Forest garden seeds

This is the current list of seeds that I have. They are made available on a gift economy or dana economy basis: there are no prices but if you request some I ask you to either swap, donate or pay it forward. Please send requests to Please quote any code that goes with the name (e.g. 18m) as it makes it easier for me to find them!

Roots, bulbils, cuttings etc can only be sent within the UK. Seeds can be sent anywhere in the world where there are no local restrictions on import (please check first). I will only send seeds openly, with all species listed on the packet, so please do not ask me to smuggle seeds to you. I cannot provide a plant passport.

Seed list – Alan Carter 3/5/2022

The number (e.g. 19, 20) in the code refers to the year of harvest. I’ll send either the most recent seed or a mix of years (to increase diversity). If a month is mentioned in the listing, this is the month in which fresh seed is usually available.
‘AB’ refers to any line of deliberately varied origins which I have been saving for a number of years.
Most seeds are from my own garden. Where they are surplus from a supplier, the supplier’s name is given in brackets.

Allium altissimum ‘Giganteum’ 21m – Persian garlic – Sep – details
Allium cepa ‘Zebrune’ – banana shallot (bulbs, Sep-May only)
Allium fistulosum 21m – welsh onion – details – Jul
Allium porrum 21a – wild leek ‘Babington’ (bulbils)
Allium porrum 20l, 19l – wild leek ‘Chesil Beach’ (bulbils)
Allium schoenoprasum 21m – chives
Allium sensecens
20m, 19m, 18s – broadleaf chive
Allium tuberosum 19m – garlic chives
NEW Allium ursinum 21m – wild garlic – Jul
Allium ursinum 21a – wild garlic (bulbs, July-November only) – details
Allium victorialis 21m – victory onion – Jul
NEW Anethum graveolens 21m – dill – Sep
Angelica archangelica 21l, 20ll, 19ll – garden angelica, lots, Jul
Apium graveolens 21ll, 20l, 19l, 18l, 17m – celery AB, lots – details
NEW Aralia cordata 21m – udo (+lots of chaff) – details
Aralia continentalis
19m – Manchurian spikenarddetails
Arctium lappa
19l, 17s – Japanese burdock / gobodetails
Arctium minus 19l, 17l – native burdockdetails
Aruncus dioicus 18l – bride’s feathers
Asphodeline lutea 19m – king’s speardetails
Aster scaber – see Doellingeria
NEW Atriplex halimus 21a – saltbush (cutting)

Barbarea verna 21m, 20m, 19m – land cress, American wintercress
Beta vulgaris 20ll, 19ll, 18l, 17l – sea beet AB, lots – details
NEW Brassica carinata 21m – Texsel greens
Brassica juncaea
21m, 20m, 19m, 17m – mustard leaf
Brassica oleracea
‘Big Green Lazy’ 20m – perennial kaledetails
Brassica oleracea ‘Cabbagey’ 18m – Daubenton grex, perennial so far but flowers annually, tender, cabbage-like leaves, sprawling habit
Brassica oleracea
‘Deep purple’ 20m – perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Flowering Daubenton’s’ 21m, 20m – perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Lobed Purple’ 20m – perennial kale
Brassica oleracea
Nero di Toscana x PKT 21m – perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Pentland Brig’ 20m, 19m, 17i, 16t – kale, OP, some will have crossed with perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Purple Kale Tree’ 20m, 19m – perennial kale, Daubenton grex, large purple leaves, Sep –details
Brassica oleracea ‘Purple Rib21m – perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Ragged Jack’ 17l – kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Son of PKT’ 20m – perennial kaledetails
Brassica oleracea
‘Tall Savoy’ 20m – perennial kale details
Brassica oleracea
‘Oak Leaf Bush’ 20m – perennial kaledetails
Bunias orientalis  21l, 20l – Turkish rocket, Sep – detail

Calendula officinalis 21m, 17l – pot marigold, Sep – details
Campanula latifolia 21m, 20m – giant bellflower, Sep
Campanula persicifolia
21m – peach-leaved bellflower, Sep – details
Capparis spinosa
20x – caper (from Seednative)
Carum carvi
20m – caraway
NEW Centranthus ruber 21m – red valerian
NEW Chaenomeles cathayensis 21m – Chinese quince
Chaerophyllum bulbosum 21l, 20m, 19m, 18l – turnip-rooted chervil, Sep – details
NEW Chenopodium bonus-henricus 21l – good king henry – Jul
Chenopodium quinoa 18m – quinoa
Chicorium intybus
‘Radicchio’ 20m – chicory
Chrysanthemum coronarium 18m – chopsuey greens (small amount)
Claytonia perfoliata
21m, 19s – miners’ lettucedetails
Conopodium majus 21m – pignutdetails – Jul
Cryptotaenia canadensis 21m – honewort
Cryptotaenia japonica
‘ Atropurpurea’ 21m, 20m – purple mitsuba
NEW Cyclanthera pedata – achocha or slipper gourd, greenhouse plant, from swap

Decaisnea fargesii 21m – blue sausage fruit
Dioscorea polystachya 20m – cinnamon vine / yam (indoor plant, tubercules)
Dipsacus fullonum 20m – teasel (wild flower, not edible)
Doellingeria scabra 20l – aster scaber, gomchwi

Erodium cicutarium 19m – common storksbill, Jul
Eruca vesicaria 20m, 19m, 18m – rocket
Erythronium dens-canis – dog’s tooth violet (bulbs, July-November only) – details
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
– fawn lily (bulbs, July-November only) – details

Ferula communis 18m – Sep – fennel
Fragaria vesca 21m, 20m, 18m – alpine strawberrydetails
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ 20m, 16t – white, runnering alpine strawberrydetails
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ 21a – white, runnering alpine strawberry (bare root plant, Sep-Feb only)

