Top Ten Garden Quotes

For when you need a little inspiration…

 

From the inspiring and profound, to the practical or the downright silly! We’ve collected some of our favourite quotes to feed your enthusiasm and get you out into your gardens.

 

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek proverb

 

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Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

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One of the least arduous but most productive of gardening jobs, the magic of deadheading never fails to delight me. It was a revelation when the principle was explained to me: that flowers are the attempt by the plant to reproduce itself. So if you cut the heads off before the flower turns into seeds, the plant will continue to flower.

Tom Hodgkinson

 

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Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

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My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.

Claude Monet

 

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Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.

Rudyard Kipling

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TOP TEN – Exotic choices for your garden

Our top ten exotic plants to liven up your patio and garden displays in 2017.

There’s nothing like bringing a taste of the exotic to your garden in summer, and when these plants come to life they cannot be beaten for vibrancy and interest!

 

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Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

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Where better to start than with this attractive ornamental plant, also known as a Crain flowers for its tropical bird like shape. Surprisingly easy to grow, they hold an RHS Award of garden merit.

 

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Datura Hybrids or Brugmansia

 

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These impressive patio plants are also known as Angel’s Trumpets. The magnificent flowers on this tree like plant are perfect for growing in large tubs on a sunny patio. Best to move indoors or to a greenhouse in winter.

 

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Passiflora

 

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An amazing sight on a summers day – these climbing plants, commonly known as Passion Flowers, produce a constant flow of exotic shaped flowers throughout summer. The summer fruit is edible and can be used for making jam, for a good crop grow in a greenhouse.

 

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Zantedeschia

 

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An increasingly popular choice, these distinctive flowers, known as Calla Lilies, are an expensive treat that can be grown indoors, or outside.

 

 

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Mimosa Acacia

 

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This fragrant beauty is heavy with masses of dainty yellow flowers bubbling over its feathered foliage. Only when its growing on your patio will you appreciate why its name was given to a very popular cocktail!

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Dipladenia Sundaville

 

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Sensational patio or conservatory plants that can also be trained up a trellis. They will flower from spring to October outdoors and up to Christmas in a conservatory.

 

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Callistemon Citrinus ‘Splendens’

 

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Add a dramatic flash of colour to your garden with this vibrant red flowered plant, also known as the Red Bottle brush plant.

 

 

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Bougainvillea

 

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These stunning flowering plants have become an increasingly popular patio choice, producing an abundance of bright tubular flowers in summer and autumn.

 

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Canna Tropicanna®

 

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These vigorous growing Canna grow really well in the UK. The spears of foliage are an amazing sight caught in sunlight, with tropical flowers simply an added bonus!

 

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Patio and greenhouse Fruit

 

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Ever thought of growing your own Grapes? They are a magnificent treat and will grow really well in a greenhouse. Or if you don’t have a greenhouse and are a little short on space we have a whole range of Dwarf Fruit Trees that will make an excellent addition to your patios or conservatory. For exotic flavours try Figs, Limes, Lemons, Mandarins, or our new Pepino Melon.

 


 

 

Top Ten – Ground Cover Perennials

Top ten ground cover plants to get you covered in 2017!

 

We’ve picked our top ten choices for this year – including some reliable old favourites and some exciting new varieties. Sorted in order of flowering season.

 

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Phlox subulata

 

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Flowers April-May. Also known as creeping Phlox these are invaluable groundcover, ideal for trailing over walls or rockeries. No pruning required!

 

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Aubrieta

 

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Flowers April-May. Left to spread naturally Aubrieta are a delight in early spring.
 

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Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost

 

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Flowers April-May. Expansive silvery foliage with sprays of pretty blue flowers – this is a great option for a shaded spot that needs a bit of cover. Good pest resistance.

 

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Helianthemum (Sun Rose)

 

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Flowers May-June. Also known as the Rock Rose, these sun loving sprawling plants flower prolifically through the summer, each bloom lasting only one day.

 

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Sedum Kamtschaticum

 

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Flowers May-July. A mound of glossy green foliage with buttery yellow flowers in summer.

 

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Campanula Carpatica

 

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Flowers May-August. Masses of stunning violet blue bellflowers formed in clumps – an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and perfect for suppressing weeds.

 

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NEW for 2017 Sedum pulchellum Sea Star

 

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Flowers May-August. Robust and unusual low growing perennial. Sprays of thin glossy green leaves cover in pale pink star-shaped flowers.

 

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NEW for 2017 Lewisia Cotyledon Mixed

 

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Flowers May-August. A colourful, hardy perennial also known as bitter root. They like good drainage and full sun – perfect for rockeries.

 

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Prunella Grandiflora

 

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Flowers June-July. Evergreen foliage with pink or white flowers in June and July, very effective as ground cover.

 

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NEW for 2017 Aster ericoides Snow Flurry

 

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Flowers September-October. A new aster that makes great ground cover, smothering weeds with the dense needle like foliage and producing masses of daisy like flowers. Very tough and easy to grow.

To browse our full range of Ground Cover Plants please click here