Celebrate World Environment Day by Embracing Native Plants: Protecting Our Wildlife and Ecosystems

Celebrate World Environment Day by Embracing Native Plants: Protecting Our Wildlife and Ecosystems

May 30th, 2024 by

As June the 5th is World Environment Day, this month’s article is about the importance of native plants. Why non-native can have implications beyond the garden fence and the consequences to our native wildlife need to be considered.

A plant which is native to the UK is one which is indigenous to an area in a geological era. What we tend to say is that this is anything here at the time of the last ice age. Therefore, anything after this era is seen as being introduced either deliberately or accidentally into the UK.

The advantages of including native plants within a garden include things such as the less of a need for use of fertiliser or pesticides. The plants are better suited to our weather; they will be used to our damp winters and short summers. They will provide essential shelter and food for our native birds, insects and wildlife. The relationship between our insects and plants is an intricate one which has evolved over thousands of years. For example, the length of the tongue of a moth needs to be long enough that when it approaches a flower it can reach the nectar which they feed off.

Integrating native plants into the garden should not be difficult; there are plants that will grow in various aspects of the garden. Convallaria majalis, known as Lily of the Valley, looks like a really delicate plant; they produce dainty white bell-shaped flowers however, don’t be deceived, they will thrive in poor soil and in the wild and can be found growing on top of Limestone Pavements.

There are garden plants which we are all familiar with which are descendants from wild varieties. Such as Geums which grow along hedgerows, known as wood avens, or herb bennet. Dianthus has many cultivated varieties, but there is a plant which is native to the Cheddar Gorge, where it grows in scrub clearance making it ideal in a garden rockery.

Native plants are great for hedging. Taxus and Buxus make fine formal evergreen hedges. Fagus, Carpinus, and Acer campestre are not only great stand-alone trees, but they can also be used in hedging. Fill your garden with native flowers and watch the natural world make its home there. If you have an area of shade, use ferns such as Dryopteris affinis. For a splash of colour, look for Primula vulgaris, Pulsatilla vulgaris, or Centaurea. Native bulbs are also great in a garden or managed landscape, as well as Fritillaria meleagris and Hyacinthoides non-scripta, the native Bluebell.

The Bluebell is a casing point as to why we should choose native over exotic. The decline of the Bluebell population is linked not only to the decrease in our woodlands but also to the introduction of the Spanish Bluebell. English Bluebells are quite dainty, with flowers along one side of the stem; they come mostly in a strong blue colour. Spanish Bluebells have escaped from the confines of gardens and estates and are colonising our woodlands. In our fertile soils, they are easily reproducing and are in direct competition with our native plants. In this situation, the invader becomes a pest, has a detrimental effect on the ecosystem of the woodland, and is now classed as an invasive species.

Being an island, we must ensure our native plants are cared for, and that plant health is seen as a priority at our ports. Plants have their own passports for traceability, and all appropriate checks must be performed before we accept them into the UK.

So to help the local wildlife you can do your bit. They might not always be as showy as exotic varieties, but having native plants in your garden will help our wildlife and slow down the number of diseases we bring into the country too.

Flowering shrubs

Flowering shrubs

April 29th, 2024 by

A flowering shrub can be as much a part of the planting scheme as a tree or herbaceous border. Many have long flowering times, and with so many available, there is bound to be something to fit into your design. A shrub can add structure to the garden; it can be the main feature, such as a specimen of a Magnolia, or it can provide a framework for your herbaceous planting. Well-chosen shrubs should not dominate the garden but should become an integral part that pulls everything together. Flowering shrubs can add all year-round interest, offer shelter and food for wildlife and be form an attractive screen where needed.

There is so much to choose from, too. There are evergreens that flower in winter, such as Viburnum tinus and Skimmia rubella. There are Viburnums and Cercis, which flower early in Spring before the leaf starts to appear, and such an abundance of summer flowering shrubs; they can’t possibly all be listed here. If you want a shrub which flowers for a long duration, then the Hydrangea will undoubtedly offer you colour. The hypericum is also a great shrub that provides flowers for a number of weeks. They have varieties which are prostrate, dwarf and as small shrubs, they can be evergreen, deciduous and variegated. Often, they are grown for their berries. The only thing they are not varied in in their flower colour, they are all yellow.

The flowers of the shrubs are in all shapes and colours as varied as any herbaceous border. Small shrubs like Cistus provide bright pink and white simple flowers. However some displays of flowers are much more complex such as Calycanthus and Euonymus Red Cascade. Some shrubs have delicate individual flowers and others like the Viburnums have great clusters of flowers.

After the flowers have finished blooming, a lot of these shrubs bear berries. Many are ornamental, such as Viburnum davidii, which has bright blue dupes. Other shrubs which have attractive berries are Skimmia nymens, Pyracanthas and Mahonias.

Not all berries are edible; however, the ones on Amelanchier are, which leads to how it got one of its common names, June Berry. The Amelanchier is a fantastic early flowering shrub, which can also be grown as a small tree. In the spring, it is covered with pale pink and white blossoms, which gives it the common name of Snowy Mespilus. If you want to try the berries of the Amelanchier, the best variety to grow for eating is the Saskatoon, which is originally from Canada but grows well in the UK.

Many flowering shrubs are cultivated for their scent. The syringa, which bears blooms in hues of purple and white, has a very strong scent that can be enjoyed from early May to late June. Hamamelis have a distinct scent that fills the garden when there is not much else in the flower.

These flowers attract pollinators to the garden, so it is important to have a selection of flowering shrubs to provide all-year-round attraction. Early flowering shrubs such as Mahonia provide a chance for bees that emerge early to have feed when not much else is available. Providing something for all-year interest will lead to wildlife, making your garden a haven for life and enhancing the garden for anyone to enjoy.

Ancient trees

Ancient trees

March 22nd, 2024 by

Not many species can claim to have outlived the dinosaurs, but trees can. There are some trees shown in the fossil records, Magnolia, Sequoidendron, Ginkgo and some varieties of pine. There are living examples which can be aged to 2000-3000 years old. So next time you think about how old this tree will get, be careful of the variety you choose.

Magnolia is a large genus with up to 210 species. They can be evergreen or deciduous. They have flowers that range from white to dark pink and occasionally yellow. The flowers appear on bare stems as star and bowl shapes and attract beetles for their pollination. This is because the magnolia evolved long before the bees did. Magnolias will grow in heavy, clay soils; they are tolerant of atmospheric pollution, but they should be sheltered from cold winds and frosts.

