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 don’t ask me to smuggle seeds to you. I cannot provide a plant passport.

Seed list – Alan Carter 28/3/2024

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 an Aberdeen landrace – a line of deliberately varied origins which I have been saving for a number of years.
STRAT means that the seed needs or benefits from stratification (cold treatment). Full germination details can be found on the Plants for a Future listing for the species.
Most seeds are from my own garden. Where they are surplus from a supplier, the supplier’s name is given in brackets.

Allium altissimum ‘Goliath’ 23m – Persian garlic – Sep – STRAT – details
Allium ampeloprasum 22m – perennial leek seed – STRAT
Allium ampeloprasum
23l – wild leek ‘Babington’ (bulbils)
Allium ampeloprasum
23l – wild leek ‘Chesil Beach’ (bulbils)
NEW Allium carinatum 23m – keeled garlic bulbils
NEW Allium cernuum ‘Hidcote’ 22m
nodding onion, larger variety – STRAT
Allium fistulosum 21m – welsh onion – details – Jul – STRAT

Allium schoenoprasum 21m – chives – STRAT
Allium sensecens
20m, 19m, 18s – broadleaf chive– STRAT
Allium tuberosum 19m – garlic chives– STRAT
Allium ursinum 23m, 21m – wild garlic – Jul – STRAT
Allium ursinum 23a – wild garlic (bulbs, July-November only) – details
Allium victorialis 23m – victory onion – Jul – STRAT
Allium vineale 23m – crow garlic (bulbils) – Aug
Amphicarpaea bracteata 23m, 22mearth beans
Anethum graveolens
21m – dill – Sep
Angelica archangelica 21l, 20xl, 19xl – garden angelica, lots, Jul – STRAT
Apium graveolens 21xl, 20l, 19l, 18l, 17m – celery AB, lots – STRAT – details
Aralia cordata 22m – udo – STRAT details
Aralia continentalis
19m – Manchurian spikenard – STRAT- details
Arctium lappa
and minus 23l – Japanese and native burdock mix – details
Arctium lappa
 19l, 17s – Japanese burdock / gobodetails
Arctium minus 19l, 17l – native burdockdetails
Aruncus dioicus 18l – bride’s feathers
Asphodeline lutea
23m – king’s speardetails
Aster scaber – see Doellingeria
Atriplex halimus – saltbush (cutting – spring/summer)

Barbarea verna 21m, 20m, 19m – land cress, American wintercress
NEW Barbarea vulgaris 23m – common bittercress variegated form
Beta vulgaris 22xl, 20xl, 19xl, 18l, 17l – sea beet AB, lots – details
Blitum bonus-henricus 23l, 22l, 21l – good henry – Jul – STRAT
Brassica carinata 21m – Texsel greens
Brassica juncaea
21m, 20m – mustard leaf
Brassica oleracea ‘Flowering Daubenton’s’ 23m, 22m, 21m, 20m – perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
Nero di Toscana x PKT 23m, 22m, 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’ 23m – perennial kale, details – Sep
Brassica oleracea ‘Purple Rib 22m, 21m – perennial kale, Sep – details
Brassica oleracea
‘Ragged Jack’ 23m, 17l – kale
Brassica oleracea
‘Oak Leaf Bush’ 20m – perennial kaledetails
Brassica oleracea ‘Variegated Kalette’ 22m – perennial kaledetails
Bunias orientalis  23l – Turkish rocket, Sep – detail

Calendula officinalis 22m – pot marigold, Sep – details
NEW Camassia leichtlinii 23m – large camas
Campanula latifolia 23m – giant bellflower, Sep
Campanula persicifolia
23m, 21m – peach-leaved bellflower, Sep – details
NEW Campanula rapunculoides 23m – creeping bellflower
Carum carvi 23m – caraway – STRAT
Centranthus ruber white 23m – red valerian seeds
Centranthus ruberred valerian seedlings (Nov-Feb only)
Chaenomeles cathayensis 22m, 21m – Chinese quince
Chaerophyllum bulbosum 23m, 22m, 21l, 20m – turnip-rooted chervil, Sep – STRAT – details
Chenopodium bonus-henricus – see Blitum
Chenopodium quinoa 18m – quinoa
Chicorium intybus
‘Radicchio’ 23m – chicory
Chrysanthemum coronarium 18m – chopsuey greens (small amount)
Claytonia perfoliata
23m – miners’ lettucedetails
Conopodium majus
23m – pignutdetails – Jul
Coriandrum sativum 22m – coriander – Sep
Crambe cordifolia 22m – colewort – Sep
Cryptotaenia canadensis
22m, 21m – honewort – STRAT
Cryptotaenia japonica
‘ Atropurpurea’ 22m, 21m, 20m – purple mitsuba – STRAT

Dioscorea polystachya 22mcinnamon vine / yam (indoor plant, tubercules)
Diplotaxis tenuifolia 22m – perennial wall rocketdetails
Dipsacus fullonum 22m, 20m – teasel (wild flower, not edible)
Doellingeria scabra 23l, 20l – aster scaber, gomchwi
NEW Dystaenia takesimiana 23m – Ulleung island celery

