We grow our all of our own vegetable plants and all of our bedding plants except the herbaceous plants, which are grown in the UK.
This means you’ll get good quality plants that have been started off by experts. If you’re a local customer you’ll also get a plant that’s started its life in broadly similar conditions to those in your own garden.
You’re also supporting a local business and not adding to the thousands of transport miles and associated carbon emissions that are generated by flying, shipping and trucking plants from around the world.
The herbaceous plants are grown outside, so they’ll be hardy and ready for any surprises the British weather throws at us.
We grow from February and our vegetable plants are ready for planting out from around the middle of April. Just take them home and put them in.
Aubergine – will do best under glass. Warm the soil before planting and look for sunny, sheltered spots if growing outside
Cabbage – a huge range of varieties of this kitchen favourite
Cauliflower – fertilise and feed before planting for the best results
Cucumber – train to canes and pinch out the side shoots
Lettuce – use young plants as cut-and-come-again salads in containers near the kitchen
Marrow – grow well in growbags
Courgette – water the soil rather than the plant
Melon – need warmth, so consider growing in the greenhouse or with protection
Peppers – use support for plants that crop heavily
Chilli – need sun, work well in greenhouses or on windowsills
Runner beans – keep the soil moist and water regularly
Sweetcorn – grow in blocks to support pollination
Tomatoes – huge range to suit most garden conditions
Strawberries – plants will last and crop for years with good care
Broad beans – plant out in intervals for a long cropping season
Peas – dwarf varieties require less support. The shoots are a delicious salad crop
Broccoli – consider netting if birds become a problem
Beetroot – eat the leaves as a salad or spinach-like green
Herbaceous border plants
Supplied in 1.5-litre to 2-litre pots, and grown outside in the UK, our herbaceous bedding plants are garden ready.
This is just a small selection of what we sell:
Aubretia – hardy perennial, provides good ground cover
Delphinium – huge range of sizes, from dwarf to stunning feature plants
Lupin – great plant for bees
Sedum – grow well in well-drained soil
Saxifraga – handle exposed conditions well
Phlox – a beautiful cut flower
Uberis – lovely heads of white flowers
Geum – a relative of the rose
Erysium – wall flowers, hugely versatile
Dianthus – includes carnations and sweet williams. Huge range to suit most condition. Many are nicely scented
Campanula – many with bell-like flowers
Alyssum – spreading carpet with small flowers
Arabis – like dry, well-drained soils
Veronica – also called speedwell. Spread well and may need to be controlled
Scabiosa – beautiful, delicate flowers over a long flowering season
Spring bedding plants
Grown by us, these should be planted around October as your summer bedding plants come to the end of their season.
Among the many spring bedding plants we sell are:
Bellis – grow in most soils, but thrive in sunlight
Myosotis – forget-me-nots. Will self-sow
Pansy – fantastic range of varieties
Viola – easy to care for with a huge colour and shape palate
Polyanthus – very hardy. A good bee and butterfly attractor
Wallflower – a great plant to get kids growing
Summer bedding plants
For quick colour through the summer months plant at the end of May or beginning or June. They should come out at the end of their season, but don’t send everything straight off to the compost heap. For example, fuchsia, dahlias and geraniums can be taken indoors to overwinter for next year or be used for cuttings to propagate new plants.
Among of summer bedding plants are:
Geraniums – low maintenance with long flowering season
Nicotiana – relative of tobacco. Strongly scented and good for providing height in borders
Portulaca – good low-growing ground-cover plant
Coleus – a good plant for kids to start with
Cosmos – cottage garden classic
Begonia – good in containers and hanging baskets as well as borders
Impatiens – busy lizzies. Good in hanging baskets
Antirrhinum – will thrive in any soil type as long as drainage is good
Cineria – grown for beautiful foliage. May overwinter and produce cuttings
Dahlia – easy to grow and can inspire a life-long passion!
Fuchsia – some varieties produce edible fruits that can be made into jam
Gazania – some varieties evergreen
These trailing plants are ideal for hanging baskets:
Bacopa – beautiful teardrop shape
Trailing geranium – the classic basket plant
Nepeta – catmint or catnip. Best at a height if you have a cat!
Trailing fuchsia – wonderful drooping flowers that last for a long time
Brachycome/Brachyscome – daisy-like flowers
Bidens – drought resistant, an established basket favourite
Lobelia – some incredibly intense colours
Lysimachia – bright, cheerful yellows
You can also buy hanging baskets already planted up and ready to take home and hang. Just remember to keep on top of the watering.
Winter bedding plants
Usually biennial or perennial, winter bedding plants can be planted between September and November and many will flower in milder weather throughout the winter. They also provide attractive foliage displays when much of the garden is dormant.
Among our home-grown selection are:
Erica (winter heather) – beautiful foliage and flowers
Pansies – fantastic choice of vibrant colours
Violas – subtle, compact plants, many with good fragrance