crimson but with the plant growing to 16ft you might need a step ladder to admire them! Great for a tropical foliage effect from seed.

Carnation Giant Chabaud Super Claudia Mixed
Double Carnation n]]£
Aprx 100 seeds £1.25   JS3197

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Large fully double fringed flowers, with a wide colour range to 45cm. These large flowers are 100% double and supported on strong stems. A strain selected for its uniform, prolific flowering and ideal for cutting. Seeds can be sown in early Jan for Jun flowering to Apr for Sep flowering. Can also be sown in Jul under glass for spring flowering in pots. No heat required for keeping over winter as a perennial but they need to be kept under cover and fairly dry in cold weather.

Cinnamomum camphora
Camphor Tree n]£
10 seeds £1.95   JS2002

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A member of the laurel family, this tree is a broad leafed evergreen containing aromatic essential oils. The shiny green leaves are quite distinctive, helping to identify the tree at a distance. The essential oil 'camphor' is obtained from the leaves and twigs. Small yellow flowers are followed by black berries. New growth is frost sensitive and the tree is only hardy in mild parts of the country like Cornwall, maybe tolerant to -5°C once mature.

Cyphomandra abutiloides
Dwarf Tamarillo n]£
10 seeds £1.95   JS1951

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A rare member of the solanum family. This is a tamarillo species grown in South America as a food plant, but the taste is not to my liking. It produces clusters of orange 1/2” berries amongst large, heart shaped downy leaves. Not totally hardy, but makes an excellent summer bedding plant reaching at least 6ft from seed in one season.

Dahlia Bishops Children

Bedding Dahlia  n]£
Aprx 50 seeds £2.13   JS2158

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Developed from the original and popular Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ this is a new generation of tall seed grown dahlias with red bronze elegant dark foliage and stems, topped by rich single flowers in shades of red, orange, pink and gold. Grows to 3ft tall by 2ft wide. Tubers may be kept for future years planting or for cutting material of the best colours.

Dahlia Cactus Flowered Mixed

Cactus Bedding Dahlia  n]£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.59   JS2797

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These superb bold flowered dahlias produce large, spiky 'cactus' blooms in a range of attractive colours. They are quite tall plants to 4ft, making them ideal for creating a statement in bedding displays or herbaceous borders, where they are particularly useful for filling in gaps that appear as other plants go to seed. They are frost tender, but can be re-used each year if the tubers are lifted in the autumn and stored in a frost-free place.

Dahlia Figaro Mixed

Dwarf Bedding Dahlia  n]£
Aprx 50 seeds £1.59   JS2795

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One of the best bedding dahlia, Figaro offers a brilliant array of fully double 3" blooms on dwarf 35cm plants in a variety of colours amid fresh green foliage. These plants will retain colour from early summer until frost and flowers reliably from seed in the first year.

Echium pininiana
Tree Echium n£
10 seeds £2.87   JS622

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A spectacular Echium from the Canary Islands, capable of producing a 12ft flower spike of deep blue flowers from a basal rosette of narrow hairy leaves. From my own experience it will only take -5˚C before being killed by frost but if you are in a warm area, you have to try this plant given room. It is really a biennial though flowering the second year from seed after which it will need replacing. Make sure you have plenty of room for this giant!

Echium Pink Fountain
Hybrid Echium n£
10 seeds £2.87   JS2296

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This spectacular Echium is a cross between Echium pininana and wildpretii, it produces enormous 10ft, tapering towers of dainty pink flowers over large rosettes of coarse, strap-like leaves, creating a real spectacle. This plant will need some winter protection in colder areas and is only fully hardy in warm areas.

Echium Snow Tower
Tree
Echium n£
10 seeds £2.95   JS3006

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Another spectacular Echium from the Channel Islands, this one capable of producing a 15ft flower spike of pure white flowers from a basal rosette of narrow hairy leaves. From my own experience it will only take -5˚C before being killed by frost but if you are in a warm area, you have to try this plant given room. It is really a biennial though flowering the second year from seed after which it will need replacing. Make sure you have plenty of room for this giant!

Echium wildpretii
Tower of Jewels n£
10 seeds £2.87   JS1276

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A truly spectacular Echium from the Canary Islands very popular with our customers, capable of producing a 6ft flower spike of pink flowers from a basal rosette of narrow hairy leaves. From my own experience it will only take -5˚C before being killed by frost but if you are in a warm area, you have to try this plant given room. It is really a biennial though flowering the second year from seed after which it will need replacing.

