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Spring Cottage Garden

No one can deny the beautiful exuberance of a spring cottage garden, with its bright and cheery colours heralding the end of an often grey and cold winter spell. If you can’t wait until the beautiful long flowering times of a summer garden, and need the early and instant gratification in spring, nothing is more beautiful than a traditional style Cottage Garden, made from a selection of garden worthy plants. Choose annuals from seeds to sow in spring, brightly coloured poppies and wildflowers or delicate and fragrant sweet peas, or make a selection of old world favourite perennials, for a pastel coloured and harmoniums spring garden. Both are listed below, you choose what suits your style!

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ANTHEMIS 'E.C. BUXTON'
ANTHEMIS 'E.C. BUXTON'
PLANTS: PANEC
A standout drought-tolerant ground cover with abundant pale yellow daisies over ferny blue-green foliage. Beth Chatto lists this as one of the 10 best plants in her garden. Combine with hot coloured dahlias or blue catmints and salvias. Low maintenance and evergreen in warm climates, this perennial flowers profusely from November to February, an...
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CATMINT 'WALKER'S LOW'
CATMINT 'WALKER'S LOW'
PLANTS: PCAWA
A classic, low growing edging or border plant for a sunny position, just as at home beneath old-world roses where it is an exceptional companion plant. Long flowering and vigorous, this repeat flowering catmint provides months of colour from spring to autumn with its beautiful mauve-blue flower spikes, bringing beneficial insects and pollinators...
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CHERRY PIE 'PURPLE HEIRLOOM'
CHERRY PIE 'PURPLE HEIRLOOM'
PLANTS: WCHP
A wonderful vanilla-scented flowering shrub with grey-green foliage. Plant near pathways to maximise its glorious fragrance. Long flowering from spring through summer and into autumn.
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COLUMBINE 'LEPRECHAUN GOLD'
COLUMBINE 'LEPRECHAUN GOLD'
PLANTS: PCOLG
Psychedelic golden variegated leaves brighten up shaded areas bringing contrast and light to the garden. An excellent ground cover for semi- shade. Purple nodding granny's bonnet flowers stand high above the carpet...
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COLUMBINE 'WHITE BARLOW'
COLUMBINE 'WHITE BARLOW'
PLANTS: PCOBW
This striking granny's bonnet is named after Nora Barlow, Charles Darwin's grand-daughter. The nodding flowers are composed of layers of white petals reminiscent of a lady's petticoat. Ideal for bringing a splash of colo...
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CORN COCKLE 'OCEAN PEARL'
CORN COCKLE 'OCEAN PEARL'
SEEDS: S518
As eager to flowers to flower as Cornflowers and Flanders Poppy. Upward facing pure white flowers are held with prominent sepals and dance gracefully in the summer garden on singular tall narrow stems. This hardy...
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ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD PINK'
ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD PINK'
PLANTS: WECHP
Fat, mid-pink candles of flowers are produced over a compact, grey-green evergreen shrub. Growing and flowering much like the familiar blue Pride of Madeira, this unique pink variety is useful in cool colour schemes with pastel combinations, even in the hottest spot in the garden. Ideal for attracting bees to increase pollination of all your fru...
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ECHIUM 'SILVER PINK'
ECHIUM 'SILVER PINK'
PLANTS: WECS
Hailing from the exotic island of Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, this stunning echium is covered in fat spikes of the softest pale-pink offset by intense, silver foliage. Grow as an informal ...
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ECHIUM SIMPLEX
ECHIUM SIMPLEX
PLANTS: WECSI
Tapering towers of glistening white rise from a starry rosette of grey felted foliage. Makes a stunning statement by producing tall white flowering totem poles. A real eye-catcher that always impresses visitors ...
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EUPHORBIA WULFENII
EUPHORBIA WULFENII
PLANTS: PEUW
This unusual drought-tolerant perennial flowers for a long time in sun or shade. Large lime-green flowers lift the winter garden, with blue-grey foliage creating a striking contrast among spring and summer flowering perennials. This variety was given to us by Beth Chatto and produces more vibrant flowers than other seed grown plants.
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GAURA 'SUMMER BREEZE'
GAURA 'SUMMER BREEZE'
PLANTS: PGAS
A graceful and long flowered selection with bountiful flowers dancing on upright stems throughout summer and autumn. The glistening white butterfly-like flowers emerge with long filaments, unfolding from delicate pink buds. A garden essential that rewards without effort with a continuous floral display throughout the warmer months. Bees love thi...
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LAMB'S EARS 'BIG EARS'
LAMB'S EARS 'BIG EARS'
PLANTS: PLAMB
An outstanding silver-leaved ground cover with a soft appearance that belies its toughness. Versatile and vigorous, 'Big Ears' tolerates even the harshest of soils. Great to use in hot spots where other plants fail to thrive. This variety is a bold foliage plant that rarely flowers, grown for its thicker, velvety leaves that form a dense, rapidl...
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LAVENDER 'DWARF MONET'
LAVENDER 'DWARF MONET'
PLANTS: PLAMO
This charming dwarf French Lavender has the finest of foliage, slightly greener than other varieties, and darker mauve flowers that appear almost continuously throughout the year. Each felted leaf is delicately toothed, and rich in essential oils, pervading the garden with its delightful camphor scent when brushed. The perfect fragrant and colou...