The Sequoiadendron giganteum can live over 3000 years. It is a coniferous tree found in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and there are fewer than 80000 remaining trees. The largest of these trees measures to 85m tall with a trunk 8m diameter, which is big enough to drive a car through. There are approximately 11,000 cones on a large tree, which produce between 300 and 400 thousand seeds annually. In the UK, the tree is commonly known as Wellingonia, whereas everywhere else, it is known as Giant Red Wood. The largest known example in the UK can be found in the New Forest and stands at 52.73m tall. There are currently 500,000 trees in the UK, whereas in California, there are only 80,000 trees remaining. The Sequoiadendron is important for the storage of carbon; a 45m tall tree can store up to 15 tonnes of carbon. The most giant trees in California can store a callosal 250 tonnes of carbon.

Without a doubt, the grandest of our ancient trees is the Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as the Maiden Hair tree. The common name derives from the fan shape of the leaf, which radiates veins through it. The leaves, which can be 12cm wide, are green through summer, turning a magnificent golden yellow in autumn. Despite being a conifer, the Ginkgo is deciduous; it is also dioecious, meaning the trees are either male or female. It will grow in well-drained soil and generally achieves 12m in the first 20-50 years. Eventually, it will reach 25m tall, though there are some who can get to 50m and live over 2000 years old. Evidence of their existence can be found going back 290 million years ago, as shown in fossil records.

The most outstanding Ginkgo we know about are the ones which survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb dropped near them on 6th August 1945. There are six specimens which are within a mile of the bomb site, seeds from which have been distributed around the globe to encourage world peace. Some of these seeds are grown in the UK at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Johnsons to sponsor Perennial garden at BBC Gardeners World Live

Johnsons to sponsor Perennial garden at BBC Gardeners World Live

May 22nd, 2023 by

We are pleased to have joined several horticultural businesses to sponsor, support and provide materials for a charity garden at BBC Gardeners World Live. The garden will support the horticultural charity Perennial and is designed to highlight nature’s seasonal influence on mental well-being.

Other businesses sponsoring the project include Hedges Direct, Marshalls and Rolawn. The garden will be open to the public for viewing from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th of June at the NEC, Birmingham.

The garden, named “Escaping the Seasons of the Mind”, has been conceived by Lilidh Matthews, founder of the MicroGarden subscription Finding Roots and John Tallis, owner of landscaping and garden design specialists, Outdoor Living Gardens who will be building the garden in collaboration with Tisserand English Gardens and Utopia Landscapes.

The garden is an artistic representation of the journey of the mind and the home into the solace of nature and aims to portray the range of emotions experienced throughout the seasons. At its core, the design encapsulates two crucial aspects: the prevalence of suicides during the autumn season and the sad reality that humans spend a staggering 90% of their lives indoors.

The garden also features 11 Corten Steel Pillars to represent the overbearing nature of the seasons with a bench representing the 12th month of the year and the passing of time.

The project aims to raise awareness/fundraise for the horticultural mental health charity, Perennial which supports people in the horticultural industry, including the businesses sponsoring, with health and well-being, housing and financial support and debt advice.

For Johnsons, which recently became a Platinum Partner for the charity, mental health is a top priority. Marketing and office manager, Eleanor Richardson, said: “We are honoured to announce our contribution to this significant project, providing an array of plants that will enhance the garden’s visual impact and underscore its emotional narrative.

“We firmly believe in the power of nature to heal, inspire, and provide solace, and this partnership with Lilidh Matthews, John Tallis, Outdoor Living Gardens, and Perennial aligns perfectly with our commitment to supporting causes that make a positive difference.”

Victoria McIver, Brand and Communications Manager at Hedges Direct added: “Hedges Direct are proud to be sponsoring Gardeners’ World Live 2023, supplying our hedge plants, trees and shrubs for the wide array of show gardens. We are especially thrilled to be able to showcase our plants in the ‘Escaping the seasons of the mind’ garden for Perennial, in raising awareness of how our well-being can be impacted by spending time outdoors.

We love hearing our customers tell us what joy they find in their gardens, so it’s wonderful to be able to encourage more people to take time out to notice and nurture our green spaces during each season, and in doing so nurture our mental health.”

April Gardening Reminders 2023

April Gardening Reminders 2023

April 6th, 2023 by

Spring is in full swing with longer days, the arrival of many flowering varieties and milder weather. There’s plenty to do in the garden this month to reap the rewards in summer. Check out our full April hints and tips below.

Finish cutting back the past years’ growth of Cornus and Salix, which are being grown for colourful young stems this coming summer.

Continue to divide herbaceous perennials as required. Pull them apart or use a knife on thick fleshy roots such as paeonies or two garden forks back to back to pull apart really tough roots. Replant the best of the pieces from the outside of the root, as these are the most viable.

Dead-head spent daffodil flower heads and their seed pods to ensure the energy of the bulb goes into the bulb itself and not into developing and ripening seed.

 

Apply a high Nitrogen lawn fertilizer and also a lawn weedkiller to established lawns if appropriate. Water in the fertilizer if conditions are very dry.

A reversion may occur in variegated coloured leaf trees and shrubs, resultant green shoots grow strongly. Cut out affected shoots just into the variegated/coloured foliage.

Lightly trim Lavenders (but not into the older wood) to stop them from getting leggy .

 

Plant potatoes from the middle of the month, planting under black polythene sheeting if there is a risk of frost, alternatively chit the tubers to encourage sprouting before planting by placing them in a tray in a light position, perhaps by a window, where there is no risk of frost.

Plant new Strawberries or bring on existing Strawberries early by covering them with cloches or clear polythene tunnels. Ensure that there is adequate ventilation between cloches, and lift the polythene for a couple of inches on the leeward side of low polytunnels.

 

Still a good time to plant an evergreen hedge, such as hollies, laurels and escallonias. Ensure that plants are firm in the ground, and remember to water them in dry weather.

Now is a good time to make a new lawn from purchased turf or direct sowing.

To improve old or worn-out lawns, now is the time to aerate, apply spring fertilizer, scarify, and if necessary overseed with an appropriate mixture of 15gm of grass seed.

Hoe between herbaceous plants to keep down weeds whilst they are still small. Even if soil has been recently dug, a fresh crop of annual weeds will soon germinate and hoeing the crop will also benefit the soil aeration.

Protect fruit trees trained on walls by covering the early flowering blossoms with fleece to ensure a satisfactory crop, even after frosty conditions.

 

Celebrating 30 years of quality accreditation

Celebrating 30 years of quality accreditation

October 6th, 2021 by

We are celebrating achieving the BSI ISO 9001 Quality re-accreditation for the 30th year in a row.

We have achieved the ISO 9001 Quality Management,  since 1991. We have also re-achieved ISO 14001 Environment Management standards since April 2010.

Supplying 5-6 million plants throughout the UK each year, our plants embellish their surroundings and make a positive contribution to the environment.

The ISO 9001 Quality Management is a clearly defined set of business processes, which defines Johnsons’ commitment to creating products and services following pre-defined standards. ISO 9001 is internationally recognised and one of the most popular international quality management systems.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system for businesses. It provides a framework that a business can follow of standards on environmental management. Integrating it with other management systems standards, like ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organisational goals.

