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  1. The Growers Choice - Acers for autumn

    The Growers Choice - Acers for autumn

    Acers (Japanese maples) are best known for their vivid autumn leaves that turn various colours during October, including fiery red, orange, yellow and brown. They make a perfect focal point brightening up dark corners of the garden, and even grow well in pots.

     

    Acer palmatum ‘Aureum’ 

    A medium-sized maple with stunning yellow leaves in spring followed by yellow lime coloured leaves in summer and shades of orange and red in autumn.

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 4 metres

    📏 Spread: Up to 4 metres

    Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’ 

    Has fantastic bright scarlet leaves during autumn that is a garnet stone colour throughout spring and summer, it’s slightly more compact than other varieties so makes a great addition to a patio pot or planted in a smaller garden.

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2 metres

    📏 Spread: Up to 2 metres

    Acer ‘Ryusen’ 

    Is a great compact weeping Japanese maple variety with mid to bright green leaves in spring and summer that turn an orange-red in autumn.

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2 metres

    📏 Spread: Up to 2 metres

     

    Acer palmatum ‘Firecracker’ 

    Purple and red shades in spring that have an outstanding autumn colour show of brilliant hues of oranges and reds.

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏Height: Up to 4 metres

    📏Spread: Up to 4 metres

    Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’

    A small-sized tree with a dark orange edge and yellow centre in autumn turning to shades of green during the summer.

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏Height: Up to 4 metres

    📏Spread: Up to 3 metres

    Acer ‘Shaina’ 

    A compact variety perfect for smaller gardens or even a patio pot. Displays of shades of red throughout the seasons and a crimson red in autumn.

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏Height: Up to 4 metres

    📏Spread: Up to 3 metres

    Acer ‘Sango Kaku’

    Known for its coral-pink stems and lush green leaves in summer that turn a soft yellow in autumn this will make a great feature tree.

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏Height: Up to 4 metres

    📏Spread: Up to 2 metres

     

    In need of more inspiration for your next project? head back to our solutions page here

    Posted 25th Aug 1:31pm
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  2. Planters bring iconic Quayside to life this summer

    Planters bring iconic Quayside to life this summer

    Newcastle’s iconic Quayside on the River Tyne has recently been brought to life as part of the NE1 Summer in the City project which has transformed a number of outdoor spaces across the city.

    As part of the project sixty-nine, large planters have been installed along the Quayside. The planters have been made from upcycled concrete manhole rings, which have been decorated and filled with shrubs, herbaceous, grasses and trees, alongside various art installations to enhance the planting design.

    Our customer Southern Green Ltd was commissioned to design and install the planters by their client NE1 Ltd with the planting interventions designed and delivered within 10 weeks including the procurement of all materials. JCC Engineers, Trevor Atkinson Landscapes, AH Events, Glebe House Vintage, Merchant no.1, RASKL Studio and The Traveller and the Bear were also part of the team brought together by NE1 to deliver this ambitious project.

    Southern Green Ltd called upon Johnsons to supply a large number of plants including Carex Testacea, Achillea ‘Cloth of Gold’ Hebe ‘Sutherlandii’, Lavandula ‘Munstead’, Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’, Salvia ‘Caradonna’, Astilbe ‘Fanal’, Miscanthus ‘Gracillimus, Campanula ‘Perla Blue’ and Verbena bonariensis.

    Other pop-ups installed throughout Newcastle’s city centre have included a large open-air cinema Screen on the Green at Old Eldon Square,  ‘Wave-Field’, an installation of 8 seesaws,  the Urban Garden at Wesley Square, a 75m long pavement vinyl by artist Tim Gresham, 3D Street Art by 3D Joe & Max and even water activities on the river.

    The ‘Summer in the City’ project aims to encourage tourists and locals into the city, with new attractions and activities to enjoy for all age groups.

    Alex Slack, Head of Special Projects at NE1 Ltd said: “The Summer in the City project and associated Quayside interventions are the result of months of hard work, dedication and commitment of everybody involved. Emerging from lockdown and faced with both material and labour shortages (as well as a relatively short lead in) it was vital that we had the right people in place to deliver our vision. The creativity and innovative thinking of Southern Green coupled with a first-rate service from Johnsons enabled us to achieve something truly remarkable despite numerous challenges. We are absolutely thrilled with the result and are enormously grateful to all who contributed.”

