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  1. Johnsons plants help clinch Silver Merit Award and beautify Harrogate Hospital grounds

    Johnsons plants help clinch Silver Merit Award and beautify Harrogate Hospital grounds

    We recently sponsored and donated plants to a show garden at BBC Gardeners World Live via Harrogate-based Grant Horticulture and The Northern School of Gardening.

    Charlotte Jones from Grant Horticulture and The Northern School of Gardening won a Silver Merit at last week’s BBC Gardener’s World Live at the NEC in Birmingham.

    The award-winning beautiful border which included 300 plants to the value of almost £2,000 will now be donated to Harrogate Hospital, Johnsons and Grant Horticulture’s local hospital.

    21-year-old Charlotte Jones designed the Border under the theme ‘Wildlife’, which the designer interpreted as a reflection of someone who has lived a ‘wild life’, full of frivolity, fun and joie de vivre.

    Charlotte is currently studying for her master’s in Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University and is in her working year with Grant Horticulture and The Northern School of Gardening.

    The 300 plants donated will now be used to enhance Harrogate Hospital’s grounds and include varieties such as Achillea, Aquilegia, Astrantia, Digitalis, Geranium, Nepeta, Salvia, Iris, Lavender, Miscanthus, Erigeron and herbs including Mint, Thyme and Rosemary.

    Dean Bolton-Grant, Managing Director of Grant Horticulture and founder of The Northern School of Gardening said: “ Garden design is at the very heart of our business. With the pandemic behind us what better way to showcase our talents, in particular, our young designer Charlotte Jones, than with a show garden at BBC Gardener’s World Live.

    “We worked closely with Johnsons of Whixley who kindly donated the plants for our Beautiful Border Garden, affording us the opportunity to support Harrogate Hospital with the gift of the plants which we hope will bring patients and staff a little joie de vivre during their day.”

    Yvonne Campbell, Head of Charity and Business Development Project Manager at Harrogate hospital said: “On behalf of Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity I would like to say thank you to Johnsons of Whixley for this amazing donation and the opportunity to enhance our hospital grounds.  The donated plants have been distributed across the hospital to fill our staff and visitor areas with a touch of colour.

    “I would also like to congratulate Charlotte Jones and the team at The Northern School of Gardening and Grant Horticulture for winning a Silver Merit for their border design, a huge well done and thank you to everyone involved.”

    Marketing Manager at Johnsons of Whixley, Eleanor Richardson said: “ Congratulations to The Northern School of Gardening and Grant Horticulture on their Silver Merit award at BBC Gardeners World Live. We were delighted to sponsor the garden with plants to the value of almost £2,000 and are glad to be donating the plants to our local hospital, Harrogate. We look forward to seeing the plants in the ground and hope they bring joy to staff, patients and visitors at the hospital for many years to come,”

    Posted 23rd Jun 10:56am
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  2. Johnsons inspire garden designers of the future with Platinum Jubilee Competition

    Johnsons inspire garden designers of the future with Platinum Jubilee Competition

    We recently held a garden design competition for local primary schools in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Competition.

    Children from primary schools within a 15-mile radius of the nursery were invited to design a ‘Platinum Jubilee Garden’. They were asked to design a colourful garden and include details of the plants they would use, with prizes on offer for some of the best.

    Over 100 children within the area entered the competition with the winning child, eleven-year-old Theo Copley of Green Hammerton Primary School, receiving over £250 worth of plants for his school, along with several more for his own garden.

    The winning design featured a Land Rover, in recognition of the Royal Family’s loyalty and love for the iconic vehicle.

     

    Celebrating his achievement, Theo said: “I chose to design a Land Rover themed garden because the Queen drove and repaired Land Rovers in the second world war. They are very important to the Royal Family, so much so that Prince Philips’s coffin was carried in a specially-adapted Land Rover at his funeral.”

    Children in second and third place also received a collection of plants for their home gardens, and their respective schools were gifted a small assortment to add to their outdoor areas. Johnsons overall donation to schools within the area came to over £600.

    Marketing Manager, Eleanor Richardson, said: “It’s great to inspire the garden designers of the future with our competition. We were amazed by all of the fantastic entries, which made judging very difficult. We look forward to seeing the plants thrive in the grounds of the winning schools and hope it will remind them of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for many years to come.”

