When should I buy bedding plants?

When should I buy bedding plants?

Not in April, that’s for sure. I’m always asked if we have any bedding plants in April. Even though the likes of B&Q and the major supermarkets are piling them high in their entrance lobbies right now, buying summer bedding in April is a total waste of money.

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...
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....