Welcome to the Garden Shop Portslade Horticultural Society.We stock a wide range of products many of them up to 40% off the usual retail price. In order to receive this discount you just need to sign up as a member when you make your first purchase at the shop. As well as making a saving on the products in the catalogue you will be helping a local community project that is in it’s 99th year.
Chilli Pepper Piccante Cayenna Cayenne pepper. Long red fruits which bite back. Ideal for use in 'Spaghetti alla Puttanesca' or ideal for drying and then grinding into cayenne pepper. Sow Feb-May. approx 450 seeds per packet.
Tomato Baby Plum Muscato F1 Ideal for Indoor Gardening Systems T24 - A typical Piccolo baby plum tomato translated as 'small date' and commonly called Datterini in Italy. Juicy, full of flavour and reliable. Used by Theo Randall on Saturday kitchen 23/6/12.
Tomato Roma VF - save 56p T3 - Meaty mid-sized oblong tomato. Versatile as can be used for cooking or eating. Determinate. Quite resistant with fruits typically of 70-80g each in weight. @450 seeds. Sow Feb-end May.
Mais Sweetcorn Zuccherino B31 - This variety is called 'Sugery' because of it's sweet kernals.
Buttenut Squash Rugosa C26 - Peel and boil the squash until soft. Then simply mash it with some butter and freshly grated nutmeg. Please note that the butternut liscia we sell has a smooth skin and this variety is slightly scalloped.
Pepper Dulce Italia V55 - a meaty, bulls horn type pepper used widely all over Italy - a good all rounder also known as Corno di Toro.
Pepper Topepo V47 - RHS 'AGM' AWARD WINNER. We are really excited about this small sweet pepper which looks like a small beef tomato. Verticle scalloping makes this pepper ideal to stuff with mozzarella and anchovies or a meat filling and the peppers have a great flavour. Sow in Spring.
Pea Meraviglia Of Kelvedon B29 - Featured on BBC Gardeners World 02/03/07 (Monty Don). Dating to about the 1920's.
Spring Onion Cipollotti A Mazzo S9 - Long, singular stems destined for the salad bowl.
Long Red Onion Of Florence S5 - RHS 'AGM' AWARD WINNER. Regional red onion variety from Florence in Tuscany. Nice and sweet so good to use raw in salads. Good for storing.
Lettuce Bionda Ricciolina da taglio L13 -Bionda Ricciolina: Very early, this cutting lettuce produces beautiful soft lime-green leaves, held up by a crunchy rib at the back. The leaves are rufﬂed. Cut and come again variety. Cut as much as you need.
Romaine Lettuce Delle 7 Lune L9 - Delightful Romaine with red 'splodges'. @4800 seeds per packet. Sow Feb-May & Jul.-Sept.
Leek – Porree Lungo Della Riviera Leben From the Ligurian Riviera, a good Leek for winter harvest, Sow in the spring and early summer. @1500 seeds.
Courgette Bolognese C17 - Plump, oval fruits from Bologna. Make nice round slices for frying. Light green with a good flavour. Growing habit: Bush Approximate seeds quantity:@40 Sow: from March - July and harvest mid June - end October
Courgette Romanesco C13 - Small/mid sized lightly ridged zucchino from Rome, of good quality and flavour. Nutty flavour, restaurant quality courgette. Highly recommended. Growing habit: Bush Approximate seeds quantity:@45 Sow: from February - June
Carrot Parisier Market Also Ideal for Indoor Gardening Systems V18 - Featured on BBC Gardeners World 20/04/07. Round French Parisian carrots with good flavour. It's a classic case of the carrot changing to suit it's environment, and is basically a clay carrot. Easy to grow in containers and not as prone to carrot root fly. Sow in the Spring as you can get quite a late sowing. Also great to use in Indoor Farming systems and for Urban gardening in containers. Approximate seeds quantity:@7000 Sow: from February - July Horticultural name: Daucus Carota
Aubergine Violetta Lunga V3 - The classic Italian eggplant. Long, dark and slightly curved Approximate seeds quantity:@660 Sow: from February - mid May
Artichoke Violetto V2 - Purple/Violet coloured with a delicate artichoke flavour. Likes a rich-heavy soil. Artichokes are a classic of Rome - ask for them on your next visit there. They are heavenly. Approximate seeds quantity: @100 Sow: from March - June and August - October Horticultural name: Cynara cardunculus
Thin-shelled pointed, narrow pods in pairs. Heavy yielding, and of fine flavour, it is also resistant to mildew and suitable for June-July sowing. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Height 45cm (18"). Early Variety. Heritage Seed Variety, 1938 packet details - An early dwarf-cropping Pea with dark green pods. A big cropper. Height about 1½ feet.
