Drought Resistant Plants for Your Garden

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Do you find watering the summer garden time consuming? With British summers getting hotter and drier, drought tolerant plants are the answer to growing a beautiful garden that can withstand the summer heat.

Check out our favourite drought tolerant plants that will best adapt to the prolonged dry season.

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Agapanthus

Native to South Africa, these hardy perennials are perfect for tackling the summer heat. Incredibly drought tolerant and loved by bees and butterflies, Agapanthus plants are a summer garden must-have.

Our recommendations:

Agapanthus 'Silver Baby'
Agapanthus ‘Silver Baby’
Agapanthus ‘Midnight Cascade’

Panicle Hydrangeas

Panicle Hydrangeas, or Hydrangea Paniculatas, are one of the hardiest shrubs around and they’re surprisingly drought tolerant! Beautiful big blooms for summer garden borders.

Our recommendations:

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’
Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Fraise’
Echinacea 'After Midnight'

Echinacea (Coneflowers)

Drought, heat, humidity and poor soil tolerant! These tough, easy to grow plants are perfect for filling your garden with vibrant colour all summer long.

Our recommendations:

Echinacea ‘Hot Summer’
Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’

Sedums

Add never ending interest to your garden with hardy Sedums. These easy to grow, drought tolerant perennials are perfect for creeping borders or gravel gardens.

Our recommendations:

Sedum ‘Kamtschaticum’
Sedum ‘Summer Glory’

Salvia

Loved by bees and butterflies, these hardy Perennials are the perfect low maintenance summer plants. Wonderfully drought tolerant and flowers profusely all summer.

Our recommendations:

Salvia Nemerosa ‘Rose Queen’
Salvia Nemerosa ‘White’

Euphorbia

Why grow Euphorbia? These drought tolerant and low maintenance perennials add structure and colour to garden borders. Perfect for spring and summer gardens.

Our recommendations:

Euphorbia Ascot ‘Rainbow’
Euphorbia ‘Bonfire’

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How to Grow a Sensory Garden

Growing a sensory garden is simple way to create a space that’s not only amazing to look at, but great for mental well being. In our blog post, we’ll share what a sensory garden is and which plants we recommend to start off your very own sensory garden.

What is a sensory garden?

Sensory gardens should be filled with plants that activate all our senses; touch, smell, sound, sight and taste. To create a sensory space, focus on:

Our Sensory Garden Starter Pack:

We’ve selected our special sensory favourites from our online range to start off your sensory garden journey.

Muscari ‘Cupido’

Easy to grow and versatile spring plants. Enjoy the lovely fragrance of these pale blue, pea-like flowers in patio pots or around trees and shrubs.

Hyacinth ‘Miss Saigon’

A vibrant, showstopping Hyacinth. These bold purple blooms are perfect for adding fragrance along borders or pathways.

Allium ‘Summer Drummer’

A popular plant at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. These tall, highly fragrant Alliums are perfect for the back of the border.

Eremurus ‘White Beauty’

A dazzling white bloomer that adds height and texture to the garden. These award-winning, long-flowering beauties are perfect for the summer garden.

Allium ‘Ursinum’

Otherwise known as Wild Garlic, this amazing naturalising plant bursts with beautiful white flowers and aromatic leaves that can be used in cooking.

Miscanthus ‘Indian Summer’

A stylish, ornamental grass that adds a calming effect in the garden as their tall, vibrant stems sway in the wind. Perfect for borders, containers or as a natural screen.

Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’

A creamy white Daphne. Their sweet scent is not to be missed when being carried in the breeze on a warm summers day.  Perfect for patio pots.

Wisteria ‘Prolific’

A show-stopping climber. If you want to add, texture, scent and movement to the garden, this vibrant purple Wisteria does it all.

Our New Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Our 2020 Spring-flowering bulb range has arrived! Since the garden is now sorted for summer, it’s never too early to start planning for autumn-planting season.