Erodium cicutarium 23m – common storksbill, Jul
Eruca vesicaria 20m, 19m, 18m – rocket
Erythronium dens-canisdog’s tooth violet (bulbs, July-November only) – details
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
fawn lily (bulbs, July-November only) – details

Ferula communis 18m – Sep – fennel
Fragaria vesca 23m, 21m, 20m, 18m – alpine strawberrydetails
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ 23m, 20m – white, runnering alpine strawberrydetails
Fragaria vesca ‘Blanc Amelioré’ – white, runnering alpine strawberry (bare root plant, Sep-Feb only)

Hablitzia tamnoides 23m – spinach vine – Aug – details
NEW Hemerocallis middendorffii var. esculenta 22mzenteika daylily, Aug – details
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus 23m – yellow daylily, Sep – details
Heracleum sphondylium 21m – hogweeddetails

Lathyrus linifolius 23m – Aug – cairmeal, bitter vetch, tiny amount – details
Lathyrus tuberosus 23m – aardaker – details
Lepidium latifolium 22a – dittander (roots) – details
Levisticum officinale 22l – lovage – details
Ligusticum scoticum 23m – Scots lovagedetails
Lilium lancifolium ‘Splendens’ 23m – tiger lily bulbils – details
Lilium martagon 20m, 18sTurk’s cap lily – STRAT
Lupinus sp 21m – lupins, wild collected on Speyside, N-fixers

Malva moschata 22l, 21l,18l – musk mallow – white flowered – details
Malva sylvestris 20m – common or wood mallowdetails
Malva verticillata 20m – Chinese mallowdetails
Meum athamanticum 23m – spignel
Myrica pensylvanica 20x – northern bayberry, from swap
Myrrhis odorata
  23m – sweet cicely (hairless form) – STRAT – details

Ocimum basilicum 22m – basil (indoor herb)
Oenothera biennis
23l, 22l, 19m – evening primrose
Oxalis tuberosa 20l – oca, pink/orange variety, tubers
Oxyria digyna 22m – mountain sorrel, collected Glen Feshie – details

Panax quinquefolius 20x – American ginseng, from swap
Papaver somniferum 22m, 20m – poppydetails
Pastinaca sativa 22xl, 20xl, 19xl – parsnip AB, lots – STRAT – details
Phaeseolus coccineusrunner bean AB – Sep
Pisum sativum 21msugar snap pea, yellow pods
Potentilla anserina – silverweed (roots, Oct-Mar only) – details
Potentilla anserina 21m silverweed seed – details
Prunus avium
22x, 21x – cherry ‘Aviemore’ (from seed-grown street trees with early, heavy and delicious crops of fruit in the town of Aviemore in the Highlands) – STRAT
NEW Prunus tomentosa 22m
Nanking cherry – STRAT

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 – autumn fruiting mix 23m – autumn raspberry – STRAT – details
Rubus idaeus – long, thin fruits 23m – raspberry – Aug – STRAT – details
Rubus idaeus ‘Sunset’ 23m – yellow raspberry – Aug – STRAT – details
Rubus leucodermis 23m, 22m – blackcap / black raspberry – Aug – STRAT
Rubus occidentalis 23m, 22m – western black raspberry – Aug – STRAT
Rubus parviflorus 23m – thimbleberry – July – STRAT
Rubus phoenicolasius 23m – Japanese wineberry – Aug – STRAT – details
Rumex patientia 23m, 22xl, 21xl – herb patience, lots
Rumex sanguineus 21m – bloody dockdetails
Rumex scutatus 23m – buckler-leaved sorreldetails

Salvia officinalis 21m – sage, Aug
Sanguisorba minor 22m, 21m – salad burnet, Aug
Scorzonera hispanica
23m – scorzonera
Silybum marianum 20m – milk thistle
Sium sisarum 23x, 22m, 21m – skirret seed AB – details
Sium sisarumskirret crown, Nov-Feb only – details
Smyrnium olusatrum 23l, 21xl, 20l – alexanders – STRAT
Smyrnium olusatrum 22a – 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’ 22m – true potato seed
Sonchus oleraceus 23m, 22m, 21msow thistle, Jul
Sonchus spp 18m – mix of smooth (oleraceus) and prickly (asper) sow thistles AB
Stachys affinis – 18s – Chinese artichoke, crosne
Stachys affinis – Chinese artichoke, crosne (tubers, Dec-Feb only)
Stachys palustris
21m, 20m, 19mmarsh woundwort

NEW Tanacetum balsamita 23s – costmary, medical herb, from a swap
Tragopogon porrifolius 23l – salsify AB, Jul – details
Tropaeolum majus 22m – nasturtiumdetails

Urtica dioica subsp. galeopsifolia – fen nettle, rhizome cutting (Oct-Apr only)

Vicia faba 22m – broad beans AB brown
Vicia faba 22m – broad beans AB green
Viola riviniana purple variety – wood violet (cutting, Oct-Feb only)
NEW Viola tricolor 23m – wild pansy, heartsease

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.