Useful Links - Seeds

The following pages provide links to other sites that may be of interest to the gardener, exhibitor or specialist grower alike.  Right click on a link to open in a new window.  Please note that no specific endorsement of products or services is either made or inferred.

The terms F1 hybrid, Open-pollinated and Heirloom/Heritage are often found on seed packets. 

F1 hybrid cultivars are the result of crossing distinct and different parents chosen for certain characteristics or traits such as disease resistance or high productivity.  They have been inbred over at least 10 generations to stabilise the chosen characteristics and to ensure that they are passed on to succeeding generations.  F1 hybrid seeds tend to be more expensive because of the time and investment required by the breeder.  Every year F1 cultivar seeds must be produced again by crossing the parents;  they cannot be grown from saved seed harvested from the F1 plants themselves as they will not breed true to character.  

Open-pollinated cultivars are pollinated by natural means (eg wind, insects or birds) and they must be isolated from any related plants growing and flowering simultaneously nearby (eg by using physical barriers) in order to keep the cultivar 'true'.  Seed saved from Open-pollinated plants will remain true to type indefinitely, provided this isolation cycle is maintained.

Heirloom or Heritage cultivars are open-pollinated, old selections that have been grown through the ages and are still available today.  Some experts argue that no cultivars dating after 1951 can rightfully be termed Heritage because that is the year that the first F1 hybrids were introduced.  Though popular with 'traditionalist' growers, the terms Heirloom and Heritage do not necessarily signify superiority over F1 cultivars.
Specialises in British wildflower seeds and plants

Wallis Seed Company

Van Meuwen

Van Hage

Supplies a wide variety of seeds and plants


Tomato Plants Direct

Thompson & Morgan
Supplies a wide variety of seeds and plants

Thomas Etty

Supplier of heritage seeds and bulbs for the Period gardener

The Real Seed Catalogue
Supplier of kitchen garden seeds

Terwins Seeds
Supplies a wide variety of seeds

Supplies many types of seeds and plants

Simpson's Seeds
Supplier of seeds and plants

Simply Seed


Supplier of seeds and UK-made gardening products

Select Seeds
Supplies top quality vegetable seed for exhibition and table use

Seed Parade

Online supplier of flower, fruit, vegetable and organic seeds

Seeds Of Italy
Supplies Italian vegtable seed varieties

Sea Spring Seeds

W Robinson & Son

Online supplier of specialist vegetable seeds

Sarah Raven's Cutting Garden
Supplies seeds of flowers, herbs and vegetables

Premier Seeds Direct

Plantworld Seeds
Supplier of rare perennials and grasses

Plants Of Distinction

Offers rare and unusual flower and vegetable seeds

Pennard Plants

Heirloom varieties and potato tuber days

Flower, vegetable and herb seeds from across the world

Nicky's Nursery

Native Seeds/SEARCH

A range of flower and vegetable seeds from the American South-West

Mr Fothergills

General flower and vegetable seeds

Moles Seeds

A leading wholesale supplier of commercial quality flower and vegetable seeds throughout the UK and overseas

Medwyn's Of Anglesey
Specialist vegetable seed supplier

Supplies seeds, plants and accessories

Kings Seeds
Supplies all sorts of seeds and plug plants

Just Seed

Supply seeds for the commercial grower through their range of Rijk Zwaan products as well as an array of vegetable, flower, herb and wild flower seeds for the home gardener, allotment holders and commercial grower.

Jungle Seeds

Supplies a unique and exciting range of tropical and conventional flower seeds including some unusual vegetables

John Soulsby

Giant vegetables and poultry

Flower, vegetable and herb seeds from across the world

Jelitto Perennial Seeds

Mainly flower seeds

JBA Seed Potatoes
Supplier of Scottish Seed potatoes for exhibition and culinary use


Supplies vegetable, fruit and herb seeds with full growing instructions

Exhibition Seeds
Keith Foster's seed company

Everwilde Farms

A US company specialising in organically raised seeds which can be bought online

D T Brown
Supplies many varieties of seeds and plants

Supplies many types of seeds and plants

Chiltern Seeds
Supplies rare and unusual plant seeds

J W Boyce

Vegetable, flowers, herbs, wild flower and grass seeds

Bounty Beyond Belief
Heirloom seeds

Beans And Herbs

Supplier of organically grown beans and herb seeds

B & T World Seeds
Online seed supplier

Asparagus In Kent
Supplies asparagus crowns
Online seed supplier


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