    Posted 13th Jun 10:57am
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  3. June Gardening Reminders 2022

    June Gardening Reminders 2022

    June brings with it extra sunlight, warmer temperatures, flowers in abundance and those pesky weeds. There’s plenty to keep you busy within the garden this month, from clipping topiary to cutting back Clematis. Check out our full hints and tips below.

    Continue to stake or support fast-growing plants with appropriate materials such as pea sticks, nets and canes.

    Lightly clip box edging and topiary to remove wandering shoots. Remember to provide feed and water, mainly if they have been growing in containers for some time.

    Trim back the flowering growth of Erica carnea varieties and top-dress with peat-free compost.

    Bulb foliage will be dying down this month, do not remove it until it has gone dry and yellow. Daffodil bulbs will be fine left in situ, but tulip bulbs need lifting carefully, cleaning, and drying off in shallow boxes. Keep well ventilated until ready for re-planting.

    June is the worst month for weed growth. Water with a contact weedkiller under hedges, shrubs, and on paths or crazy paving. Alternatively, use a sharp hoe to keep stirring the soil to prevent the growth of seedlings.

    Sow winter pansies, primulas, violas and Brompton stocks under glass. Foxgloves and wallflowers can be sown outside in a weed-free area of the border to flower next year.

    Do not use lawn mowings as a mulch for trees and shrubs if the lawn has been treated with a weedkiller.

    Plant out young dahlias by the middle of the month. Two or three weeks after planting, pinch out the tip of each leading shoot. This will encourage the production of further side shoots. Tie into stakes when about 18” tall with loose loops of raffia or string.

    During warm, settled weather, syringe sweet peas with a mist of clean, soft water in the early morning or after sunset. If ground watering is essential, give the soil a good soaking of about 3 gallons. Buds which turn yellow and fall off before opening is not a disease but may indicate too much moisture at the roots.

    To increase the number of strawberry plants, select strong runners or young established plants and dig a hole under the leaves. Fill the pot with compost and plant into it the rosette of leaves of the new plant. Peg it down firmly with a forked twig or wire staple and water in.

    Remove self-sown trees such as sycamore and ash from around the garden, and ensure they are removed from near house and wall foundations. Weedkillers effectively dispose of plants challenging to dig out.

    Clematis montana varieties have now finished flowering and will benefit from being cut back before the growth becomes a jungle!

     

     

     

     

    Posted 7th Jun 1:10pm
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  4. The Growers Plantspo - May Herbaceous

    The Growers Plantspo - May Herbaceous

    Add colour to your garden projects this month with May flowering herbaceous plants from varieties such as Allium to Tiarella there’s something for every spot.

    Allium varieties such as ‘Purple Sensation’ and ‘Mount Everest’

    🌸Flowers:  May – June

    🌞 Position: Full sun

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

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Ajuga varieties such as Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’

    🌸Flowers:  April – May (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position:  Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.45m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

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

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    Astilbe varieties such as ‘Fanal’

    🌸Flowers:  May – June, August (depends on the variety

    🌞 Position: Full sun -partial shade

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

    Soil: Moist, humus, rich soil

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

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    Brunnera varieties such as macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

    Tiny blue forget-me-not flowers appear against heart-shaped silver dusted leaves in spring. A beautiful groundcover plant for a shaded border.

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.4m depending on the variety

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

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

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    Dicentra varieties such as ‘Bleeding Heart’

    Heart-shaped flowers appear in spring above fern-like green leaves. Great in a shady border or as part of a cottage garden planting plan.

    🌸Flowers:  April – May

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun or partial shade

    Soil: Moist, humus-rich, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline

     Pot size: Available in 2L  and 3L pots subject to availability.

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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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    Erysimum ‘Bowles’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

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained, neutral soil

     Pot size: Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

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    Euphorbia wulfenii

    Is filled with huge heads of yellow-green flowers with ‘bronze eyes’ from late March-May that tower above its bluish-green foliage. Great at the back of a sunny border.

    Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

    🌸Flowers:  Late March-May

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun

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    Geum varieties such as ‘Totally Tangerine’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Sunrise’

    🌸Flowers: May – August (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

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

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L

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

    🌸Flowers: May- 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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    Iris varieties such as pseudacorus, ‘Perry’s Blue’ and ‘Tamberg’

    🌸Flowers: May-June

    🌞 Position: Full sun

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

    Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile, neutral to slightly acidic soil

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

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    Lupinus varieties such as ‘Gladiator’, ‘Persian Slipper’ and ‘Red Rum’

    🌸Flowers: June – July

    🌞 Position: Full sun- partial shade

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

    Soil: Well-drained soil

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

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    Tiarella varieties such as ‘Spring Symphony’ and ‘Pink Symphony’

    🌸Flowers: May – July

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.4m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Cool, moist, humus-rich soil

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

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    Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’

    🌸Flowers: May – July

    🌞 Position: Full sun – Partial shade

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

    Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained soil

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

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    Please note the above plants listed are subject to availability and is not an exhaustive list of what is available, please contact your sales rep direct for specific requests.

