Another String to our Bow!

We can now source high quality Taxus and Buxus

Here at How Green, we pride ourselves on the fact we can supply nearly 4000 different perennials, alpines, herbs and annuals. However, we are always striving to add new lines to our range that we feel would benefit our customers.

Having recently visited many horticultural trade shows, we have met some wonderful growers, not only in the UK, but from all round Europe.

One grower in particular stood out from the rest and specialises in Box (Buxus) and Yew (Taxus baccata). The quality of the plants on their stand stood head and shoulders above many other growers. Clean, healthy plants in a range of sizes and shapes and a great price tag to boot!

We are pleased to announce we can now source containerised, root balled and bare root hedging and shaped topiary. We have a limited range in stock here at the nursery, but please let us know of your requirements and we can give you a very competitive quote.

The Taxus balls and pyramids are of particular interest to those that are worried about the problems of Buxus blight and are only marginally dearer than the Box.

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Fantastic Ferns!

New line for 2015

We have always grown a very limited range of ferns, but demand has necessitated we grow more! The summer and autumn of 2014 we have put our energies into growing 15 different ferns. As well as some popular old favourites, we have sourced some brand new cultivars.

Ferns are a very versatile group of plants and are happy growing in some difficult parts of the garden. There are ferns for damp shade, dry shade, with some being evergreen.

Planted in the ground or into containers, they can give good architectural value and a good companion with other shade loving plants. Some of the new ferns available have silvery or bronze foliage, some of which can be seen below.

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The Last Hoorah!

Our final public open weekend of 2014

Last weekend we opened our gates to the public for our Autumn extravaganza! We only host these special days three times a year and our September event is a perfect showcase for late season colour!

It never ceases to amaze us at the popularity of these days and the attendance was again phenomenal! An ever faithful band of regulars and many new faces were welcomed to the nursery by our staff and Tonto & Ted the nursery dogs!

We decorated our 1972 VW camper van with an array of grasses and late flowering perennials and displayed a selection of our many Heucheras. Planting combinations and ideas could be taken from them.

Hazel was once again on hand to give valuable advice – she’s not actually a member of staff, but a very good trade customer of ours and willingly helps out at our open days! She’s gaining quite a following! We salute you Hazel!

With plant buying satisfied, customers then headed off to our garden and summer house to indulge in tea drinking and cake eating! Trouble is, you didn’t leave much left for us!

Thank you all for your amazing support during 2014 and see you at our 2015 events! (dates to appear here soon). We aren’t going into hibernation just yet, so check out our website & Facebook site for nursery news, gossip, new plants and our legendary Christmas quiz!

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Hippy Show Garden!

Show garden with a twist!!

This weekend saw our annual September outing to the Penshurst Craft Fair held at Penshurst Place. Ourselves, along with our good friends Chilstone from Tunbridge Wells join forces to create a mini show garden and stand.

Having attended the show for the last five years, twice a year, it’s always difficult to come up with a fresh idea for a garden!

This time round, we gave the garden a bit of a twist and made an old 1972 VW camper van the main centrepiece!

The stunning camper has been fully restored to it’s original glory, with shiny new paint job and re-conditioned engine. The tax exempt classic is not used as  a show vehicle, but for its intended purpose for camping weekends and trips to Devon & Cornwall. With this in mind, we thought we’d put ‘Doona’ the van to work over the weekend.

With some wispy grasses and colourful late season perennials, we put a smile on the show-goers faces. The sun shone down on us and plant sales were great – roll on May for the next show garden! What to do next???”!

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Autumn 2014

Our season just gets better!

Firstly, apologies to those who follow our hallowed pages – it’s been a while since we updated you with nursery news on this site! We have had a fantastic season here at How Green and we physically haven’t found five minutes to refresh these pages!

Coupled with the wedding of one of our staff, it has been rather manic here at the nursery! (check our Facebook site for details!)

We’re back and we have many exciting things happening over the Autumn period!

Come check us out at the Penshurst Craft Fair this coming weekend (Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September). We have our usual plant stand crammed full of goodies and our little show garden. This year our show garden will feature something rather exciting! Without letting the cat out of the bag, you’ll just have to come along and see! Photos to follow next week.

If you can’t come and see us then, why not come along to the nursery for our last public open weekend of the year. A rare opportunity to have a look round a strictly trade only nursery and buy plants and sup tea with home made cakes! Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September.

We leave you with some pics of some of our new Heucheras we’ll be showcasing at Penshurst and our open weekends. Top left ‘Cezanne’, top right ‘Glitter’, bottom left ‘Zipper’, bottom right ‘Fire Frost’. With over 50 different varieties to choose from, we have one of the most comprehensive collections in the area!

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