The Plant Area In Winter
Over 90% of our plants are British grown
Our Plant Area Staff
Terry, Stewart and Chris are happy to help and advise you to create your perfect outdoor space. They have years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in everything horticultural.
Jobs for February
Rake up fallen leaves from lawns and beds
Dig over soil
Sharpen and oil tools
Look up varieties of seed to try this coming year
Plan your vegetable garden
Winter prune apple and pear trees
If pots are empty, give them a good wash to clean off the old compost to stop disease spreading
Make a poly tent, weighted at the bottom, over peach and nectarine trees to protect the flowers from frost
Make sure to put out fresh food and water for the birds daily
Start forcing rhubarb
Plant of the Month
Polyanthus are a variety of Primula, they are tough ,hardy perennials. They like well drained organic compost in a slightly shaded position (they don't like to dry out in the summer). They will come back year after year bringing welcoming colour to the winter garden and providing nectar for the early bees and insects, some will even naturalize. They can be used in pots, boarders, hanging baskets and troughs. Some varieties flower in Autumn, Winter and Spring. All are generally pest free. Flower colours can vary from red to white to blue but all have yellow centres - reminiscent of the cowslips and native yellow primroses.
Top Picks From Our Plant Area This Winter:
Valuable shrub for late autumn and winter time, for their small clusters of purple berries held on slender twig like growth. Berries are persistent and only rarely eaten except in very cold winters.
Easy shrub to grow - fine in most soils in sun to dappled shade.
Height approximately 1.8m x 1.8m in 10 years. No pruning except for removing years of old growth.
Callicarpa Bod 'Profusion'
Common name - Plumbago.
Woody perennial producing spike like blue flowers in late summer/autumn on green leaves. Leaves turning a brilliant orange/yellow in October.
Low growing, spreading with underground shoots.
Likes sun in well drained soil, used in pots, front gardens and alpine troughs.
Cotinus Royal Purple
Handsome shrub in summer with it's claret coloured leaves, topped by profusions of pannade like flowers making a smoke screen- hence the common name 'smoke bush'.
In autumn the leaves develop a multitude of colour, yellow to orange and red. Slow to grow at first - will need shaping in the first few years - eventually growing into a medium to large shrub.
Height 2-3 metres.
Likes sun and well-drained soil.
European 'Spindle Tree' due to its wood being grown for the turning or spindle and other wooden artifacts.
Small tree (3-4m) with green foliage in the summer followed by burgundy coloured foliage and poisunous scarlet pink seed capsules and orange seeds.
Euonymus Miss Pinkie
Prunus Foliage-Ornamental Cherries
Glorious colour change in autumn of the valuable spring flowering cherries. Native to japan, many have been bred to grow into weeping, slender, large and small magnificent trees. Will grow in most soils.
Compact varieties like prunus snow shower to huge trees like prunus kanzan. All have great autumn foliage from butter yellow to brilliant reds.