Erythrina crista-galli
Common Coral Tree n£
10 seeds £3.19   JS168

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Another plant I have grown for years but it really needs a hot sunny conservatory to do well. Long terminal spikes of typical pea family bright red flowers. Tall plant flowering at 6ft+ but dies back to ground level in cold climates, watch out for the thorns on the stems though! Easy to raise from seed and fairly fast growing.

Geranium maderense
Madeira Daisy n£]
10 seeds £2.66   JS2557

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Geranium maderense is a greenhouse or conservatory pot plant for most areas of the UK, requiring a frost free position in full sun. At its peak this geranium stands 5 feet high and its inflorescence is 3 feet in diameter when flowering in late winter to late spring. This is the largest of all Geranium species, a giant aromatic plant with huge beautifully divided leaves. A spectacular short lived perennial plant if you have space for it.

Lantana camara mixed hybrids
Lantana
20 seeds £2.93   JS634

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From my own experience Lantana are not easy to grow from seed unless the seed is fresh. We have identified what we believe to be a good seed source for these excellent pot or summer bedding plants. I have a very old plant trained as a 5ft standard that makes a spectacular display each year in our borders.

Meconopsis betonicifolia
Himalayan Blue Poppy
50 seeds £2.99   JS2563

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Fabulous plants with stunning blue flowers but not easy to grow without the right conditions. The trick is to sow them cool in early spring and plant them in a shady cool damp but well drained situation. They produce a rosette of bristly leaves and then in late spring they send up a flower shoot several feet tall which produces one or more terminal flowers usually followed by further flowers lower down the stalk. The blue colour ranges from a clear pale sky blue though intense pure blue to violet shades. The rosette of foliage will remain over the summer in cool damp climates, but even in England it will become very battered and may even disappear for a while like an Oriental poppy. The flowering rosettes die as winter arrives, but strong plants will have produced offset rosettes and so will spread into a clump over the years.

Nicotiana glauca
Tree Tobacco n£
(Pr Pkt) £2.95   JS1286

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Small tree native to Bolivia and Argentina to 20ft, but often remaining only 6-10ft. Trees bloom year round in warm climates with sprays of yellow tubular flowers, or during warm months in colder climates. Needs only average water and little care when established. Silvery grey/green attractive foliage best grown in full sun or part shade. Hardy to -5˚C but please beware all parts of the plant are poisonous. In our 2005 trials February seedlings reached 12ft by September and started flowering from June.

Panax ginseng
Asian Ginseng
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10 seeds £1.59   JS2468

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A highly regarded Oriental medicine derived from the rootstock this is a Perennial bush to 90cm believed to be Hardy in the UK but we are not certain. Prefers a woodland condition with moist humus rich soil in semi shade to full shade. Quite a few years wait though before harvesting!

Phygelius aequalis
"Yellow Cape Fuchsia"
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10 seeds £1.95   JS3652

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The Cape Fuchsia is native to South Africa, but surprisingly quite a hardy perennial. Plants make a bushy, upright mound of green foliage, bearing showy clusters of fuchsia-like flowers beginning in mid-summer and continuing into the autumn. Aequalis has bright yellow blooms that attract hummingbirds in its native habitat. These adapt well to containers, and in cold winter areas may be wintered indoors. Plants form a woody base and should be pruned back to 6 inches or so each spring. We managed to grow these quite happily against a south facing wall in Oxfordshire for many years.

Phygelius capensis
"Cape Fuchsia"
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10 seeds £1.95   JS3634

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The Cape Fuchsia is native to South Africa, but surprisingly quite a hardy perennial. Plants make a bushy, upright mound of green foliage, bearing showy clusters of fuchsia-like firecracker flowers beginning in mid-summer and continuing into the autumn. Capensis has brilliant orange-red blooms with a yellow throat that attracts hummingbirds in its native habitat. These adapt well to containers, and in cold winter areas may be wintered indoors. Plants form a woody base and should be pruned back to 6 inches or so each spring. We managed to grow these quite happily against a south facing wall in Oxfordshire for many years.

Polygala myrtifolia
"September Bush"
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10 seeds £1.25   JS2315

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Polygala myrtifolia is a pretty evergreen medium sized shrub from South Africa that will grow outside in very mild locations where frosts are minimal. Often used for hedging in its native country and tolerant of regular pruning, it bears bright purple pea-like flowers from Jul to Sept. Easy from seed with a little care.

