Plants

We grow so many plants that it would be hard to list them all here but we’d love to welcome you to wander around our nursery to see what we have.

Lots of shrubs growing in pots

Shrubs

We grow most of our shrubs on site at the nursery.  We are often complimented on the health of our plants and we believe that this is because they have been grown outdoors in the same environment and weather that our customers experience in their own gardens.

We start with 3ltr pots but also grow some specimens in 7.5ltr and 10ltr pots.  Lots of our shrubs are on display on our A-Z bed.  We love shrubs so, if you need help finding what you are looking for or advice on looking after them, we are here to help.

Perennials

These are also known as Cottage Garden Plants.  We grow so many perennials that it would be hard to list them all comprehensively. 

We love them because they have plenty of colour, they are value for money because they come back every year, they can be short or tall, love sun or shade and pollinators find them irresistible.  There is something for everyone in every price bracket.

Lots of periennials
Pink perennial with with a bee
Winter pansies

Winter Colour

For an instant ‘hit’ of colour by your door or on the patio we have lots of pansies and violas.  You can plant up tubs and hanging baskets or just bring your containers into the nursery and we can plant them for you.  We also grow a selection of primroses and forget-me-nots.  We are happy to give you help on what to add to your pots and baskets to brighten the dull days.  We have plants such as heuchera, small evergreen shrubs, heathers and ivy.

David has been growing wallflowers here for years.  He plants them in plugs then transplants them onto our front field.  From the end of September he digs them fresh every day and sells them bare root in dozens.  Once you have had his wallflowers you will never want them from anywhere else. 

“We grow most of our shrubs on site at the nursery.  We are often complimented on the health of our plants”

Growing polytunnel

Grow your own

Our ‘grow your own’ section is one of the busiest areas in the garden centre.  From the end of April and through May our most popular lines include tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, courgettes, herbs and vegetable packs.  In the autumn we have fruit bushes and bare root fruit, winter vegetables, onion sets and rhubarb crowns.  Seed potatoes are available in the shop in February and you may wish to take a look at our gardening tips section for our best advice on how to plant and grow them.

We stock Mr Fothergills seeds and Johnsons organic vegetable seed range

Trees

We have a large tree bed on the growing area where we are able to give the right shelter and water to the trees.  Paul loves trees so we have a very comprehensive stock of common and more unusual varieties.  Our fruit trees can be found beside the ‘grow your own’ tunnel and some of our ornamental trees are in our retail area but please ask if there is something that is not on display.

During September we take orders for bare root trees and hedging.  These are ornamental or fruit and are lifted once the weather gets cold.  We keep them at the nursery through from late November to the spring.  If you wish to find out more about why it is better to have a bare root tree and how to plant it then take a look in our gardening tips page.  We also have stakes and ties and can advise you on compost if you need.

Daffodils

Bulbs

September to November are the best months for planting spring flowering bulbs.  We sell many varieties including daffodils, tete-a-tete, tulips, alliums, crocus and hyacinths.  They all bring colour to brighten your garden after the winter and are a welcome source of food for insects and bees.

There are other bulbs which are better planted in spring.  You may wish to read our piece about planting snowdrops in the green on our gardening tips page.  There are also bulbs for summer and autumn colour such as lilies, nerines, gladioli and dahlia which are available in the new year.

We know because we grow!

Everyone who works in the plant area has a qualification or is training in horticulture so we enjoy giving advice and helping others with their gardens.

Houseplants

You can bring a little bit of greenery and wellbeing indoors by choosing a houseplant for your room or windowsill.  We also have a selection of pots to display them in.

Alpines

Alpines

Alpines are plants that grow high up in the mountains often on rocky land and poor soil so they are perfect for rockeries or dry patches in the garden that do not have much depth.  They thrive in the cold in springtime as that is the environment they come from and they are hardy and come back every year. 

Many of the ones we stock have beautiful tiny flowers and dainty leaves such as phlox, thyme, Armeria, Arabis and Saxifragia and some of them are evergreen so it is lovely to create an alpine garden in a container.  Just remember to add plenty of grit to the compost.

Pale pink rose

Roses

We have roses available from late spring to early autumn.  We stock hybrid tea, bush, patio, climber and rambling roses.  Many roses are popular for their names and a favourite as gifts on birthdays and anniversaries.