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  1. Johnsons receive Plant Healthy certification

    Johnsons receive Plant Healthy certification

    We are delighted to announce that we are now Plant Healthy certified.

    The Plant Healthy certification scheme makes it easier to identify businesses that trade and grow plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard. It reduces the risk of introducing/spreading destructive plant pests and protecting the horticultural industry, other cultivated plants and natural habitats.

    Plant Health is important to Johnsons and many other nurseries for many reasons, such as protecting our woodlands from pests and diseases such as ash-dieback and oak Processionary Moth, to safeguard native flora and fauna from non-native pests and diseases.

    Healthy plants are also fundamental for the creation of beautiful gardens and landscapes and are essential for life, making the oxygen we breathe and absorbing carbon dioxide. They are also essential for the food we eat and without them, we wouldn’t be here.

    Head of Production and Procurement, Jonathan Whittemore, said: “We are acutely aware of our plant Health responsibility which is why our staff are appropriately trained, and our plant health systems are robust. Our recent Plant Healthy certification, shows we are a business that trades and grows plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard—reducing the risk of introducing or spreading destructive plant pests and protecting the horticultural industry, other cultivated plants, and natural habitats.”

    Click here to view our Plant Healthy certificate.

    Posted 20th May 2:30pm
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  2. The Growers Choice: Cottage garden plants

    The Growers Choice: Cottage garden plants

    Cottage style gardens are generally designed to include informal planting where the plants fill the air with beautiful scents; arches are filled with climbing roses, and borders full to the brim with a wide array of perennials and flowering shrubs.

    Want to include cottage garden plants in your next garden design project? here are some of our favourites

    1.Digitalis commonly known as foxgloves have been a cottage garden favourite for years with bell-shaped flowers available in an array of colours from pink to cream they are happy in a partial shade garden and are a favourite source of pollen for bees.

    🌸 Flowers: June-July

    🌞Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m

    🌱 Soil: moist, humus-rich soil

    Available in 2L pots.

    2. No cottage garden is complete without a Lupin, a popular choice for a traditional cottage garden with tapering spires available in shades of pink, purple, yellow, red and even mixed adding height to the back of a cottage garden border.

    🌸 Flowers: June-July

    🌞Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1.2m

    🌱 Soil: fertile, well-drained, sandy soil

    Available in 2L pots.

    3.Roses are a great addition to a cottage garden, and in particular, climbing roses would look fantastic against a trellis, pergola or the walls of a house with some varieties adding fragrance to your garden.

    🌸 Flowers: July – September

    🌞Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Dependent on variety

    🌱 Soil: fertile, well-drained, moist soil

    Available in 2L pots.

    4. Lavender will add fragrance and colour to your cottage garden and will draw in the pollinators. A great addition to a path, or border. Place in a sunny, well-drained position for best results.

    🌸 Flowers: July – September

    🌞Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Dependent on variety

    🌱 Soil: fertile, well-drained soil

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L and 10L pots (depending on variety)

    5. Geranium – A perfect plant doing well in partial shade to full sun, it’s great for underplanting or filling in any empty gaps in your border, adding beautiful purple flowers from June through to October.

    🌸 Flowers: June – October

    🌞Position: Sun – Partial Shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m

    🌱 Soil: fertile, well-drained soil.

    6.Hydrangeas are another firm favourite with varieties producing large clusters of purple, pink, blue or white flowers in early summer.

    🌸 Flowers: July – August

    🌞Position: Sun – Partial Shade

    📏 Height: Depends on the variety

    🌱 Soil: moist, well-drained, fertile soil

    Other popular cottage garden plants include Alchemilla Mollis, Paeonia, Geranium, Phlox, Iris, Hollyhock, Dianthus, Delphinium and Heucheras. For more of our solutions click here

    Posted 18th May 11:36am
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