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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Plants That Make Christmas

Capture The Essence Of Christmas With Plants

Simple steps to a beautiful festive home and garden

Christmas containers, hanging baskets, twinkling lights and a beautiful Christmas wreath adorning the front door.

Choosing A Christmas Tree.

The three main commercial Christmas trees are: Nordmann the Caucasian Fir (Abies Nordmanniana), Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) and Norway Spruce(Picea Abies.)

Preston Bissett Nurseries have sold Christmas trees since 1984 and can tell you with confidence the most commonly asked questions are: 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas Trees

How To Prevent Snow Damage On Garden Shrubs And Perennials

We had snow in places this week. Thankfully its not due to last, I hope and think it will soon turn a little milder but every winter we need to be prepared for bad weather. 
When the cold arrives and sometimes it's just a little bit too cold for some plants. Often it is the combination of wet and severe cold that is damaging. This is usually worse in poorly drained heavy clay soils.
The joy of English gardens is the cosmopolitan variety of plants we grow, Japonicas from Japan, Orientalis from Asia. We grow many New Zealand plants, lots from a Mediterranean  regions and so forth. It is not surprising some cope better with extremes than others and I find it helpful to know something of where plants originate.

Victorian chimney pot in snow

Friday, 24 November 2017

December Gardener's Calendar.

It’s all about taking a few sensible steps to protect the garden from the unpredictable weather we may have to come over the winter.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Winter Gardens

Grumbles about winter gardens are not justified. The fault lies firstly with us and our fair weathered nature. We shop when its warm and buy what we see in flower in May and June and miss the winter flowers. Go shopping when on a mid winters day and you will then appreciate we have colour all winter. The second responsibility for this travesty is Monty Donn and the Beechgrove team as they stop broadcasting in November, thus implying the garden is closed until spring.
Winter Majoram Seed Heads

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Top Ten Winter Plants

Skimmia rubella
Winter is the sadly forgotten season and yet there is an array of fabulous colour in the plant world. Much of it free colour by that I mean we are not waiting for a flower. The light is low and  rich tones radiate from the leaves and foliage comes in a multitude of  shades. Red leaves, trimmed margins, variegated, some very interesting speckled shades where a virus have been introduced to change the colour as well as all variety of greens, silvers and yellows. There are lots of new foliage plant varieties well worth a try. Just as technology moves forward the plant industry is rapidly breeding new varieties of interest.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Planting Spring Bulbs

If you plan spring bulbs well and its not hard, your bulbs can begin in Februrary and take you into June when the summer bedding takes over.

Spring bulbs are planted from September all except tulips they wait until November. That means plant your snowdrops, dafodills, narcissi, hyacynths, sillas, iris, crocus, alliums, fritillarias, muscari, camassias etc to enjoy next spring.

Monday, 30 October 2017

November Gardener's Calendar

  • Its a very good time to plant hedges, trees, shrub and fruit. To give your garden the very best head start continue the tradition of autumn planting and plant as much as possible now. Planting in autumn conditions is recommended because the ground is favourable and if we establish plants now we can enjoy them next year. Plants benefit from having time to create a solid root system through autumn, winter and early spring, when they are not under pressure to flower and produce leaves. Work now while the soil is still warm and moist and not yet frozen.

Errington Reay Handmade British Pottery

Simply Outstanding Handmade British Pottery 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Plants For Hardy Containers

We have been looking at ideas for beautiful autumnal pots to provide us with some colour and perhaps fragrance to lift our spirits through the colder months.

How to Plant Hardy Containers for All Year Round Interest

Why not have pot up herbs, hardy evergreens and enjoy climbers in pots supported by beautiful obelisks. Bring your own pots and learn how to plant them up!

How to Plant Containers for Autumn and Winter Interest.
 These terracotta bowls made by Yorkshire Flower Pots look great planted for Autumn/Winter and Spring /Summer interest. We have used small evergreen shrubs, grasses, ferns herbs violas, perennials and bulbs. In the  Autumn/Winter when the bedding is finished we dedicate a poly tunnel to container plants, so it is easy to find an interesting mix. Many of these are small evergreens with interesting foliage because foliage can be just as attractive and colourful as flowers and more dependable

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Help Choosing The Right Hedge

 Without doubt there are huge benefits in having a hedge for a boundary rather than a fence or a wall. Hedging plants are available here at the nurseries or on our website
They act as wind and sound breaks, filtering us from noise, sheltering the garden from winds, Hedges support many species of wild life and they are economical as their durability to the elements and life span exceeds fences and walls. Hedges can also be beautiful, reflecting the seasons and providing a canvas to enhance other plants

Hedging Prices

Saturday, 21 October 2017

New In This Season

Great for Christmas presents. These fab signs and measuring sticks have just arrived in the shop. Hand made and stencilled by a couple of cool guys in the UK.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Shrubs For All Year Round Interest

Its a tall order but there are some pretty amazing plants out there that are interesting all year round. I don't think there is anything that actually flowers all year but there are some wonderful evergreen foliages, colurful bark and a variety of berries that really deserve a mention. Here is a quick flash of some of the plants we recomend and a useful list.

Nandina domestics 'Obsessed'

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