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66 best plant nurseries

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants? This is a list of the best plant nurseries across Wales, England and Scotland, from award-winning plant centres to nurseries selling specialist plants.

Wondering where to go to buy interesting plants in the UK? Garden expert Val Bourne selects 50 of the nation’s finest nurseries in Wales, England and Scotland that offer specialist plants and have an award-winning reputation. The list also includes a few plant nurseries with a small café where you can buy homemade cake and coffee, or other gardening sundries such as sculpture and furniture. All the plant nurseries in the list have horticulturally trained staff on site who can offer expert plant advice so you know you’re buying the right plant for your garden.


Several of these nurseries offer online or mail-order services only, or limited visiting times. Please call or check online before visiting.

(In alphabetical order)

Established in 2011 by Abi and Tom Attwood. Their selection of perennials, trees and shrubs is tried and tested to cope with Cumbria’s challenging climate.

Halecat, Witherslack,
Cumbria, LA11 6RT
Tel 01539 552946

Exotic plants with presence sum up the plants here and specialities include bamboos rated for hardiness with a traffic lights system, seaside plants, ‘spikies’ such as agaves and yuccas, topiary and rare evergreen broadleaved trees. Large range of pots too.

No mail order

North Heath, Pulborough,
West Sussex RH20 1DJ
Tel 01798 879213

Ashwood holds the National Collection of Lewisia and has an excellent range of hellebores, hepaticas, Anemone pavonia, auriculas and hardy cyclamen.

Ashwood Lower Lane,
Ashwood, Kingswinford,
West Midlands DY6 0AE
Tel 01384 401996

Chelsea gold-winning, mail-order outlet selling a comprehensive range of interesting and unusual bulbs. Its excellent online catalogue features about 700 plants.

Burnt House Farm, Mid Lambrook,
South Petherton, Somerset,
Tel 01460242177

Plant Heritage collections of wood anemone, sanguisorba and New England aster plus a huge range of perennials mostly propagated on this pin-neat nursery. The well-labelled display garden is inspirational.

No mail order

Coventry CV8 3AG
Tel 0797 909 3096


Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens has many varieties of penstemons and hemerocallis as well as a wide range of other garden plants.

The Avenue, Exton,
Oakham, Rutland,
LE15 8AH
Tel 01572 813200

A plant lovers’ paradise packed with 3,000 interesting plants, some of them very rare. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the range for you’ll find plants here that aren’t generally available elsewhere.

Mail order available

Ashdon, Saffron Walden,
Essex CB10 2HB
Tel 01799 584362

Beth Chatto, inspired by husband Andrew, pioneered ecological gardening by placing plants in the right place and their website usefully lists plants for specific places. The nursery developed an on-line presence early and most plants are traditionally propagated from the garden under the care of David Ward. There’s no better place to buy herbaceous plants, ferns and grasses.

Superb mail order available

Elmstead Market, Colchester,
Essex CO7 7DB
Tel 01206 822 007

Billy Carruthers is mad about peonies and has over 300 on the nursery. In recent years he’s exhibited them at the Chelsea Flower Show. However they’re just the tip of the iceberg for this nursery, midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, grows 3000 different plants including irises, bamboos, grasses and ferns.

Mail order available

Ecclesmachan, West Lothian
EH52 6NL
Tel 01506 858931

The best range of fruit trees and bushes, expertly packed and well-grown -many on the estate. Expert help available too and an informative website. Rootstocks, AGMS etc clearly displayed bu the variety.

Mail order specialist – not open to the public

Nr Liss, Hampshire
GU33 6BS
Tel 01420 477978


Choice trees and shrubs, selected by RHS Woody Panel member Robert Vernon, are the main fare. Many grow in the nine acre arboretum planted by Robert and specialities include Acer, Betula, Cornus, Liquidamber and Tilia. Just off the M1.

