Alan's Bio:

Alan, a 3rd generation Nurseryman has been working on the family nursery for 23 years. His experience in gardening includes, designing award winning RHS displays, maintaining gardens, big and small and growing plants commercially for garden centres and the gardeners alike. These are his top picks for February 2024.

Alan's top plants for buying in June 2024

Summer is here, it’s official. Now, the weather has not be the kindest to gardeners in 2024 so far, but fingers crossed that is all about to change. Even if that is not the case, my top plants to buy in June will brighten up your garden, no matter what the UK weather decides to send our way.


Delphiniums are not your average garden plant. Sometimes known as larkspur these perennial show stoppers have been gracing our gardens for centuries. The long, tall spires of flowers are available in an array of colours and suit the middle of a border, or a large container very well. Our range of Delphiniums have been carefully selected for both garden performance and stunning colour. All our plants have been propagated using a special technique, which helps you produce a stunning plant and an array of unusual colours. When it comes to show stopping plants, these delphiniums are hard to beat.

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Nepeta is one of the understated heroes of the garden. Often known as Catmint, Nepeta may not be as showy as other perennial plants, instead of bright bold colours, with Nepeta you get gentle waves of blues, which last throughout the whole of the summer. This type of plant is what I like to call a “canvas” plant. It may not be the centrepiece of the picture, but what is a painting without a canvas. Growing 40-60cm in height, these hardy perennial plants have silver green leaves and produce lots of blue flowers. A very easy plant to care for, that will cope with everything the UK weather can throw at it. This is one of those plants that will really bring a border to life.

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Newlands Nursery 9cm Summer Flowering Range 

As summer is here, we are proud to release our very popular 9cm Summer Flowering Range. Filled with some really special plants, this range is popular every year. This is the ideal range of plants for gardeners that want flowers quickly. Featuring some of our most popular summer annual plants, these are perfect to plant in a container, or on the edge of a border. If you want to brighten up your garden quickly, this is the range for you.

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Achillea New Vintage 

The New Vintage range of Achillea will bring a touch of class and nostalgia to your garden or patio. Forget fancy new plants (although this is fairly new.) The New Vintage range is all about timeless classics. These easy to grow perennial plants, grow well in containers as well as the garden and will flower from early summer, all the way until early Autumn. Available in three colours, this is a must have garden plant, that does not take much work to care for at all. Naturally Achillea is drought tolerant, but unusually, they will also cope with the wet periods of weather we often get in the UK. This really is a must have plant for all gardens.

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Coreopsis UpTick 

If you are looking to add some sunshine to your garden, look no further than the Coreopsis Uptick collection. The UpTick range, feature unique flower combinations, that will add brightness to your garden, no matter the weather. With cream, yellows and reds, this is a must have perennial plant that grows well in borders, containers and window boxes. Being a perennial plant, they come back every year and are very low maintenance. Ideally situated in full sun with well-drained soil, the flowers will last all summer and are loved by Butterflies as much as they are us.

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