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LAVENDER 'GROSSO'
LAVENDER 'GROSSO'
PLANTS: PLAEG
The most fragrant of all the lavenders, 'Grosso' produces an abundance of violet-blue spikes with a high oil content. This is the classic lavender for perfume, decorating the French countryside where it is farmed en ...
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LAVENDER GROSSO (3 Plants)
LAVENDER GROSSO (3 Plants)
PLANTS: PLAEG3
‘MEMBERS SAVE WITH MULTIPACKS’ The most fragrant of all the lavenders, 'Grosso' produces an abundance of violet-blue spikes with a high oil content. This is the classic lavender for perfume, decorating the French country...
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LAVENDER 'HIDCOTE'
LAVENDER 'HIDCOTE'
PLANTS: PLAH
Famous for the deepest of purple flowers borne on a compact silvery-leaved shrub throughout spring and summer. Prized for its highly aromatic flowers, this lavender is a favourite of oil producers, but is equally valuable as a garden plant that thrives in the harshest of summers. Drought-tolerant, adored by bees, this hardy lavender also perform...
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LAVENDER 'HIDCOTE' (3 Plants)
LAVENDER 'HIDCOTE' (3 Plants)
PLANTS: PLAH3
‘MEMBERS SAVE WITH MULTIPACKS’ Famous for the deepest of purple flowers borne on a compact, silvery- leaved shrub. Prized for its highly aromatic flowers, this lavender is favoured by oil producers, but is equally ...
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MOROCCAN DAISY
MOROCCAN DAISY
PLANTS: PMODA
From the sun-baked hills of Morocco comes this beautiful pink daisy. Produces a continual succession of clear pink flowers, each with a darkened eye, over mounds of attractive blue-green leaves. Flowers from ...
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ORIENTAL POPPY 'CHOIR BOY'
ORIENTAL POPPY 'CHOIR BOY'
PLANTS: PPOC
Huge and delicate spring flowers, comprised of pristine pleated white petals and a dark feathered centre. These open to 15 cm or more, and are held on long stems above the plump rosette of feathered grey-green ...
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PHLOMIS 'LEMON BLUSH'
PHLOMIS 'LEMON BLUSH'
PLANTS: PPHI
Whorls of soft yellow-primrose hooded flowers, faintly blushed pink, are held in whorls along upright spires during spring and occasionally in summer. The soft felted grey-green heart-shaped leaves with softer grey edges and undersides form a dense, handsome foliage mound all year, providing a great foil for other colourful perennials. Thriving ...
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PINK EVENING PRIMROSE
PINK EVENING PRIMROSE
PLANTS: PEVP
Generous and exuberant, evening primrose bears masses of fragrant, candy pink flowers aging to soft-pink, providing months of colour from spring through summer. This vigorous ground cover, valued for its long flowering and ability to perform in tough conditions, is best planted as a border or ground cover in high traffic areas to contain its spr...
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PINK VALERIAN
PINK VALERIAN
PLANTS: PVAR
This old-world favourite Valerian is a spring stalwart, producing huge airy heads of reddish-pink, sweetly scented flowers over a long period. The colourful, rosy display and blue-green fleshy foliage combine well with most cottage plants, particularly spring flowering bearded iris. Centranthus will repeat flower in autumn, if trimmed back in su...
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Poppy ‘Pandora’
Poppy ‘Pandora’
SEEDS: S731
Plum and deep magenta tones in the delicate petals of this poppy are more similar to painted silk that what is found in the plant kingdom. The most heart-rendering of all the Shirley poppy selections. Poppies a magnet for bees. Keep moist until seed germinates and then water as required.
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Poppy 'Amazing Grey'
Poppy 'Amazing Grey'
SEEDS: S730
Unique and wondrous. The paper-like petals of this semi-double Shirley poppy delicately float in moody deep grey shades. As with all poppies, 'Amazing Grey' will self-seed and flower again the following spring making it the perfect bit of perpetual romance for a flower garden.
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GARLIC GAMBLER'S CHOICE
GARLIC GAMBLER'S CHOICE
BULBS: BGACOG
LAST REMAINING STOCK Gamblers Choice, lucky dip selection of garlic. Garlic needs to be planted soon, so we are clearing remaining stock with this discounted offer! Great tasting garlic ready to harvest at the start of summer, with up to 12 months of storing, you will have enough to last all year with this pack! Includes 4 packs, each with 2 hea...
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OLD WORLD ROSE COLLECTION
OLD WORLD ROSE COLLECTION
PLANTS: RCOOW
PREORDER. Cultivate romance in your garden with an easy collection of heirloom bare root roses both fragrant and dreamy. The collection includes three old world rose varieties 'Madame Isaac Periere', Rugosa 'Roseraie De L'Hay' and climber 'Mutabilis' for wonder and beauty. PREORDER. BAREROOT ROSES WILL BE DESPATCHED FROM MID-JULY
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2 year membership  + Free Seed Sowing Poster and 2 seed packets
2 year membership + Free Seed Sowing Poster and 2 seed packets
Membership: MNE2SP2
A beautifully illustrated heirloom ‘sow what when’ poster for all areas of Australia so that you'll never have to think about what to sow this month again! You will also receive some free Cauliflower 'Mini' and Kale 'Red Russian' seeds to get your garden started.
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