Mail order available
Smisby, Ashby de la Zouch,
Leicestershire, LE65 2TA
Tel 01530 413700
This nursery specialises in lime-tolerant plants, including home-grown foxgloves, ferns, grasses, perennials, shrubs, and climbers. Good range of seeds, too.
Near Stonar School, Atworth,
Wiltshire SN12 8NU
Tel 07850 328756
Digitalis pupurea 'Gloxinioides' on left and Digitalis 'Primrose Carousel' on right
The Botanic Nursery in Wiltshire specialises in lime-tolerant plants like Foxgloves. here you can see Digitalis pupurea ‘Gloxinioides’ on left and Digitalis ‘Primrose Carousel’ on right.

Broadleigh Bulbs

This nursery is renowned for its small bulbs, including an excellent range of cyclamens, snowdrops, crocuses, tulips and herbaceous plants.
Barr House, Bishops Hull,
Taunton, Somerset
Tel 01823 286231

Burncoose, who specialise in acid-loving magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, also stock a wide range of other plants including herbaceous and conservatory plants. A plant Mecca, it lists 3500 different species and cultivars.

Mail order available

Gwennap, Redruth,
Cornwall TR16 6BJ
Tel 01209 860316

A place of pilgrimage for plant lovers because Michael Wickenden, plant collector and nurseryman, has an unusual range of perennials to die for. Crocosmias, perennial impatiens, irises, meconopsis, salvias and veratrums are among his treasures, some wild-collected.

Mail order available
Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway,
DG7 2DL, Scotland
Tel 01557 815029

Claire Austin holds the National Collection of bearded iris and hybrid herbaceous peonies. The nursery offers a good selection of these, as well as hemerocallis and other hardy plants.

White Hopton Farm, Wern Lane,
Sarn, Newtown,
Powys SY16 4EN
Tel 01686 670342

Clifton Nurseries offers and excellent range of plants, plus containers, sculpture, furniture, cut flowers and gifts. Two centres based in London and Surrey.

5A Clifton Villas, London W9 2PH
Tel 020 7289 6851

Clifton nurseries has two centres, one in London and one in Surrey. Gifts and furniture sit alongside their excellent range of plants.
Clifton nurseries has two centres, one in London and one in Surrey. Gifts and furniture sit alongside their excellent range of plants.


This online garden centre delivers an array of plants, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, grasses, climbers, ferns, bamboos, bulbs and tools.

Trench Road, Tonbridge,
Kent TN11 9NG
Tel 01452 742445

Bob Brown’s nursery, ably run by manager Mandy, comes up with surprises every time. Specialities include kniphofias, crocosmias and unusual bulbous plants. Informative website, regular plant talks and display garden (on horrible clay) that shines from spring until late autumn.

Mail order available – but do visit

Worcestershire WR11 7EZ
Tel 01386 833849



This online and mail-order nursery has won plenty of awards. It has a massive range of plants available, as well as gifts and tools.

Nursery Court, London Road,
Windlesham, Surrey
GU20 6LQ.
Tel 01344 578111

Crûg Farm Plants specialises in unusual herbaceous perennials, climbers and shrubs. The nursery holds the National Collections of Paris, Coriaria and Polygonatum.

Griffith’s Crossing,
nr Caernarfon, Gwynedd
LL55 1TU
Tel 01248 670232,

Daisy Roots specialises in healthy, hardy perennial plants and grasses.

Jenningsbury, London Road,
Hertford, Hertfordshire
SG13 7NS.
Tel 07958 563355,

Think roses, and chances are the name that springs to mind is David Austin. This nursery is well worth a visit, particularly in early summer when the many different ramblers, climbers, modern shrubs and wild species are at their very best.

Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton,
Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Tel 01902 376300,

Such a photogenic place, with display gardens to inspire. The well-grown plants have to be easy and fairly slug proof and the range of grasses and perennials is particularly suited to naturalistic, prairie style. Hellebores and hardy geraniums also excellent.

