Plant Sourcing

Many people love visiting nurseries and garden centres to choose and buy their own plants.  BUT if you have a large or unusual order, I can source from outlets not available to the public.

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If you want a planting plan filled, then I can work with my suppliers and often offer at lower than retail prices.  If specific varieties prove difficult to source then I can agree alternatives with the nursery that will still suit your garden design.

I will arrange delivery and am happy to place the pots in their planned spaces ready for you to plant at your leisure.

Give me a call to discuss all your plant sourcing needs

Frequently asked questions

What is the best time of year to buy plants?

  • Herbaceous perennials, such as cottage garden plants: early autumn is ideal in the South East U.K. because the soil is warm enough for roots to establish but the air is cool so the plants does not try to grow new shoots.  The other good time is in spring.  Try to avoid summer as the plants can get stressed from lack of water.
  • Trees and shrubs: when they are dormant, especially deciduous ones, which means when the leaves have fallen.  November to February is the traditional planting period for bare-rooted trees, including fruit trees – but avoid frost and snow or the roots may freeze and it’s very hard to dig holes! Container grown trees and shrubs are also planted in spring and autumn just like the perennials.

How do you choose the best plant specimen?

  • For herbaceous plants: remember that you are really buying the roots and crown not the top growth – you may appear to be buying a pot of compost.  Avoid plants with big roots pushing out through the drainage holes or where you don’t see any roots at all if you tap the plant gently out of its pot.
  • Trees and shrubs: look for a balanced shape in the top growth with no crossing stems and with healthy leaves – or buds if you are buying deciduous plants in winter.  The same guidance for the roots applies as for herbaceous plants.
  • Generally, avoid plants that are obviously under stress, where the pot is very light – indicating lack of water – and where the surface of the compost is covered with weeds.  You want the nursery or garden centre to care for the plants you are going to buy.