Must-have seeds 2011

 Echium italicum
Icing-pink flowers appear on this statuesque beauty’s fuzzy stem from June to October

Alpine strawberry Baron Solemacher
This European favourite will produce small, intensely sweet berries for a lengthy season

Meraviglia di Venezia
A meaty, stringless French Bean that can grow up to three yards high with support

Primula secundiflora

The magenta bells of this diminutive woodland dweller have helped to establish it as a favourite

The stalks of this Victorian delicacy can be eaten raw, or steamed and served with butter

Tropaeolum majus Empress of India

A gloriously old-fashioned form of the garden nasturtium, with velvety, open-throated flowers

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Pictorial Meadows 0114-267 7635;

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