    Liam Haggarty, Southern Green Director, said: “It has been a privilege to be involved in yet another fantastic and innovative project working alongside friends and colleagues at NE1. The project is an exemplar for what can be achieved with a ‘can do’ attitude and a fantastic team of people all willing to go the extra mile from start to finish.

    Johnsons are always great to work with and provide the highest quality plant stock. They agreed to a nursery visit at very short notice, and then collated and delivered everything to our exacting specification within a matter of days, which was one of the key factors to the successful delivery of the works on site – thank you again to Tony and his team.”

    It was great to get involved in this project and bring the Quayside to life this summer. Liam came to the Nursery to choose the plants required.  The aim was to get as much colour in as possible with good quality plants, each batch of plants was tagged to indicate the grade required to be lifted. All of the plants were sent to the site on trollies to avoid damage to the plants and particularly the flowers.

    This is not the first ‘pop-up’ project johnsons has been involved with, click here to see a pop-up garden we supplied in Manchester for a well-known coffee brand.

     

    Posted 23rd Aug 3:55pm
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  3. The Growers Choice: Long-flowering plants

    The Growers Choice: Long-flowering plants

    If you are wanting your garden to bloom throughout the year, be sure to include long-flowering varieties in your projects from Vincas to Erysimum. Below is a list of some of our favourite long-flowering varieties.

    Erysimum Bowle’s Mauve

    A long-flowering semi-evergreen with narrow, grey-green leaves. This perennial produces spikes of purple flowers from late February to July and will make a great addition to a long flowering sunny border.

    🌸 Flowers: February – July

    🌞Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.75m

    🌱 Soil: poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil

    Available in 2L pots.

    Vinca minor

    One of our favourite ground cover plants is the evergreen Vinca Minor. It is well-known for its capability in ground-covering flaunting its star-like blue flowers which can be seen from April to September. Planting the Vinca Minor in very dry soil exposed to full sun or partial shade will allow them to flourish.

    🌸 Flowers: April – September

    🌞Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.2 metres

    🌱 Soil: Very dry soil

    Available in 2L pots.

    Persicaria ‘Darjeeling Red’

    Is a semi-evergreen perennial, well-known for its crimson upright flowers. It can be seen in the Autumn months from September to November, growing up to half a metre tall. For best results, soil moisture must be moist but well-drained.

    🌸 Flowers: June-October

    🌞Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5 metres

    🌱 Soil: Moist but well-drained

    Available in 2L and 5L pots.

    Geranium varieties

    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.

    Salvia varieties such as ‘Caradonna’

    Violet blue flowers grow on purple stems from June to October. Happiest in a sunny position in a well-drained border. The flowers are well-loved by bees and butterflies.

    🌸Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

    Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

    A great addition to a sunny partial shade area of a project. They would even look great in a hanging basket.

    🌸Flowers: June-October

    🌞 Position: Full sun  or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

    Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’

    🌸Flowers: May – October

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

    Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

    Agastache varieties such as ‘Morello’, ‘Little Adder’ & ‘Blue Fortune’

    🌸Flowers:  July – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L. 3L

    Verbena bonariensis

    Tall branching stems with clusters of lilac-purple flowers from June to September are ideal for the front or middle of a border in full sun.

    🌸 Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

    🌞Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m  (depending on variety)

    🌱 Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

    Available in 2l  pots (depending on variety) 

    Other long-flowering varieties you could use include Lavender, Hypericum, Erigeron, Penstemon, Nepeta and Buddleia.

    For more garden inspiration, head to our solutions page by clicking here

    Posted 11th Aug 10:33am
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  4. The Growers Choice: Hedging for birds

    The Growers Choice: Hedging for birds

    Encourage birds into your garden projects by planting bird-friendly species such as Ilex aquifolium and Crataegus monogyna. See our bird-friendly hedging favourites below.

    1) Ilex aquifolium (Holly) is definitely a bird’s favourite. Its dense prickly leaves offer windproof shelter along with berries for a Christmas feast. Blackbirds and thrushes are usually the first to strip a holly bush of its berries.

    Available as root balls in the winter and container plants in a multitude of sizes throughout the year.

    🌸Flowers: June- July

    Fruits: October – January

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 20 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, moist, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil

    2) Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) berries are a favourite for Chaffinches, Starlings, Blackbirds and Greenfinches. The leaves are the food plant for caterpillars of many moth species, providing food for baby birds in spring.

    🌸Flowers: May – June

    Fruits: September – November

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 6 metres

    🌱 Soil: Any soil (apart from water-logged)

    We have a great selection of bare root hedging available from 40-60cm tall to 175-200cm tall from November to March.