No mail order

Shibden Hall Road
West Yorkshire HX3 9XA 
Tel 01422 203553


Initially set up to grow trees for the Duchy Estate so and trees and shrubs still play a huge part here. Over 2500 plants are stocked and 50% of plants sold here are propagated on site. The three real specialities are conifers, fuchsias and camellias, but there are excellent ranges of bamboos, magnolias, fruit and perennials. Stylish cafe, gift shop and wooded walks too.

Mail order available

Cott Road
Cornwall PL22 0HW
Tel 01208 872668



Edrom nurseries

Woodland plants are in abundance here, particularly trilliums, arisaemas, primulas and anemones. There is also an excellent range of alpines, bulbous plants, ferns and trees and shrubs.

Coldingham, Eyemouth,
Berwickshire TD14 5TZ.
Tel 01890 771386,




Paul Barney specialises in unusual and mostly edible perennial plants, many of them obtained on plant-hunting forays to locations including China and Chile.

1 Flowers Piece, Ashampstead,
Reading, Berkshire
RG8 8SG.
Tel 01635 578113,


Owned by avid plant collector Paul Barney, Edulis Nursery specialises in rare and edible plants.
Owned by avid plant collector Paul Barney, Edulis Nursery specialises in rare and edible plants.

This three-acre working nursery stocks over 2,000 varieties of garden plants and although there is a sales area the best thing to do is wander through the beds and tunnels -where treasures lie. The range is immense with many plants coming from well-know raisers of the past such as Eric Smith etc.

Mail order available

Dol Llan Road, Llandysul
Carmarthenshire, Wales
SA44 4RL
Tel 01559 363389

Owners Steven Fletcher and Kerry Robinson have turned a love of ferns into a thriving nursery and online/mail order business selling hardy ferns, greenhouse species and cultivars.

Stoke Ash, Suffolk
IP23 7EN

Family run nursery in rural Warwickshire specialising in ferns, pelargoniums, ivies and tender plants. A working nursery with two Plant Heritage collections – Pelargonium and Hedera ( ivy) but also the best fern nursery for hardy ferns. Expert advice freely given.

Mail order available

Warwickshire CV37 8XP
Tel 01789 720788

The famous garden, created by the late plantsman Christopher Lloyd, is worth a visit in itself. Head gardener Fergus Garrett has continued Lloyd’s legacy of bold, innovative planting at Great Dixter. The nursery, which stocks many of the plants grown on site, has a good selection of clematis, shrubs and perennials. There is also a good selection of seed to order online.

Northiam, Rye,
East Sussex TN31 6PH
Tel 01797 254044,

Husband and wife Christine and Nic Ffoulkes-Jones, also Pershore students, began this nursery almost thirty years ago. An environmentally run nursery, using peat-free-compost, they won a Chelsea Gold in 2010 for a quiet display of shade plants -o ne of 46 RHS golds. They know their plants and only grow the best.

No mail order

Kinnerly, Nr Oswestry,
Shropshire, SY10 8DH
Tel 01691 682135

This family-run nursery, established in 1921 by William Nicholson Hall, specialises in dahlias and chrysanthemums.

Heddon on the Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE15 0JS
Tel 01661 852445,

Rosy Hardy, known for her stunning displays of perennials at flower shows, grows in peat-free compost in outdoor conditions and the plant respond so you may pay more but they’re great plants. Strengths include geraniums, peonies, geums and achilleas and they will advise too.

Mail order available

Freefolk Priors
Hampshire RG28 7NJ
Tel 01256 896533

Roger Harvey’s nursery has a superb collection of hellebores. You’ll also find an extensive range of herbaceous perennials and woodland plants.

Great Green, Thurston,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 3SJ
Tel 01359 233363,

Ray Hubbard, the nursery’s founder, loves all plants and if they’re slightly tender he loves them even more. In all there are 3000 plants on the nursery, including shrubs, perennials, fruit and ferns, mostly propagated here. Sparrows hop in and out of the greenhouses on this working nursery, but there is a tea room in high season and a huge range of plants. You will need time and there’s a garden too.

