Nursery News

Ferns – all you need to know

Ferns date back to over 300 million years old and there are thousands of different species around the world which were thriving even before flowering plants! They add rich colour and structure especially when blended with other plants in the border. Many varieties are native to the UK, some love full shade others do remarkably in full sun, some ferns are evergreen others die back in winter. From the small to the very large there are ferns for all environments offering texture, shape and architectural interest to any...

Simple tip for Palm trees

In exposed and coastal environments, palm trees, especially the date palm (Phoenix canariensis) receive their fair share of battering through the Winter months. A really effective, simple way to help protect a palm tree in windy spots is to tie the fronds together with a piece of string. This supports the fronds and keeps them in much better shape for when Spring arrives....

Sweet Pea Bush

To our many customers who have enjoyed the flowering delights of the Sweet Pea Bush (Polygala) and who might well be wondering how to look after this beautiful perennial over winter, read on. Well as with most things there is no right answer in terms of protection, much depends on the severity of the winter.  If your Sweet Pea bush is potted try to move it to the most sheltered part of the garden ideally up against the house, this should offer reasonable protection from the...

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 worry as Acers are deciduous and will be dormant from November through to early February. Acers don't like to sit too wet while dormant so don't worry about watering potted Acers until Spring time. Although hardy, the new growth in Spring is pretty...

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 the first frosts arrives here's what to do. It's nice and easy for the smaller potted plants they can be brought inside a greenhouse or conservatory and enjoyed as a houseplant over winter, before being returned to the great outdoors once the last...

Terracotta Pot.

Protecting your planters and pots over Winter

During the winter months, just like less hardy plants, some pots and planters can suffer in cold temperatures. Ceramic and terracotta pots are porous and are likely to crack from freezing and thawing unless they have been treated to make them frost proof. After they have been emptied and cleaned, they can be moved to a frost-free place such as a garage or shed, but if this isn’t possible you can wrap them in bubble wrap or hessian. Raising them off the ground is also...

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 of white flowers in Autumn and grows well in a sunny, sheltered part of the garden. [caption id="attachment_52004" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tetrapanax[/caption]...

Staff trip to the RHS Garden at Wisley

For a great display of exotic and tropical plants few places can compare with the gardens at Wisley. We had a day out there in early September and came back enthused and motivated to extend our range of the tropical and exotic, so stay tuned for exciting new arrivals in Spring....