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!
Last week the hard working staff at How Green finished a project to rejuvenate a prominent bed in Caterham on the Hill in Surrey. Working with the town’s parish council, we scrubbed out the tired, old shrubs and bedding. The brief was a complicated one! A low maintenance, drought tolerant garden that has all year round interest, with the wow factor! Not a particulary easy remit!! The shape and layout of the existing bed did not need changing and in fact
This week the weather has taken a real turn as Britain is gripped with ‘The Beast From the East’! Sub-zero temperatures down to -7˚C has made life difficult at How Green. Bulbs frozen in the sand and perennials like blocks of ice, finding work for our staff has been hard! So the last couple of days we’ve undone the work shackles and started to make the nursery look all Christmasy! The tree has gone up in our tea hut and
We at How Green are very particular when it comes to the quality of our plants. Great care and attention is given to get our plants looking as best they can for you! No more so than our potted bulb range. We adopt the traditional method of growing our bulbs in sand beds. As can be seen from the photo’s below, we place 4-5″ of sand on top of the bulbs. This ensures lovely tight, even growth. It is a
Last week, How Green visited the famous Knoll Grass Garden down in Dorset. Neil Lucas the owner of the successful garden and nursery has been running a series of day courses throughout late Summer and Autumn. The final class of the season was reserved for industry employees only and saw designers and nurserymen descend from all round the country. Knoll Gardens have won numerous RHS awards, including at Chelsea and Hampton Court. The gardens were a true reflection of a
It’s been a little quiet on these pages for a few weeks, as we’ve been off on our holidays! With a passion for horticulture running through our veins, the lure of the Autumn spectacular abroad was too much! Two weeks in September/October were spent ‘leaf peeping’ in New England in America and the Quebec and Ontario regions in Canada. In an amazing stroke of luck, the colour was seen at it’s peak and in certain parts of Canada, it was