We have also invested in 3 new electric 4 x 4 Hisun buggies this month, the robust vehicles will be trialled on the nurseries five sites with a view to replace all dumper trucks by 2025. One charge can last an impressive full working day and will be used to tow trailers and bespoke equipment.

Graham Richardson, Managing Director at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “We are proud and delighted to have achieved the BSI ISO Quality accreditation for the 30th year in a row. It demonstrates our dedication to adhering to an external system of quality management and environmental standards to ensure the best quality products and services to current, new and potential customers. The new electric buggies are also a great addition and will reduce costs and further enhance our environmental credentials significantly in years to come.”

The Growers Plantspo - May Shrubs

The Growers Plantspo – May Shrubs

May 17th, 2021 by

Ceanothus varieties

????Flowers: May – June (depending on variety, varieties such as ‘Puget Blue’ start flowering in April, and others flower for longer than June)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Convolvulus cneorum 

????Flowers: May – July

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

 Soil: Poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (subject to availability)

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Chaenomeles varieties such as ‘Jet Trail, ‘Crimson & Gold’ & ‘Nivalis’

????Flowers: March – May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2.5m

 Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 3LD, 5L (subject to availability)

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Choisya varieties such as ‘Aztec Pearl’, ‘Sundance’ & ‘White Dazzler’

????Flowers: May (often have a second flush in summer)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2.5m

 Soil: Moderately fertile,well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Cornus varieties such as ‘ Sibirica’, ‘Aurea’ & ‘Flaviramea’

????Flowers: May – June

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2.5m

 Soil: Any moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Deutzia varieties like ‘Mont Rose’ and ‘Rosea’

????Flowers: April – June

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Euonymus varieties such as ‘Emerald & Gold’, ‘Emerald Gaiety & ‘Silver Queen’

????Flowers: May- June

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L , 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Exochorda x macrantha varieties such as ‘The Bride’ & ‘Niagara’

????Flowers: April – May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2m

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’

????Flowers: March-May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2m

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Magnolia x soulangeana and the variety ‘Susan’

????Flowers: March-May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 6m

Soil: Moist, well-drained, acidic soil

 Pot size: 3L, 5L 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Osmanthus x burkwoodii & delavayi

????Flowers: April-May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 3m

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

????Flowers: May – October

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Pyracantha ‘Saphyr’ varieties in ‘Red’, Yellow’ & ‘Orange’

????Flowers: May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

Soil: any fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3LD, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Pieris varieties such as ‘Flaming Silver’ ‘Forest Flame’ and ‘Little Heath’

????Flowers:  April – May

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

Soil: any fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Rhododendron in variety 

????Flowers:  May – June

???? Position: Full sun –  Partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2.5m depending on the variety

Soil:Moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost

 Pot size: 3L, 5L, 7.5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Ribes sanguineum varieties such as ‘King Edward’, ‘Pulborough Scarlet’

????Flowers:  April – May

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 2LD, 3L, 3LD, 5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Rosmarinus officinalis and the variety ‘Jessops Upright’

????Flowers:  May-June

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m depending on the variety

Soil:  well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L,  5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

 

Syringa varieties 

????Flowers: May-June

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 4m depending on the variety

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L3L, 5L, 10L, 12L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Weigela varieties

????Flowers: May-June

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2.5m depending on the variety

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L3L, 5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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The Growers Choice - Acers for autumn

The Growers Choice – Acers for autumn

August 25th, 2021 by

Acers (Japanese maples) are best known for their vivid autumn leaves that turn various colours during October, including fiery red, orange, yellow and brown. They make a perfect focal point brightening up dark corners of the garden, and even grow well in pots.

 

Acer palmatum ‘Aureum’ 

A medium-sized maple with stunning yellow leaves in spring followed by yellow lime coloured leaves in summer and shades of orange and red in autumn.

???? Position: Partial shade

???? Height: Up to 4 metres

???? Spread: Up to 4 metres

Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’ 

Has fantastic bright scarlet leaves during autumn that is a garnet stone colour throughout spring and summer, it’s slightly more compact than other varieties so makes a great addition to a patio pot or planted in a smaller garden.

???? Position: Partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2 metres

???? Spread: Up to 2 metres

Acer ‘Ryusen’ 

Is a great compact weeping Japanese maple variety with mid to bright green leaves in spring and summer that turn an orange-red in autumn.

???? Position: Partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2 metres

???? Spread: Up to 2 metres

 

Acer palmatum ‘Firecracker’ 

Purple and red shades in spring that have an outstanding autumn colour show of brilliant hues of oranges and reds.

????Position: Partial shade

????Height: Up to 4 metres

????Spread: Up to 4 metres

Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’

A small-sized tree with a dark orange edge and yellow centre in autumn turning to shades of green during the summer.

????Position: Partial shade

????Height: Up to 4 metres

????Spread: Up to 3 metres

Acer ‘Shaina’ 

A compact variety perfect for smaller gardens or even a patio pot. Displays of shades of red throughout the seasons and a crimson red in autumn.

????Position: Partial shade

????Height: Up to 4 metres

????Spread: Up to 3 metres

Acer ‘Sango Kaku’

Known for its coral-pink stems and lush green leaves in summer that turn a soft yellow in autumn this will make a great feature tree.

????Position: Partial shade

????Height: Up to 4 metres

????Spread: Up to 2 metres

 

In need of more inspiration for your next project? head back to our solutions page here

The Growers Plantspo - August Herbaceous

The Growers Plantspo – August Herbaceous

July 29th, 2021 by

Are you in need of some inspiration for your next garden project and after some late-flowering herbaceous plants? check out some of our favourite August flowering varieties from Anemone to Rudbeckia.

Achillea varieties such as ‘Terracotta’, ‘Cloth of Gold’ and ‘Moon Dust

Achilleas are a great addition to a mixed border or cottage garden in full sun – partial shade with flat-topped flowers that bloom from June – September with many cultivars and colours to choose from ranging from yellow to white and pink.

