Below are listed much-demanded seeds which do not readily fit into our other seed lists. We have not yet been able to find organic varieties of these seeds. However, none of these seeds have any chemical treatment in the packet. They are untreated seeds and are therefore safe to handle. None are gene-modified.
Traditional culinary Japanese herb. Long crunchy succulent leaves. Rich in vitamin A, calcium and potassium. Grows well in UK climate. Six weeks from seed to harvest. Annual
Easy to grow with red leaves for adding to salads or stir fries. Can also be steamed. Annual.
Creamy white flower on tall stem. Good cut flower. Beautiful bright green ferny foliage. Medicinal herb. Annual.
Sacred basil. Green leaves with purple edges and stem. Delicious rich scent for stir fries and used in Thai temples. Annual.
The species plant. Very attractive pale mauve flowers. Leaves for tea. Height 1m. Hardy perennial.
Single, rare, semi-wild form with many yellow flowers. Decorate salads with edible petals. Use in ointment for skin. Height 30cm. Hardy annual.
Spires of blue flowers all summer. Fragrant greyish leaves can be rubbed on meat for flavouring. Height 50cm. Hardy perennial. Nepeta racemosa
Hearts eaten like a small cos lettuce, or stems are delicious stir fried.
Flowering chamomile which can be used for lawns. Clip forming buds often. Hardier than 'Lawn Chamomile' (Treneague). Needs good drainage. Height 40cm. Perennial.
Pick young leaves all summer and until end of October. Add sparingly to salads. An effective tonic. Hardy herbaceous perennial.
Very fine distinctive leaves. For leaf production. Suitable for use throughout the whole season. Annual
Greek Cress has a spicy flavour. The very serrated leaves are very attractive. A good addition to salads , sandwiches or as a garnish. Very easy to grow in tubs.
Viper's Bugloss. 80cm spires of skyblue flowers. Grows best on poor slightly chalky soil.
Sky blue flowers throughout summer. Up to 1m tall. Round capsules of shiny brown seeds. This variety has been cultivated since 5000BC to make paper and cloth. For linseed oil. Seed edible when roasted. Can sow in a block to prevent lodging (falling over). Hardy annual.
Herbaceous perennial plant, over one metre tall in flower. Attractive pink/purple flowers (sometimes white) from mid summer onwards. Medicinal plant
Perennial herb. Golden yellow flowers from late July to September. 75cm tall in flower. Hardy perennial. Solidago 'Golden Baby'
Dark red, almost black flowers. 2m tall. Medicinal substitute for Marsh Mallow. Also dye plant. Sun. Any soil. Hardy perennial.
Tagetes minuta. Aromatic annual . Roots secrete weed-suppressing chemicals. Some deterent against eelworm, and also bindweed, ground elder and couchgrass. Yellow daisy-like flowers from August to October. Height in flower 2m +.
Japanese parsley. Grows large and is more like a vegetable. Heart shaped leaves. Unique oriental flavour for salads and soups. Hardy perennial
Attractive feathery red frilled leaves. Mustard flavour for spicy addition to salads or stir fries. Annual
Orange and yellow flowers mid to late summer. Will trail or climb if directed up a support. Leaves and flowers for adding to salads. Seed pods can be saved and pickled in vinegar. Annual
Not normally for culinary use. Grown for blaze of mixed colours in the garden - dark purple, white, dark pink, pale pink. Height 50cm. Salvia horminum Annual
A celery that looks like parsley. Excellent for flavourings or as a salad garnish.
Flavour a bit different from the red variety but also delicious. Green leaves. Annual
Warm aromatic scent of leaves used in Japanese cookery. Cultivate like Basil. Beautiful dark red leaves with frilly edges. Can be used as a bedding plant! Annual
A green summer-grown purslane with small fleshy leaves for crunchy taste in salads or for cooking.
Clusters of white flowers in spring. Leaves becoming popular in salads and soups, and for garnishing. Hardy perennial
Young leaf stalks and flowering stems are cooked rather like asparagus. These are sometimes blanched in early spring. Silvery blue-green leaves and white flowerhead. Perennial
Clusters of blue-purple flowers all summer. Height in flower up to 30cm. Medicinal plant. Hardy perennial
Attractive bright green leaves contrast sharply with the red stems and red veins. Leaves have sharp and tangy Sorrel flavour. Good in mix of salad leaves. Hardy herbaceous perennial
Double lemon flower carried on well branched plant. Very good for cutting. Source of nectar for bees. Flowers are 14cm across. Height 120cm. Annual
Yellow button flowers in late summer. Aromatic leaf for repelling insects. Height in flower 1m. Medicinal herb. Perennial
Pink/mauve flowers in summer. Very decorative thyme. Dark green leaves that are larger and rounder than other thymes. Strong flavour. Very good for culinary use. Hardy perennial
Thyme with a creeping habit, forming mats 10cm tall. Very ornamental purple flowers, loved by bees. Edible but not the thyme that is normally grown for culinary use. Hardy perennial
This is true Turkish Rocket although it is not what is usually referred to as Rocket. A much taller and wider plant and a hardy perennial, 60cm tall. Very nutritious and can be eaten raw or steamed in water. Can force like Seakale. Tricky germination.
True Valerian. A spectacular plant in flower. Pale pink scented flowers in umbels. Height in flower 2m in moist shade, 1m in sun. Medicinal plant. Valeriana officinalis Hardy perennial
Centranthus ruber Often called Valerian. Seeds itself on dry walls. Grey-green fleshy leaves. Hardy perennial. The red/pink variety.
Centranthus alba As above but white.
Bright violet flowers on long stems, often seed in herb gardens. Stunning plants which offset surrounding plants.110cm in height.
Bright yellow 15cm flower spikes, attractive to bumblebees. Excellent for grassy wild flower areas. Seed pods rattle. Annual which self-seeds.