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Gardening Advice

Choosing and planting bare-root roses

Choosing and planting bare-root roses 0

Everyone loves a rose, and November to March is a good time to plant bare-root roses, so that they romp away when the warm weather comes. The trick for choosing them and growing them at their best is to pick the right position for the right rose for your garden.

There are so many roses that it’s no wonder people get confused. What’s the
difference between a rambler and a climber, or a modern shrub rose and an old
rose? What is an ‘English rose’? Is there a rose that be grown by the sea, or on a
steep bank, or as ground-cover? Are any roses suitable for hedging? What
conditions do roses like? What about pruning? And how do you plant bare root
roses? I’ll try to answer these questions in the rest of this blog...
  • Alan Taylor
Christmas decorations from the garden  - By Deborah Ballard

Christmas decorations from the garden - By Deborah Ballard 0

Bringing in greenery from the garden makes Christmas, and is far better for the planet than buying artificial decorations. Holly and ivy are traditional, but evergreen branches of eucalyptus, pine, pittosporum, elaeagnus and olearia also look lovely.  

 Variegated leaves will bring brightness into your arrangements – try Pittosporum tenuifolia ‘Silver Queen’, or one of the variegated hollies – choose silver- or gold-variegated types to match your other decorations, like Ilex aquifolium Argentea Marginata or Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Golden King’ (female, despite the name). The silvery leaves of Eleagnus x ebbingei are also good.

  • Alan Taylor



The bareroot season usually starts at the end of October and finishes around early April, of course like everything in the horticultural world, this is all a little bit weather dependent. My love of Autumn is usually added to by a restlessness for the bareroot season to start, it is by far our busiest time and soon the slow days of September and October are a distant memory as we are up to our eyes in all things bareroot. currants, raspberries, strawberries and hybrid berries  are usually the first to arrive and there is something about the scent of the soil on the roots that lets you know it's time to start moving plants. Trees, top fruit, shrubs and hedging all follow very quickly and we usually have a lot of customers eager to plant as soon as they can.


There are a lot of advantages to planting bareroot, not least the price which is usually considerably cheaper than the potted option. It is a lot easier to handle in bulk and so it is much more suited to delivery for mail order.

  • Alan Taylor
Blooming in Winter

Blooming in Winter 0

Witch Hazels are often overlooked when people consider a large shrub or small tree for a garden, but they have a lot to offer and even more so at a time of year when there might be little else to cheer about.

 As Autumn starts to settle in and thoughts of Winter flowering shrubs begin to enter our minds, it is hard not to consider the Witch Hazel. For anyone who has seen a Witch hazel in full bloom, knows that it can be breathtaking and intriguing!

  • Future Forests
'The Dance of the Cherry Trees' - by Matt Keane Future Forests

'The Dance of the Cherry Trees' - by Matt Keane Future Forests 0

There is hardly a group of trees that bring more joy in Spring then Japanese flowering cherries. My earliest memory of a flowering cherry was a Prunus Kanzan in a friends garden, of course I had no idea what it was called then but even at 12 years old I was impressed by its abundance of double pink flowers. Prunus Kanzan is indeed probably one of the most well known varieties and still a big seller, John Spillane’s great song ‘The dance of the cherry trees’ refers to this robust grower....
  • Future Forests

Thoughts on Autumn Colour 2

I love this time of year.

If the weather is decent and Autumn storms haven’t denuded the branches, you will more than likely get a beautiful display of colour on those varieties that can offer it. Some trees and shrubs who have stood there most of the year unnoticed suddenly more then earn their place by blazing beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow.

This has been a great year for colour, the Red Oak, Quercus rubra which I am constantly reminded is planted too close to the house has yet again given a fine display, I find it is more a deep rusty red then the scarlet reds that the equally lovely Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) gives. The Pin Oak is a great grower in the more acidic parts of the country, it will thrive in a damp spot and there is plenty gardens and fields that can offer that.