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Anemone varieties such as ‘September Charm’, ‘Honorine Jobert’ & ‘Hadspen Abundance’

????Flowers:  August – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, fertile, humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Alchemilla Mollis

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

Soil: Humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L

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Alstromeria varieties such as ‘White Magic’, ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Inticancha Maya’

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Agastache varieties such as ‘Morello’, ‘Little Adder’ & ‘Blue Fortune’

????Flowers:  July – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L. 3L

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Agapanthus varieties such as Africanus, ‘Twister’ and ‘Polar Ice’

????Flowers:  July – September (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Astrantia varieties such as ‘Claret’, ‘Hadspen Blood’ and ‘Rosea’

????Flowers: June – August (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Aster varieties such as ‘Monch’, ‘Bahamas’ & ‘Barbados’

????Flowers: August – October (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Campanula varieties such as ‘Perla Blue’, ‘Perla White’ & ‘White Clips’

????Flowers: July – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.3m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained, soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Coreopsis varieties such as ‘Limerock Ruby’, ‘Golden Sphere’ and ‘Sunkiss’

????Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Crocosmia varieties such as ‘Lucifer’ and ‘George Davidson’

????Flowers: August – September

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil:Moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L, 5L

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Dahlia varieties such as ‘Happy Days Pink’, ‘Happy Days Red’ and ‘Happy Days Yellow’

????Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Echinacea varieties such as ‘White Swan’, ‘Magnus’ and ‘Alba’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Most soils, except very dry or boggy

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Erigeron varieties such as ‘Sea Breeze’ and Erigeron karvinskianus

????Flowers: May – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Eryngium varieties such as ‘Neptune’s Gold’

????Flowers: July – August

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: dry, well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Geranium varieties such as ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Max Frei’ 

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Geum varieties such as ‘Totally Tangerine’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Sunrise’

????Flowers: June – August (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Helenium varieties such as ‘Moerheim Beauty’, ‘Short and Sassy’ and ‘The Bishop’ 

????Flowers: July – August (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’ and ‘Snow Lady’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Liatris varieties such as ‘Alba’, ‘Floristan’ & ‘Kobold’

????Flowers: August – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately-fertile, reliably moist soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Monarda varieties such as ‘Balmy Lilac’ and ‘Balmy Pink’

????Flowers: July – August

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.4m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Nepeta varieties such as ‘Six Hills Giant’, ‘Walkers Low’ and ‘Junior Walker’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Penstemon varieties 

????Flowers: July – October

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Persicaria varieties such as ‘Darjeeling Red’, ‘Superba’ and ‘Delgado’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Any moist soil

 Pot size: 2l (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Perovskia varieties such as ‘Blue Spire’, ‘Lacey Blue’ & ‘Little Spire’

????Flowers: August – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil:Well-drained, poor to moderately fertile

 Pot size: 2l, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Rudbeckia varieties such as ‘Goldsturm’, ‘Maya’ & ‘Sunbeckia Mia’

????Flowers: August – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.8m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Salvia varieties such as ‘Caradonna’, ‘Cherry Lips and ‘Sensation White’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Sanguisorba varieties such as ‘Tanma’ & ‘Little Angel’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Poor-to-average, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Scabiosa varieties such as ‘Butterfly Blue’, ‘Flutter Deep Blue’ and ‘Flutter Deep Pink’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Sedum varieties such as ‘Touchdown Teak, ‘Autumn Joy’ ‘Herbstfreude’ & ‘Frosted Fire’

????Flowers:  August – November (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Verbena varieties such as bonariensis and  ‘Lollipop’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Veronica varieties such as ‘Anniversary Blue’ 

????Flowers: June – August

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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The Growers Plantspo - October Herbaceous

The Growers Plantspo – October Herbaceous

September 16th, 2021 by

While many herbaceous plants have been and gone there’s still a few in flower during early autumn from Anemone to Geranium, add to your next project for late summer-early autumn colour.

Anemone varieties such as ‘September Charm’, ‘Honorine Jobert’ & ‘Hadspen Abundance’

????Flowers:  August – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, fertile, humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Agastache varieties such as ‘Morello’, ‘Little Adder’ & ‘Blue Fortune’

????Flowers:  July – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L. 3L

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Aster varieties such as ‘Monch’, ‘Bahamas’ & ‘Barbados’

????Flowers: August – October (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Geranium varieties such as ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Max Frei’ 

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Penstemon varieties 

????Flowers: July – October

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Persicaria varieties such as ‘Darjeeling Red’, ‘Superba’ and ‘Delgado’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Any moist soil

 Pot size: 2l (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Rudbeckia varieties such as ‘Goldsturm’, ‘Maya’ & ‘Sunbeckia Mia’

????Flowers: August – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.8m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Salvia varieties such as ‘Caradonna’, ‘Cherry Lips and ‘Sensation White’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Sedum varieties such as ‘Touchdown Teak, ‘Autumn Joy’ ‘Herbstfreude’ & ‘Frosted Fire’

????Flowers:  August – November (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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The Growers Plantspo - November Interest

The Growers Plantspo – November Interest

November 1st, 2021 by

Your garden projects don’t have to be boring this  November, there’s plenty of autumn-winter interest plants around that are sure to brighten up your projects from Mahonia to Viburnum.

Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  moderately fertile soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L ( subject to availability and the variety)

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Cotoneaster  varieties such as’ horizontalis’

Berries appear on varieties such as ‘horizontalis’ and ‘Coral Beauty’ during the autumn period, in late spring- early summer they are filled with small creamy white flowers.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers:  May-June  (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

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Euonymus Alatus

A bushy dense deciduous shrub with green leaves that turn to shades of strawberry red during autumn.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2m

???? Width: Up to 3m

Soil:  well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L ( subject to availability)

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Euonymus europaeus

Dark green leaves turn to a spectacular blazing scarlet colour during autumn and its summer flowers are replaced with orange-pink winged fruit which remains long after leaves have fallen.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to3m

???? Width: Up to 2.5m

Soil:  well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L ( subject to availability)

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Mahonia varieties such as ‘Charity’ and ‘Winter Sun’

????Flowers:  November – March (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist-well-drained, fertile, humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Nandina varieties such as ‘domestica’ and ‘Fire Power’ 

Nandinas provide autumn interest when leaves turn shades of fiery red and copper.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers:  July  (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  moist, well-drained soil

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Pyracantha varieties such as ‘Red Column’ and ‘Golden Sun’ 

An upright evergreen shrub with dark leaves and spiny branches. Vibrant yellow, red, and orange berries can be seen in autumn when little else is providing interest.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers: May

???? Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3LD, 5L,  10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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Sarcococca confusa

???? Position: Partial – deep shade

????Flowers: December – March

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3LD, 5L,  10L  ( subject to availability and the variety)

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Sedum varieties such as ‘Touchdown Teak, ‘Autumn Joy’ ‘Herbstfreude’ & ‘Frosted Fire’

????Flowers:  August – November (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

????Flowers:  April – May (depending on variety) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

???? Position: Partial – full shade

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Viburnum varieties such as ‘tinus’ and ‘bod Dawn’

????Flowers:  December – April

???? Position: Full sun or partial shade

???? Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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The Growers Plantspo - September Herbaceous

The Growers Plantspo – September Herbaceous

August 12th, 2021 by

Are you in need of some inspiration for your next garden project and after some late-flowering herbaceous plants that will go into early Autumn? check out some of our favourite September flowering varieties from Sedum to Anemone.

Achillea varieties such as ‘Terracotta’, ‘Cloth of Gold’ and ‘Moon Dust

Achilleas are a great addition to a mixed border or cottage garden in full sun – partial shade with flat-topped flowers that bloom from June – September with many cultivars and colours to choose from ranging from yellow to white and pink.