    Posted 18th May 3:01pm
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  5. Welcome to the team Adam Davis

    Welcome to the team Adam Davis

    A warm welcome to Adam Davis, who joins the sales team as our southern sales rep; find out about Adam’s hobbies and new role below:

    1. What will your new job role include?

    Developing the sales and profitability of our Amenity sector, through the management of existing accounts and by seeking out, and developing, relationships with new customers.

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

    Getting to know the customers and identifying new business opportunities available.

     3. What do you think the challenges will be?

    Continuing to exceed our customer’s expectations around lead time, whilst working within the ever-increasing legislation and environmental uncertainties.

    4. Where did you previously work, and what was your role?

    As an estimator for a kitchen manufacturer – supplying kitchens, on a large scale, to new build developments and refurbishments.

    5. Anything you have learnt so far that you didn’t know before?

    I have already learnt too much to list! Particularly lots of (Latin) plant names!

    6. What do you like to get up to outside of work?  

    I enjoy most sports, mainly playing football and road cycling. I am also part of a running club. I enjoy growing veg and cooking with less commonly used ingredients. But of course, my favourite past-time must be wrestling with my two young boys!

     7. Favourite meal?

    I’ll happily eat most things. As a true Yorkshireman, put gravy on it, and I’m there!

    8. What football team do you support?

    York City FC

    9. You have an allotment; what do you like to grow?

    I love growing chillies, however, I’m trying to grow more alternative veg’, such as fennel.

    10. Skiing or a beach holiday?

    I’d have to say skiing, although I have been skiing indoors in Dubai, so maybe you can have both!

    Vicky Newell, Amenity Sales Manager said: “We are thrilled to have Adam Davis join our Amenity sales team; he will primarily be looking after our customers in the South of England. We wish him well as he settles into his new role”.

    Posted 26th Apr 1:49pm
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  6. Staff achieve over 11 million steps and raise over £700 during March for Cancer Research

    Staff achieve over 11 million steps and raise over £700 during March for Cancer Research

    Johnsons staff have achieved over 11 million steps during March as part of the Cancer Researches Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

    The staff involved in the challenge raised a combined amount of £736.50 for the Cancer Research Charity and achieved a combined step count of 11.4 million steps.

    28 members of staff at the nursery pledged to walk 10,000 steps each day during March and an internal challenge was organized where staff members merged into teams of four. The team with the most steps during March won a prize from the company.

    The winning team ‘Retatch’ included Steven Morton, Matt Campey, Katalin Dacre and Martyn Osbourne who achieved a whopping 2.3 million steps combined.

    The team were able to rack up their steps during the working day on the nursery with the average outside worker clocking up 10,000-15,000 steps per day, they would then go for additional walks on an evening and weekend.

    Staff taking part in the challenge also included Hannah Holland, Hannah Smith, Katie Short, Frances Whyte, Sarah Greenwood, Hannah Smith(2), Vicky Newell, Tony Coles, Andrew Barker, Adrian Price, Rob Forrester, Terry Cooper, Eleanor Richardson, Rachael McPherson, Chris Davis, Tracey Richardson, Tom Chilton, Mick Huby, Russ Berkley, Alex Harmon, Isaac Onions, Claire Horner, Jonathan Richardson and Dmytro Orlov.

    Walks completed in the challenge include nursery walks, Mam Tor to Kinder Scout, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, Duncansby Stacks, Brimham Rocks, Whitby, The Stray, Harrogate and Wentworth Castle Gardens.

    All staff taking part received a cancer-research t-shirt, Johnson’s water bottle and a certificate for completing the month’s challenge.

    Marketing Manager and challenge organizer, Eleanor Richardson said: “ The walking challenge has had many benefits, from team building to improved mental health. Staff have been walking together on a lunchtime, purposely going further afield for walks on evenings and weekends and have all felt the benefits mentally and physically.

    Not to mention the positive impact the fundraising has provided too knowing we have raised vital funds for the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. We are over the moon with the funds raised which is what this challenge was all about.”

