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Athelas (Ath) – (er) – (lass) is a plant nursery first and foremost rather than just an online plant seller. It’s worth making the distinction between the two because as a plant nursery we get to know our plants, and caring for our plants brings both knowledge and experience of our plants…

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Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple – what to expect for Winter

Acer trees (Japanese Maple) really are a sight to behold at this time of year sporting fiery red, orange and yellow autumn foliage. If you have recently purchased an Acer you might be wondering why it is suddenly dropping leaves, there is no need to...

Overwintering Red Banana

For a tropical, exotic plant there are few better at making an impression then the Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelli' or Red Banana. But this time of year you need to consider how best to protect this half hardy perennial from the approaching cold weather. So before...

Autumn Jobs

Gardening Jobs – October

Winter officially begins in a few weeks and there’s a chance of frost in some areas of the UK.  Here are a few tips for what to be doing in the garden this month. Trim deciduous hedges to keep them tidy over winter. It’s an ideal time...

Cordyline or Cabbage Palm

Cordyline – to prune or not to prune?

Cordylines don't need to pruned regularly but can be tidied up, you can do this by simply removing the old leaves.  You should be able to gently pull at the leaves to remove them but any that don’t come off easily can be removed with...

Tetrapanax for 2016

We have lots of exciting new plants coming to the nursery next year! The Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Rex' is more commonly known as the rice paper plant and it's dramatic green foliage will add character and give a tropical feel to your garden. The plant produces clusters...

Pampas

Pampas Grass

It's that time of the year when the ornamental grasses are showing off their ever graceful seed heads, and few are more impressive then the much loved (or hated) Pampas grass. Few seed heads are more noticeable and prominent coming into Autumn. Click here to find out how...