Mix and match herbs

Mix and match herbs

You can tell it’s a Bank Holiday Weekend because it’s raining. But we don’t care – this weekend we’re all about herbs. With summer just around the corner (we hope!) now is the perfect time to plant a herb garden. We have 20 different herbs to choose from, including Tarragon, Parsley, Rosemary, Coriander, various types of Mint, assorted Sage, Fennel, Bay, Sorrel, Chives, Marjoram, assorted Thyme, Lavender, Oregano and Basil. We also have Artichokes and Nasturtiums. Sizes start at 9cm pots for £1.75 (buy 10 for £15 to set up a small herb planter), and we have larger Sage, Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary, Bay and Lavender plants too. We also have the usual wide range of garden perennials in stock. This weekend we’re also open on Monday, 10-4. Hope to see you there!...
Looking Good: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’

Looking Good: Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’

As the season moves into late spring it’s getting harder to choose a highlight. We have lots of plants looking at their best right now, but this weekend we’ve picked Geum ‘Mrs J Bradshaw’ – we have a sneaky feeling you might be seeing a lot of Geums this year at Chelsea… Also known as Avens, this low growing hardy perennial sets many beautiful red/orange, semi-double blooms to brighten up your spring border. It’s easy to look after – remove faded flower heads to encourage further flowering, and prune back hard after flowering to rejuvenate the foliage. It likes full sun or partial shade, in all soil types except dry. Geums flower from late spring through to late...
Looking Good: Diascia ‘Blush Pink’

Looking Good: Diascia ‘Blush Pink’

New in, and looking good this weekend is Diascia Sundiascia ‘Blush Pink’ – a brand new series of Diascia bred to give an exceptional display of blooms over a very long period. More robust than other Diascia, with longer flower spikes, they will give a stunning display in containers and borders all summer long and well into the autumn. Slug resistant, Diascia Sundiascia ‘Blush Pink’ prefers well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Height and spread is 30-45cm (12-18”). A half hardy perennial, new shoots may be cut back by hard frosts but the crown will survive to -8°C – but it might be a good idea to take semi ripe cuttings in summer just in...
Looking Good: Hosta ‘June’

Looking Good: Hosta ‘June’

We have a fine selection of hostas here at Blackfordby Nursery, and Hosta ‘June’ is one of my personal favourites. Shown here in the foreground, ‘June’ is a compact, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with large green/grey leaves which develop a yellow centre during the summer. It produces pale purple flowers in late summer. ‘June’ prefers moist but well-drained soil, and partial shade. It has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. Also pictured behind are Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ (left) and Hosta ‘Patriot’ (extreme right). ‘Regal Splendour’ is a taller plant, growing to a height of 30cm, with blue/green leaves with cream/white margins. ‘Patriot’ is possibly the best white-edged hosta. It has mid-green leaves with wide white margins. A real stunner for the border or shady patio. The sworn enemy of hostas are slugs and snails – but you can grow hostas without resorting to chemical slug pellets by mulching around them with crushed egg shells or coarse gravel, or hair clippings work well. Beer traps in jam jars sunk into the ground also work. If you want to grow your hostas in pots you can buy self-adhesive copper tape to encircle the top of your pots, that slugs will not cross. At the nursery we are lucky in that we have a family of frogs on-site, and they keep our hostas slug- and...
Bedding and hanging baskets

Bedding and hanging baskets

New in – we now have a fine selection of plants for bedding and for summer hanging baskets: Trailing geraniums (white) which will flower all summer and into autumn. Zonal geraniums – we have large 3-litre potted ones in cerise, white and coral, which would be ideal for the centre of a large pot, and we also have smaller 9cm pots of ‘Victor’ in red. Petunias – we have three trailing varieties; Thumbelina ‘Rosy Ripple’ are double hanging Petunias in pink; ‘Trailing Mixed’ are, as the name suggests, a mixture of colours; and ‘Pink Ice’ have pale pink flowers with dark pink centres, and are ideal for hanging baskets and containers. Nemesia ‘Golden Eye’ is a free-flowering plant with a light scent and blue flowers with a bright yellow centre, which flower from April to late autumn. Verbena ‘Sky Blue’ are well suited to baskets, containers or planting in the ground – they have excellent weather tolerance and mildew resistance. We also have stocks of Bacopa (known as Water Hyssop) in white, and for foliage we have Helichrysum,  and Plectranthus. The danger of a late frost is not quite over yet, so care should be taken with these plants – bring them in if a frost is forecast over the next few weeks. To follow later in May we also have Lobelia, Scaveola, Nemesia, Diascia, Begonia, Fuschia and Marguerite ‘Crazy Daisy’. We are also taking orders for hanging baskets – please ask us for prices....