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Anemone varieties such as ‘September Charm’, ‘Honorine Jobert’ & ‘Hadspen Abundance’

????Flowers:  August – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, fertile, humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Alchemilla Mollis

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

Soil: Humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L

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Alstromeria varieties such as ‘White Magic’, ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Inticancha Maya’

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Agastache varieties such as ‘Morello’, ‘Little Adder’ & ‘Blue Fortune’

????Flowers:  July – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L. 3L

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Agapanthus varieties such as Africanus, ‘Twister’ and ‘Polar Ice’

????Flowers:  July – September (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Aster varieties such as ‘Monch’, ‘Bahamas’ & ‘Barbados’

????Flowers: August – October (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Campanula varieties such as ‘Perla Blue’, ‘Perla White’ & ‘White Clips’

????Flowers: July – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.3m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained, soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Coreopsis varieties such as ‘Limerock Ruby’, ‘Golden Sphere’ and ‘Sunkiss’

????Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Crocosmia varieties such as ‘Lucifer’ and ‘George Davidson’

????Flowers: August – September

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil:Moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L, 5L

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Dahlia varieties such as ‘Happy Days Pink’, ‘Happy Days Red’ and ‘Happy Days Yellow’

????Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Echinacea varieties such as ‘White Swan’, ‘Magnus’ and ‘Alba’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Most soils, except very dry or boggy

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Erigeron varieties such as ‘Sea Breeze’ and Erigeron karvinskianus

????Flowers: May – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

 

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Geranium varieties such as ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Max Frei’ 

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’ and ‘Snow Lady’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Liatris varieties such as ‘Alba’, ‘Floristan’ & ‘Kobold’

????Flowers: August – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately-fertile, reliably moist soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Nepeta varieties such as ‘Six Hills Giant’, ‘Walkers Low’ and ‘Junior Walker’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Penstemon varieties 

????Flowers: July – October

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Persicaria varieties such as ‘Darjeeling Red’, ‘Superba’ and ‘Delgado’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Any moist soil

 Pot size: 2l (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Perovskia varieties such as ‘Blue Spire’, ‘Lacey Blue’ & ‘Little Spire’

????Flowers: August – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil:Well-drained, poor to moderately fertile

 Pot size: 2l, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Rudbeckia varieties such as ‘Goldsturm’, ‘Maya’ & ‘Sunbeckia Mia’

????Flowers: August – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.8m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Salvia varieties such as ‘Caradonna’, ‘Cherry Lips and ‘Sensation White’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Sanguisorba varieties such as ‘Tanma’ & ‘Little Angel’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Poor-to-average, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Scabiosa varieties such as ‘Butterfly Blue’, ‘Flutter Deep Blue’ and ‘Flutter Deep Pink’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Sedum varieties such as ‘Touchdown Teak, ‘Autumn Joy’ ‘Herbstfreude’ & ‘Frosted Fire’

????Flowers:  August – November (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Verbena varieties such as bonariensis and  ‘Lollipop’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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The Growers Plantspo - August Shrubs

The Growers Plantspo – August Shrubs

August 1st, 2021 by

In need of some late-flowering shrubs for your August projects? check out some of our favourites below from Abelia to Vinca.

Abelia Grandiflora & the variety ‘kaleidoscope’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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Buddleia varieties

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 4m

 Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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Caryopteris varieties such as ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Gold Crest’ & ‘Heavenly Blue’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  (subject to availability)

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Cotinus varieties such as ‘Royal Purple’

????Flowers: July – August

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 5m (depending on variety)

 Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

????Flowers: June-October

???? Position: Full sun  or partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Haliumium libanotis

????Flowers: June-August

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m

Soil: Well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L,10L (subject to availability)

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Hebe varieties such as ‘Little Leaves’, ‘Green Globe’ & ‘Rhubarb and Custard’

????Flowers: July-September (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Hydrangea varieties such as petiolaris, ‘Annabelle’ & ‘Limelight’

????Flowers: June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil, fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L,  10L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Hypericum varieties such as ‘miracle bliss’ and Hidcote

????Flowers: June-October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Lavatera varieties such as ‘Rosea’ and ‘Baby Barnsley’

????Flowers: June-September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m

Soil: Fertile -well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Lavender varieties such as ‘Hidcote’ and ‘munstead’

????Flowers: June-September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

Soil:  Fertile -well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

????Flowers: May – October

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

 

Roses (shrub varieties) such as ‘Rosa Kent’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.5m depending on the variety

Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

 

Spiraea varieties such as ‘Golden Princess’, ‘Goldflames’ and ‘Firelight’ 

????Flowers: July – August (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m + (depending on variety)

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Vinca varieties such as ‘major’, minor’ and ‘atropurpurea’ 

????Flowers: April – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.45m depending on the variety

Soil: any but very dry soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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A touching memorial for Capt Sir Tom Moore

A touching memorial for Capt Sir Tom Moore

July 15th, 2021 by

We recently teamed up with a landscaping firm and our customer Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd to help create a touching memorial for a national hero and campaigner, Capt Sir Tom Moore.

This year we celebrate our Centenary while the late Capt Sir Tom, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS, celebrated his 100th birthday in April 2020. He passed away in February this year.

The memorial was unveiled on the 7th July in front of World War II veteran Capt Sir Tom’s family, Junior Soldiers and sponsors such as Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Johnsons.

Chairman John Richardson and his grandaughter and Marketing Manager Eleanor Richardson attended with Director Stuart Skelton of Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Colin Simpson.

Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd commissioned Kris Elvidge, a local Stone Mason, himself a Yorkshireman, to engrave the stones that can be seen on the front and back of the college headquarters identifying the start and finish of the Capt Sir Tom Moore Walk. They also created 4 seating areas that surround a centre stone halfway along the main walkway taken by junior soldiers on parade day.

Through landscaper Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, Johnsons donated two Magnolia ‘Double Diamond’ 200-250 110L trees and 50 Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ worth a total of £765 to the memorial at Army Foundation College Harrogate, where he was an honorary colonel.

The trees are among six planted by Junior Soldiers from the Army college in honour of Capt Sir Tom and to launch the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign across the country.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2021. People across the UK are being invited to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’, with community groups and schools encouraged to take part from October, when the tree planting season begins.

Capt Sir Tom captured the nation’s hearts when he raised over £32m for NHS Charities by walking 100 laps of his garden during the first lockdown. He was born in Keighley but more recently lived in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.

He inspired millions when his saying ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ trended on social media and became the oldest ever recording artist to reach number one when his duet of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball topped the charts. On his 100th birthday, he received thousands of cards from well-wishers across the world, including the Queen and Prime Minister, and was honoured with an RAF flypast.

Eleanor Richardson, Johnsons of Whixley’s marketing manager, said: “We were delighted to be part of this fitting tribute to Capt Sir Tom Moore, who was a true inspiration. The donation is particularly fitting as the magnolia is native to Asia, where he served during World War II.”