With many new varieties added to this year’s range, we’ve selected our favourite new spring-flowering bulbs to inspire you to plan your upcoming spring displays.

Our Autumn bulbs are all available to pre-order now for delivery in September.

New Hyacinths

Our favourite new Hyacinths for 2020.

Hyacinth ‘Spring Beauty’

A truly romantic Hyacinth. These baby pink, star-shaped blooms add fragrance and colourful beauty to the spring garden.

Hyacinth 'Spring Beauty'
Hyacinth 'Red Diamond'

Hyacinth ‘Red Diamond’

A vibrant crimson showstopper. These eye-catching Hyacinths will add a pop of colour to spring pots and borders.

Hyacinth ‘Dark Dimension’

Add drama to the spring garden with these luxurious, deep blue Hyacinths. Perfect for pairing with light flowers for a stunning contrast.

Hyacinth 'Dark Dimension'

New Narcissi

Our favourite new Narcissi varieties for 2020.

Narcissi ‘Peach Cobbler’

A delicious combination of creamy white flowers with a rich, apricot centre. Bring the sunshine to your borders with this amazing Narcissi.

Narcissi 'Peach Cobbler'
Narcissi 'Blushing Lady'

Narcissi ‘Blushing Lady’

These pale yellow blooms surround a gorgeous, blushing pink centre. The perfect pastel flowers for the spring garden.

Narcissi ‘Heamoor’

Sunshine in a flower. These vibrant, double Narcissi blooms will add cheer to any spring display.

Narcissi 'Heamoor'

New Tulips

Our favourite new Tulip varieties for 2020.

Tulip ‘Anfield’

A ravishing red Tulip. These brilliant double blooms are the perfect compact Tulips for patio pots.

Tulip 'Anfield'
Tulip 'Mascotte'

Tulip ‘Mascotte’

These fuchsia pink, fringed Tulips will sparkle in the spring garden. These easy to grow flowers will add the wow factor to spring borders.

Tulip ‘Apricot Impression’

Blooming in salmon and apricot shades, these flowers will create a sea of romantic colour to spring borders and containers.

Tulip 'Apricot Impression'

How to Create Privacy in Small Gardens

Small urban gardens can be overlooked by other houses, which means privacy can be rare. To prevent neighbours being able to see into your garden or to just create your own private sanctuary of peace, check out our top tips for how to achieve privacy in a small urban space.

1. Block Sight Lines

An arbour, pergola or gazebo are all easy ways of increasing privacy if you’re overlooked by upper windows. Cover any of these structures with beautiful trailing plants to truly create your own natural private space. Another tip is to plant small trees near your terrace; they will give you more privacy than a taller tree further away.

Our recommendations:

Honeysuckle ‘American Beauty’
Bougainvillea ‘Lilac’

2. Bushy Pot Plants

Growing bushy potted plants gives you the cover you need, and they’re mobile so you can move them around whenever you like. It’s an easy way to improve privacy that also adds a good dose of foliage to your outdoor space. Grab plants that have a good width spread to grow a private wall of foliage.

Our recommendations:

Photinia ‘Red Robin’
Buddleia ‘Sugar Plum’

3. Beautiful Bamboo

Growing Bamboo in pots is a great way to leave your privacy concerns behind. These plants provide a well-concealed look as well as the lush greenery.

Our recommendations:

Hardy Bamboo
Fargesia ‘Asian Wonder’

4. Cover up with Climbers

If you want to cover your garden fences or railings in a balcony or rooftop, climbing plants are a great option. Ivy plants would be a top choice, as they’re fast growing and evergreen; the perfect all-year-round cover.

Our recommendations:

Boston Ivy
Clematis ‘Montana Elizabeth’

5. Ornamental Grasses

Grasses can be used so easily to create internal screens or hedges that flower beautifully, move in the slightest breeze, and need little care during the summer months. Their fast growth rate makes ornamental grasses ideal for privacy hedges because new plants can rapidly fill in any gaps.