Mail order available

Devon TQ13 7LY
Tel 01803 762273

Large range of herbaceous and alpine plants, with display borders and garden holding the National Collection of Platycodon and Gentiana asclepiadea.

Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury,
Gloucestershire GL20 7DA
Tel 01684 293389,

Excellent selection of hardy shrubs and trees, including Acer, Betula, Magnolia and Viburnum.

Higher Cobhay, Milverton,
Somerset TA4 1NJ.
Tel 01823 400075,

A fruit specialist offering 600 varieties of every type of fruit and some nut trees. Good pictures, information about pollination groups, sterility and root stocks etc. Many varieties offered in different forms.

Mail order available

Gallants Court, East Farleigh
Maidstone, Kent ME15 0LE
Tel 01622 326465


Kelways is the largest grower in the UK of peonies and iris. This member of staff holds Paeonia 'Bowl of Beauty'
Kelways is the largest grower in the UK of peonies and iris. This member of staff holds Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’




Once the largest nursery in the world, Kelways are best known for irises and peonies which are sold bare-root and potted. Visit in June and it’s possible to go to Peony Valley, or visit the Garden Centre which now has a cafe. Large range of plants available for mail order including clematis and plants for pollinators.

Mail order available

Picts Hill, Langport,
Somerset,  TA10 9EZ
Tel 01458 250 521

This mail-order online plant centre offers a variety of interesting and unusual plants from all over the world. It is a truly international collection and many of the plants are tested in the owners’ garden south of Edinburgh.

16 Kevock Road, Lasswade,
Midlothian EH18 1HT
Tel 01314 540660,


Neil Lucas has established this as one of the best places in the UK to buy grasses. Around 200 forms of ornamental grasses are available and there is a large display garden to visit. Neil holds the National Collection of Pennisetum.

Hampreston, Wimborne,
Dorset BH21 7ND
Tel 01202 873931,


Peter Stott started this nursery in 1985, frustrated by a lack of suitable plants for his landscaping commissions, and thirty years on it’s packed with rare and unusual garden plants so much so that if you’re looking for something it’s probably here in this beautifully presented nursery. Old-fashioned roses, bamboos, acers, and cornus for sale and also planted in the garden.

Mail order available September to May inclusive

Melkinthorpe, Penrith
Cumbria CA10 2DR
Tel 01931 712404

This nursery offers an extensive range of conifers, alongside home-grown shrubs, olive trees and topiary.

Herstmonceux, Hailsham,
East Sussex BN27 4RS.
Tel 01323 833229,


Lime Cross Nursery inHerstmonceux, East Sussex offers an extensive range of conifers.
Lime Cross Nursery in Herstmonceux, East Sussex offers an extensive range of conifers. Photo: Rachel Warne


A full range of shade-loving perennials, grasses and ferns grown by expert plantsman. Lots of information, including dry shade plants, on the website and the best packed mail order ever.

Excellent mail order

Charlton Musgrove, near Wincanton,
Somerset BA9 8EX
Tel 01963 32802

Set in a walled garden this nursery is packed to the gunnels with good plants. Plant heritage collections of buddleia and viticella clematis, an 80 metre herbaceous border and apple and clematis arches make it even better. The Longstock Water Garden ( once owned by ‘the’ John Lewis himself) opens every first and third Sunday of the month from April.

Mail order available

Longstock, Stockbridge,
Hampshire SO20 6EH
Tel 01264 810894

This husband and wife team, Liam and Ylva, combine plantsmanship with garden design so this beautiful nursery has style and there’s a garden design service run by Ylva. The range, containing woody and herbaceous, is unusual with a large range of eryngiums, colletia and shrubs. Ian also sells conifers. A cafe and collection of gardening books will make this a very special trip.

No mail order

Pluckley Road, Bethersden
Kent TN26 3DD
Tel 01233 820 100

Over 700 mature trees in stock ranging from four to 150 years old and spanning over 400 varieties. Demonstration gardens offer inspiration.