Hablitzia tamnoides 21m – spinach vine – Aug – details
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus 21m – yellow daylily, Sep – details
NEW Heracleum sphondylium 21m – hogweed – details

Lathyrus linifolius 19s, 18s – cairmeal, bitter vetch – details
Lathyrus tuberosus 20m – aardakerdetails
NEW Lepidium latifolium 21a – dittander (roots) – details
Levisticum officinale 20ll, 18l – lovage, lots – details
Ligusticum scoticum 21m, 20l, 19l, 18m – Scots lovage, garden – details
Ligusticum scoticum 20m – Scots lovage, Findhorn Bay
Lilium lancifolium ‘Splendens’ 21m – tiger lily – bulbilsdetails
Lilium martagon 20m, 18s – Turk’s cap lily
NEW Lupinus sp 21m – lupins, wild collected on Speyside, N-fixers

Malva moschata 21l,18l – musk mallow – white flowered – details
Malva sylvestris 20m – common or wood mallowdetails
Malva verticillata 20m – Chinese mallowdetails
Meum athamanticum 19s – spignel
Myrica pensylvanica 20x – northern bayberry, from swap
Myrrhis odorata
21ll – sweet cicely (hairless form) – details

Oenothera biennis 19m – evening primrose
Oxalis tuberosa 20l – oca, pink/orange variety, tubers

Panax quinquefolius 20x – American ginseng, from swap
Papaver somniferum 20m – poppydetails
Pastinaca sativa 20ll, 19ll – parsnip AB, lots – details
NEW Persicaria odorata 21h – Vietnamese coriander (indoor herb, cutting)
Phaeseolus coccineus 18x – runner bean AB
NEW Pisum sativum 21m – sugar snap pea, yellow pods
Potentilla anserina 21a – silverweed (roots, Oct-Mar only) – details
NEW Potentilla anserina 21m – silverweed – details
Prunus avium
20x, 18l – cherry ‘Aviemore’ (from seed-grown street trees with early, heavy and delicious crops of fruit in the town of Aviemore in the Highlands)
Prunus avium 20x – ‘Streetwise Aberdeen’ – cherry from Aberdeen street trees with good fruit
Prunus salicina ‘Methley’ 21x, 20x – Japanese plum

NEW Raphanus raphanistrum landra 21l – sea radish pods
Raphanus raphanistrum sativus
‘Root’ 20m – radish, selected for root size
Raphanus raphanistrum sativus ‘Pod’ 20m, 19m – radish, selected for pod size
Rheum palmatum 20m – Turkish rhubarb
Rubus idaeus 19m – autumn raspberry mix – details
Rubus idaeus – long, thin fruits – raspberry 21m – Aug – details
Rubus idaeus ‘Sunset’ 21m, 20m – yellow raspberry – Aug – details
Rubus leucodermis 21m, 20m – blackcap / black raspberry – Aug
Rubus occidentalis 21m, 20m, 19m – western black raspberry – Aug
NEW Rubus parviflorus 21m – thimbleberry
NEW Rubus phoenicolasius 21m – Japanese wineberrydetails
Rumex patientia 21ll, 20l – herb patience, lots
Rumex sanguineus 21m – bloody dockdetails
NEW Rumex scutatus 21m – buckler leaved sorreldetails

NEW Salvia officinalis 21m – sage, Aug
NEW Sanguisorba minor 21m – salad burnet, Aug
Scorzonera hispanica
21m, 20m, 18l – scorzonera
Sedum telephium 19m – orpine
Silybum marianum 20m – milk thistle
Sium sisarum 21m, 19m, 18m – skirret AB – details
Smyrnium olusatrum 21ll, 20l, 18l, 17l – alexanders
Smyrnium olusatrum 20a – alexanders (root, Oct-Feb only)
Solanum tuberosum mixed sources 21m, 20m, 18m –  true potato seeds, mixed
Solanum tuberosum ‘Cara’ 21m – true potato seed
Solanum tuberosum ‘Chaposa’ 20m, 18m – true potato seed
Sonchus arvensis 18s – perennial sow thistle
Sonchus oleraceus 21m – sow thistle, Jul
Sonchus spp 18m – mix of smooth (oleraceus) and prickly (asper) sow thistles AB
Stachys affinis – 18s – Chinese artichoke, crosne
Stachys palustris
21m, 20m, 19mmarsh woundwort

Tragopogon porrifolius 21l, 19m, 17m – salsify AB, Jul – details
Triticum aestivum ‘EZer perennial wheat‘ 19m
Tropaeolum majus 21m – nasturtiumdetails

Urtica dioica subsp. galeopsifolia 20m, 19m – fen nettle, almost stingless!
NEW Urtica dioica subsp. galeopsifolia 21a – fen nettle, rhizome cutting (Oct-Apr only)

NEW Viola riviniana purple variety 21a – wood violet (cutting, Oct-Feb only)

NEW Zanthoxylum bungeanum 21m – Sichuan pepper

I can guarantee that all seed is from my own garden (unless otherwise noted) and was picked in the year indicated. The rest is up to you. Many forest garden seeds need stratification or other special treatments. Sometimes this is noted in the appropriate article on this website. Alternatively the Plants for a Future database has propagation notes for almost everything on the list. Sometimes I have quite small amounts of a seed: the amount you receive will depend on how much there is to go round.

All seeds are offered on an Open Source Seed basis. You are free to grow and breed from the seeds and to market any new varieties that you produce, but you may not patent or otherwise restrict others from growing or breeding from any varieties that you produce. All seeds are open pollinated (OP) and are not stabilised varieties, so offspring may show considerable variation.

If you can’t find something here, here is a list of other seed and plant suppliers.