Our recommendations:

Phalaris Arundinacea Feesey
Grass Ornamental Collection

5 Gardening tips from the Chelsea Flower Show 2020

Usually held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has gone digital this year! From virtual garden tours from RHS judges and top garden designers to gardening experts sharing planting tips and tricks, there has been plenty to enjoy from this year’s show.

We’ve rounded up our favourite Chelsea-approved gardening tips, so that you can create your own prize-winning garden at home.

1. Working with Small Spaces

With many of us stuck at home at the moment and with many people living in urban spaces, you can still enjoy a bounty of plants, no matter the size. Create new levels with hanging plants, experiment with mobile potted plants and elevate plants with shelving or ladders.

We recommend:

Bacopa Scopia Mixed
Lady Fern

2. Create a Chelsea Inspired Bouquet

Nikki Tibbles, founder of British florists Wild at Heart, gave us a crafty tutorial on how to create our very own Chelsea-inspired bouquets with flowers from our garden. Combine the delicately coloured flowers of pale Peonies, pastel Delphiniums and Clematis flowers to create your own award -winning vase displays and bouquets.

Our recommendations:

Delphinium Summer Skies
Clematis Aromatica

3. Healing Gardens

Garden designer Robert Myers shared his top tips for designing a healing garden. Now more than ever, our gardens are a haven to bring calm to our lives and help with our mental/physical well being. Restore calm with plenty of textured, multi-layered natural greenery, and add a sensory experience with scented plants around seating areas.

Our recommendations:

Leylandii Hedging
Lavender Munstead

4. Create a Mini Allotment

The Skinny Jean Gardener, Lee Connelly, shared his top tips for getting you and the kids growing your own edible produce. Lee says “grow something that you love to eat” and to keep it simple and easy with low maintenance fruit and veg. With space often being an issue for gardeners, Lee shares that you can create a mini allotment with just a window sill or washing up bowl!

Our recommendations:

Blueberry Spartan
Goji Berry

5. Think about Wildlife

Designer Tom Massey shared with us how to encourage wildlife by growing a mini-meadow. To create a meadow planting scheme, mix ornamental grasses with perennials to add both colour and movement to your displays.

Our recommendations:

Pennisetum ‘Hameln’
Allium ‘Drumsticks’

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Top Plants for an Evergreen Garden

Providing foliage all-year-round, evergreen plants are perfect for adding colour, structure and height to any outdoor space. Get inspired to create your own green oasis with this amazing selection of evergreen plants, shrubs and climbers.

Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’

A glossy purple evergreen plant that blooms with small, pink flowers throughout the summer. Ideal for pots, borders and providing a colour contrast against light-coloured plants.

Ensete ‘Maurelii’

An award-winning exotic, evergreen beauty. Eye-catching green/bronze leaves upon a strong dark red stem. Perfect for adding height to am outdoor space in pots and containers. 

Clematis ‘Apple Blossom’

One of the most popular evergreen climbers on the market. Flourishing with romantic pink spring flowers, plant by a doorway or seating area, where you can enjoy their almond scent.

Euonymus ‘Paloma Blanca’

A compact bi-coloured evergreen shrub. The stunning foliage emerges greenish- white and darkens to a rich deep green with age. Ideal for pots, window boxes and borders.

Ornamental Grass Collection

Ornamental grasses have become a big trend for modern gardens. These eye-catching collection of evergreen grasses add texture, colour and height to borders, containers and rockeries.

Escallonia ‘Pink Elle’

Add a burst of colour with this fantastic, compact shrub. These evergreen shrubs have glossy, leathery leaves and burst with an abundance of white, pink and red flower clusters in the summertime.

Gardenia ‘Crown Jewel’

A sensational scented, evergreen shrub. The glossy forest green leaves provide a beautiful contrast against the pearly white, star-shaped summer flowers. Great for borders or containers.

