The 2015 seed will be out in November. PLEASE EMAIL TO BE PUT ON THE LIST. Please see last year's list for reference below


Cluny House is a wooded garden that faces north-east, gets very little mid-day sun and tends to keep the moisture in the soil for a longer time than normal. None of our plants are protected during the winter and no herbicides or insecticides are used. Have fun choosing which seeds you want and remember that it is always worth trying something new. H = height, S = spread.


HEMSLEYANUM: Herbaceous climber; good for scrambling and twining through shrubs,  making more stems each year. Light purple flowers, of typical monkshood shape, are borne in hanging clusters in summer to early autumn. Good foliage all season. Sun/partial shade; well-drained soil. H: 2m S: 50cm
VULPARIA [wolf’s bane]: Upright perennial with spires of creamy-yellow, hooded flowers on branching stems in summer. Leaves are dark green and deeply divided. May need staking. H: 1m.

RUBRA: From mid spring to early summer, bears oval racemes of small white flowers, 3 - 5cm long, followed by spikes of shiny red, spherical berries, on slender green stalks.  H: up to 45cm S: 30cm.         
RUBRA f. NEGLECTA: The white berried form of the above.

ANEMONE LEVELLI: Perennial woodland plant with white flowers with deep green and  serrated foliage H: 50-60cm

ANTHYLLIS VULNERARIA var COCCINEA : Brick orange to red flowers. An interesting matt forming rock plant suitable for gravel beds.

AQUILEGIA Graceful, clump-forming perennials, grown for their mainly bell-shaped, spurred flowers in spring/summer. Most prefer well-drained soil in open, sunny site.   
BUEGERIANA: Dwarf variety with dainty flowers in May and June. The petals are purple and the corolla soft yellow.
CANADENSIS: In early summer, slender stems bear several semi-pendent flowers, with yellow sepals and red spurs, above lobed and divided foliage.
SEMI-AQUILEGIA ECALCARATA: Delightful spurless low-growing purple aquilegia. Native to China. Prefers well-drained but moist soil and will suit the rock garden.

ARISAEMA Spring or summer-flowering, rhizomatous or tuberous perennials, cultivated for their attractive, sometimes unusually shaped spathes, the simple, lobed/palmate leaves and slender, sometimes striking spadices. Dense clusters of spherical to oblong red berries in autumn, before plant dies down. They are best grown outdoors in partial shade. 
 AMURENSE: Emerald green spathe, very hardy. H: 30-40cm.
CILIATUM var liubaense: Ivory and purple striped spathe, stoloniferous with about 10 long narrow leaflets radiating from a central axis. H: 30-60cm. ??
ELEPHAS: Chocolate brown and white spathe with a spectacular vertical chocolate spadix in the shape of an elephant’s trunk.
JACQUEMONTII: Pale jade-green spathe, faintly striped white. H: 70cm.
PROPINQUUM A: Spathe 10-15cm, dark purple or green, with white or purple stripes.
PROPINQUUM B Late Flowering form: Description as above.
PROPINQUUM C “Nest of Cobras”: As above, good clumping form.
PROPINQUUM D Extra large form: As A but up to 1.6 metres.
(Please specify clearly on list.)
TRIPHYLLUM: Green or purple spathes, hooded at tips.  H: 15-60cm.

ASARINA PROCUMBENS: Matt forming trailing snapdragon with creamy yellow flowers in  late spring through summer. H: 10cm. S: 0.1-0.5m.

CAMPANULA BARBATA [The Bearded Bellflower]: A typical scree plant; non-invasive.  Lavender-blue, hairy bell flowers on stalks up to 30 cm.

GIGANTEUM: Giant Himalayan lily with magnolia coloured flowers and green stems. Flowers later than “Yunnanense”. H: up to 3.5m
GIGANTEUM var. YUNNANENSE: Giant Himalayan lily with yellow-white flowers and reddish brown stems. H: up to 3.5m

CLEMATIS TANGUTICA: Late flowering sulphur yellow lantern like flowers with thick petals. Large fluffy seed heads suitable for drying. Hardy.

