Seed Suppliers

Where to buy flower seeds


Chiltern Seeds

The Chiltern Seeds catalogue is always tempting with a selection of inspiring images. Cultivar choice is excellent and descriptions always helpful.



Since starting out in the year 2000, Crocus has become the largest gardening website in the UK with around 4,000 plants and seeds available to buy.



As international suppliers of flower and vegetable seeds, Dobies has sold products direct to gardeners since 1894.


Mr Fothergill’s

An extensive range of flower and vegetable seeds, including potato, onion and garlic sets. Plantsman Graham Rice writes a regular blog for the website, which provides useful discussion on some aspect of Mr Fothergill’s offerings.


Gardening Express

Online retailer Gardening Express now sells thousands of plants and seeds every week throughout the UK and Europe. If they don’t have a plant that you’re looking for then they’ll endeavour to get hold of it for you.


Great Dixter

If you’ve visited this iconic garden, you’ll have been delighted by its sheer exuberance, colour and range of plants through the season. The nursery offers flower seeds from its own stock chosen by the staff and students as notable. Seed is then harvested fresh by hand and supplied in glassine bags.


Higgledy Garden

Grower and owner Benjamin Ranyard trials a selection of flowers at this field in Cornwall. He then sells a range of seed specifically for the cutting patch – sometimes working with florists to ensure the best range. The Higgledy website also has plenty of growing tips and a monthly planting guide.


Plant World Seeds

Extensive range of seeds for flowers and vegetables but also trees and shrubs and grasses – many of them rare and unusual. It ships around the world.


Plants of Distinction

A small, family-run business based in Suffolk that has built up a good range of both flower and vegetables that rivals some of the larger, more commercial seed companies.



Online retailer Primrose of Reading, Berkshire, has a large range of flower and vegetable seeds along with almost everything garden related.


Sarah Raven

Sarah is renowned for her carefully curated collections of traditional flowers for her cutting garden. Her seed selection is relatively small but you can be assured that those she has included are good ones.


Special Plants

Plantswoman Derry Watkins runs a fantastic nursery in a hidden valley near Bath. Her plant selection is impeccable and you’ll always find something of interest there. Added to which, she sells a range of flower seed too. Of particular note is her fresh seed.


Thompson & Morgan

Established in 1855, Thompson & Morgan has a wide range of seed for flowers and vegetables, regularly winning awards for its offerings. You’ll find plenty of choice on cultivars and good descriptions.



Another of the big all-rounders with a wide range of seed – many offered as part of special deals – so worth keeping an eye out for seasonal promotions. Unwins is best known for its range of sweet peas, and has an ongoing breeding programme and extensive sweet pea trials each year.



Where to buy vegetable seeds


D T Brown

The best performing vegetable seed varieties for the home gardener! We work closely with seed breeders around the world to bring you the very best varieties for growing on your allotment or vegetable patch. Every year we conduct extensive trials on our own plot and new varieties are scored and selected based upon their taste, garden performance, yield and resistance to pest and diseases.


Chiltern seeds

There is always something to look forward to in Chiltern’s herb and vegetable selections. This year it has included British basil – selected specifically for growing in the UK and climbing bean ‘Cobra’, encouragingly resistant to a variable British summer. Look out for beetroot ‘Crapaudine’, new to Chiltern Seeds. This is one of the oldest beetroot cultivars, carrot shaped and with an oddly rough skin (resembling its namesake derived from the French for toad). Underneath is a richly coloured flesh with superior flavour.


Mr Fothergills

For many years Mr Fothergill’s has been renowned for its extensive vegetable seed range. Listing hundreds of varieties, with many exclusive. We have the widest selection available to the home gardener and we list more ‘best buy’ varieties than any other seed supplier – many of them also having been given the coveted ‘award of Garden Merit’ by the Royal Horticultural society.


Giant Veg

Our father, Mike Fortey was instrumental in developing the art of giant vegetable growing and developing the giant vegetable movement in the UK.  Our Dad set up the very first Pumpkin Championships in Cwmbran, South Wales.  It later became known as the UK Giant Vegetable Championships.  Sadly, our Dad, the founder of the UK Giant Vegetable movement passed on from a very sudden heart attack in 1996.

