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 May 2024

With May upon us this is the time we can all get excited about soon planting our annual plant out. This month I have highlighted some of my favourite plants to buy in May, at the nursery we are very excited about these plants many of which are brand new varieties and promise to brighten up your garden, patio or balcony.

Lupin West Country

We all know and love Lupins, but West Country Lupins are not your average lupins. Bred in devon, these famed lupin breeds have created some of the most beautiful and captivating varieties, money can buy. West country lupins are renowned, for their stunning bicolour blooms, impressive disease resistance and being pollinating powerhouses, which are loved by bees and butterflies as much as they are by us. So, if you are looking for a hardy perennial plant, that brings a wow to the garden, look no further than, west country lupins.

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New guinea Impatiens

Traditionally shadier gardens have had to sacrifice lots of flowers for foliage. But that is not the case, when it come to New Guinea Impatiens. These bright coloured flowers will flower all summer long and are more than happy in full sun, all the way down to partial shade. These plants make the perfect border or container plant, for the tricky to fill area that does not get too much sun. New Guinea Impatiens are relatively low maintenance, but they will thank you for dead heading them, and if you do, you will be treated to flower after flower all summer long.

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Pre Planted Hanging Baskets

Year after year, our pre planted hanging baskets become, more and more popular, and with good reason. Each hanging basket is planted with plants that will flower all summer long, easy to look after and will fill your garden with colour. All the baskets are delivered, in our purpose made packaging, so all you have to do, is hang them up and water when needed. A perfect collection for the ready-made garden.

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Welcome to the heavenly hues of Polemonium, often known as Jacobs Ladder, this is a go to perennial for that slightly shadier corner of the garden, because unlike many other flowering plants, these will thrive in partial to full shade. Another draw of these wonderful plants is how easy they are to care for, they are not fussy at all when it comes to compost and although they benefit from the occasional deadheading, they generally only need watering. This is one of those groups of plants that you can happily sit back and enjoy, as it brings some colour to a normally dark corner.

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Buddleja Butterfly Candy

Beautiful blooms in a compact plant. If you are short of space or are looking for a smaller plant for a pot or container, the Little Lady range of Geraniums is for you. The stunning neat flowers of this range of Geranium really do pack a punch. Flowering all summer long, they are a plant that is fast becoming a nursery favourite. A really wonderful range of geraniums, that is a must, for your pots and containers.

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