The Wonderful World of Plants!

How Green head to the biggest horticultural show in the world!

Last week we flew out to Essen in Germany to IPM,  over 1600 trade stands of plant heaven! Our second year in a visiting capacity, we use the opportunity to look out for new plants and to source material for clients.

We specialise in growing herbaceous perennials, but our garden designer customers are looking for the whole package. We have a wide networking chain of contacts now and can supply trees and shrubs in all shapes and sizes. IPM is a fantastic way of finding new suppliers and can actually see the plants they have on offer.

Three exhausting days later and we’ve found some great new growers with a range of wonderful new plants! Hydrangea’s, Camellia’s and Magnolia’s amongst the standout offerings from the 49 countries exhibiting! Growers from as far afield as Taiwan, China & Sri Lanka shows the world is a very small place nowadays!

Going forward into 2016, why not give us a shout in regards to all your plant needs – we will speedily respond to your quotes!

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The Wonderful World of Horticulture!

How Green Visits IPM Essen in Germany

Last week, How Green jumped on a plane and flew out to IPM Essen in Germany to the worlds biggest horticultural trade fair. Over 1500 stands from over 50 countries spread across twelve aircraft hangar-like halls makes it the most amazing spectacle within our industry! Growers from throughout Europe to as far afield as Taiwan, China & Sri Lanka were there offering a broad range of plant material.

There were also a couple of halls dedicated to horticultural sundries, greenhouse suppliers and machinery. There were also halls dedicated to floristry and garden retailers. Our main interest and passion were the plants! Nurseries use the exhibition to showcase new plants of which there were many! Some lovely new Hellebores and shrubs on offer. One of the standouts was a new Magnolia called ‘Genie’, a lovely dark maroon flowered cultivar.

The scale of the show was phenomenal! In two very full and long days, we still didn’t manage to get round the whole event! We were amazed at the size of some of the stands, especially from Italy and Spain and the size of plants being shown! There were trees, topiary and Bamboo over 60ft tall – how did they get it all to Germany, let alone into the halls!

Our main objective was to source some tree and shrub growers. Our increasing portfolio of designers/landscapers are always on the look-out for woody plants and we want to be in a position to help them out! Quality is very important, so to be able to see the plants was key. Watch this space the coming weeks for what we’ll be able to offer alongside our Buxus, Taxus and of course the enormous stock we grow ourselves!

If you ever get the chance to visit IPM, then you must – It’s amazing!!

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Heavenly Hellebores!

We at How Green love a Hellebore and in February here at the nursery, they are ablaze with colour! There’s not a lot around in the plant world that gives so much joy when the days are short and dark. We grow many Hellebore orientalis (now hybridus!) cultivars, with single and double flowers and a huge diversity of colours.

Some of our nursery grown favourites can be seen below – enjoy! You’ve got to love Hellebore Apricot Beauty, bottom right! (All sold out I’m afraid! – more next year!))

For further points of Hellebore interest, check out these nurseries.  Harvington Hellebores and Ashwood Hellebores.

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Hellebores bring cheer to the new year

January is now upon us and even with all this inclement weather around, another season has begun at How Green. It’s not just our potted bulbs that are ready, there are plenty of other reminders that Spring is round the corner. Primulas in full flower, Erysimum in bud and our Hellebores are coming out of hibernation.

Having said all this, we have now put a curse on the weather and we’ll get an arctic blast like last year. Our rain dances at the nursery have certainly helped and with a wet start to the year, we can hopefully fend off any thoughts of a hosepipe ban.

Our availability lists, photos of plants and nursery news will continue to be updated on a weekly basis – so keep tuned in. The catalogue is nearly finished and our weekly delivery service is underway. Let the 2012 season begin – we have lift-off.