CLINTONIA ANDREWSIANA: Western North American rhizomatic perennial with bell
shaped red flowers and broad ovate shiny leaves. Bright blue berries after flowering. Native plants grow on woodland edge with trilliums.

DECASNIA FARGESSI: [Blue sausage fruit] Deciduous, upright, semi-arching shrub with  attractive blue-green leaves. Bears drooping panicles of yellow-green flowers in early  summer, followed by striking blue fruits in autumn. Its open, airy habit allows under  planting. Sheltered position, full sun to part shade in moist, fertile soil. H: to 4.5m

GRANDIFLORA [Yellow Foxglove]: Evergreen perennial. Creamy-yellow,  trumpet flowers in summer, on open, upright spikes above a rosette of soft, broad  leaves. Sun or part shade. Will grow in gravel or open woodland. Hardy. H: 75cm.
LUTEA: Clump-forming perennial.  Pale yellow flowers in early and midsummer. H: 60cm.

DISPORUM SMITHII [Fairy Bells]: Liliacea, closely related to Tricyrtis. A small 20cm  stalk with white flowers in spring and orange fruit in early autumn. A woodland plant.

EMBOTHRIUM LANCEOLATUM [Chilean Fire Bush]: Small tree up to 10m with wonderful tubular waxy scarlet flowers. Hardy to -15C. Prefers full sun or partial shade sheltered from cold winds and planted in humus rich soil.

ERYNGIUM BOURGATII [Sea Holly]: Hardy herbaceous perennial with blue flowers in July and August. Excellent for a gravel garden. H: up to 0.5m.

CALIFORNICUM: (White): Clump-forming, spring-flowering tuber produces semi-erect, mottled basal leaves.  Slender stalks bear up to three creamy-white flowers  with reflexed petals and yellow eyes. Needs moist, well-drained soil. Will slowly multiply if left alone in light woodland, semi shade or deciduous-shade type bed. H: 15-35cm.   
REVOLUTUM: Bulbous perennial with wavy-margined, deep green leaves (15-20cm), strongly mottled dark brown. In spring, slender upright stems produce pendent, purply-pink flowers (4-7cm). H: 20-30cm. Ideal for shady position.

QUINQUECORNUTUS: Open, deciduous shrub with lanceolate leaves. In autumn the spherical, 5-winged pink fruit, to 1.5cm across, split to reveal seeds with bright orange arils. H: 1.6m. S: 1.6m

ASCLEPIADEA [Willow Gentian]; Clump forming herbaceous early autumn flowering perennial with beautiful blue or white trumpet shaped flowers on delicate spikes. H: 40cm

GLAUCIDIUM PALMATUM: Spring-flowering perennial with large, lobed leaves, bears large, delicate lilac, cup-shaped flowers. Excellent in woodland garden or sheltered, semi shade with humus-rich soil. H & S: 50cm.

HALENIA ELLIPTICA [Spurred gentian]: A relative of the gentian, from the meadows of  China; forms upright stems with masses of small, graceful pale blue or white flowers in  late summer. Needs a cool, damp position in light shade, protected from strong winds.  H: 50cm

HELLEBOROUS ARGUTIFOLIUS: Evergreen perennial from Corsica and Sardinia with  stout stems and dark green spiny-toothed leaves. Clusters of apple green flowers are very  long lasting. H: 1m

IMPATIENS SP: Himalayan annual. Pale yellow flowers, maroon spotting on throat, with  curved spur borne on erect stems from mid-summer to first frost. H: to 1m

 DUCHARTREI:  Wonderful turkscap  lily with white flowers delicately veined in pink-purple. H: 35-80cm.
MARTAGON: A purplish red Turk’s cap lily, 1m tall.  Good for naturalising.
MARTAGON var ALBUM: As above but white.
PYRENIACUM: Yellow Turk’s cap lily up to 1.2 m tall.
SZOVITSIANUM: Scented, nodding, sulphur yellow large Turk’s cap. H: to 1.2m

MAGNOLIA WILSONII: Superb deciduous tree or shrub. Fragrant, nodding, cup-shaped, white flowers (10cm) with crimson stamens in late spring/early summer. Hardy.   