We helped our father from a young age out in the great outdoors.  He encouraged us to have our own patch in the garden and we used to compete against him. He taught us how to grow and maintain a variety of flowers and vegetables and he passed his considerable knowledge down to us, including the art of developing and maintaining seeds. 


Heritage Seed Library

Run by Garden Organic, the Heritage Seed Library is a members-only resource that offers a selection of rare, hard-to-get-hold-of, heritage vegetable seed – many of which have been lost to standard seed catalogues.


Jekka’s Herb Farm

If you are growing for flavour then herbs are an essential, and probably your best guide as to which to grow is award-winner Jekka McVicar. The nursery stocks 140 varieties of herb, with notables including winter purslane as an excellent winter salad crop; summer savoury, excellent with all forms of beans and pulses; and blue hyssop for its savoury minty/thyme flavour – and pollinator popular blue flowers.


Kings Seeds

Much of Kings Seeds stock comes from its own 300-acre farm. Good selection of vegetables and flower cultivars, including an organic range of vegetable seed. It also stocks the range from Suffolk Herbs.



A good all-rounder, with plenty of choice covering a range of different vegetables. The duo packs, with two complementary cultivars, are a great way to discover more of the variety available within one vegetable type and benefit from an extended harvesting season or variations in flavour.


Medwyn Williams

Born Richard Medwyn Williams in the village of Paradwys, the son of a farm worker and his family moved to Llangristiolus when he was a year old. Aged 8, his father helped him grow radish, mustard and cress in a one-yard plot. After this he helped his father grow various vegetables for garden shows in the Isle of Anglesey, where his father was known for growing long carrots.

Williams became a council official, and in his late 20s entered a "six of a kind" novice class at the Anglesey County Show in 1969. He then joined the National Vegetable Society at the Shrewsbury Flower Show, which led to his competing at most of the National Vegetable Society Championships. Invited by the Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Show to stage a 15 ft exhibit there, Williams and his father won the large gold medal six years in a row. today three generations of the Williams family have come together to focus on developing their vegetable seed business.



Moles Seeds

An independent seed merchant with good selection sourced from some of the best seed producers. Anyone looking to current food trends should check the sections on crops best suited to baby leaf and microgreens harvesting. Although wholesale, Moles Seeds will supply anyone looking for larger quantities, so great for smallholding owners and gardening groups.


Organic Gardening Catalogue

Ask any organic gardener who grows organic food and they will tell you their main motive is taste. Not only are our vegetable seeds chemical-free, but our range emphasises variety & quality and can be grown anywhere - from a humble window box to a grand community garden.


Pennard Plants

A 2019 RHS Master Grower, Pennard Plants sells one of the largest selections of edible plants, heritage and heirloom seeds, fruits and herbs. All the stock is UK grown, many of it by themselves in their Victorian walled garden in Somerset. For those keen to grow their own plant protein, Pennard stocks amaranthus and quinoa seeds.


Plants Of Distinction

We are a small family run business and have been trading for 25 years from our offices in the historic market town of Needham Market set in the heart of the East Anglian countryside. When we began, way back in 1987, we specialized in supplying other Seed Houses both in the UK and elsewhere around the world with rare and unusual flower seeds. For instance, at one time we were the largest supplier of Meconopsis betonicifolia, the rare Blue Poppy and we had and still have many specialist collectors working with us.


Real Seeds

Everything in Real Seeds’ offering has been chosen only after trialling to check its success both in the vegetable garden and in the kitchen. All seed are open pollinated (non-hybrid) so you can collect and resow your own seed from one year to the next.


Robinsons Vegetable Seed

Home of the Mammoth Onion All our vegetable plants are grown using natural predators for insect control. No chemical pesticides are used. Our growing methods have remain unchanged for over 70yrs, as it works we do not intend to change.


Sea Spring Seeds

Every vegetable cultivar has been tested before it’s included in the catalogue. For 2019 it is encouraging us to try ‘mange tout’ chilli peppers. Cultivars such as ‘Hungarian Hot Wax’ and ‘Frigitello’ can be harvested small and either fried or grilled to be eaten whole in the same way as Padrón peppers.