    Cancer Research is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information. The funding supports anything from a new research centre to glass slides that are used to analyse cancer cells. Globally cancer research invests 400 million dollars each year across prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Over the last 40 years, cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled. In the 1970s just 1 in 4 people survived their disease for 10 years or more. Today 2 in 4 survive. cancer researchers’ ambition is to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 patients survive the disease by 2034.

    Posted 11th Apr 11:37am
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  7. Competition: Design a Primary School Platinum Jubilee Garden and win £250 worth of plants for your school

    Competition: Design a Primary School Platinum Jubilee Garden and win £250 worth of plants for your school

    To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee and gardening, we have created a competition for local Primary Schools to design a  Platinum Jubilee Garden and win £250 worth of plants for their school.

    What do you have to do?

    • Download the competition pack here  Competition School Jubilee Garden
    • Draw your Primary School Platinum Jubilee Garden within the white box provided.
    • Get someone to help you label it so we can see what is in it.
    • Make it full of colour: you can use paints, pens, crayons, magazine cut-outs etc.
    • Ask your teacher or parent/guardian to photograph or scan your entry and email it to marketing@nurserymen.co.uk. By Friday 20th May 2022. Make sure to include your name, age and the school you attend.
    • Our Marketing Manager and a local garden designer will judge the entries.

    What will I win?

    • £250 worth of plants for your school
    • A certificate
    • Ten plants for your own garden

    Those in 2nd and 3rd place will win a plant for their own garden.

    Terms and Conditions 

    • You must be aged 11 or under to enter.
    • The school you are applying from must be within a 15-mile radius from us.
    • The competition will end at midnight on Friday 20th May 2022.
    • The winner will be announced on Monday 23rd May 2022.
    • Entries may be featured on our social media, but names will be removed.
    • The winner and garden will be featured on our website, PR and social media platforms.
    • The Promoter will deliver at a convenient time to the winning school for free.
    • There is only one £250 donation of plants available.
    • The Promoter will not take responsibility for any failure to the plant once the prize is received; replacements cannot be issued.
    • Entires who did not win will not be contacted.
    • In the event of any dispute regarding the terms and conditions, the conduct, results, and any other matters relating to this prize draw, the decision of the Promoter shall be final, and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
    • By entering, applicants agree to the above terms and conditions.

    For further information or any questions please email marketing@nurserymen.co.uk

    Posted 7th Apr 3:26pm
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  8. Collection for Ukraine

    Collection for Ukraine

    We have all been devastated by the recent news in Ukraine and have started a collection of items needed. Staff, customers and suppliers can donate items which we will then organise going to the Yorkshire to Ukraine group.

    Yorkshire to Ukraine is run by local people and businesses who have joined forces to start collecting donations and transporting them to Ukraine. So far they have organised and transported 13 vans/trailers, and 5 Artics full to the brim of donations.

    More information on the charity can be found below:

    https://www.facebook.com/yorkshiretoukraine/?hc_ref=ARSClO1twUfC5gK3TkY8Y9bV2uwUl4t88gwdWkhcETyvKnS16RPa-VzJjuWNT3X84B8&fref=nf

    If you wish to add to our collection, please leave goods in our reception area or contact marketing@nurserymen.co.uk.

    Items needed include:

    – Food (Dried food (something they can cook easily), Canned foods, Children’s juices in plastic bottles, baby bottles, baby formula, protein bars)

    – Hygiene products (Nappies, wet wipes, sanitary items, toilet paper, disinfection products, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrushes)

    – Linen (Camp beds, sleeping mats/yoga mats, sleeping bags, bedding, towels, blankets, duvets and pillows)

    – First Aid (Bags, dressings, gloves, bandages, painkillers, cough and cold medicine, children’s medicines)

    – Clothing (Brand new. Winter gloves and hats for children and adults, socks, thermals, socks and shoes)

    – Electronics (Power banks, torches, batteries)

    Once we have a large number of items, we will deliver them to the Yorkshire to Ukraine group direct.

    Posted 7th Apr 8:52am
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  9. April Gardening Reminders 2022

    April Gardening Reminders 2022

    Spring is finally here, with trees starting to bloom, daffodils and tulips starting to emerge and bees making an appearance for their first nectar collections. There’s plenty to be doing in the garden this month from deadheading flowering bulbs to applying lawn fertilizer. Check out our latest reminders, put together by our Chairman and Horticulturist John Richardson.