Puya chilensis
"Chagual"
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10 seeds £2.49   JS2868

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A rare member of the bromeliad family from the Andes it has caused a stir at the Chelsea flower show recently with its unusual inflorescences. Larger plants will take a light frost and can be found growing in some Cornish coastal gardens quite successfully. An evergreen desert like perennial it forms large, dense rosettes of grey-green, strap like leaves edged with hooked spines. The green-yellow flowers are born on spikes up to 2 m high which resemble a medieval mace. Makes a useful, if not thorny, house plant until larger. Tolerant to drought but prefers plenty of water in the summer growing season and kept dry in winter.
 

Sarracenia leucophylla
White Top Pitcher Plant n£
10 seeds  £2.95   JS2430

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Sarracenia leucophylla is often called the most beautiful American pitcher plant, the leaves can reach a height of 80/100 cm with spectacular red veining and the hood is pure white also with red veins. The plant is able to tolerate a light frost and can be grown outside in the summer but best taken into a cold greenhouse over winter to protect it from severe frosts. Use a 50:50 peat/vermiculite mix and in the summer stand the pots in a shallow tray of water - they are bog plants!

Sarracenia Mixed
Mixed
Pitcher Plants n£]
10 seeds  £2.95   JS3262

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A useful mix of these partially hardy Pitcher Plants from North America

Sarracenia purpurea
Hardiest Pitcher Plant
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10 seeds £2.95   JS1676

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Sarracenia purpurea is a fantastically strange carnivorous plant that is easy it grow. Mature plants produce 6-8 inch pitchers that grow horizontal in a rosette pattern, the pitchers curve upwards and wider toward the pitcher mouth. The purple pitcher has a unique hood that is vertical and open to catch rainwater. The colours range from bright yellow-green to deep purple with many red veins running throughout the pitchers. It produces solitary pink to dark red flowers on leafless 1-2 foot stems.

Sarracenia purpurea is the hardiest of all pitcher plants, it is found in boggy areas of North America and can tolerate very low temperatures and can be grown outdoors in all parts of the UK. The purple pitcher makes a great outdoor container plant; they do best when placed in bright sunlight with wet summer and dry winter positions.

Senna corymbosa
Syn Cassia corymbosa or Buttercup Bush
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10 seeds £2.95   JS3651

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Senna Corymbosa is often referred to as Cassia Corymbosa or Buttercup Bush and is originally from South America. This plant is very attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. It has beautiful golden yellow flowers that bloom abundantly from late spring until late autumn among pinnate bright green foliage. This is the hardiest of the Cassia family and can withstand a few degrees of frost but grows vigorously above 15C. As it is extremely tolerant of heat and drought it makes an ideal cold conservatory plant growing to 1 or 2 metres tall but needs regular watering to avoid drying out. Cut hard back to overwinter.

Sophora secundiflora
Texas Mountain Laurel or Mescal Bean n£
10 seeds  £1.95  
JS2789

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A cool tolerant slow growing shrub with glossy leaves and beautiful lavender flower clusters in the spring. Should make a useful cool or cold conservatory plant tolerant of dry conditions in light shade. The hard seeds will need a bit of scarification and soaking before planting.

Zantedeschia aethiopica
Arum Lily n]]£S
15 seeds  £2.95  
JS215

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I have been growing these beautiful lilies for many many years and just love the stunning white flowers set against the strong green foliage. We also offer a new hybrid called Marshmallow Pink. Both quite Hardy capable of taking frost and re-growing from the root stock in spring. Loves water.

Zantedeschia aetheopica Green Goddess
Green Goddess Lily n]]£S
15 seeds  £2.95   JS710

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The fabulous Green Goddess lily, a large plant with huge white flowers stained green at the tips. Quite Hardy capable of taking frost and re-growing from the root stock in spring. Loves water and a perfect flower arrangers dream.

Zantedeschia albomaculata
Spotted Calla Lily
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15 seeds  £1.95   JS2827

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Zantedeschia albomaculata is a summer rainfall species from eastern southern Africa found in marshy ground on rocky or grassy mountainsides. It is a medium/tall plant with arrow shaped leaves that have white spots. It has white or creamy calla like spathes not quite so open as aethiopica and not quite as hardy.
 

 

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Growing Symbols ---  £ Sunny position £ Shady position S  Lots of Water