    3) Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) is used by birds to nest among its dense thorny branches and feast on caterpillars and other insects on its leaves, and feast on the sloe berries in autumn.

    🌸Flowers: March

    Fruits: September – November

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 4 metres

    🌱 Soil: Any soil (apart from water-logged)

    Available in container pots throughout the year or in bare-root form come November – March. 

    4) Prunus padus (bird cherry) Provides a spring feast for pollinators. Its cherries are eaten by birds such as blackbirds and song thrushes and other mammals such as a dormouse.

    🌸Flowers: March

    Fruits: August

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 5 metres

    🌱 Soil: Will tolerate most soil types

    You can purchase this variety from us throughout the year as a container-grown plant or as a bare root one from November – March. 

    5) Cotoneaster varieties 

    Cotoneaster branches are always full of small red berries from autumn onwards and provide great shelter for a nesting site. They are popular with thrushes, Blackbirds and Waxwings.

    🌸Flowers: May

    Fruits: Autumn

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 6 metres

    🌱 Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

    Available in a number of pot sizes from 2L to 10L.

    6) Alnus glutinosa (Alder) seeds are eaten by birds such as Siskin, redpoll and goldfinches, as well as its catkins providing an early source of nectar and pollen for bees.

    🌸Flowers: February – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 10 metres

    🌱 Soil: Will tolerate most soil types

    This hedging plant is available in container pots throughout the year and in various bare-root sizes from November-March. 

    Other hedging varieties to consider to help encourage birds into your garden include Pyracantha, Acer campestre, Dog Rose and Malus sylvestris.

    Posted 10th Aug 3:22pm
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  5. Memorial bench pays tribute to past employee

    Memorial bench pays tribute to past employee

    Two employees Krzysztof Scislowski and Tom Watkins, have recently created a memorial bench for a previous employee, Dean Yarrow using pallets.

    Earlier this year, we were notified of a fatal car accident on the A165 near Bridlington, which involved Dean, his wife and toddler Henry. Dean and his wife sadly died at the scene while their son was treated for minor injuries.

    Dean was a well-loved hard-working member of the Johnsons team for 3 years from 2016-2019 and was Deputy Manager at our Whixley site, working closely with Krzysztof and Tom.

    Krzystof and Tom are some of many Johnsons employees with fond memories of Dean and specifically remember him eating his lunch sat on nursery pallets which inspired their pallet bench memorial idea.

    Deputy Cattal Manager, Tom Watkins said:

    “Dean was an unforgettable character; his knowledge and passion for plants were inspiring to me when working with him.

    His ability to always make me laugh both in and outside of work was everything you needed in a good friend.

    This bubbly persona definitely shines through in his son, Henry, who is also a likeness of his mother in that sense. The memorial bench Krzysztof made is a great place for others to share the memory of Dean.”

    Whixley site Manager Krzysztof, said: “

    Dean was a helpful, funny, loved friend not only at work but also after. He always had a smile and was ready to help

    and such will stay in my memory, a lot of the things we did together at Whixley will remind me of him.”

    Group Managing Director, Graham Richardson added: “Dean was a genuinely likeable character who was a valued colleague at Roecliffe, Whixley and in the business generally.

    There is little we can do to ‘soften’ the impact of this tragic accident – memories are all we have and our memorial bench is a fitting tribute.”

     

    Posted 9th Aug 2:33pm
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  6. A new role for Jack Witham

    A new role for Jack Witham

    Congratulations to Jack Witham, who has joined our Amenity Sales team as a Junior Sales Executive Find out what he had to say about his new role below.

    1. What will your new role at Johnsons involve?

    I am going into the Amenity sales team, so it involves several things to do with the Amenity side. Doing quotes is what I have started learning, but it also includes sorting sales orders and dealing with customers, new and old.

    2. How long have you been a part of the Johnsons team?

    I started at Johnsons when I was 17 during the summer holidays whilst I was at six form college. From then, I’d regularly come back in between term times whilst studying at university. After finishing university last year, I stayed on the nursery until taking this new role. My role was predominantly being an amenity lifter, preparing orders for customers making sure everything was to a high standard.

    3. What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

    Going into a different job role within the company is what I am most looking forward to, and working on a range of different things. This is my first job in an office, so it will be interesting to see what it is like inside.

    4. What do you think the challenges will be?

    Doing a job completely different from anything I have done before and learning all the different tips and techniques on computers. My I.T skills are O.K, but there is definitely room for improvement.

