Shopping for plants can be a little bit stressful at times. Anyone who has bought plants from a garden centre will have seen first hand the potential problems that can arise during transportation. Pots can tip over, stems can snap and by the time you get home it looks like a different plant. So here’s five good reasons to consider buying your plants online :
Convenience: There’s the obvious advantages associated with any online shopping experience such as being able to order from the comfort of your home and the time that is saved by the home delivery service.
Make the right choice : If you spot a plant you like the look of online you can quickly research to see how big it will grow and what it might look like when established. It is easy to do a search through google images to see examples of the plant in situ. You might even spot a combination of plants you like that will go with it.
Variety : The average garden centre is unable to match the multitude of varieties available online. As you would expect the plants in garden centres are commonly dictated by fashion and for this reason the choice can be limited. If you shop around online you’ll almost certainly be able to find the variety of plant you’re looking for. Why go to your local garden centre when you can go directly to the specialist growers online whose plants are often far superior ?
Spend Less : Visit a number of sites from the comfort of your couch to find the best price. With the cost of petrol being as high as it is can you imagine how much that would cost if you did the same process in your car. Also when buying online there’s less of a risk that an impulse buy will throw a spanner in the works.
Site Survey : At any point during the ordering process it’s quite simple to step outside the house into the garden to double check whether the plant you’re about to purchase will fit the spot you have in mind. Whilst we all like like to support local businesses it’s hard to overlook the advantages of purchasing online. Last year I purchased the majority of plants through Crocus whilst this year I opted for Gardening Express. My experience with both suppliers has further extended my confidence in buying plants online.
Daniel has worked in the garden sector since 1998, is an avid gardener and a foodie. His organic garden is based near Chester.
After watching Monty Don’s new program on French Gardens on Friday I looked up ‘La theorie et la pratique du Jardinage’ and was pleased to find it on Google Books. There’s no plans afoot to build a palissade here but for those with the garden and funds to accommodate one perhaps these images taken from the book will provide some inspiration :
If you were inspired by Monty’s new series and fancy going to visit some French gardens here’s a few to consider :
Update from your Northern Correpondent.
With a few clear days it’s the time of year to get into the garden to tidy up some of those tired looking plants and scruffy borders. A consequence of this is that the garden starts to look a little bare so plans are afoot to introduce some ornamental grasses. Not only will these add a little life and movement to the garden over the winter months but a number of them, like miscanthus sinensis, will provide shelter and seeds for the birds. These can be cut back towards the end of winter before the new shoots start to come through.
Whilst the trees and sedum are existing the rest of the planting will be new. I’ve already placed my order online with gardening express so I’ll keep you posted as to how I get on.
Here’s how the area looks at the moment. I’m sure you will agree that it needs a little makeover. Watch this space.
Most gardeners are acutely aware of the turning of the seasons. Winter may be marked by the spicy fragrance of witch hazel, the emergence of daffodils are a welcome sight in Spring and the first taste of a homegrown tomato in summer is a joy. One of the things I look forward to come Autumn is the harvesting of the eye-catching gourd.
I usually plant these in April and watch with great interest over following months to see the unusual bounty take shape. You never quite know what you might get, some bright and warty, others smooth in rich shades of orange. When the rest of the garden is starting to lose the summer splendour gourds offer a welcome injection of colour and interest. What’s more once the plant has started to shrivel the gourds can be picked (I tend to leave a reasonable length of stem on each) and brought into the house for ornamentation.
Whether out in the garden or arranged in a bowl in the centre of a table the weird and wonderful shapes and colours are always admired. There’s no real skill required to display gourds, literally pour them into a bowl and leave. Unlike fresh flowers they last months and when you’re ready for a change you will likely find that the witch hazel is out.
Left – Sweetheart Plant, this is really easy to grow.
Upper Middle – Begonia from Dibleys of Ruthin.
Far Right – Ginseng Ficus from Ikea, in an old terracotta pot.
Lower Left – Does Anyone recognise this one ?
Lower Middle – Silver Crown.
Watering can by Hawes.
Green is widely recognised for it’s calming effect and I can think of no better way of introducing some calm into our hectic lives than by the addition of a few house plants. The various shades of green afforded by leaves add texture and interest to spaces and can transform an ordinary space into an exceptional one. This is the conservatory at the back of our house being put to good use. Come rain or shine I can satisfy my instinct to nurture a few plants and the reward is