    Prune early flowering shrubs such as Forsythia & Hamamellis after flowering is over.

    Mulch shrubs and fruit bushes when the weather begins to warm up, but not deeply into the centre of the shrub.

    Soak rootballs of new evergreen shrubs before planting and water in after planting.

    Propagate perennials such as Rudbeckias, Heleniums and Monardas by dividing older plant stools, ensuring that you choose a healthy outer section.

    Divide and replant primroses when they have finished flowering.

    In mild weather slugs and snails may well begin to eat the shoots of newly growing perennials. Use environmentally approved slug pellets as a control.

    Continue to dead-head spent daffodils, tulips and other late wintering flowering shrubs.

    Towards the end of the month collect woody twigs to use as supports for perennials before they get too long and straggly.

    Apply residual weedkillers to gravelled driveways and footpaths. Be careful to ensure that the application is confined to the treated area and not the surroundings.

    Begin mowing the lawn weekly, but with the blades set quite high until the rate of weeds that suddenly appear, give the lawn a top-dressing of high Nitrogen fertilizer.

    Make sure old leaves of Helleborus have been removed.

    Tie in the young growth of climbing plants and trained plants. Pinch out some of the young growths if new shoots are too prolific.

    For more hints and tips head to our solution page here

    Posted 7th Apr 9:23am
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  10. May Gardening Reminders 2022

    May Gardening Reminders 2022

    May has arrived as bulbs start to fade in borders and are replaced by vibrant flowering herbaceous and shrubs as summer is on its way. Now is the perfect time to prepare your garden for summer. Check out our latest reminders, put together by our Chairman and Horticulturist John Richardson.

    Prune early flowering shrubs such as Forsythia after flowering is over. Remove deadwood and thin shoots to keep older bushes in shape.

    Pick off dead flower heads of Rhododendrons and Azaleas to allow new growths to develop, and mulch with leaf mould.

    Dahlias may begin to sprout in mild conditions under glass, but don’t plant out until frost is past. Consider taking cuttings of the first shoots.

    Some plants like Forget-me-Nots can spread very rapidly from seed. To contain them, pull up the plants as soon as they finish flowering to prevent them from seeding everywhere.

    Trim lawn edges frequently to develop a firm edge which will not sink when walked upon.

    In dry spells, continue to water those trees and shrubs planted since Christmas.

    If you have not used weedkiller to treat the lawn this Spring, use the grass mowings to mulch trees and hedge plants.

    Propagate greenhouse plants, mainly foliage and climbing plants. Increase shading as necessary, and watch out for those odd late frosts.

    Pick off the flower heads from spent daffodils, tulips, and other spring-flowering bulbs which have gone over, and give a top-dressing of general fertiliser.

    In mild weather, slugs and snails may well begin to eat the shoots of newly growing perennials. Use environmentally approved slug pellets as a control.

    Start spraying roses regularly against greenflies using a systemic insecticide. Remove rolled-up leaves containing Tortrix caterpillar or sawfly grubs and destroy.

    Continue to stake tall herbaceous plants such as Delphiniums. Pinch out the tips of other tall-growing plants. Thin out the older weak shoots from the centre of plants more than three years old.

    Apply residual weedkillers to gravelled driveways and footpaths. Be very careful to ensure that the application is confined to the treated area and not surroundings.

    Begin mowing the lawn weekly, but with the blades set quite high until the rate of growth increases. Dig out those perennial weeds that suddenly appear.

    Continue to support glasshouse grown tomato stems and remove side shoots regularly.  Feed every week or 10 days after the fruits begin to swell. Stop laterals growing from the main stems of cucumbers and remove all male flowers and tendrils.

    Remove raspberry suckers coming up away from the bed row. Thin new canes to 15cm. apart on the support wires.

    For more hints and tips head to our solution page here

    Posted 29th Apr 10:46am
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  11. Plant donation helps Baby Rainbow Memorial Garden bloom

    Plant donation helps Baby Rainbow Memorial Garden bloom

    We have recently donated a number of plants to help create a Baby Memorial Garden in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.

    The Baby Memorial Garden was thought of by parents Andrew and Donna Clifford who tragically lost their baby son, Rory when he was just nine days old in 2019 from sudden infant death syndrome.

    The garden is located in Scunthorpe’s Central Park and will be planted with as much colour as possible to celebrate Rory’s life. Plants donated to the project have included shrubs, trees, hedging, herbaceous and bulbs.