Seeds of Italy

Paolo Arrigo who is a passionate seedsmen has declared a climate emergency on seed biodiversity. “In just 100 years, 94 per cent of the world’s heritage veg has gone,” says Paolo. Franchi focuses on the remaining six per cent, promoting them for their taste and regional diversity and including cultivars from the Slow Food Ark of Taste, the register of foods at risk of being lost.


Seed Co-Operative

An initiative was set up on the belief that the future of food needs to be rooted in a diversity of genetics and wildlife. All seed are from open pollinated varieties, adapted to organic growing systems. Finalists in the 2017 BBC Food and Farming Awards.


Simply Seeds

we are a independent seed supplier, offering the home gardener and allotment holders quality vegetable seeds at internet prices. At SimplySeed our aim is to offer you the very best vegetable seed we can find! We grow a lot of the varieties listed on our 'trial allotment' for our staffs own use at home, that way we really do know how they grow and taste. Then we only list the best in our catalogue, rather than having lots of different varieties just for the sake of it, we really do pick the best vegetable seed varietes, so you don't have to!




A nice, clear website that makes it easy to find what you want from Suttons’ all-round range of seeds. It also works with ethnobotanist James Wong to offer a range of vegetables and edible flower seeds that James has chosen for their focus on flavour and high nutritional value.


Tamar Organics

A good range of vegetables for the organic gardener along with helpful, clear, growing advice. Tamar Organics supports charity Joliba Trust working in central Mali to help fund horticultural projects.


Thomas Etty

Among the range of vegetables offered by Thomas Etty are 52 perennial vegetables – an option for grow your own often overlooked. Examples such as sea orach, tuberous pea, perennial broccoli and skirret are worth having a look at,  alongside more unusual veg choices, such as the pink ‘Roscoff’ onion from Brittany with its unique flavour good for eating raw or cooked and ‘Tall Telephone’  pea yielding eight to ten peas per large pod.


World of Seeds

We sell a large range of heritage and heirloom vegetables, including varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot, radish, melon and more.


Where to buy Wildflower seeds


Boston Seeds

We think there's something rather dreamy about a wildflower meadow and establishing one isn't as tricky as you might think. If you have an area of outside space, whether large or small, that you'd like to use to encouraging wildlife, then spreading some native wildflower seeds is definitely the way to go. Not only that, wildflowers will give your garden a serious burst of colour in the process.


British Wildflower Seeds

Our community of suppliers includes most of the best wildflower seed producers in the UK. Many harvest seed in a completely sustainable way from beautiful and often ancient donor meadow sites around the UK. These mixes have very high floral content and diversity of wildflower and meadow grass species.


Emorsgate seeds

Run by committed botanists and ecologists to promote the importance not just of growing more wildflowers but of working with nature. Its wildflower and grass mixes are grouped by habitat, such as meadow, and then by soil type so you get the right mix of species for your area. Excellent whether you’re creating a large meadow area or simply want to increase the biodiversity in your garden.


John Chambers Wildflowers

John Chambers Wildflower Seed has a 30 year history of supplying native British produced wildflower seed and mixes to landscape and garden lovers across the UK. John Chambers is one of the leading authorities on native wildflower seed, distributing a comprehensive range of products that protect, enhance and improve the landscape environment.



Pictorial meadows

Seed mixes for annual and perennial meadow-style planting. These were originally developed by Nigel Dunnett from his work at the University of Sheffield and are aimed to provide impact of colour and lots of nectar-rich flower


Wildflower Habitat Seed Mixes

Our habitat seed mixtures are made up of purely wildflower seeds, created with nature in mind. Species are selected to provide a range of food and shelter for hosting a whole range of wildlife, with plants for butterflies and bees to mixtures that feed the birds we have a huge range to choose from, all created with UK native wildflowers and tried and tested by our team of experts.


Other resources


Seed swaps

If you are looking for recommended, locally suited, unusual cultivars of flowers and vegetables, try researching community seed swapping events. These are a great opportunity to meet other growers, hear first-hand of growing experiences and discover new favourites.


Millennium seed bank

And finally, a word for the wonder of seeds and the biodiversity they represent. The Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst Place in Sussex, is Kew’s project to conserve 25 per cent of the world’s seeds by 2020 to ensure against future extinction. See the website to find out more and discover the amazing science behind seeds.

Many of the specialist societies have member's only seed sales, usually with seeds collected from members plants.


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