Autumn is a good time to get hold of some seed catalogues to browse through. You can plan your garden for next year and get inspiration from the pictures and details about the plants.
Growing seeds is an excellent way of getting plants cheaply and if all your seeds grow then you can give them away, swap them with friends or even sell them at charity events or car boot sales!
Looking through catalogues is a good way of getting cultural details and finding out what is available and which flowers will do best in your type of soil and climate
Here is my list of the best seed catalogues to be had – most of which can be looked at online or the catalogues can be sent to you by post. They are usually very happy to help with any technical questions if you email them.
Moles Seeds catalogue
They will send out their catalogues on a CD to all overseas addresses.
They include plant hardiness page 5 and plants suitable for containers page 4. Check out page 161 for Sweet peas and pages 106 -116 for pansies.
Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Ltd
If you go to their flowers pages you will find they have sections for fragrant flowers, perennials that flower in their first year and heritage flowers.
Thompson and Morgan
Have a catalogue that is a delight to read – go to
And select your country
You can select plants for bedding by size and if you go to
There is a good selection of plants to grow for an English Garden
Have an excellent selection of sweet pea seeds
They have a large range of perennials, easy to grow flowers and Alan Titchmarsh seeds.
Pages 12 and 13 of their flowers section brings up some lovely foxgloves and delphiniums.
Page 4 has some lovely tall double cornflowers and page 6 some Love in the Mist.
Enjoy planning your garden!