Outdoor Plants

Veg plants availability (@ 22 June 2020)

Cucumber: Pepinex, Mini Munch, La Diva

Courgette: Ambassador, Geode

Chilli pepper: Long Slim

Sweet pepper: Long red Marconi

Butternut Squash: Sprinter

Other edibles:

Grape vines : several varieties that are suitable for the UK climate, including Black Hamburgh and White Chasselas

Fig trees

Strawberries: 1x hanging strawberry planter left; but more small pots of strawberries on order


The Plant Centre's roses include a special selection from local, internationally-famous rose breeder, David Austin Roses

We love to choose roses for their fragrance, and to offer a great range of climbers and ramblers; these are supplemented by some fabulous shrub/ground cover varieties and traditional favourites.

Pictured right is the gorgeous David Austin English Shrub rose, Boscobel. If you would like a current listing of roses available for pay-and-collect, please email us via the contact form.

David Austin Rose Boscobel

Clematis & climbers

Clematis & climbing plants

Climbing plants soften and add interest to fences and walls. They look wonderful growing up through trees, or over arches, obelisks and pergolas. Some climbers are dainty and well-behaved whilst others are vigorous and get all over everywhere. Some can be grown in a large planter, some need the ground and a large garden.

But we believe every garden needs a climber of some sort - and we like to offer a good selection of clematis - the montanas, which get huge, and as many as we can of the other types, particularly those that flower twice or all summer.

As well as clematis you will find Virginia creeper, various wisterias and hederas (ivies), jasmines, passiflora, solanum jasminoides, trachelospermum jasminoides, loniceras (honeysuckle) and more.

Fruit trees & soft fruit

Our fruit trees are locally grown. We stock container-grown trees, which are mostly at least two years old and of a good size (it varies but around 2 metres is typical). We offer local delivery  but don't forget that trees can be fitted into cars by careful insertion/bending of new growth, and we are happy to help! 

As well as favourite/local heritage varieties of apple, pear, plum and damson, you will find mulberries and medlars, quince, cherry and fig trees. Blueberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, redcurrants etc are available either in season or all year.

Need help? We will be happy to advise - from suggesting type and variety of tree for your garden, discussing rootstocks and pollination requirements, to planning an entire orchard.

Herbaceous perennials

From tried-and-tested favourites to something a little bit different, we're passionate about perennials. As with our shrubs, the lion's share come from local growers, and we're proud of the quality and diversity of our offering.

The local factor not only cuts down on 'plant miles' but is also a good indicator that the plant will thrive in the area's gardens.
That is not to say it would not adapt to life in the far north however! Please do ask if you are unsure about a plant's hardiness. 

Salvias and other perennials


Alpines are among the earliest plants to show flower in late winter, and are ideal for hillside gardens and awkward steeply-sloping places as well as rockeries. Usually available in smaller pots than the other perennials, they represent great value (and many spread or can be divided).

We love our alpines at the Plant Centre and will always try to offer a nice interesting range, including some less-widely-available varieties.


Stipa tenuissima

Grasses are proving increasingly popular with customers - with many looking good all through winter, especially on frosty days, we are not surprised. To meet this growing demand, our range now includes, subject to availability:

Acorus (various), Amenanthele lessoniana, Calamagrostis (various), many different Carex, Chasmanthium latifolium, Deschampsias (various), Eragrostis Wind Dancer, Festuca Intense Blue, Hakonechloa, Imperata Red Baron, Luzula Nivea, several types of Miscanthus; Molinia, Ophiopogon nigrescens, Scirpus Cernuus, and Stipa including tenuissima and gigantea, and Uncinia rubra.  Plus Pennisetums in season (Summer).

Veg plants

Tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, peppers, leeks and other veg. plants are in stock in Spring, once they become available from growers (timing dependant on weather).

We like to offer as many tomato varieties as we can, including favourites such as Gardeners' Delight, Sungold and Tumbling Tom, plus some more unusual heritage or new varieties - many of them locally, organically-grown.

Special occasion plants

A well-chosen plant makes a wonderful gift. It could be something very personal such as a plant with the recipient's name in its name, or perhaps a Family apple tree (these have several varieties grafted onto one rootstock) -  to mark a family event.

For weddings, there are several options, such as the beautiful shrub Exochorda 'The Bride', Clematis /Wedding Day' rosa 'Your Wedding Day', rosa 'Perfect Match', 'Just Married' or the lovely David Austin rambler, 'Wedding Day' (n.b. they will need a good-sized garden for that one).

Anniversaries are fairly well catered-for by the 'Special Moments' roses, which include 1st, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th. There are also camellias 'Silver Anniversary' and 'Ruby Wedding', and clematis 'Ruby Wedding'. One of our customers put together a selection of perennials with 'Ruby' in the name, for his wife on their ruby anniversary - a nice idea that would work equally well for Silver or Golden.

Other 'Special Moments' roses include the Congratulations Rose, New Arrival, Special Mum, Special Dad, Best of Luck and of course the Birthday Rose.

To make your plant gift more 'gifty' we can gift-wrap it, or plant it in your choice of container and supply a suitable ribbon or tie-on heart.

Please bear in mind that we may not have your chosen plant in stock at all times so do phone 01584 856873 or email us first to check availability. If you give us plenty of notice we are happy to order in for you, subject to availability from our suppliers.   

Christmas Trees

You can expect to find top quality Nordman Firs here from the last weekend in November approx. (please check before travel).

We also buy container-grown Blue Spruce trees which arrive a little earlier than the cut trees. Please note that container-grown trees tend to be smaller than the cut ones, because of the prohibitive cost and practicality of all that potting-on. Smaller still we often have a range of pinus or other attractive mini trees ideal for a table-top, child's bedroom, gift, etc.

CONTAINER-GROWN TREES - how to preserve them for re-use

Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking their potted tree can just be put in the garden and survive on just rain. Sadly this is far from true so if you plan to keep your tree for next year you will need to look after it. Water regularly; the only time you can relax about watering is when rainfall is heavy. Otherwise keep an eye and in hot dry weather you may need to water every day.

It will benefit enormously from being potted on, using John Innes No.3, to a slightly bigger pot each Spring, and may need some feeding as well.

IMPORTANT - How to keep your cut Christmas Tree from drying out

Having spent good money on your tree you won't want it dropping everywhere. A non-drop tree will only refrain from dropping if you treat it right! Think of it as a cut flower - keeping it in water at all times is crucial. A tree stand with a water reservoir (we sell these) is a very good idea; check the water level regularly.

A cut tree seals itself with resin where it has been cut. It takes about 4 hours do do this, and once it is sealed it cannot 'drink' water. If you are taking it home to put it in water straight away  we will cut a disc off the trunk for you, so it can take up water.
If you plan to wait longer before bringing it indoors you must do this at home, or your tree will soon start to drop and die.

If the water does run out and you believe it has been dry for 4 hours or more, you'll need to refresh it by cutting an inch off the bottom of the trunk, then placing in a bucket of water to allow for extra water uptake before returning to its normal stand.

Finally, PLEASE don't position it next to a radiator or near any other type of fire!

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