    The rainbow garden will provide a space for parents and families to remember, reflect and commemorate Rory’s and other children’s lives that have been lost before, during or after pregnancy in a beautiful, quiet but colourful space.

    Rory’s father Andrew Clifford said: “Rainbows have been incredibly significant to us since Rory’s passing. It rained for many days after he died and we included lots of rainbows at his funeral because we wanted to celebrate his short life with lots of colours. If a rainbow ever comes out, we tell our children that Rory is here with us and in our hearts, and we think that is true for every family who has lost a baby.

    “Rainbows have continued to play a significant part in our own grieving process, and that is why they have such a profound meaning in this project.”

    Johnsons are just one of the 16 supporters of the Memorial Garden with Hedges Direct, Silica Lodge Garden Centre, SC4, EC Surfacing Ltd, Direct Plants, North Lindsey College, North Lincolnshire Council, Trees Direct, Decorative aggregates and Axholme Turf & Topsoil all offering support and donations.

    Discussing the donation, Johnsons of Whixley’s Marketing Manager, Eleanor Richardson added: “We look forward to seeing the garden come together in the following months ahead and hope the garden can provide an area where Rory’s parents and other families can reflect and remember the lives of babies tragically taken from us too soon.”

    If you would like to donate, volunteer or fundraise for the memorial garden visit the Baby Rainbow Memorial Gardens website for more information.

    Posted 25th Mar 11:29am
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  12. Important notice: order delays possible

    Important notice: order delays possible

    Important notice: order delays possible

    On Thursday, 17th March, P&O ferries announced that they were making up to 800 seafarers redundant and have suspended all upcoming sailings, as you may have already seen in the news.

    The leading ferry firm between Dover and Calais is one that Johnsons of Whixley use on a weekly basis. We don’t currently know when these services will resume, and our transport department is working tirelessly to resolve and rebook other ferries. However, millions of businesses are in the same boat meaning substantial delays are imminent.

    If you have an upcoming order that is likely to be affected, your sales rep will be in touch regarding possible implications for your consignment.

    If you have any immediate concerns, please get in touch with your sales representative directly, or call the mainline on 01423 330234.

    Posted 18th Mar 8:54am
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  13. Johnsons staff pledge to walk 280,000 + steps during March for Cancer Research

    Johnsons staff pledge to walk 280,000 + steps during March for Cancer Research

    Staff at our nursery and in our office have pledged to walk 10,000 steps each during March as they take part in Cancer Researches, Walk All Over Cancer Challenge.

    Throughout March 28 staff members at Johnsons  from different departments will walk a total of 280,000 steps combined which equates to approximately 140 miles per day, 980 miles per week and an overall estimate of 5,000 miles for the month.

    The company’s marketing manager, Eleanor Richardson has organised the internal challenge, where staff members will aim to do 10,000+ steps each day during March. The staff will be divided into teams of four and the team with the most steps during March will win a prize from the company.

    Staff at the horticultural nursery taking part have received a Johnsons water bottle and a cancer research t-shirt. They will record their steps on their smartphones and pedometers for the month and will share photos of their weekly walks on their social media platforms.

    Staff at Johnsons involved with the team challenge include Andrew Barker, Adrian Price, Rob Forrester, Terry Cooper, Sarah Greenwood, Hannah Smith (Sales), Vicky Newell, Tony Coles, Hannah Holland, Hannah Smith (Transport), Katie Short, Frances Whyte, Ellie Richardson, Rachael McPherson, Chris Davis, Tracey Richardson, Katalin Dacre, Martyn Osbourne, Steven Morton, Matt Campey, Isaac Onions, Claire Horner, Jonathan Richardson, Dmytro Orlov, Tom Chilton, Mick Huby, Russ Berkley and Alex Harmon.

    Team 2 Steps Ahead – Andrew Barker, Adrian Price, Rob Forrester, Terry Cooper.

    Team Not so fast but furious – Sarah Greenwood, Hannah Smith (Sales), Vicky Newell, Tony Coles.

    Team Retatch – Katalin Dacre, Martyn Osbourne, Steven Morton, Matt Campey.

    Team No Drama Stacking Bananas – Isaac Onions, Claire Horner, Jonathan Richardson, Dmytro Orlov.

    Team Roecliffe Ramblers – Tom Chilton, Mick Huby, Russ Berkley, Alex Harmon.

