We cater for the horticultural expert as well as the keen gardener, the hobbyist and those embarking on their first garden project. We are here to help and offer advice so don’t hesitate to ask a question. Our enthusiastic team have a wealth of plant knowledge and an extensive understanding of all things green and growing.
Planting bulbs in the autumn is a cost-effective way to create a succession of colourful blooms from February to June or even later. Our bulbs in the outdoor plant area this year are displayed by the month that they flower in, so pick bulbs from five sections for the best results. We also have many varieties of onion, shallot and garlic bulbs in stock (within the sundries department).
Whatever the size of your garden, there are trees to suit and we take pride in offering a substantial range of ornamental and fruit trees at this time of year.
Trees provide shade and give a sense of maturity to an outside space. As well as this, trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, preventing erosion and flooding and supporting wildlife. Trees are our main survival tools – one tree can produce enough oxygen for four people.
The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative, marking Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee next year. Everyone is encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment. Join in and plant trees from October, when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022 – let’s all get involved!
If you are designing a garden from scratch or want to achieve a new look, our guide to the latest trends in garden themes will help to inspire you. Do you like pretty florals, simple maintenance or an architectural style?
As the seasons change, there are different aspects of the garden which require attention. The flower garden and lawn, the veg patch and fruit garden. There are general maintenance jobs to stay on top of and natural wildlife in the garden also needs a helping hand.
A carefully planned flowerbed can really pack a punch.
Create a hanging cascade of cheerful blooms.
Houseplants add life to room spaces and in fact there are studies to show that they reduce fatigue and stress levels, actually boosting your mood and increasing concentration and creativity.
Whatever space we’ve got, there are lots of simple ways to encourage wildlife to our outdoor spaces. Leave a patch of lawn to grow long – grass is an important habitat for insects and small mammals and will invite hungry birds. Pretty wildflowers can be planted or sown amongst the grass which attract insects, butterflies and bees. Hedges and climbing plants make nesting and roosting sites for birds, as well as homes for small animals and insects. Butterflies are attracted to nectar rich, bright flowers with simple flowerheads in sunny areas. Plant hedges instead of fences to allow hedgehogs into your garden, or even cut a hole into the bottom of your fence panels. Don’t tidy up all the fallen leaves and twigs so that hedgehogs can use them for hibernating. A log pile in a shady spot makes a great habitat for small mammals. Berry bearing shrubs and trees attract all types of garden birds. A pond – however small is great for frogs, newts and dragonflies. Become wildlife friendly and encourage biodiversity on your back doorstep.
Peat compost has been around for decades as its spongy texture holds air and water and is perfect for germinating seeds and growing roots. Sourced from peat bogs, it is composed mainly of decomposed wetland vegetation and is rich in carbon. Harvesting it releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which is impacting climate change. This is why it is so important we find alternatives and the UK government plans to ban peat use among amateur gardeners by 2024. A new generation of composts blend different materials such as bark, wood and coconut fibre and variations suit different species of plants. Experimentation here is key and we are all learning to adapt with what we have available.
When the glory of summer is over, the plants have flowered and the crops have been grown, it’s time to put the garden to bed, ready for the cooler months. It’s worth spending a bit of time on your garden so it looks smart throughout the winter. Tidy borders, removing weeds and dying leaves then spread manure or compost over the soil to insulate plant roots. Mow the lawn one last time leaving it slightly longer than normal and cut nice neat edges. Rake up leaves from your lawn and from on top of plants to avoid damage. While you are making your garden tidy, give thought to the needs of local wildlife and leave some areas not so neat, providing much needed habitats and food sources for birds, animals and insects reliant on our outdoor spaces over the colder months. See our article on A Wildlife Friendly Garden.
Clear up the veg patch if you have one, getting rid of plants that have finished and strip climbing canes. Check for leaks in sheds and outbuildings and repair any damaged woodwork. Give the greenhouse a bit of TLC so it’s ready to go again next year. Clean out bird feeders and bird boxes if you have them and keep the feeders stocked up. That’s it – you’re all set for spring!