Medium green pointed pods in pairs, each containing 9-11 peas. Resistant to downy mildew and Fusarium Wilt; recommended for exhibition. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Second-Early/Maincrop Variety. Height 75cm (30").
Very early, and can be grown on supports or as a ground bean. Heritage Seed Variety, 1895 packet details - Silver-gilt Knightian Medal for Collection of Vegetables, including Sutton's Scarlet Runner Bean. R.H. Society, Oct 24, 1893. For its profuse crop of large tender pods, this is beyond question one of the best types of runner bean. Both in hot and dry, and also in cold and wet seasons, it has yielded remarkable results, and we can recommend it with confidence either for competition or for ordinary use. The pods grow perfectly straight, to a great length, and they are most attractive on the exhibition table. Very tender when cooked, and of excellent flavour
Bred by Suttons. Can be sown in succession March-July outdoors, and November-February under cloches to produce a very early crop. Recommended for small gardens. Sown as instructed, a packet of seed is sufficient for a single row of approximately 8.3m (27'). Dwarf variety. White seeded variety. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Great beginner variety. Heritage Seed Variety, 1925 packet details - A wonderful dwarf type of broad bean, attaining a height of nine to twelve inches only when grown in the open ground. The plants are of more or less spreading habit and are so freely branched that a very large number of pods is produced, each containing four or five beans of superior table quality.
An early maturing tomato, Shirley crops heavily on short jointed plants. Nicely shaped fruit of fine quality. Resistant to TMV (tobacco mosaic virus), leaf mould, Fusarium and greenback. For greenhouse culture. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. (Cordon variety - one stem grown by pinching off side-shoots as they appear, needs staking and tying in.)
Gardener's Delight is a heavy cropping tomato with long trusses of small size fruits which are extremely sweet in flavour. Usually grown outdoors or in containers on the patio. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. (Cordon variety - one stem grown by pinching off side-shoots as they appear, needs staking and tying in.)
As well as its ability to shrug off even the worst blight, Crimson Crush will provide great yields of exceptionally fine tasting, large, round tomatoes (each weighing up to 200g). Bred for outdoor growing, it's the tomato that everyone should be planting this year. (Cordon variety - one stem grown by pinching off side-shoots as they appear, needs staking and tying in.) This is not just a blight resistant tomato it is a blight beating tomato. Never be disappointed with your tomato crop when blight strikes again Ideal for the home or the allotment Please note: With regards to the nature of the blight resistance, plants can still show infection (up to 10-15%) of leaves, stems etc. without effecting fruit quality or yield. The plants having the resistance to be able to grow away from the attack.
Considered as the best sweet corn for early maturing in our indifferent British summers and recommended by the Northern Horticultural Society. The cobs are often 18cm (7") long, packed with sweet creamy-yellow kernels. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Great beginner variety.
Bred for extra sweetness, Ruby has dark purple-skinned globe shaped roots with creamy yellow flesh and is a really useful winter vegetable. A high dry matter content ensures excellent winter hardiness and it also shows good resistance to Powdery Mildew. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.
Excellent for exhibition and for culinary purposes. Long, smooth-skinned roots with considerable resistance to canker. Specially recommended. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. 1929 packet details - An admirable Parsnip which increases in popularity every year. Not quite so large as our Student, but more perfect in form, of the finest quality, with a clear and smooth skin. We consider this to be the best Parsnip in existence.
Medium-sized fruits striped pale and dark green. Early maturing, and excellent for exhibition. Trailing variety. Heritage Seed Variety, 1938 packet details - This valuable Vegetable Marrow has attained a very popular position. The fruits are small to medium size, of the finest quality, and of a most attractive appearance, being striped with pale green on a darker ground. Yields a prolific crop early in the season.
Produces an abundance of fresh green foliage over a long period. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Picking Variety. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Quick and easy lettuces are many peoples first veggie crop. Try mixing red and green lettuce leaves to add a note of bitterness to salads, or try slicing up little gem lettuces and sautéing with peas and garlic for an alternative homegrown lunch.
