Plants

Nurseryman's favourites – February

20 January 2014 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' c. Jason Ingram

In the first of her new series, Derry Watkins of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Bob's Best' as one of her favourite plants for the winter garden. Plus 8 other plants that look good in February and places to visit at this time of year.

 

 

9 stylish greenhouses with porches

20 January 2014 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Traditional greenhouse with coldframes from Victorian Greenhouses

Our Design Sourcebook shortlists some of the most stylish options for greenhouses with porches

DESIGN SOURCEBOOK
Nine stylish ways to keep your beloved plants happy through the seasons - we look at greenhouses with porches

 

SIZE MATTERS

 

 

Book review - Virginia Woolf’s Garden

20 December 2013 - 1:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Virginia Woolf's Garden

We review Virginia Woolf’s Garden by Caroline Zoob to learn more about the secrets behind the famous literary garden at Monk’s House in Sussex.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Woolf’s Garden: The Story of the Garden at Monk’s House
by Caroline Zoob, photographs by Caroline Arber
Jacqui Small, £30
ISBN 978-1909342132

Great Dixter Christmas Fair: 23-24 November

19 November 2013 - 1:15pm
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Great Dixter Christmas Fair

Get into the Christmas spirit at Great Dixter's gorgeous Christmas Fair. You'll find local stallholders selling artisan gifts, food stands and roaring fires in the Great Hall and Yeoman’s Hall. 

Nurseryman’s favourites – December

19 November 2013 - 10:10am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Chimonanthus praecox c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, chooses the deliciously scented Chiomonanthus praecox plus a selection of eight other plants to bring interest to the garden even in the depths of winter. 

Chimonanthus praecox

Buy a collection of 3 maiden fruit trees from Branch Nurseries

21 October 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Palmette verrier fruit tree c. Andrew Montgomery

Branch Nurseries is offering readers a bespoke collection of three fruit trees – an eating apple, a cooking apple, and an eating pear. Each tree will be a maiden tree (one year old) making it perfect for training into the shape you choose.

 

Fruit tree experts Branch Nurseries is offering readers a bespoke collection of three fruit trees – an eating apple, a cooking apple, and an eating pear. Each tree will be a maiden tree (one year old) making it perfect for training into the shape you choose. (Please note: It takes a minimum of three years to train a maiden (one-year-old) tree into the shape of a palmette verrier [pictured here]). 

Nurseryman’s favourites – November

19 October 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Crataegus orientalis c. Fergus Garrett

Make the most of autumn’s richly coloured foliage and the abundance of bright, ripe berries before winter frosts really begin to bite. Fergus Garrett selects Crataegus orientalis for its rich orange edible haws. 

 

3 for 2 and FREE p&p on Carbon Gold’s biochar Soil Improver

16 October 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Carbon Gold Soil Improver

Make the most of this offer from Carbon Gold on their biochar Soil Improver and get your trees, shrubs and fruit trees off to a great start this autumn.

 

Get your trees, shrubs and fruit trees off to a good start this autumn by adding biochar to the planting hole. Tests with Bartlett Tree Experts using Carbon Gold's biochar products have shown trees to establish successfully and maintain good health, with improved root growth and more efficient take up of soil nutrients.

Nurseryman's favourites – October

23 September 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' c. Sharon Pearson

Even in October there are still plenty of colourful blooms around. Great Dixter's head gardener Fergus Garrett picks out Fuchsia 'Enfant Prodigue' as a useful addition to the early autumn garden  plus 8 other recommendations of plants with interesting blooms, foliage and berries to grow and seasonal places to visit.

 

 

Nurseryman's favourites – September

20 August 2013 - 12:00am
Submitted by Sorrel Everton
Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' c. Sharon Pearson

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter suggests extending the summer season with Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' - a showy star that brings colour, stature and structure to your garden

Viburnum opulus ‘Compactum’