    5. Do you have any hobbies?

    I am a big cricket fan which shouldn’t come as much surprise working here. I am the Whixley cricket club captain, playing every weekend in summer when it doesn’t rain. I also have a membership at Yorkshire cricket club and watch them a lot when I can. I think that’s the only hobby I actually have.

    6. Favourite subject at school?

    Shockingly, it was P.E. Unfortunately, we hardly ever played cricket at school, and I wasn’t very good at other sports. I scored an own goal during my football examination, which brought my markdown.

    7. Favourite food?

    I love a Lamb pasanda from an Indian. It has to be the best meal out there. Any Indian food, though, is nice. Chinese is also very good. To be honest, I like a lot of food, just not mushrooms and cauliflower.

    8. Favourite holiday destination? 

    Barcelona is a wonderful city. It’s got everything, plenty of bars, a lovely beach, and lots of Estrella. I’d love to go back again if I get the chance to. Hopefully travelling between countries will be easier soon and I can go abroad again.

    Amenity Sales Manager, Tony Coles said: I would like to welcome Jack into the Amenity Sales Team, Jack brings with him the experience of working out on the Nursery lifting plants for the Amenity sector. I am confident  Jack will become an integral part of the team looking after customers and their requirements in the future and I look forward to working with him.

     

    Posted 4th Aug 8:56am
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  7. Welcome to the team Jacob Heap

    Welcome to the team Jacob Heap

    A warm welcome to Jacob Heap, who has joined our cash & carry team for work experience this August to help fund his racing car.

    1) Tell us about yourself:

    I am 15 years old and about to go into year 11. I race cars as my hobby but hope to do it professionally.

    2)What do you like to get up to outside of school?

    Meet up and go away on holiday with friends. I work on my race car. I work with my dad to help pay for racing.

    3)How did you get into racing driving?

    I tried football and hated it, so my dad bought me a go-kart, and I raced go-karts for 7 years and then decided I wanted to race cars.

    4)Favourite race experience and track?

    My favourite track is Snetterton, and my favourite race experience was there 4 weeks ago when I started in 14th and battled to get to 6th.

    5)What will your work experience money go towards?

    It will help fund my racing car.

    6) Where do you hope to be in five years time?

    Racing in cars at a higher level, winning championships and being as successful as I can.

    To find out more about Jacob and his racing, click here to visit his website

     

    Posted 9th Aug 2:05pm
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  8. August Gardening Reminders 2021

    August Gardening Reminders 2021

    The lighter evenings are slowly on their way out as we enjoy the last month of summer. However, there’s still plenty to be doing this August, including dead-heading, cutting back and dividing. Check out our August gardening hints and tips put together by Chairman and horticulturist John Richardson below.

    1) When going on holiday and concerned about indoor containers being watered, try placing a full bucket of water on the garage floor and placing your pots around it on their own saucers. Using a piece of thick wet string about the consistency of a thick bootlace, tie one end to a piece of old cutlery and place it in the bucket. Push the other end of the string into the compost in one of the pots.  Place strings from the cutlery to all the other pots and cross fingers!!  It works for me !!

    2) Complete the lifting of last seasons bulbs and dry them off naturally in light woven sacks for maximum ventilation.

    3) Keep dead-heading the really good flowering plants, and don’t allow them to dry out. This should encourage new flowers and stop them from setting seed. Where heavy watering has been applied, consider giving the plants a top-dressing of general fertilizer, either dry or liquid, to keep them growing well into the autumn.

    4) Cut back the long whippy growths of Wisteria to within 3 buds of the old wood if they are not required to extend the area covered by the plant.

    5) Keep an eye on the whole garden and spray or pick off pests on Dahlias and Chrysanthemums in particular.

    6) Collect and dispose of the first fallen fruits from apple trees. Many will be damaged and prone to spreading diseases such as brown rot.

    7) Divide and replant rhizomatous Iris, and layer Carnations and Pinks. Peg them into moist soil after carefully cracking a small section of the stem. Ensure the treated area remains in moist soil.

    8) Continue to water new lawns recently established. I suggest that it would be better to leave further lawn development until after mid-September when the weather is cooler.

    9) It is important to provide water for wildlife in the dry months, a substantial bird bath plus a large saucer of water let into the ground for mice, hedgehogs, insects etc., will be much appreciated!