    Team Sole Sisters – Ellie Richardson, Rachael McPherson, Chris Davis, Tracey Richardson.

    Team 8 Legged Cat – Hannah Holland, Hannah Smith (Transport), Katie Short, Frances Whyte.

    Cancer Research is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information. The funding supports anything from a new research centre to glass slides that are used to analyse cancer cells.

    Globally cancer research invests £400 million each year across prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Over the last 40 years, cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled. In the 1970s just 1 in 4 people survived their disease for 10 years or more. Today 2 in 4 survive. Cancer Researchers’ ambition is to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 patients survive the disease by 2034.

    Discussing the fundraising, Johnsons of Whixley marketing manager, Eleanor Richardson said: “Statistics show that 1 in 2 UK people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

    “Sadly, we all know someone we have lost to cancer or know someone who has survived it.  Without the cancer research carried out, we wouldn’t have the treatments and have the information we do today to treat and survive cancer. The steps challenge is a great way to fundraise for the charity and a great activity for team building and general fitness there are many benefits to walking 10,000 steps per day.”

    If you would like to support Johnsons walking challenge, you can visit their fundraiser and donate here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnsonsofwhixley all money raised will go directly to Cancer Research.

    Posted 2nd Mar 4:04pm
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  14. A stock role for Rachael Mcpherson

    A stock role for Rachael Mcpherson

    Congratulations to Rachael Mcpherson on her new role as Stock Assistant, Rachael is a great addition to the team, and her experience in the retail department has put her in good stead for this new role where she will be making sure stock levels and locations are correct. See what she had to say about her new role below:

    1) Where did you work previously?

    I worked in retail on the line prepping all the plants for the garden centres.

    2) Where did you work before Johnsons?

    I worked for Jigsaw, a clothing brand.

    3)What does your new role involve?

    My new role involves counting and checking all the stock making sure everything is where it should be as well as putting all production orders onto to the system and making stock saleable as quickly as we can.

    4) What have the challenges been so far?

    Definitely getting my head around the computer side of the role anyone who knows me knows I’m the least tech-savvy person going.

    5) What do you like most about your career in horticulture?

    I love that I have the option to work outside amongst the plants, its such a nice environment to work in.

    6) What do you like to get up to outside of work?

    Hiking, camping, travelling anything outdoorsy really.

    7) Tell us something we don’t know about you?

    I am a florist and run my own business alongside my full-time job.

    8) Favourite holiday destination?

    To date, Iceland.

    Posted 2nd Mar 11:32am
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  15. Welcome to the team Frances

    Welcome to the team Frances

    A warm welcome to Frances Whyte, who joins the team as our HR Administrator as Chris Davis retires after 22 years of service at the end of March; Frances is already proving to be a great addition to the team and has a great career ahead of her, see what she had to say about her new role below:

    1. What will your new role include?

    My new role will involve being responsible for all of the different elements of HR administration at Johnsons of Whixley.

     

    2. Where have you worked previously?

    Previously, I worked as a primary school teacher in York for several years, teaching children in Year 5 and 6.

     

    3. What skills do you think you will transfer from your old career to your new career?

    Managing a varied workload and juggling lots of different tasks!

     

    4. What are you looking forward to most?

    I’m really looking forward to starting my career in HR and learning lots of new skills.

     

    5. What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

    Remembering everybody’s names and where they all work!

     

    6. Tell us something you have learnt since being here:

    I’ve learnt a lot already – how to use the time and attendance systems, how to issue contracts of employment, how to create and maintain personal files and so much more!

     

    7. What have you enjoyed the most since starting?

    I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone that I’ve met so far, and also working in an office environment.

     

    8. Tell us something you enjoy getting up to outside of work:

    Outside of work, I enjoy reading, photography and spending time with my friends and family.

     

    9. What is your favourite dish?

    Definitely pizza!

     

    10. Favourite TV show?

    My favourite TV shows are Brooklyn 99, The Office and Schitt’s Creek.

     

     Marketing Manager Eleanor Richardson said: “Frances is a bright and bubbly character, who is a great asset to the business; its been great to have her join our team; I look forward to working with her going forward and wish her all the best with her HR career.”

     

    Posted 25th Feb 11:11am
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  16. A warm welcome to Paul

    A warm welcome to Paul

    A warm welcome to Paul Whellans, who joins our sales team as an estimator. He is a great addition to the team and is settling in well with the sales team and wider office. See what he had to say about his role and joining Johnsons below:

    1)How have you found your first few weeks at Johnsons and what have you enjoyed most?