Stuart Skelton, Director of Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd said “It has been an honour and a privilege to be involved in the Capt Sir Tom Moore Memorial, hopefully, this will continue to inspire future generations of Junior Soldiers”

The Growers Plantspo - September Shrubs

The Growers Plantspo – September Shrubs

August 24th, 2021 by

In need of some late-flowering shrubs for your September projects? check out some of our favourites below from Abelia to Vinca.

Abelia Grandiflora & the variety ‘kaleidoscope’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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Buddleia varieties

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 4m

 Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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Caryopteris varieties such as ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Gold Crest’ & ‘Heavenly Blue’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  (subject to availability)

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Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

????Flowers: June-October

???? Position: Full sun  or partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Hebe varieties such as ‘Little Leaves’, ‘Green Globe’ & ‘Rhubarb and Custard’

????Flowers: July-September (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Hydrangea varieties such as petiolaris, ‘Annabelle’ & ‘Limelight’

????Flowers: June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil, fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L,  10L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Hypericum varieties such as ‘miracle bliss’ and Hidcote

????Flowers: June-October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Lavatera varieties such as ‘Rosea’ and ‘Baby Barnsley’

????Flowers: June-September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m

Soil: Fertile -well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Lavender varieties such as ‘Hidcote’ and ‘munstead’

????Flowers: June-September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

Soil:  Fertile -well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

????Flowers: May – October

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Roses (shrub varieties) such as ‘Rosa Kent’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.5m depending on the variety

Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Vinca varieties such as ‘major’, minor’ and ‘atropurpurea’ 

????Flowers: April – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.45m depending on the variety

Soil: any but very dry soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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The Growers Plantspo - October Shrubs

The Growers Plantspo – October Shrubs

September 15th, 2021 by

In need of some autumn interest for your October projects? check out some of our favourites below from Cornus to Rhus.

Abelia Grandiflora & the variety ‘kaleidoscope’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

????Flowers: June-October

???? Position: Full sun  or partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Hypericum varieties such as ‘miracle bliss’ and Hidcote

????Flowers: June-October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

????Flowers: May – October

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Euonymus Alatus

A bushy dense deciduous shrub with green leaves that turn to shades of strawberry red during autumn.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2m

???? Width: Up to 3m

Soil:  well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L ( subject to availability)

Euonymus europaeus

Dark green leaves turn to a spectacular blazing scarlet colour during autumn and its summer flowers are replaced with orange-pink winged fruit which remains long after leaves have fallen.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to3m

???? Width: Up to 2.5m

Soil:  well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L ( subject to availability)

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Callicarpa Profusion

Known for its striking violet, bead-like berries that appear in autumn and remain after the plant has lost its leaves.

???? Position: Sun or dappled shade

???? Height: Up to3m

???? Width: Up to 2.5m

Soil:  well-drained soil

Pot size: 3L,  10L ( subject to availability)

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 Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  moderately fertile soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L ( subject to availability and the variety)

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Pyracantha varieties such as ‘Red Column’ and ‘Golden Sun’ 

An upright evergreen shrub with dark leaves and spiny branches. Vibrant yellow, red, and orange berries can be seen in autumn when little else is providing interest.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers: May

???? Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3LD, 5L,  10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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Cotoneaster  varieties such as’ horizontalis’

Berries appear on varieties such as ‘horizontalis’ and ‘Coral Beauty’ during the autumn period, in late spring- early summer they are filled with small creamy white flowers.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers:  May-June  (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

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Nandina varieties such as ‘domestica’ and ‘Fire Power’ 

Nandinas provide autumn interest when leaves turn shades of fiery red and copper.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers:  July  (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  moist, well-drained soil

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Viburnum opulus

Bunches of bright red fruits are visible in autumn and three-lobed, dark green leaves turn to striking shades of red before falling.

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

????Flowers:  May – June  (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 5m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 5m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

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Rhus Typhinia 

An upright deciduous shrub or small tree with dark green leaves that turn to shades of orange-red in autumn before they fall.

???? Position: Full sun

????Flowers:  June – August (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 5m (depending on the variety)

???? Width: Up to 6m (depending on the variety)

Soil:  Fertile, well-drained soil

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Skimmia Rubella 

Attractive dark red flower buds are produced in autumn and will be visible on the plant until spring when they burst into flower.

???? Position: Partial Shade

????Flowers:  April – May

???? Height: Up to 1.5m

???? Width: Up to 1.5m

Soil:  Fertile, moist, well-drained acid or ericaceous soil

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Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’

???? Position: Full Sun

????Flowers:  March – April

???? Height: Up to 10m

???? Width: Up to 10m

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

The Growers Plantspo - July Shrubs

The Growers Plantspo – July Shrubs

June 29th, 2021 by

In need of some flowering shrubs for your July projects? check out some of our favourite below from Convolvulus to Hebe and Vinca.

Buddleia varieties

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 4m

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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Convolvulus cneorum 

????Flowers: May – July

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

 Soil: Poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (subject to availability)

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Cotinus varieties such as ‘Royal Purple’

????Flowers: July – August

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 5m (depending on variety)

 Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Cistus varieties such as ‘Corbariensis,  ‘Sunset’ and ‘purpureus’. 

????Flowers: June-July

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m

 Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Escallonia varieties such as ‘Apple Blossom’, ‘Iveyi’ and ‘Pink Elle‘.

????Flowers: June-July and usually again in September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

????Flowers: June-October

???? Position: Full sun  or partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Haliumium libanotis 

????Flowers: June-August

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m

Soil: Well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L,10L (subject to availability)

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Hebe varieties 

????Flowers: July-September (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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Hydrangea varieties 

????Flowers: June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil, fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L,  10L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Hypericum varieties such as ‘miracle bliss’ and Hidcote

????Flowers: June-October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Lavatera varieties such as ‘Rosea’ and ‘Baby Barnsley’

????Flowers: June-September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m

Soil: Fertile -well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Lavender varieties such as ‘Hidcote’ and ‘munstead’.

????Flowers: June-September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

Soil:  Fertile -well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

????Flowers: May – October

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Roses (shrub varieties)

????Flowers: July – September (depending on varieties)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.5m depending on the variety

Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 4L, 5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Spiraea varieties such as ‘Golden Princess’, ‘Goldflames’ and ‘Firelight’ 

????Flowers: July – August (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m + (depending on variety)

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Vinca varieties such as ‘major’, minor’ and ‘atropurpurea’ 

????Flowers: April – September

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.45m depending on the variety

Soil: any but very dry soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Interested in July flowering herbaceous for your planting plan also? click here

The Growers Plantspo - July Herbaceous

The Growers Plantspo – July Herbaceous

June 28th, 2021 by

Are you in need of some inspiration for your next garden project and after some flowering July herbaceous plants? check out some of our favourite varieties from Alstromeria to Helenium, Penstemon and Veronica.