Chequers Meadow, Chequers Hill,
Flamstead, St Albans,
Hertfordshire AL3 8ET
Tel 01582 843881,

Graham Gough, a man with a musical background, now creates crescendos with flowing grasses and tall perennials in his downland garden instead  – cursed by heavy clay. Specialities include taller grasses and his list of miscanthus and molinias, inspired by an early visit to Ernst Pagels’ German nursery, is the best I know. Sanguisorbas, asters, veronicastrums and much much more – take plenty of money!

No mail order

Laughton, Lewes,
East Sussex BN8 6AJ
Tel 01323 811737

Stephen and Emma Lewis-Dale, both Pershore-trained, sell a wide range of potted bulbs, alpines and perennials on their first-rate nursery. The mature garden setting offers inspiration and their range, always correctly labelled,  constantly changes. You won’t be disappointed.

No mail order

Wiltshire BA13 4EG
Tel 01373 859 990



Now hosta specialists with a Plant Heritage Collection, this nursery was a market garden until the Great Hurricane of October 1987 destroyed their polytunnels. There are now 2000 hostas here, often available in small quantities, and this friendly nursery are amenable to dividing parent plants for keen collectors.

Mail order available

Suffolk IP14 5LH 
Tel 01449 71157



Dr Andrew Ward, who does lecture as well, has a garden and nursery full of interesting perennials and bulbs. Woodlanders, hardy chrysanthemums, trilliums, grasses and hemerocallis are featured heavily.

Mail order available

Woodhouse Road
Nottinghamshire NG23 6JX
Tel 01636 636337



Family run nursery with an emphasis on asters, late-season perennials and some alpines. Their Plant Heritage collection of asters, many rescued by Paul Picton, is second to none. Daughter Helen introduced mail order, but the display garden is fantastic – so do visit.

Mail order available

Walwyn Rd
Herefordshire WR13 6QE
Tel 01684 540416



Conveniently close to the M5, Nick Macer’s Pan Global is well-named for this well-travelled nurseryman turns plant hunter in the winter months. Consequently Pan Global lists new plants that no one has as yet. His range is wide, from trees to shrubs, from bamboos to bulbs and there are exotic plants from far flung places. Irresistible!

Mail order available

Tel 01452 741641



This nursery, run by Sean Walter and Roger Pounder, combines garden landscaping with superb plants at the forefront of garden design. Sanguisorbas, lots of stylish grasses, heleniums, echinaceas and veronicastrums (and so much more) beautifully displayed on this immaculate nursery.

No mail order

7 Whitefield Lane
Great Missenden
Buckinghamshire HP16 0BH
Tel 01494 866650



Thousands of different hardy trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, roses, conifers, fruit, climbers, ferns and grasses, most produced on site. Exceptional plant quality and range but you will have to visit. Good numbers of oak, maple, birch, beech, sorbus, magnolia, witch hazel, hundreds of shrubs and over 1000 herbaceous plants.

No mail order

The Drove
Berkshire RG20 9EW
Tel 01635 254366


Peter Beales roses in the garden
Peter Beales has one of the largest classic rose collections in the world. Here climbing roses clamber up metal arbours in the garden.


Set up by the late Peter Beales who spent a lifetime collecting roses, this nursery grows 12000 varieties, with 300 only available here – reflecting Peter’s passion.  Plant centre open daily, with tea room. Bare root roses dispatched in late-autumn and winter. Container-grown roses also available. Good range of clematis. Informative website and expert staff.

Mail order available

Norfolk NR17 1AY
Tel 01953 454707



Rupert Ely’s nursery and 20 acre garden and arboretum at East Bergholt Place carries a huge range of plants mainly bought in from top suppliers in Britain and on the Continent.  Specialities include a huge range of Japanese acers, magnolias and many cornus and there is a Plant Heritage collection of euonymus. Herbaceous plants also feature heavily.