ACULEATA: Beautiful purple monocarpic poppy with yellow stamens and thorny stems.
BAILEYI [Himalayan blue poppy]: Deciduous perennial.  In early summer, saucer-shaped, sky blue to rose-lavender flowers, 8 – 10cm across, with yellow stamens, are borne singly on bristly stalks, sometimes clustered towards the tops of the stems.  H: up to 1.2m. S: 45cm.
BAILEYI ALBA: White form of the above.
BAILEYI “HENSOL VIOLET”: Purple form of Baileyi.
GRANDIS: Erect, herbaceous perennial has rosette of toothed, hairy, mid-green leaves at base of stout stem and bears slightly nodding, cup-shaped, deep blue flowers in early summer. H: 1 – 1.5m. S: 30cm.
GRANDIS HYBRID: As above but with larger blue flowers.
STAINTONII: Monocarpic poppy with white flowers on a 2 to 3m stem.
SUPERBA: Wonderful monocarpic poppy with grey-green hairy leaves and stems and beautiful pure white flowers. H: 1.8m
VILLOSA: Delicate yellow and beautiful perennial poppy. Grow in shade in humus-rich soil. H: 0.5 – 0.75m.

NOTHOLIRION BULBULIFERUM:  Bulbous perennial. A member of the lily family which, in summer, bears 10 – 30 funnel-shaped, pale lilac flowers, to 4cm long, with green tips. H: to 1.5m. S: 15cm.

 VEITCHII: Herbaceous perennial 45cm tall with pink to pale magenta flowers.  WOODWARDII: As above with single deep-rose pink flowers in spring.
DELAVAYI: Upright, sparsely branched, deciduous shrub (tree peony) with dark green leaves, blue-green beneath; bears horizontal to nodding, single, cup-shaped, rich dark maroon flowers, 10cm across.  Height: 2m. Spread: 1.2 

PODOPHYLLUM HEXANDRUM syn. EMODII [Himalayan May Apple]: Perennial with  pairs of lobed, brown-mottled leaves bears white or pink flowers in spring, followed by fleshy, red fruits in summer. Prefers semi-shade and moist, humus-rich soil.
H: 30– 45 cm. S: 30 cm. 

 PAUCIFLORUM subsp. HINCKLEYI: Fine fern-like, musk scented leaves and narrow, tubular, apricot flowers with orange-pink markings. H: 40cm. 
POTENTILLA ATROSANGUINEUM: Striking plant with silvery-green foliage and deep red flowers. Suitable for a sunny border. H: 0.5m

ALPICOLA (White): Compact, deciduous perennial. Produces two or three whorls of scented, pendent, funnel-shaped flowers on slender stems in early summer. Shade or part shade in humus-rich soil. Hardy. H: 15 - 50cm. S: 15 - 30cm.
ALPICOLA (Pink): As above but in pink.
ALPICOLA (Mix): As above but in pink, white, yellow or purple.
 ANISODORA: Maroon, pendent bells. Special candelabra for semi-shaded, damp spot.
 BEESIANA: Purple bog loving candelabra primula on 60cm stalks.
 “BOG MIX”: Various types of primulas suitable for boggy ground.
 BULLEYANA: Deep orange flowers held on 60cm stalks. A candelabra primula.
CANDELABRA MIX: A mixture of different damp loving candelabras.
CHUNGENSIS: Vigorous candelabra. Fragrant, pale orange flowers, H: to 80cm. 
COCKBURNIANA: Coppery-red flowers in late spring. H: 45cm.
ELATIOR[Oxlip]  Umbels of small, fragrant, tubular yellow flowers in spring. H: 30cm. 
FLORINDAE: Late summer bog primula with large heads of bell-shaped orange/red flowers. H: 80cm.
IOESSA: Umbels of fragrant, pendent mauve-pink or white flowers. H: 15cm.
JAPONICA: Red-flowered candelabra suitable for damp patch. H: 30-60cm. S: 30cm.
JAPONICA ‘Alba’: White flowered candelabra as above.
PULVERULENTA: Deep red-purple strong growing candelabra. H: 60 cm-1m.  
SIKKIMENSIS: Pendent clusters of funnel-shaped flowers in summer. Mixed forms can be white, pale yellow or bright yellow and up to 80cm tall.
VIALLI: In summer, bears several upright spikes of bright red buds, opening to pale  violet. Needs cool position in part shade; humus-rich soil, moist, but well drained.
 H: 35cm, S: 15 cm
WALTONII A: Pendent, dusky pink to wine red flowers with a cream-mealy face. H: 50cm.
WALTONII B: As above but with yellow flowers.
YARGONGENSIS:  Similar to P. involucrata with purple flowers and a white ringed yellow eye. H: to 30cm.