Italian Cypress Totem Pole

If you have some space to play with, these luscious conifers add luxurious height to borders or large containers. Its columnar habit makes it ideal as a focal point in the garden.

White Garden: Best Plants for White Flowers

There is a timeless elegance in white flowers that will never fade. They brighten up dull spots, add contrast to colourful plants and add a subtle glow to the garden in the evenings.

Here are our favourite white bloomers to fill your garden with ethereal beauty all year round.

For hanging baskets:

These stunning flowers create a real eye-catching effect in summer hanging baskets. 

Scaevola Albanico ‘White’
Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’
Surfinia ‘White’
Million Bells ‘White’

For flower pots:

Our perfect pot partners bloom with masses of white flowers to cheer up any patio pot, porch or garden space.

Dahlia ‘Toto’
Heuchera ‘White Cloud’
Hydrangea ‘Confetti’
Echinacea ‘Milkshake’

For beds & borders:

For a carpet of snowy blooms or large and in charge feature plants, these are our top picks for white-flowering beds and borders.

Lily ‘Pretty Woman’
Dianthus ‘Confetti White’
Gypsophila ‘White’
Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

For shrubs:

Add beauty year-round with these amazing pure white blooming shrubs.

Pearl Bush
Buddleia ‘White Swan’
Snowball Bush
Euonymus ‘Paloma Blanca’

Why Gardening is Great for Your Wellbeing

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

Luther Burbank

According to the World Health Organisation, good health means more than just the absence of bad health symptoms. It means the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, sense of community and happiness. Research has shown many times that gardening is good for our mental and physical health. With GPs now even prescribing gardening to patients with depression and anxiety, here’s how our gardens are special spaces with many restorative qualities and benefits.

Gardening Connects Us with Nature

“Embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

Nature has long been recognised for its relaxing qualities as a place for humans to find tranquillity and healing. Recreating nature around our home is a savvy way to develop that special bond with our environment. Surround yourself and your family with cheer everyday by planting an array of pollinator-friendly trees, bushes, and flowers to attract of bees, butterflies and everything in between to your garden.

Gardening Brings Responsibility

“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A person who can grow things is a person a little more in tune with the earth. Gardening is also a great way of caring for something; sometimes just the satisfaction of keeping a plant alive, and the responsibility that comes with it, is enough to give us a sense of purpose and pride. They are places where our efforts result in a real sense of achievement, boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Gardening is Great Exercise

“The key to happy living is that Mind should be at rest and body must be exercised and active.” – Hiyamedia

The health benefits of gardening are impressive. Gardening uses all the major muscle groups – the legs, shoulders, stomach, arms, neck, and back all get a workout. Gardening also increases flexibility and strengthens joints. Recent research indicates that 30 minutes daily of moderate exercise such as gardening lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, helps prevent diabetes and heart disease, and prevents or slows osteoporosis. You may even live longer. It’s all good news for gardeners!

Gardening is Therapeutic

“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” – Alice Sebold

Even the simplest things can brighten our mood, as soil has been found to have similar effects on the brain as antidepressants to lift mood. A study by the University of Bristol and colleagues at University College London found that the ‘friendly’ bacteria normally found in soil, altered their behaviour in a similar way to that produced by an antidepressant. Simply planting up some potted Dahlias or a watering a hanging basket can have a huge impact on your stress levels, helping to stave off anxiety, slash depression risk, boost productivity and ease insomnia.

Happy gardening this spring planting season!

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Our Best Dahlias for Cut Flowers

Big, bold and beautiful, Dahlias are one of the most popular summer flowers due to their breathtaking flowers. Available in a wide assortment of colours, shapes and sizes, these eye-catching blooms not only shine in the garden but they make the most amazing cut flowers!

With Spring officially here, now is the perfect time to kick off your cutting garden and order some delightful Dahlia bulbs for planting in April. All Dahlia make exceptional cut flowers but we’ve done all the hard work and narrowed down a list of the most desirable varieties to add to your shopping list.