Achillea varieties such as ‘Terracotta’, ‘Cloth of Gold’ and ‘Moon Dust

Achilleas are a great addition to a mixed border or cottage garden in full sun – partial shade with flat-topped flowers that bloom from June – September with many cultivars and colours to choose from ranging from yellow to white and pink.

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Alchemilla Mollis

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

Soil: Humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L

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Alstromeria varieties such as ‘White Magic’, ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Inticancha Maya’

????Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Astilbe varieties such as ‘Fanal’

????Flowers:  May – June, August (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, humus, rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Agapanthus varieties such as africanus, ‘Twister’ and ‘Polar Ice’

????Flowers:  July – September (depending on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Astrantia varieties such as ‘Claret’, ‘Hadspen Blood’ and ‘Rosea’

????Flowers: June – August (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Coreopsis varieties such as ‘Limerock Ruby’, ‘Golden Sphere’ and ‘Sunkiss’

????Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Dahlia varieties such as ‘Happy Days Pink’, ‘Happy Days Red’ and ‘Happy Days Yellow’

????Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

???? Position: Full sun -partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Delphinium varieties such as ‘Galahad’ and ‘Magic Fountain Rose Blue White’

????Flowers: June – July

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Digitalis varieties such as ‘Albiflora’ and ‘Excelsior Hybrids’

????Flowers: June – July

???? Position: Partial shade

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Humus, rich soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Echinacea varieties such as ‘White Swan’, ‘Magnus’ and ‘Alba’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Most soils, except very dry or boggy

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Erigeron varieties such as ‘Sea Breeze’ and Erigeron karvinskianus

????Flowers: May – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Eryngium varieties such as ‘Neptune’s Gold’

????Flowers: July – August

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: dry, well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Geranium varieties such as ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Max Frei’ 

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Geum varieties such as ‘Totally Tangerine’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Sunrise’

????Flowers: June – August (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 3L

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Helenium varieties such as ‘Moerheim Beauty’, ‘Short and Sassy’ and ‘The Bishop’ 

????Flowers: July – August (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L

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Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’ and ‘Snow Lady’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L

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Lupinus varieties such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Persian Slipper’ and ‘Red Rum’

????Flowers: June – July

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Monarda varieties such as ‘Balmy Lilac’ and ‘Balmy Pink’

????Flowers: July – August

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.4m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Nepeta varieties such as ‘Six Hills Giant’, ‘Walkers Low’ and ‘Junior Walker’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Paeonia varieties such as ‘Felix Crousse’ and ‘Bowl of beauty’ 

????Flowers: June – July

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moist, humus-rich, free-draining soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3LD (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Penstemon varieties 

????Flowers: July – October

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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Persicaria varieties such as ‘Darjeeling Red’, ‘Superba’ and ‘Delgado’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun- partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Any moist soil

 Pot size: 2l (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Salvia varieties such as ‘Caradonna’, ‘Cherry Lips and ‘Sensation White’

????Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Scabiosa varieties such as ‘Butterfly Blue’, ‘Flutter Deep Blue’ and ‘Flutter Deep Pink’

????Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Tiarella varieties such as ‘Spring Symphony’ and ‘Pink Symphony’

????Flowers: May – July

???? Position: Partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.4m (depending on variety)

Soil: Cool, moist, humus-rich soil

 Pot size: 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Verbena varieties such as bonariensis and  ‘Lollipop’

????Flowers: July – September

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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Veronica varieties such as ‘Anniversary Blue’ 

????Flowers: June – August

???? Position: Full sun – partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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For more ‘plantspiration’ head to our solutions section of the website here

Welcome to the team Rob

Welcome to the team Rob

June 17th, 2021 by

A warm welcome to Rob Forrester who joins the team as Procurement Manager, find out what he had to say about his new role below:

1) What are you looking forward to most about your new role? Getting out around the UK & Europe to meet our suppliers (when travel permits) and solidifying our strong relationships.

2)Anything you’ve learnt in the last couple of weeks that you didn’t know before? A lot! I’ve come from a non-horticulture background, so I’m learning lots of new things every single day!

3)What do you think the challenges of this role will be? Dealing with new legislation/regulations in the aftermath of Brexit/Covid.

What would we find you doing on a weekend? Playing football for Poppleton United or spending time with my wife, daughter and dog.

Favourite food? Got to be curry- specifically Lamb Madras!

Favourite band? I like my rock music- if I had to pick a favourite I’d probably go with Muse.

Summer or winter? Summer

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I once had a drawing of mine on display at York Art Gallery, despite being absolutely terrible at art.

Plants that look good this March

Plants that look good this March

March 17th, 2021 by

With spring officially here, it’s time to start making the most of your garden and landscaping projects with some of our favourite March flowering plants that are sure to add interest to your project this spring and beyond.

Viburnum tinus ‘Lisarose’

An evergreen shrub with year-round interest that will produce redbuds and clusters of soft pink flowers. Ideal for brightening up a part shaded area of the garden over winter and into spring when little else is flowering.

???? Flowers: Late November – April

☀️Position: Full sun – partial shade

Available in 2L, 5L and 10L subject to availability.

Vinca minor

This groundcover shrub is filled with blue-violet flowers right now that will last through to September. Vincas are great low growing ground cover plants that are great at suppressing weeds and great at the front of a border.

☀️Position: Full sun – partial shade
????Flowers: Late March – September

Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

Pieris ‘Passion’

An eye-catching evergreen shrub with generous pink-red bell-shaped flowers from March-May growing in full sun – partial shade it’s perfect in a large pot or on a patio.

Available in 3L and 5L pots subject to availability.

????Flowers: March-May

????  Position: Full sun – partial shade

Forsythia ‘Lynwood Gold’

A striking spring-flowering plant which is smothered in golden blooms from March-April. A great addition to the back of a border or as an informal hedge.

????  Position: Full sun – Light Shade

????Flowers: February – April

Available in 2L, 4L and 10L pots subject to availability.

Skimmia Rubella

Are you in need of some autumn/winter colour? Skimmia Rubella are known for their dark red flower buds that are produced in autumn and last through to winter until the flowers open in spring — an excellent plant for a patio pot or border.

Available in 2L, 5L, 7.5L and 10L pots subject to availabilty.

???? Flowers: March – May

☀️ Position: partial – full shade

Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’

A long-flowering semi-evergreen with narrow, grey-green leaves. This perennial produces spikes of purple flowers from late February to July and will make a great addition to a long flowering sunny border.

???? Flowers: February – July

☀️ Position: Full sun

Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

Euphorbia wulfenii

Is filled with huge heads of yellow-green flowers with ‘bronze eyes’ from late March-May that tower above its bluish-green foliage. Great at the back of a sunny border.

Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

????Flowers:  Late March-May

☀️ Position:  Full sun

Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’

Is a great addition to a small garden, it’s wiry twigs burst into life in March when buds open to display pale pink flower. It’s green leaves turn to glorious shades of red and orange in Autumn.

????Flowers: March-April

☀️ Position:  Full sun

Available in 3L, 5L and 10L pots subject to availability.

 

For further advise, hints and tips go to our solutions page here

Gin giveaway for World Gin Day

Gin giveaway for World Gin Day

June 9th, 2020 by

 

 

To celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday 13th June, we are giving away a 20cl bottle of our ‘Quixley Gin’

For your chance to win simply like our Facebook page, like the post and tag the friend, you would share a bottle with. ????

Terms and conditions do apply below ⬇️

1. The promotor is Johnsons of Whixley Ltd
2. Entrants must like the Johnsons of Whixley Facebook page and have liked and commented on the post as requested to be in for a chance to win.
3. The prize is open to all UK residents aged over 18 and above.
4. There is only one prize available
5. Only one prize per entrant (a 20cl bottle of Quixley gin) can be claimed, multiple entries from the same applicant will be discounted.
6. The prize is as stated, no cash or alternative prize is available.
7. The Winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries.
8. The competition will close at 12 pm Monday 15th June
9. The Winner will be announced on Monday 15th June on the Johnsons of Whixley Facebook page.
10. Winners will be asked for their details for postage or collection.
11. Winners will receive their prize by post or on collection.
12. The winners are allowed up to five calendar days to claim the prize from the date they are announced. If the Winner fails to come forward, then the prize shall be forfeited.
13. Entries who did not win will not be contacted.
14. Johnsons of Whixley will not take responsibility for any lost items in the post – replacements cannot be issued.
15. If you are a winner, the Promoter may request you to participate in any publicity or promotion organised by the Promoter, including promotional photographs.
16. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw this offer or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.
17. In the event of any dispute regarding the Terms and Conditions, the conduct, results and any other matters relating to this prize draw, the decision of the Promoter shall be final, and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
18. By entering applicants agree to the above terms and conditions.

Thank you for all your support and orders

Thank you for all your support and orders

April 16th, 2020 by

On March 23rd 2020 the government announced comprehensive lockdown restrictions for the entire nation. At a stroke, many businesses simply ceased to trade and have remained in a state of suspended animation ever since.

 At Johnsons, our approach has been driven by the need to ensure both the personal safety and job security of all staff.

Staff numbers have reduced by 40%, and this conversely has created a uniquely well-spaced and naturally ventilated working environment with 70 staff spread out over five sites totalling 150 acres.

 During this period we have still dispatched 230,000 plants(Mar 23 to Apr 16th) fulfilling orders into all sectors in both an ethical and safe manner.

Our remote workers are dialling in daily and continue to answer enquiries, fill in quotes, pay suppliers, pay workers, and ask for payment from customers. They attend regular zoom meetings, organise incoming goods and our limited dispatch. Some of our colleagues are isolating at home or are furloughed due to the slow down in productive work – the contribution and support they are making is perhaps not as obvious but nevertheless remains essential.

 We still need to grow the plants that we will sell in recovery – our potting machines are busy churning out new crops, and our production teams are frantically tending the plants that are vigorously growing in the sunshine on the nursery to ensure they remain saleable for as long as possible.

 We thank all our customers and colleagues for your continued support; we remain open for business and capable of scaling up overnight when at long last the restrictions ease. Should you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask.

Teaming up with Hedges Direct to deliver garden plants to your door

Teaming up with Hedges Direct to deliver garden plants to your door

April 2nd, 2020 by

We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with our customer Hedges Direct to beat the crisis with garden rescue packs delivered directly to your Garden.

At present, garden centres everywhere are closed, which means that UK nurseries now have a surplus of garden centre stock and no available outlet.

Hedges Direct has kindly offered to support us to ensure surplus stock can find a home and garden.

The mixed shrub pallet deal of garden centre plants will be available as two different options.

CHOOSE FROM TWO OPTIONS:

Option 1: 50 x 2L shrubs – made up of the following plants :

Aucuba Japonica (‘Crotonifolia’ and ‘Rozannie’)
Berberis Thunbergii (Atropupurea Nana’ and ‘Golden Dream’)
Buddleja (‘Buzz Sky Blue’ and ‘Buzz Ivory’)
Ceanothus (‘Blue Sapphire’, ‘Italian Skies’ and Caeanothus thyrsiflorous repens)
Choisya ternata and Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’
Convolvulus cnoreum
Coprosma (‘Inferno’, ‘Pacific Dawn’ and ‘Pina Colada)
Cytisus ‘Lena’ and Cytisus praecox ‘Allgold’
Escallonia (‘Apple Blossom’,’ Gold Carpe’t, ‘Glowing Embers’ and ‘Iveyi)
Euonymus fortunei ‘Blondy’
Euonymous japonicas (‘Microphyllus Albovariegatus’ and ‘Microphyllus Aurea’)
Genista ‘lydia’
Halimium libanotis
Hebe (‘Blue Star’, ‘Champion’, ‘High Voltage’, Purple Shamrock’)
Lavatera ‘Baby Barnsley’ and Lavatera olb. ‘Rosea’)
Photinia (‘Carre Rouge’, ‘Red Robin’, ‘Little Red Robin’ and ‘Pink Marble’)
Pittosporum tenuifolium (‘Gold Star and ‘Tom Thumb’)
Spirea arguta, Spirea japonica ‘Firelight’ and ‘Golden Princess and Spiraea nipp. ‘Snowmound’
Vinca minor (Atropurpurea and ‘Ralph Shugert’)
Weigela florida (‘Minor Black and ‘Kosteri Variegata’)

Option 2: 25 x 5L specimen shrubs – made up of the following plants:

Aucuba Japonica ‘Crotonifolia’
Berberis thunbergii ‘Harlequin’
Ceanothus ‘Skylark and Caeanothus thyrsiflorous repens
Choisya ‘White Dazzler’
Convolvulus Cnoreum
Coprosma (Ignite and Pacific Dawn)
Cotnius cogg. ‘Royal Purple and Cotinus dummeri ‘Grace’
Crinodendron hookerianum
Euonymus jap. ‘Greenspire’
Euonymus jap. ‘Marieke’
Euonymus jap. ‘Paloma Blanca’
Euonymus ‘Kathy’
Euonymus ‘Pierrolino’
Halimium libanotis
Hydrangea pan. ‘Limelight’ and Hydrangea pan. ‘Silver Dollar’
Leucothoe axil. ‘Curly Red’
Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream’
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Photinia fras. (‘Pink Marble’, ‘Carre Rouge’ and ‘Little Red Robin’)
Pittosporum ‘Golf Ball’ and Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Gold Star’)
Skimmia x con. ‘Kew Green’
Viburnum tinus

Once selected, delivery will be arranged straight to your garden.