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, or have room to grow them for seed ourselves. However, none of these seeds have any chemical treatment in the packet. They are untreated seeds and are therefore safe to handle. All are open pollinated and 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.
Large white flower umbels on attractive feathery foliage. Annual. Good cut flower with strong straight stems. Height up to 1 metre.
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.
Bushy plant with soft hairy leaves. Attractive white starry flowers. Edible leaves and flowers. Height 40cm. Annual. Borago officinalis alba
Annual with pink flowers which are attractive to hoverflies and bees. Easy to grow even on poor soil. Medicinal herb.
Catnip or Catnep. Aromatic oils in this plant stimulate cats. White fairly insignificant flowers. Perennial. Nepeta cataria
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. Cichorium intybus
Highly aromatic. Large soft green leaves which can be used in fritters. Pastel coloured flower bracts, highly aromatic. Used to flavour muscatel wine. Height 1m. in flower. Hardy biennial. Salvia sclarea Approx. 50 seeds
Attractive bronze feathery leaf. Useful for culinary use, or as an ornamental. Hardy perennial in most areas of the UK Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
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. Linum usitatissimum
Mix of pink and mauve coloured flowers followed by silver dried seed pods. Sometimes called the money plant. Lunaria annua
Narrow aromatic dark green leaves. Bright blue flowers, attractive to bees. Height 65cm. Perennial for calciferous soils. Hyssopus officinalis
Tagetes minuta. Aromatic annual . Roots secrete weed-suppressing chemicals. Some deterent against eelworm, and also bindweed, ground elder and couchgrass. Minute yellow daisy-like flowers from August to October. Height in flower 2m +.
Tithonia rotundifolia Torch. Lots of beautiful deep orange flowers much loved by bees. Tall annual. Makes an excellent cut flower.
Long narrow leaves that can be regularly cropped throughout the season. Add to salads and stir fries. Annual.
Sometimes called 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.
Crimson scarlet flowers with dark blue-green foliage. Compact plant. Annual. Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'
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
ORLAYA grandiflora White Finch. Can be sown in autumn or spring to give large white lacy flowers. Height 60cm. Long flowering and attractive to beneficial insects. Good cut flower. Hardy annual.
Good for pollinating insects. Not normally for culinary use. Grown for blaze of mixed colours in the garden - dark purple, white, dark pink, pale pink. Height 50cm. Annual. Salvia horminum
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. Portulaca oleracea
Violet blue bell-shaped flowers. Annual up to 75cm tall, sown direct in mid spring. Sometimes grown between vegetables reputedly to keep flies away. Self seeds. Dried flower pods are used in dried- flower arrangements. Nicandra physalodes
Double lemon flower carried on well branched plant. Very good for cutting. Flowers are 14cm across. Height 120cm. Annual.
Wonderful easy-to-grow annuals that are sown direct at the beginning of June in full sun. They soon flower and give an amazing display of mixed colours for the rest of the summer and into early autumn. Very fast flowering. Height 60cm
Perennial sweet pea. Height mid summer 200cm. Very attractive deep pink/red flowers. Lathyrus latifolius
Deep burgundy maroon. Very highly scented.
Dark blue variety. Scented.
White frilly blooms. Very highly scented.
Violet flowered variety, very fragrant especially in the evening. Not the edible rocket. Biennial/perennial. Hesperis matronalis Violet
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. Thymus serpyllum coccineus
True Valerian. A spectacular plant in flower. White to pale pink scented flowers in umbels. Height in flower 2m in moist shade, 1m in sun. Valeriana officinalis Hardy perennial
Centranthus alba Often referred to as White Valerian. White-flowered variety of Centranthus ruber (see Flowers for Pollinating Insects).
Clustered white flowers. Aromatic feathery leaves. Medicinal herb which intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs. Also activates compost. Hardy perennial. Achillea millefolium
Bright yellow 15cm flower spikes, attractive to bumblebees. Excellent for grassy wild flower areas. Seed pods rattle. Annual which self-seeds. Rhinanthus minor.