Artichoke ‘Violet de Provence’ is one of the most traditional of Italian vegetables. This delicious medium sized artichoke develops rich violet-purple headed globes. Few dishes are as satisfying to eat as the globe artichoke. Dip the leaves into warm balsamic-bacon dressing and fall in love with a little thistle!
Mrs Burns' Lemon Basil is a legendary heirloom, nothing short of an idol among fine chefs and gardeners alike. With the strongest aroma and flavour of all the lemon basils, the scent is powerful, resinous, and oily, followed by spicy cinnamon, with a strong floral note. It has a concentrated lemon oil taste, with mild spice and mint.
Aquadulce is highly prolific and easy to grow, and remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture. It can be sown anytime from autumn until spring and is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing. RHS AGM
Broad Bean 'Witkiem' is the most versatile of vegetables and, as Hannibal Lector says it also goes perfectly with a glass of Chianti. Early to mature, it produces a good crop of plump, well filled pods with big tasty beans. Ready to harvest from June into September.
This French Bean may be dwarf but , oh la la – do they taste good! 'Maxi' is an outstanding variety producing high yields of long, slender pods that are stringless and full of flavour. Very easy to grow they give superb yields for a small amount of space, outlay and effort.
Cobra is one of the most reliable French beans around. This prolific cropper produces heavy yields of long, straight sweetly-flavoured beans over a long period. The stringless pods grow up to 20cm long. RHS AGM.
Boltardy is a very popular and reliable globe-shaped beetroot. A tried-and-tested cultivar, used as a yardstick against which other beetroot are measured. Due to its excellent resistance to bolting, it is recommended for early sowing, NIAB and RHS AGM.
Beetroot 'Forono' is a popular and productive cylindrical variety that forms a uniform, elongated, dark-red root. With a fine, smooth texture with little fibre, the root maintains its sweetness and tenderness over a long growing season. Awarded the RHS AGM. Organic Seeds.
It is not without reason that Pablo F1 is a winner of the RHS AGM. These exceptionally uniform, smooth skinned, perfectly round beets have a wonderfully attractive rich red colouration and excellent skin quality. A great choice for baby beetroot or it can be left to mature.
When every little sprout and leaf seemingly has its 15 minutes in the spotlight, the possibility that cabbage is being recognised for its deliciousness, instead of its health benefits or affordability, is unexpected, to say the least. Exceptionally sweet and tender. Cabbage ‘Caraflex F1’ is unique. RHS AGM. Organic Seed.
Appropriately named, Greyhound is one of the earliest summer cabbages and a reliable old favorite. Very fast growing with a yield of mild flavoured tender juicy hearts. Well suited to successional sowing. Sow from February to July, crops will be ready for cutting from June to October.
Unless you have tasted the stunning sweetness of a carrot pulled from your own garden in the dead of winter you haven’t really tasted a carrot. This favourite of home gardeners can be grown as a maincrop or late variety and is an excellent variety for storing.
Autumn King is one of the best main crop carrot varieties, with a deep red colouring and long conical roots. A vigorous carrot with the potential to be the highest yielding of all, it resists greening and splitting so stores well left in the ground and is an excellent variety for storing.
This is the extra early carrot that organic gurus rave about. With incredibly sweet flavour and uniform growth, carrot 'Napoli F1' has assumed cult status with growers. Sow in August in a raised bed or beneath a cloche, and experience the full flavour of winter 'candy carrots'. Organic Seeds.
One of the most beautiful vegetables and a true Objet d'Art. Each complex, symmetrical head features whorls of chartreuse green florets, in a complex, bewitching design, an amazing example of phyllotaxis - the fractal patterning that appears in nature.
Celery ‘F1 Victoria’ is the UK's market leader for early and mid season production. Producing tall, well filled plants with medium green, smooth fleshy petioles, it performs well under difficult spring conditions. It is one of the best flavoured varieties available.
With more colours than Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Bright Lights is one of the best looking vegetables around. The stems are a veritable rainbow of colours. One of the easiest of vegetables to grow. RHS AGM and an AAS winner.
With more colours than Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Bright Lights is one of the best looking vegetables around. The stems are a veritable rainbow of colours. One of the easiest of vegetables to grow. RHS AGM and an AAS winner. Organic Seeds.
Swiss Chard 'Lucullus' is a particularly prolific variety which produces wonderful crumpled green leaves with white mid-rib and veins. Particular heat and cold tolerant and very easy to grow, it gives a good source of greens for much of the growing season.
Swiss Chard is probably the most under appreciated of all vegetables. One of the easiest of all vegetables to grow with a long cropping season, it tolerates poor soil and inattention. With crimson-stemmed leaves, it makes a striking contrast in any salad.
Worth growing for the colour alone, Red Chard will give tasty spinach type leaves for up to 12 months from a single sowing. It is a good choice for the beginner or busy gardener. The striking deep green leaves with red veins are a beautiful addition to any garden.
Italian Chicory, or Radicchio 'Palla Rosso' from Chioggia in Italy is a reliable radicchio that forms a gorgeous, firm, round, dark-red and white head which appears like a jewel when you pull aside the tattered clump of outside green leaves.
'Palla Rossa 3' from Chioggia in Italy, is known for its compactness, size and flavour. A very reliable radicchio, it is fairly easy to grow in that it consistently forms nice heads, yet can also be forced. It has probably the greatest colour contrast of the red radicchios.
Coriander 'Calypso' is a slow bolting British-bred bred variety. It boasts to be the slowest bolting variety available. The bulky plants provide a high leaf yield and have an extremely low growing point so can be cut back and allowed to re-grow at least three times throughout summer.