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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Catkins in Winter and Early Spring

There are so many beautiful catkins that carry us through the winter and last well into spring.

Hedging Brochure 2021-2022


Hedging Brochure 

2021-2022 Season

  Preston Bissett Nurseries & Country Shop

Link to our website for full details here: 

It is now the bare root hedging season. 

This is the most economic way to plant a hedge.

How To Plant Winter Colour With Cornus

Some of the best winter colour is not in flowers but in bark,foliage and stems like these amazing varieties of cornus (dog wood)

Creating A Good Winter Garden

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. I am generalising. Go shopping on a mid winters day and you will then appreciate we have colour all winter.

White Gardens

There are some really good winter whites and silver foliage. White is not just reserved for summer flowers. Simple understated but stunningly pretty. Again less can be so much more in a garden. Repetition of colour themes being bold enough with your choice of colour and enough of it. White is my shade of winter and often summer.

Shrubs And Trees With Great Winter Colour

Cornus under planted with nandina

Job Vacancies

We regularly recruit. If you are interested in working at Preston Bissett Nurseries please send us your CV and a paragraph explaining why you feel you would be suitable and what you would bring to the business. 

We like our nursery staff to have valued horticultural qualifications and experience in horticulture and retail.

Part time casual seasonal work is often available in the spring and at Christmas. This involves watering, delivering,planting, pricing, unloading and loading. We also require help with maintenance, planting and in the coffee shop from time to time.

Currently we are recruiting casual help with the Christmas trees and coffee shop.

Saturday, 6 November 2021

A New Large Evergreen Viburnum odoratissimum ‘Coppertop’

Looks like this is the new hot shrub. I can not believe how like a photinia it appears. The fresh growth is a good rich bronze. It is not as horrendously big as the 5m odoratissimum or green sweet viburnum. Hight wise this shrub is more like growing a Viburnum tinus or a Photina fraseri ‘Red Robin’.

Saxifraga fortunei Shiranami A Perennial Alpine

A really floriferous perennial alpine ideal for a shady woodland position. It’s used for edging borders and can look good in containers as it has a shaggy white double flowers from September to November.

Monday, 1 November 2021

A Fantastic Autumn Vine, Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’

Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’ is the perfect autumn climber.The colour is so rich. A vigorous large tendril climber with deeply lobed leaves which are purple in summer, deepening in late summer and crimson-tinted in autumn. 

Viburnum Tinus One of the Best Fragrant Winter Flowering Hardy Evergreen

Viburnum Tinus

Simply looking amazing is the viburnum tinus.  I love everything about this large evergreen shrub. Numerous varieties are available  from basic tinus to, Spirit, Gwenllian, Lisa Rose, Purpurea and French White, Spring Bouquet. The differences are very slight and I have yet to tell them all apart. The flowering time vary slighty as does the blossom colour. I have a garden full of the Viburnum tinus and I does really well and I hasten to add it has a lovely fragrance.

Euronymus Alatus or The Burning Bush


Euonymus 'Atlas' or the burning bush is a simple deciduous shrub with some of the very best autumn foliage when green leaves turn into rich red and pink and are truly stunning.

Pyracantha or Firethorn


Firethorn can be fierce. The Police love it as a burglar deterrent. Used as a hedge or boundary it will keep people and dogs out. As long as you are prepared to wear gloves when you prune it there is no reason not to plant this bomb proof shrub.

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. And don't forget to get your spring bulbs in.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Nadina The Heavenly Bamboo

We have whole bed dedicated to nandina because they have a lot to offer particularly in autumn, winter.

Monday, 25 October 2021


Red Dragon's Claw Willow. What a great name for these twisted red, orange branches. And what beautiful autumn, winter interest. 
Salix sepulcralis 'Erythroflexuosa'. A reminder that its not just flowers and foliage that make a garden colourful but beautiful stems such as these and cornus.

Friday, 22 October 2021

Trees With Autumn Interest

Sorbus 'Josephs Rock'
Autumn interest makes us think of rich foliage and colourful fruits.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Autumn Foliage Trees

Autumn is all about beautiful foliage.

Crab Apple Are The Perfect Tree For Any Garden


Crab apple trees are lovely for any garden. They don't get too big, the fruits are outrageously gorgeous and in the spring the blossom is so pretty.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Symphyotrichum, It’s Just A New Name We Can Not Pronounce

Aster nova belgii Fellowship

The former Aster nova belgii or New York Aster should now be found under S! No long allowed in genus Aster but still a daisy!

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Plants For Autumn Colour

Autumn is just around the corner. The leaves are beginning to turn, the berries look plump and burdensome, but the true theatrical flush of gorgeous colours and crisp falling leaves will probably occur early to mid October.

October Gardener's Calendar

Autumn has arrived and it's traditional time for autumn planting. Its also the best time to reposition plants in your garden and of course get your spring bulbs in the ground.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Cercis canadensis 'Eternal Flame' The Chelsea 2021 Show Winner


I have watched and really enjoyed all the Chelsea coverage ending with last nights highlights, so I thought it totally appropriate to add one more picture post of the show winning plant. This is Cercis canadensis 'Eternal Flame'. It is such a pretty, hardy tree. A few arrived here on the nursery a few weeks ago and it's been admired and all but one bough very quickly! I was delighted it won. It is so autumnal and appropriate for this years unique show.