Key to symbols

Our seeds, bulbs, seedlings and plants are accompanied with symbols to give you a little more information about them. You can see the definitions at any time by hovering over the symbol with your mouse.

Below are all the different symbols we use around our website. For more information on the plants we sell, please see our bulbs, plants and seeds information page.


Plant types

For more information, please see our article on Understanding different types of plants.

Hardy annual logo
Hardy annual
  • can withstand a degree of frost
  • will flower, set seed and die within one year
Half-hardy annual logo
Half-hardy annual
  • will need to be protected from frost
  • will flower, set seed and die within one year
Biennial logo
  • will live for two years - flowering and setting seed in the second year
  • may self-seed to replace itself
Perennial logo
  • can last substantially longer than one year
  • a great investment as they will remain in your garden for years
Tender perennial logo
Tender perennial
  • frost tender
  • will need to be brought inside for the winter
Short-lived perennial logo
Short-lived perennial
  • will flower in first and second years but may struggle after that
  • often described as 'grown as a hardy annual' or similar


Growing conditions

Full sun logo
Full sun
  • needs a site with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day
Partial shade logo
Partial shade
  • needs sunlight for at least two or three hours a day, in the early morning or late evening
  • part of the day may be screened from direct sunlight by an obstacle such as a fence, wall or tree
Full shade logo
Full shade
  • needs a north- or east-facing site, or a thick canopy of trees or shrubs
  • needs less than three hours of sunlight a day
Needs support logo
Needs support
  • a tall, climbing or top-heavy plant that needs support as it grows
Perfect for pots logo
Perfect for pots
  • recommended by Sarah to be grown in pots or containers


Further information

RHS AGM logo
RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • a mark of quality awarded since 1922 to garden plants by the Royal Horticultural Society
  • award usually made after plant trials to judge the performance under UK growing conditions
Cut-and-come-again logo
  • will keep producing flowers/fruit if you keep harvesting
Loved by garden birds
Loved by garden birds
  • varieties which are recommended by Sarah to encourage a wide variety of birds to visit and feed in your garden
  • Some bird species such as goldfinches can be shy, so prefer to feed from growing plants rather than visiting feeders in the open
  • The symbol is also used to indicate plants which birds will find invaluable for nesting materials
Perfect for pollinators logo
Loved by pollinators
  • full of nectar to provide a valuable food supply for bees and other pollinating insects
  • encourages pollinators into your garden
  • most on the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list, but some also recommended by Sarah from her own garden
Good for cutting logo
Good for cutting
  • recommended by Sarah to add to your flower arrangements
  • most have a good vase life
Scented logo
  • recommended by Sarah for its scented flowers or foliage
  • grow in a position where the scent will be enjoyed
Edible logo
  • edible flowers or seeds to add to salads, baking etc
  • Please exercise caution – check which parts of the plant are edible and if they need to be cooked first. Only proceed if you are certain.
Organic logo
  • seeds which have been produced by wholly organic means and certified as such by Organic Farmers and Growers
Exclusive logo
Exclusive to Sarah Raven
  • collections or mixes that work well together, carefully chosen by Sarah
  • only available from Sarah Raven in the UK
Bestseller logo
  • a firm favourite with our customers
Gift wrap hessian sack logo
Gift Wrappable in a Sarah Raven Hessian Sack
  • If in stock, selected items can be gift wrapped in our exclusive hessian sack, with ribbon and a Sarah Raven gift card.
  • You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process. 
Gift wrap gift box logo
Gift Wrappable in a Sarah Raven Gift Box
  • If in stock, selected items can be gift wrapped in our exclusive gift box, with tissue paper and a Sarah Raven gift card.
  • You will be able to add this to your basket once you begin the checkout process.