Dahlia ‘Edge of Joy’

The name says it all, these raspberry streaked white Decorative Dahlias will bring joy to the garden all summer long. A beautiful cut flower to pair with other pink Dahlias.

Dahlia ‘Painted Lady’

A stylish variety with the most unique colouring. ‘Painted Lady’ showcases fantastic pale pink blooms with flashes of crimson markings.

Dahlia ‘Toto’

These Dahlias shine like a ray of light inside the home. Their bright, daisy-like white flowers with yellow centres are hard not to fall in love with.

Dahlia ‘Ice Crystal’

These pure white blooms will bring a breath of fresh air to the home in the summer time. A gorgeous Cactus variety – reliable and sturdy.

Dahlia ‘Honka Red’

A prestigious RHS Garden Merit Award Winner. This cartwheel shaped Dahlia boats vibrant red blooms and will certainly add a unique touch to your summer flower vases.

Dahlia ‘Thomas Edison’

A big and brilliant Dinner Plate Dahlia. These dramatic deep purple blooms grow to an amazing 25cm in size. A real cut flower showstopper.

Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’

A delicate Dinner Plate Dahlia. Add a touch of elegance to your vases this summer with these rich creamy peach flowers.

Dahlia ‘Purple Puff’

These Anemone-flowering Dahlias (commonly known as Powder Puffs) are a glorious sight in the summer. Their purple-crimson flowers look perfect paired with other purple Dahlias.

Need some cut flower tips?

  • The more you cut the more they bloom!
  • Give you Dahlias a longer life by immersing the stems in boiling water for a few seconds – this will help to keep them fresh!
  • Cut your Dahlias just above a set of leaf nodes and side buds – new shoots with grow from the nodes.
  • Change your vase water every 2-3 days for maximum Dahlia lifespan.

Pretty Pink Flowers to Inspire Your Garden

Looking for something pretty in pink? For decades, pink flowers have been a popular choice for gardeners, and add a sweet, delicate and playful touch to our flower borders and pots. From scorching hot pinks to soft pale pastels, discover the perfect pink blooms to create a dazzling summer garden.

Dreamy Dahlias

Dahlia ‘Painted Lady’

Plant a border filled with masses of these romantic, bi-coloured Dahlias. Blooming with crimson streaked, pale pink petals, these unique flowers are nothing short of breathtaking.

Dahlia ‘Wizard of Oz’

Bright and cheerful, this Pom Pom Dahlia’s soft pink blooms are made up of layers of silky, curved petals that create their perfectly formed spherical shape.

Dahlia ‘Pink Blend Mix’

From lovely lavenders to magenta pinks, this assortment of pretty pink Dahlias will fill all your summer garden needs. An easy to grow mixture of Pompom and Decorative varieties.

Blushing Begonias

Begonia ‘Sweet Spice Appleblossom’

Fill your baskets and window boxes with these cascading Begonias. Their fragrant, double blooms will radiate beauty in the summer garden for months of pleasure.

Begonia Superba ‘Pink’

These giant deep pink blooms are the perfect choice for a smaller garden. Compact and versatile, enjoy these vibrant flowers in the border, in pots or as cut flowers for the home.

Begonia Sweet Spice ‘Bounty’

Become the envy of your neighbours with hanging baskets that practically glow with beauty. These soft pink, double blooms will brighten up the summer garden and bring a gorgeous scent.

Lavish Lilies

Lily ‘Perfect Joy’

Short and sweet. This compact Lily boasts with the most beautiful strawberry petals that fade into a cream colour in the centre. Perfect for summer pots.

Lily ‘Curly Sue’

Add a touch of style to your summer garden with these delicate and exotic blooms. These light pink, star-shaped flowers make stunning cut flowers for the home.

Calla ‘Lipstick’

Why not try a classic Calla Lily? These outstanding fuchsia flowers will shine in the summer garden and will bloom all season long. They also make stunning cut flowers.