Lobjoits Green is a Cos lettuce that gives large, very crisp, dark green upright hearts which are self-folding. Suitable for spring and autumn sowing. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Recommended by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany. Quick and easy lettuces are many peoples first veggie crop. Try mixing red and green lettuce leaves to add a note of bitterness to salads, or try slicing up little gem lettuces and sautéing with peas and garlic for an alternative homegrown lunch.
An exceptional iceberg lettuce whose crunchy leaves are deliciously sweet. It shows good mildew resistance, is tolerant of hot weather and slow to bolt. Quick and easy lettuces are many peoples first veggie crop. Try mixing red and green lettuce leaves to add a note of bitterness to salads, or try slicing up little gem lettuces and sautéing with peas and garlic for an alternative homegrown lunch.
An extremely winter hardy variety. Good length, tasty white stems. A milder flavour substitute for onions in many culinary dishes. Heritage Seed Vareity, 1919 packet details - Greatly improved stock of Musselburgh leek, far superior to the ordinary strain. Highly Commended, Royal Horticultural Society, 1918.
A variety of the Italian black cabbage, bred to perform better in our climate, with improved cold tolerance, colour, leaf shape and bolt resistance than current Italian varieties. Good cut-and-come again crop. Kale has had a huge resurgence in recent years thanks to it’s incredibly high nutritional values, so much so that we’ve seen headlines like “Kale shortage imminent”. Easy to grow, incredibly productive and with a multitude of colours and leaf shapes… what’s not to like?
Dark green, densely curled leaves. The plants are dwarf growing and compact in habit. Very winter hardy. Kale has had a huge resurgence in recent years thanks to it’s incredibly high nutritional values, so much so that we’ve seen headlines like “Kale shortage imminent”. Easy to grow, incredibly productive and with a multitude of colours and leaf shapes… what’s not to like?
A superb variety producing vigorous plants bearing heavy crops of long, slightly ribbed, high quality, bitter-free fruits. The most reliable cucumber variety for unheated greenhouses. All the health benefits of Baby, above. Harvest July-September. A super all-female greenhouse cucumber that works as an excellent eating cucumber in salads and is equally at home on the show bench where the perfectly straight, long, dark green fruit are sure to win prizes.
Ideal for a small garden or greenhouse, needs no insects for pollination, so you'll always get a good crop of tasty fruit! SMALL SPACES made easy! Are you feeling left behind by the “grow-your-own” revolution because you live in a gardenless apartment or have a postage-stamp-sized patio? Don’t worry: Anyone with a sunny windowsill, patio, or balcony can cultivate home-grown vegetables. In fact, choosing plants that are nutritious, delicious, and attractive is the ultimate way to maximise limited space. We’ve tried and tested these varieties suitable for small spaces and know they’ll succeed, but that’s not to say there aren’t other vegetable seeds that you could try!
One of the earliest varieties to crop. Can be sown early under glass or in succession outdoors either in a container or direct in the ground. ‘Finger-like’ small, sweet, succulent roots. Ideal for salads or cooking. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. 42 days from sowing to harvest (taken from our own trials and may vary in different areas).
First-rate over-wintering spring greens, smooth, dark leaved greens as a spring green, allowed to heart, forms compact 250g (8oz) heads, superb winter hardiness, excellent flavour and bolting resistance.
High yields of good quality, tender, creamy-white spears with a mild flavour that will please most palettes. The succulent tender shoots hold well on the plants and melt in the mouth. Simply steam or lightly boil the spears for a delicious treat. Harvest April-May. The slightly untidy cousin of calabrese, broccoli provides you with the first harvests of the year in January-April. The sweet, earthy flavour complements all kinds of dishes from Asian inspired stir-fries to Sunday roasts.
An abundance of delicious green spears from September to November. The slightly untidy cousin of calabrese, broccoli provides you with the first harvests of the year in January-April. The sweet, earthy flavour complements all kinds of dishes from Asian inspired stir-fries to Sunday roasts.
A superb sunflower which has F1 hybrid vigour and is early flowering. The dramatic golden yellow flowerheads, 30cm (12") in diameter are borne proudly above the tree-like stems and rich green leaves. Long-flowering, pollen free, and requires no staking. HA - Hardy annual. Medium/Tall variety. Height 2m (6½').
