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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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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 annual is easily incorporated with other Spring flowering favourites. A luminescent and long lasting cut flower.
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DELPHINIUM BUTTERFLY MIX
DELPHINIUM BUTTERFLY MIX
SEEDS: S544
The quintessential Cottage garden flower that is still much adored by gardeners today. Butterfly Mix produces tall columns of flowers in dark, light blue, and white. Plant in clumps for vertical contrast to a garden border. No need to stake this compact form. Sow in early Autumn for flowers to emerge at the start of Spring. Attracts both bees an...
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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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ZINNIA 'RED BEAUTY'
ZINNIA 'RED BEAUTY'
SEEDS: S855
Truly stunning brilliant red flowers with contrasting golden ringed centres. Masses of blooms will keep you smiling for months. One of the best nad brightest cut flowers.
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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
This classic low-growing edging or border plant is just as at home beneath old-world roses where it is an exceptional companion plant. This vigorous repeat-flowering catmint provides months of colour from spring to autumn with its beautiful mauve-blue flower spikes, drawing beneficial insects and pollinators into the garden. Its grey-green aroma...
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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 of golden foliage from late spring.
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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 granddaughter. The nodding flowers are composed of layers of white petals reminiscent of a lady’s petticoat. Ideal for bringing a splash of colour to shaded areas throughout spring, the maidenhair-like foliage offers an excellent contrast to other shade-tolerant perennial...
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COLUMBINE 'WILLIAM GUINESS'
COLUMBINE 'WILLIAM GUINESS'
PLANTS: PCOWL
Old world Colombine, 'William Guiness' holds striking bi-colour flowers, fondly known as Granny Bonnets, with flowers of inky black-sepals and an inner cream skirt circling the darker eye.
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COTTAGE FLOWER DUO 6 Plants
COTTAGE FLOWER DUO 6 Plants
PLANTS: PCOG
The essential starter pack to begin your cottage flower border. Includes three plants each of Catmint `Walker's Low' and Evening Primrose 'Heronswood Pink' - a surefire combination that we use at Heronswood to create a long-flowering display of pastel pinks and blues.
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ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD BLUE'
ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD BLUE'
PLANTS: WECHB
Originally selected from a chance seedling at Heronswood, this prized, dry-tolerant echium is covered with tall candle-like spires of cool sky-blue flowers soaring above its grey-green whorls of evergreen foliage. A spectacular spring flowering highlight to add drama and sculpture to the dry garden or perennial border. Ideal for attracting bees ...
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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 'HERONSWOOD WHITE'
ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD WHITE'
PLANTS: WECHW
Candles of glistening white flowers are held over evergreen architectural grey foliage, bringing a touch of elegance and drama to the dry garden. Exclusive to Diggers, this Mediterranean shrub thrives in our arid summers, tolerating scorching heat, drought and salt spray. A light trim after flowering will maintain this dense silver shrub, provid...
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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 flowering hedge for a year-round foil for other Mediterranean plantings.
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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 to Heronswood in mid-spring. Dies after flowering, so save some seed.
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ECHIUM WILDPRETII
ECHIUM WILDPRETII
PLANTS: WECW
A spectacular tower of dark pink flower emerges from a silver rosette during its second year. Another of the Canary Island Echiums, this one makes a real statement in our garden at Heronswood in spring. Needs well drained soil, and dies after flowering, but it is worth it for the show..
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ERYNGIUM 'BLUE SEA HOLLY'
ERYNGIUM 'BLUE SEA HOLLY'
PLANTS: PERPL
SOLD OUT This beautiful European sea holly forms clumps of heart-shaped leaves, over which a profusion of striking anodised, blue thimbles appear on vibrant silvery-blue stems from summer to autumn. Tolerant of the toughest conditions, `Blue Sea Holly' may require staking or support in rich soils. This spiky, architectural character adds interes...
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EUPHORBIA WULFENII
EUPHORBIA WULFENII
PLANTS: PEUW
This unusual dry-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.
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EVENING PRIMROSE ‘HERONSWOOD PINK’
EVENING PRIMROSE ‘HERONSWOOD PINK’
PLANTS: PEVP
An airy addition to the cottage garden, this popular long-flowering form of evening primrose is a stunning addition to our dry garden at Heronswood. Generous and exuberant, evening primrose bears masses of fragrant, candy-pink flowers, providing months of colour from spring to autumn. This vigorous ground cover, valued for its long flowering and...
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FOXGLOVE ‘DUSKY MAID’
FOXGLOVE ‘DUSKY MAID’
PLANTS: PFODM
Originating from Spain and Africa, this small perennial foxglove offers hardy charm to gardens. Also known as Sunset Foxglove, the delicate bell-shaped flowers hang off flower spikes in dusky yellow-amber tones. Fine foliage and no to be compared to the common biennial foxglove.
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FOXGLOVE 'CANARY ISLAND'
FOXGLOVE 'CANARY ISLAND'
PLANTS: WISC
Rarely offered for sale, this is a star of the Diggers range. Valued for its spectacular, long-flowering performance throughout summer, the Canary Island Foxglove is hard to beat for its elegant deep antique-golden to orange foxglove-like flowers on spikes up to 30cm, beautifully offset by its deep green, lance shaped foliage around reddish-brow...
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FOXGLOVE HELEN OF TROY
FOXGLOVE HELEN OF TROY
PLANTS: PFOHT
A compact clumping foxglove from Turkey, whose fuzzy spires of caramel flowers appear during summer. Each tubular flower is decorated with intricate markings and fine silver hairs. The shorter stems of this foxglove make wonderful cut flowers. Wonderful under roses when combined with catmints and lavender.
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2022 Gardening Diary and Calendar Combo
2022 Gardening Diary and Calendar Combo
BOOKS: ADIAC22
2022 Gardening Diary & Calendar Combo The complete garden combo for 2022! The beautifully illustrated Diggers Club Diary features a week to a page, seeds to sow each month, blank pages for seasonal observations, and handy pockets for your seed packets and plant labels, while The Diggers Calendar showcases stunning garden photography to inspire y...
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A YEAR OF VEGIES - SEED BOX
A YEAR OF VEGIES - SEED BOX
SEEDS: S921
18 SEED PACKETS: The gift that keeps on giving for a year. This collection will guarantee 12 months of heirloom veges. The recipient will receive seeds for each season ensuring a supply of heirloom vegetables. The pack contains a total of 18 packets of vegetables seeds (Beetroot, Bean, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onion, Pea, Silverbe...
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2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
Membership: MNE2CA2
Join the club and receive an exclusive gift, valued at $30. A stunning calendar featuring key dates, a guide to which seeds to sow each month and plenty of space to add your own events. Plus two free packets of some popular seeds – Tomato 'Black Cherry' and Lettuce Heirloom Mix.
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