    10) Collect seeds of any plants you may wish to reproduce for next year. Cover seed-heads with a paper bag and tap them to release seed over time. Do not save seed from plants described as being of F1 origin.

    11) Cut back to ground level the canes of summer fruits such as Raspberries, Loganberries, Blackberries etc., as soon as fruiting is complete. Tie in the growth of this year’s new canes as these are your next year’s fruiting canes.

    12)From the middle of the month begin successional sowing of spring cabbage for winter harvest and lettuce sown under glass for use during the winter

    13) Make sure to leave time to be able to sit back and enjoy the late August evenings before the need to start winter digging and tree pruning becomes an urgent matter!

    Posted 6th Aug 2:36pm
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  9. The Growers Plantspo - September Herbaceous

    The Growers Plantspo - September Herbaceous

    Are you in need of some inspiration for your next garden project and after some late-flowering herbaceous plants that will go into early Autumn? check out some of our favourite September flowering varieties from Sedum to Anemone.

    Achillea varieties such as ‘Terracotta’, ‘Cloth of Gold’ and ‘Moon Dust

    Achilleas are a great addition to a mixed border or cottage garden in full sun – partial shade with flat-topped flowers that bloom from June – September with many cultivars and colours to choose from ranging from yellow to white and pink.

    🌸Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Anemone varieties such as ‘September Charm’, ‘Honorine Jobert’ & ‘Hadspen Abundance’

    🌸Flowers:  August – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, fertile, humus-rich soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Alchemilla Mollis

    🌸Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m

    Soil: Humus-rich soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L

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    Alstromeria varieties such as ‘White Magic’, ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Inticancha Maya’

    🌸Flowers:  June-September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L

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    Agastache varieties such as ‘Morello’, ‘Little Adder’ & ‘Blue Fortune’

    🌸Flowers:  July – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L. 3L

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    Agapanthus varieties such as Africanus, ‘Twister’ and ‘Polar Ice’

    🌸Flowers:  July – September (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Aster varieties such as ‘Monch’, ‘Bahamas’ & ‘Barbados’

    🌸Flowers: August – October (depends on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L

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    Campanula varieties such as ‘Perla Blue’, ‘Perla White’ & ‘White Clips’

    🌸Flowers: July – September (depends on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, well-drained, soil

     Pot size: 2L

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    Coreopsis varieties such as ‘Limerock Ruby’, ‘Golden Sphere’ and ‘Sunkiss’

    🌸Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun -partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L

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    Crocosmia varieties such as ‘Lucifer’ and ‘George Davidson’

    🌸Flowers: August – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun -partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

    Soil:Moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L, 5L

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    Dahlia varieties such as ‘Happy Days Pink’, ‘Happy Days Red’ and ‘Happy Days Yellow’

    🌸Flowers: June – September (depends on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun -partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L

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    Echinacea varieties such as ‘White Swan’, ‘Magnus’ and ‘Alba’

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Most soils, except very dry or boggy

     Pot size: 2L, 3L

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    Erigeron varieties such as ‘Sea Breeze’ and Erigeron karvinskianus

    🌸Flowers: May – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L

     

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    Geranium varieties such as ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Max Frei’ 

    🌸Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L

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    Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’ and ‘Snow Lady’

    🌸Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L

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    Liatris varieties such as ‘Alba’, ‘Floristan’ & ‘Kobold’

    🌸Flowers: August – September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately-fertile, reliably moist soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L

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    Nepeta varieties such as ‘Six Hills Giant’, ‘Walkers Low’ and ‘Junior Walker’

    🌸Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun- partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.9m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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    Penstemon varieties 

    🌸Flowers: July – October

    🌞 Position: Full sun- partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability).

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    Persicaria varieties such as ‘Darjeeling Red’, ‘Superba’ and ‘Delgado’

    🌸Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun- partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Any moist soil

     Pot size: 2l (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Perovskia varieties such as ‘Blue Spire’, ‘Lacey Blue’ & ‘Little Spire’

    🌸Flowers: August – September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

    Soil:Well-drained, poor to moderately fertile

     Pot size: 2l, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Rudbeckia varieties such as ‘Goldsturm’, ‘Maya’ & ‘Sunbeckia Mia’

    🌸Flowers: August – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.8m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Salvia varieties such as ‘Caradonna’, ‘Cherry Lips and ‘Sensation White’

    🌸Flowers: June – October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Sanguisorba varieties such as ‘Tanma’ & ‘Little Angel’

    🌸Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Poor-to-average, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Scabiosa varieties such as ‘Butterfly Blue’, ‘Flutter Deep Blue’ and ‘Flutter Deep Pink’

    🌸Flowers: June – September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Sedum varieties such as ‘Touchdown Teak, ‘Autumn Joy’ ‘Herbstfreude’ & ‘Frosted Fire’

    🌸Flowers:  August – November (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil

     Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Verbena varieties such as bonariensis and  ‘Lollipop’

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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  10. The Growers Plantspo - August Shrubs

    The Growers Plantspo - August Shrubs

    In need of some late-flowering shrubs for your August projects? check out some of our favourites below from Abelia to Vinca.