Vigorous border plants producing dense spikes of violet-blue flowers in summer. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. HHA - Half hardy annual. Height 60cm (2'). Weather-resistant and reliable, distinct in flower and habit from the normal scarlet types and excellent in drifts in borders or for use as a 'dot' plant in large beds.
Will cascade from hanging baskets and window boxes like a waterfall of dazzling rose/purple flowers. With blooms produced all along the trailing stems, it's quite simply unbeatable. Can also be used as a ground cover. HHA - Half hardy annual. Trailing habit. (SUPASeeds - Coated seed form for easier handling and sowing.) NB: PETUNIA FLOWER COLOUR VARIATION - Environmental factors at the beginning of a season sometimes affect the colours of certain varieties, particularly those with striped flowers.
These robust, free-flowering plants will brighten up your winter and spring displays with their cheerful flowers, in a wide range of colours. F1 Hybrid. HB/HP - Hardy biennial/Hardy perennial. Height 15-23cm (6-9"). (VALUE HYBRIDS - Hybrid flower seed, as most people know, gives the best results, but because production costs are high, the seed can be quite expensive. In recent years, Suttons have been working hard with flower breeders to find ways of reducing these costs and the result is our extremely popular Value hybrids range of high quality seed at great value prices.)
A unique strain of perennial Lupins with exceptionally bold spikes of blooms, showing a wide range of colours which includes many unusual shades of pure yellow, orange and bright crimson, as well as attractive bicolors. An old favourite, Russell Mix has been tried and tested and will always perform, giving plenty of colour on glorious flower spikes. Awarded Gold Medal, R.H.S. 1937. Height 90cm (3'). HP - Hardy perennial. ( Please note: seeds/plants harmful if eaten.) Ornamental foliage and stems of closely packed small flowers in early summer. Handsome border plants. ( Seeds/plants harmful if eaten. )
A stunning mixture for filling beds, borders or patio containers. Flowers, in a beautiful range of colours, are produced all summer long. Majestic plants laden with blooms. HHP - Half-hardy perennial. F2 hybrid. Height 30cm (12").(Hybrid flower seed, as most people know, gives the best results, but because production costs are high, the seed can be quite expensive. In recent years, Suttons have been working hard with flower breeders to find ways of reducing these costs and the result is our extremely popular Value hybrids range of high quality seed at great value prices.)
Tall, stately plants which are ideal for herbaceous borders or at the centre of bedding schemes, boasting a superb range of colours and variations of flower form to create a truly spectacular display. Height 120cm (4'). HHP - Half hardy perennial. Stunning flowers with green or bronze foliage. Easy to raise from seed. Invaluable as material for autumn floral arrangements.
Exquisite fluted petals in shades of crimson, rose and pink, together with white, make this an admirable addition to any border. An economical choice to fill large borders. Big flowers in bright colours are attractively borne above pretty fern-like foliage. HHA - Half hardy annual. Height 90cm (3').
Fully double salmon-pink flowers with a touch of delicate orange. Ideal for bedding, borders and cutting. Keeps blooming right up to the first frosts. Height 45cm (18"). HA - Hardy annual. Often known as the 'Pot Marigold' - a reference to its use in cooking. The edible petals can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to colour cheeses. Often used as a substitute to Saffron for colouring. In Germany it's used in soups and in the middle east in a lot of traditional dishes.
A fantastic border filler, producing masses of elegant snow-white flower heads atop lime green stems. Why not try sowing it alongside cornflowers, poppies and dahlias to create a beautiful display in the garden and a stunning mix of cutting flowers. Flowers June-October.Height. 90-100cm (36-40").
Open, airy plants whose fine stems are topped with flowers. Spectacular in large groups and ideal for cutting. Flowers July-September. Height 75cm (30"). Easy-to-grow plants providing attractive late-summer colour. HA - Hardy annual. Adds texture and late summer colour to the garden and makes a fantastic cut flower too.
Organic soil conditioner. Size 60 litre bag.
Mushroom compost. Size 60 litre bag. *Discount 6 bags for 20*
John Innes seed compost. Size 25 litre bag.
Clover ericaaceous compost. Size 75 litre bag.
Interhort multipurpose compost. Size 60 litre bag.
Jacks magic all purpose compost. Size 60 litre bag.