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Bulbinella Avera Sunset

Spotlight on… Bulbinella frutescens

We highly recommend the wonderful Bulbinella frutescens Avera Sunset Orange (pictured top) and Bulbinella frutescensAvera Sunrise Yellow (below). Such brilliant plants for their extended flowering range. Ours have been flowering since February and will go on to October. Bulbinella frutescens carries star-shaped flowers on long racemes of up to 50cm and the plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Great for helping achieve a tropical look, either in containers or the border. 


Spotlight on… Nepeta nuda

We think it is such an underrated plant. Our Nepeta nuda ‘Annes Choice’ (left) and Nepeta nuda ‘Purple Cat’ (right) are looking splendid at the nursery at the moment. Why underrated? Is there any other Nepeta that grows to 120cm with rigid stems that don’t fall over? This could be your find of 2024. Just brilliant as a mid to back of border plant. Originating from Iran, plant it in full sun and watch it flower from June to September, with regular deadheading. It creates a haze of delicate,

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Chelsea Flower Show 2024

This year we were heavily involved with growing for three fabulous award-winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. It’s been a really challenging year for show growing, especially without our usual space and the awful wet and overcast weather. We even had to commandeer part of the nursery garden to grow the plants (good job it’s a family business). Cas and I managed a day out at the show which was lovely. That being said, it was still a working day off.

Geranium Eureka Blue

Spotlight on… Geranium ‘Eureka Blue’

One of the plants we grew for Chelsea was the rather splendid Geranium ‘Eureka Blue’. A natural sport of Geranium ‘Orion’, it has a wonderful, strong habit and much larger flowers that bloom for longer. In summer, large single flowers of deep blue smother mounds of foliage that tint red in autumn. It grows to a height of around 50cm with a spread of 80cm. Plant in full sun/part shade in the border, or can go in a container.


Spotlight on… Melica uniflora alba

We are a traditional grower in the sense that we still adopt many propagation techniques; from seed sowing, cuttings, root cuttings, division and layering. This means we can offer a greater range than the growers that only use bought in plug material. A plant we are continually asked for is Melica altissima alba. This is a very difficult plant to grow and also in our opinion Melica uniflora alba is a better plant. We say better as M. uniflora alba has a slightly shorter habit meaning

Tiarella Spring Symphony

Spotlight on… Tiarella

A great early season perennial for its colourful display is the Tiarella. This charming woodland plant is now available in many different varieties. A profusion of tiny star-shaped flowers, lend themselves to its common name, Foam Flower. Tiarella are perfect for planting in the border in shady positions and for underplanting around trees. They enjoys moist, well drained soil and do best in partial sun or shade. The two most popular cultivars we offer are ‘Spring Symphony’ (pictured top) and ‘Pink


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