    Abelia Grandiflora & the variety ‘kaleidoscope’

    🌸Flowers: June – October (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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    Buddleia varieties

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 4m

     Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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    Caryopteris varieties such as ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Gold Crest’ & ‘Heavenly Blue’

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  (subject to availability)

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    Cotinus varieties such as ‘Royal Purple’

    🌸Flowers: July – August

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 5m (depending on variety)

     Soil: Moderately fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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    Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

    🌸Flowers: June-October

    🌞 Position: Full sun  or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Haliumium libanotis

    🌸Flowers: June-August

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5m

    Soil: Well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L,10L (subject to availability)

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    Hebe varieties such as ‘Little Leaves’, ‘Green Globe’ & ‘Rhubarb and Custard’

    🌸Flowers: July-September (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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    Hydrangea varieties such as petiolaris, ‘Annabelle’ & ‘Limelight’

    🌸Flowers: June-September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil, fertile soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L,  10L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Hypericum varieties such as ‘miracle bliss’ and Hidcote

    🌸Flowers: June-October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Lavatera varieties such as ‘Rosea’ and ‘Baby Barnsley’

    🌸Flowers: June-September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile -well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Lavender varieties such as ‘Hidcote’ and ‘munstead’

    🌸Flowers: June-September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m

    Soil:  Fertile -well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

    🌸Flowers: May – October

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

    Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Roses (shrub varieties) such as ‘Rosa Kent’

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m depending on the variety

    Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

     

    Spiraea varieties such as ‘Golden Princess’, ‘Goldflames’ and ‘Firelight’ 

    🌸Flowers: July – August (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m + (depending on variety)

    Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Vinca varieties such as ‘major’, minor’ and ‘atropurpurea’ 

    🌸Flowers: April – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.45m depending on the variety

    Soil: any but very dry soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Posted 1st Aug 10:55am
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  11. The Growers Plantspo - September Shrubs

    The Growers Plantspo - September Shrubs

    In need of some late-flowering shrubs for your September projects? check out some of our favourites below from Abelia to Vinca.

    Abelia Grandiflora & the variety ‘kaleidoscope’

    🌸Flowers: June – October (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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    Buddleia varieties

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 4m

     Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + (subject to availability)

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    Caryopteris varieties such as ‘Pink Perfection’, ‘Gold Crest’ & ‘Heavenly Blue’

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  (subject to availability)

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    Fuchsia varieties such as ‘Tom Thumb’ ‘Genii’ and ‘Mrs Popple’

    🌸Flowers: June-October

    🌞 Position: Full sun  or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Hebe varieties such as ‘Little Leaves’, ‘Green Globe’ & ‘Rhubarb and Custard’

    🌸Flowers: July-September (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: poor or moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L (subject to availability)

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    Hydrangea varieties such as petiolaris, ‘Annabelle’ & ‘Limelight’

    🌸Flowers: June-September (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil, fertile soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L,  10L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Hypericum varieties such as ‘miracle bliss’ and Hidcote

    🌸Flowers: June-October (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L,  10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Lavatera varieties such as ‘Rosea’ and ‘Baby Barnsley’

    🌸Flowers: June-September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile -well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Lavender varieties such as ‘Hidcote’ and ‘munstead’

    🌸Flowers: June-September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m

    Soil:  Fertile -well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Potentilla varieties such as ‘Red Robin’ ‘Lovely pink’ ‘Goldfinger’ ‘Abbotswood’ and ‘Tangerine’ 

    🌸Flowers: May – October

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

    Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Roses (shrub varieties) such as ‘Rosa Kent’

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m depending on the variety

    Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Vinca varieties such as ‘major’, minor’ and ‘atropurpurea’ 

    🌸Flowers: April – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.45m depending on the variety

    Soil: any but very dry soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Posted 24th Aug 9:43am
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