28 Places to Get Your Herb Seeds

February 2, 2009

Herb seeds are available from a wide range of outlets ranging from your local shops to dedicated herb nurseries.

You can also swap seeds with friends and family, there are various seed events around the country, you can find some of them on the ‘Seedy Sunday’ website here.

Another way to start growing herbs is to buy a herb gift set or even an Aerogarden unit if you want to grow herbs indoors.

However, not all herbs are easy or suitable for growing from seed, so here is a short list (by no means exhaustive) that might help you.

Annual herbs that are relatively easy to grow from seed include:
Dill
Coriander
Basil
Chervil
Calendula(Pot marigold)
Borage

Bi-ennial herbs which can easily be grown from seed include:
Parsley
Evening Primrose
Caraway

Perennial herbs that I have personally had no trouble growing from seed include:

Thyme
Sage
Lemon Balm
Clary Sage
Chives
Savory
Oregano
Sweet marjoram
Sorrel

Herb seeds can be purchased from garden centres, supermarkets, local shops, mail order or online. Below is a list of online suppliers who provide herb seeds as part of their range and also suppliers who specialise in herbs or unusual seeds.

1.       Jekkas Herb Farm

A lovely inspiring ‘taster’ catalogue is available.

2.       Iden Croft Herbs

The display gardens at this nursery are worth a visit in the summer.

3.      Nicky’s Nursery

Over 3000 varieties of seeds including vegetable, wildflower, chilli pepper, baby and
oriental vegetables. They also supply other garden products, garden games and various compost systems.

4.      Duchy Originals

Organic herb seeds (supplied by Thompson & Morgan)

5.      Suffolk Herbs
Well worth getting the catalogue, it’s very inspiring with lovely pictures and descriptions.

6.      Chiltern Seeds

Another good supplier of herb seeds with a large variety of seeds.

7.      The Organic Gardening Catalogue

This has a good range of herb seeds but is mostly vegetable seeds and other handy garden
products.

8.      Thompson and Morgan

9.      Victoriana Nursery Gardens

10.    Garden Oasis

11.    Vegetable Seeds UK

12.    Ebay

13.    Suttons Seeds

14.    Unwins Seeds & Plants

15.    Crocus

16.    Marshland Herb Nursery

17.    Dobies

18.    ANi Direct Seeds (USA)

Wide variety of exotic seeds including chinese and vietnamese herbs.

19.    Green Chronicle

20.    Meadowmania

Organic herb seed and wildflower mixes

21.    Packet Seeds

All packets £0.95 each.

22.   Seeds by size

23.  Territorial Seed Company (USA)

24.   Terwins Seeds

Supplier of organic herb seeds.

25.   Mr. Fothergill’s

26.   Richters Herbs (Canada)

Famous Canadian supplier of herb seed, plants, dried herbs and many more herbal items.

27.   Mountain Rose Herbs (USA)

Not the usual herb seed for growing full size herbs in the garden but they do supply seeds
for sprouting including chia seed, buckwheat, brown mustard, radish, red clover, red lentil,
broccoli and alfalfa amongst many, many other herbal products!

28.  Seeds of Italy

A good range of the more unusual herb seed varieties.  Also a fantastic range of tomato seeds.

If you can recommend any particular suppliers or if I have missed any obvious ones out, please feel free to let me know.

Some suppliers that re-sell from the above companies have been excluded. Also a lot of herb nurseries only supply plants rather than seed so these are not on the list – if you’re interested in a similar list for herb plant/plug plant suppliers, let me know.

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1 Catherine Browne, L.Ac., MH, Dipl.Ac. 02.05.09 at 3:03 pm

I’m going to tweet url; just started following you on twitter!

2 Wendy 02.05.09 at 3:17 pm

There is also Horizon Seeds…organic growers and long time trusted provider.

http://www.horizonherbs.com/

3 maddles 02.05.09 at 3:30 pm

Many thanks for the tweet, am now following you too! Interesting website you have, you have so many qualifications and are a herb grower too!

4 maddles 02.05.09 at 3:32 pm

Thank you Wendy, I hadn’t heard of them, will add them to the useful links list.

5 Miss Fuggles 02.12.09 at 2:41 pm

Hi Madeleine

this year I’m topping up the few seeds I need from Wallis Seeds – they’re based in Essex and have a very basic b/w paper catalogue, but a good range and are very cheap (lots of basic varieties are only around 60p for example). Real Seeds also have a few interesting herbs too, and I’ve used Tuckers with success in the past. So many interesting seeds in the world and I only have one garden and one lifetime to grow them in!

Hope this helps, this is my first visit to your site and I look forward to learning more from you.

Miss Fuggles’s last blog post..Garden Organic members experiments

6 maddles 02.16.09 at 8:33 am

Hi, good to see you here. Thank you for the recommendations, they sound good, I’ll add them to the list when I update my links page.

Sounds like we both want to grow more than we have space/time for!

7 Clive 03.08.09 at 1:44 pm

Am looking for a variety of parsley called ‘Big Mountain’ T&M haven’t any in stock and nobody else seems to supply it. . Can anyone help please? :)

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