Mail order from September to March – then a limited service

East Bergholt Place
Suffolk CO7 6UP
Tel 01206 299 224



Anne Barnard and husband Jack travel to Holland to source new varieties of  spring-flowering bulbs and summer-flowering bulbous and tuberous plants.  Garden varieties of dahlia are their speciality and they have popularised varieties such as Waltzing Mathilda’ – a dark-leafed orange whirligig. There’s an attractive website, swift and efficient mail order and prices are affordable.

Mail order available
Bay Tree Farm
Epping Green
Essex CM16 6PU
Tel 0845 452 0645



Over a hundred years old, this family-run traditional nursery carries a huge range, some 16000plants, including field-grown roses, fruit trees, shrubs and ornamental trees. Their bare-root plants are well-grown and arrive in excellent condition. Fruit of every type ( bush, standard and maiden for instance) can be acquired and many are heritage varieties. They also hold the Plant heritage collection of Erythronium and sell the best range in the country.

Mail order available

The Nurseries
North Yorkshire YO18 7JW
Tel 01751 472226



Martin and Janet Blow’s specialities include heleniums, phloxes, monardas, centaureas, geums, persicarias and hemerocallis. All plants are traditionally propagated on the nursery so they are full of vigour and soon romp away. Plant Heritage collections of heleniums and centaurea and they attends lots of plant fairs where plants can be collected.

Mail order only

Cheshire CW3 0JB
Tel 0771 699 0695



Derry Watkins exudes energy and her nursery is just as busy, packed with good plants that include tender perennials such as pelargonium and salvia. A good range of interesting hardy perennials and an excellent seed list also tempt the buyer. Derry runs practical courses and opens her garden (please check the dates) – and she attends all the best plant fairs.

Mail order available

Cold Ashton
Wiltshire  SN14 8LA
Tel 01225 891686



Louisa Arbuthnott’s one man band offers such unusual plants, grown by own hands, and most of them can be seen in the garden adjacent to the nursery. Once the nursery closes Louisa takes off to far flung nurseries, such as Cally gardens, so her stock is up to the minute and hugely interesting.

No mail order

nr Kidderminster
Worcestershire DY10 4BG
Tel 07817 921146


The Plant Centre at Hortus Loci in Hampshire is known for supplying medal-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It also has a great cafe selling homemade cakes and hot drinks
The Plant Centre at Hortus Loci in Hampshire is known for supplying medal-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It also has a great café selling homemade cakes and hot drinks.


This third generation clematis nursery, which regularly scoops Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, sells 350 of the best clematis known. They also introduce new clematis bred in Poland, Japan and Holland and also sell patio clematis -sometimes raised by Raymond Evison. First-rate mail order plants and a useful website that subdivdes clematis according to type etc.

Mail order only – not open to the public

Norfolk NR9 4QG
Tel 01953 850407



This mail order only nursery is run by Penny Dawson, the daughter of Hugh Nunn who raised the Harvington strain of hellebores. Alongside these, the nursery also offers triliums and erythroniums. There are plug plants, mature plants in pots and rhizomes for sale, all seed-raised on the nursery – well-grown and well-bred.

Mail order only – not open to the public

16 Carisbrook Grove
Lincolnshire PE9 2GF
Tel 01778 590455


Front of Treberfydd Walled Garden Plant Nursery in Powys, Wales.
Front of Treberfydd Walled Garden Plant Nursery in Powys, Wales.


Sand blows along the lanes close to this Suffolk nursery near Southwold, but it’s perfect for irises, hardy chrysanthemums and agapanthus – just three of the specialisms. Auriculas and pelargoniums also feature heavily, but there are lots of other plants too. Iris field open from end of May to mid-June and display garden open between April and October for the National Gardens Scheme.

Mail order available

Suffolk IP19 9HD
Tel 01502 478258


• Please check all opening details before visiting those nurseries that are open to the public.