PRUNUS SERRULA TIBETICA [Tibetan Cherry]: Tree with white flowers and red berries best known for its magnificent red-bronze, peeling bark.

PULSITILLA ALPINA subsp APIIFOLIA: Clump forming perennial alpine with yellow flowers. Height: 0.5m.

RAMONDA MYCONI: Superb wall or alpine house plant. Pink flowers above large furry flat green leaves.

ROSA OMEIENSIS: Chinese large shrub rose with creamy white 4 petalled flowers in May. Hips pear shaped and can be yellow or scarlet.
ROSA MOYESII: Vigorous, arching rose bears faintly scented, single, dusky-scarlet flowers, 5cm across, with yellow stamens in summer. Long, red hips in autumn. H: 4m Spr: 3m.
ROSA SETIPODA: Lovely pink Chinese shrub rose with large bristly flagon shaped hips.

ASTERIAS: (Starry Catchfly) Hardy perennial. Heads of mauve/red flowers in dense umbels on strong, sticky stems above a rosette of bright green foliage. H: 60-90cm.
NUTANS: (Nottingham Catchfly) Native perennial enjoys dry conditions. Good gravel plant. White flowers which generally open at night.

SMILACENA ‘P.COX’: Hardy perennial. Arching stems with oval, light green leaves produce terminal sprays of feathery, white flowers from spring to mid-summer, followed by fleshy, red fruits. Semi-shade and moist, humus-rich, soil. H: 75 - 100cm S: 45cm. 

DELAVAYI: Elegant perennial bears large panicles of nodding, blue flowers with prominent stamens from mid- to late-summer. H: 1.5m. S: 60cm.
UNKNOWN SP: Very tall up to 2.2m yellow flowered with large grey-green leaves. Flowers August-September. Woodland edge and plenty of space.
TRICYRTIS LATIFOLIA: Toad Lily with yellow flowers and purple spots flowers June-September. H: 40-50cm. Spreads when happy.

TRILLIUM Excellent spring-flowering woodland plants-well worth waiting for! As their name implies, they have three of everything: three large leaflets, often beautifully mottled, three sepals and, at the centre of the leaves, the flower with three petals, sometimes long and narrow and sometimes broad and showy. Once established each thick rhizome gradually multiplies, eventually giving fine clumps. Good plants for shade, to part-shade, in leafy soil.  This seed has been stored in the ice-box of a fridge since cleaning to help germination.
CHLOROPETALUM var. GIGANTEUM: Flowers purplish-pink to white above grey-marbled foliage. H: 30-45cm.
CERNUUM: Beautiful hidden white pendant flowers with recurved petals. H: to 40cm.
ERECTUM: Maroon flowers hang on short stems above the leaves. H: to 50cm.
GRANDIFLORUM: Later flowering white Trillium, very showy. H: 40cm.
OVATUM: Solitary, pure white flowers fade to a deep purplish-rose. H: 25-40cm
SULCATUM: Burgandy or rich red with recurved petals. H: to 40cm

Herbaceous perennial for woodland or semi-shade. Flower yellow-green but grown for hairy rounded foliage topped during the summer with red fruit in tight clumps. H: 40-60cm.

TROLLIUS YUNNANENSE: Clump-forming perennial. Broadly oval, deeply-lobed leaves. Buttercup-like, bright yellow flowers in late spring or summer. Hardy. Best in moist soil. Height 60cm Spread 30cm

A mix of NIGRUM and CHAIXII ALBUM. Long flowering perennials (June –October) with spires of purple-eyed white flowers or yellow flowers. H: up to 90cm. Excellent plants for bumble-bees and seed eating birds.