Saturday, 25 February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Choosing An Evergreen Hedge

Aucuba japonica

Evergreen Hedging

Many evergreen shrubs can be planted as a hedge. Its comon for us to plant a selection of intersting evergreen close together and crop them into a hedge. Mixing a hedge allows for a diversity of foliage, flowers and berries throughout the year. Below are a few evergeens that would be suitable. This is not the limit to your choice but these are easy to grow evergreens that will mix well. Here are just a few ideas.

Gardening In February, The Gardeners Calendar

February Gardener’s Calendar
  • Continue to prepare ground with soil conditioners muck etc.
  • Begin planting your veg and flower seeds.
  • Plant large structural items such as trees, fruit trees and large shrubs.
  • Pop in some spring bedding for colour primroses, pansies, potted bulbs.
  • Reorganize your garden and fill any gaps with container grown plants.
  • Get organized to buy your Seed potatoes, onions,shallots arriving this month.
  • Plant your raspberry canes.
  • You can plant Bareroot hedging now. There is an excellent choice of beech, hornbeam, mixed hedging etc  but it needs to be transplanted before the weather warms up.
  • There is also a large choice of container grown and bareroot evergreen hedging that can be planted now.Mixed evergreen hedges can look lovely.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Febuary Flowers

 Viburnum tinus Lisa Rose
Viburnum tinus Lisa Rose

Shrubs For All Year Round Interest

Its a tall order but there are some pretty amazing plants out there that are interesting all year round. I don't think there is anything that actually flowers all year but there are some wonderful evergreen foliages, colurful bark and a variety of berries that really deserve a mention. Here is a quick flash of some of the plants we recomend and a useful list.

Nandina domestics 'Obsessed'

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Early fragrant flowers of Winter Jasminum #Jasminum nudiforum

Beautiful fragrant evergreen and very early flowering to lift the winter blues. Yes you need a winter Jasmine in your garden. Jasmin is noted for lifting our spirits and helping with low mood. I would throughly recomend planting  this evergreen close to your front door to enjoy as you go in and out.
It can be grown any aspect, sun or part shade but with a little shelter for extreme exposure and strong winds.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Rose and Christmas Box, Hellebores and Sarcococca

Perfect Flowers For Christmas

Christmas Rose and Christmas Box respectively flower at Christmas. Helleborus niger and sarcococca are two worthy plants for your winter garden.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Rose Hybrid Hellebores

Cheer Up Winter with Helleborus Flowers
Shining through the snow we have these delightful softly tinted flowers. I find hellebores grow well in my clay soil. I have them growing in dappled shade under my trees mixed with bluebell bulbs, primroses, ferns and hostas. The foliage provides good cover all year and the little flowers and delicate veined foliage also look beautiful in winter flower arrangements. Float the heads in a shallow icy bowl of water and use as a center piece for your dinner table.

Helleborus xericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam'

xericsmithii varieties are a cross of H. x sternii and H. niger, making them half Christmas rose and early flowering.Its flowers begin creamy white fade to pink and then a deeper red and are prolific like 'Winter Sun'. If that wasn't enough to win you over the foliage has a lovely marbling ingrained.

Winter flower

How To Prepare For Christmas with Plants

Capture The Essence Of Christmas With Plants

Simple steps to a beautiful festive home and garden

Create a Christmas welcome in your own front garden. How about Topiary box,Yew, Holly or Cupressus ‘Blue Ice’ with  beautiful soft silver fir bedecked with twinkling fairy lights. Remember you Christmas box pants or sarcococca and Christmas Roses, Helleborus Niger will bring you fragrance and flower respectively at Christmas.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Holly Wreath Making 2016

Just a small selection of pics from this seasons workshops. There are more on Twitter and Facebook.
If you need us to email your pic or its not here just let us know.
We are taking bookings for 2017 and you can buy workshops as gifts we have gift cards.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

British Christmas Trees at Preston Bissett

Assisting with the Christmas tree sales we have our own reindeer. He ceratainly earns his keep!

This weekend

A busy shop today as everyone gets in the mood for Christmas shopping and a coffee.
Try our Christmas hamper tasters this weekend,washed down with a glass of mulled cider or wine

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Help Choosing The Right Hedge

Berberis Hedge at Claydon House

 Without doubt there are huge benefits in having a hedge for a boundary rather than a fence or a wall. Hedging plants are available here at the nurseries or on our website
They act as wind and sound breaks, filtering us from noise, sheltering the garden from winds, Hedges support many species of wild life and they are economical as their durability to the elements and life span exceeds fences and walls. Hedges can also be beautiful, reflecting the seasons and providing a canvas to enhance other plants

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Top Ten Winter Plants

Skimmia rubella
Winter is the sadly forgotten season and yet there is an array of fabulous colour in the plant world. Much of it free colour by that I mean we are not waiting for a flower. The light is low and  rich tones radiate from the leaves and foliage comes in a multitude of  shades. Red leaves, trimmed margins, variegated, some very interesting speckled shades where a virus have been introduced to change the colour as well as all variety of greens, silvers and yellows. There are lots of new foliage plant varieties well worth a try. Just as technology moves forward the plant industry is rapidly breeding new varieties of interest.

Winter Interest Plants

The Winter Plant List

Monday, 21 November 2016

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Why and What to Plant Now In November

To give your garden the very best head start plant as much as possible now. Planting in autumn is recommended because the conditions are favourable and if we establish plants now we can enjoy them next year. Plants benefit from having time to create a solid root system through autumn, winter and early spring, when they are not under pressure to flower and produce leaves. The soil is warm and moist and not yet frozen providing the conditions are kind enough to support them.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

Plants For Autumn Colour

Remarkably all the shades of autumn effortlessly create a harmonious sense of calm. It is vibrant without creating any clashing contrasts. The colour wheel reveals Mother Nature has evolved a technically perfect colour palette.

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