Garden Gnome's adventures

The adventures of a bouncing garden gnome!

Garden Gnome's Seeds


In my own gardens (and also those of others) and during my travels I've collected the seeds of many plant species. Lots of people from abroad send me their spare seeds so I can make other garden gnomes happy with them.

These seeds you can trade against seeds of your own but they can also be bought. This is the link that will give you access to my webstore. It's still in beta, so bugs and hickups may occur!

The list is quite long. To make it easier for you to browse through it, it has been split up into several sub-lists. These you can enter from the store itself but also through the links alongside this text.
New species are added on a regular basis. Regular visitors can watch them directly (without have to scroll through the entire list). You'll find them here.

Trade or buy
I like to trade but must inform you that I have traded so many seeds by now that 3 acres wouldn't be sufficient to sow them all. And I have only 160 square metres! This means that I'm only looking for seeds of unusual or rare plants. If you don't have seeds to trade, I'll ask you for a small contribution to cover the packaging costs. This will be EUR 0.20/GBP 0.15/USD 0.25 per packet. The seeds themselves are free! Besides a small amount to cover postage and (if applicable) Paypal is added.

Payment (if you cannot or don't want to trade)
At the moment only people with a Paypal account ( can order directly from the shop. It's no problem if you don't have such an account. You can also order by sending me an order form (see column on the right) or by sending me an e-mail. Whichever suits you best!



Enter Garden Gnomes seed store

Ordering form

Send me an e-mail

Entire list

New arrivals!

* Biannuals
* Perennials
* Bulbs & corms
* Tropical plants
* Palms
* Wild plants
* Vegetables
* Fruits
* Culinary herbs
* Medicinal herbs
* Shrubs & trees
* Climbing plants
* Bee & butterfly plants

The seeds
The seeds I send you are packed well. The packages will be in Dutch, but in these seed lists you will find pictures and sowing/growing instructions in English. Per item you will see how many seeds you will get (approximately). Usually this will be enough for an urban garden. Tropical and rare species come in smaller numbers.

After receipt of your order, I'll contact you via e-mail to discuss the shipping and payment details.

How the shop works
Apart from a description of the plant, other characteristics are mentioned. These will show if you click on the picture of the plant. Sometimes abbreviations and symbols are used. These can be explained as follows:

  • Lifespan and hardiness of plants:

HA - hardy annual
HHA - halfhardy annual
TA - tender annual
HB - hardy biannual
HHB - halfhardy biannual
TB - tender biannual
HP - hardy perennial
HHP - halfhardy perennial
TP/GP - tender perennial/greenhouse perennial
HT - hardy tree
HHT - halfhardy tree
TT/GT - tender tree/greenhouse tree
HBb - hardy bulb
HHBb - halfhardy bulb
TBb/GBp - tender bulb/greenhouse bulb
HSh - hardy shrub
HHSh - halfhardy shrub -
TSh/GSh - tender shrub/greenhouse shrub 

  • Annuals germinate, grow, flower and set seed within one year

  • Biannuals germinate and grow in their first year and flower, form seeds and die in the following year. If they cannot set seed they tend to behave as shortlived perennials

  • Perennials are plants that live for a longer time. Usually they do not flower in the year they germinated
  • Trees and shrubs are longlived plants too but they become woody. They need a few years to mature. They become much bigger than perennials
  • Bulbs are perennial plants that build up their reserves in thickened roots of any form
  • Hardy plants can stand (heavy) frost. Their visible parts may die back but this will not allways be the case
  • Halfhardy plants stem from subtropical climes and can survive mild winters. Heavy frost will kill them, however
  • Tender plants (or patio plants) stem from the tropics and can spend their summers outside. During the rest of the year you'll have to put them in a greenhouse, a conservatory or in your house.
  • How much sun a plant can handle:

= full sun
1/2 = partial shade
0 = full shade

  • Flowering period:

This is marked with a * plus the names of two months. This is the period in which the plant is supposed to flower, depending on the weather. This doesn't mean the plant will flower during the entire periode, even though it is possible!