    Enjoyed the outdoor work after 20+ years in an office, In all honesty, had a bit of wobble when I joined the estimating team so soon as it’s so in-depth however I’ve given myself some credit and now I’m really enjoying the work.

    2)Tell us something you’ve learnt that you didn’t know before:

    Probably navigating SAP, I used it many years ago in utilities and it wasn’t user friendly for that industry but for stock control and pricing its been spot on.

    3)What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

    Getting to grips with the millions of varieties we offer.

    4)What was your previous job role?

    Customer Mortgage Expert for Barclays.

    5)You recently moved from the North East, what will you miss the most?

    Running with the pooch along the beach.

    6)What do you like most about Yorkshire (Gods County)?

    So far the quiet, small village life isn’t too bad.

    7)Favourite season and why:

    Has to be summer, love the heat. Actually don’t mind the winter (lived in Nova Scotia, Canada) for 6 years and experienced -31 most winters although not a fan of rain.

    8)What do you enjoy getting up to outside of work?

    Walk’s with the dog, coffee in front of the log burner, travel and anything fitness related, attended a few bodybuilding expo’s in Vegas and Ohio.

    General Amenity Sales Manager Vicky Newell said: “Paul has been a great asset to our team, he has settled into estimating really well, it feels like he has been here for years even though he has only been with us a few weeks.”

    Posted 25th Feb 10:34am
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  17. Farewell Chris Davis

    Farewell Chris Davis

    Farewell to Chris Davis our HR Administrator who retires after 22 years at Johnsons of Whixley at the end of March, Chris has provided support to all business areas for many years and has developed an unrivalled ‘plate spinning’ capability as she dashes from one task to the next in the office and beyond; we thank you for your hard work, loyalty and commitment, you will be greatly missed.

    1) Where did you work prior to Johnsons?

    • Harrogate General Hospital – I was an auxiliary nurse on the then maternity ward
    • Knaresborough Hospital – I was an auxiliary nurse on the rehabilitation wards
    • Various nursing homes –nursing assistant working the night shifts, which fitted around having my children.
    • Sainsbury’s – I was checkout assistant and then Customer service supervisor

    2) What roles have you had while working at Johnsons?

    Order processor, General Admin Manager, Customer Service Manager, HR coordinator / Admin Manager.

    3) What was your happiest experience at this company?

    There have been a few, attending company functions etc but receiving an email of thanks from one of our advisors was lovely and meant a lot.

    4) What will you miss the most?

    Chatting with colleagues

    5) Tell us a funny story from your time at Johnsons: Ian Nelson as he passed me, would sometimes push me around the office on my chair, he did not do it all the time so it was a surprise when he did.

    6)What advice would you give to the person taking on your role?

    Expect the unexpected every day and you will have a busy timetable.

    7)If you could have worked anywhere else, where would it have been?

    Can’t think of anywhere otherwise I would have gone

    8)What changes have you seen in the company over the years?

    The number of the office staff has doubled and there have been massive technology and system changes, therefore some of the intimacy we had has unfortunately been lost.

    9)What is the first thing you will do when you retire?

    Hopefully get a full night’s sleep, not waking up thinking of stuff. I will enjoy and make good use of my free time.

    Group Managing Director, Graham Richardson said: ” Even in our long 101year history, few staff members could boast such a significant and influential impact on our business. Chris’s can-do attitude and unshakeable reliability are simply unique, she will be greatly missed.” 

     

    Posted 21st Feb 3:27pm
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  18. A fond farewell to Ian Nelson

    A fond farewell to Ian Nelson

    We bid a fond farewell to Ian Nelson at the end of this month as he retires after 36 years + of service with us at Johnsons. Ian has been involved with many different positions across the nursery, from general nursery work to spraying and production manager from 2003 until recently. See what he had to say about his time at Johnsons below:

    1) How long have you worked at JOW for? If you exclude my Student middle year, then it’s 36.5 years.

    2) Did you work anywhere else prior to Johnsons? Yep, loads of places. I left school (their decision) in 1971, aged 15. I started out dairy farming, which I liked as a job, but had to live in a weird family!! I did a heap of jobs over the next couple of years (you could leave a job in the morning & line up another one in the day) – my shortest job was 45 minutes in the Ansaphone factory, which definitely wasn’t for me. I was scaffolding for some time before making a career choice of nursing which was good for 3 years or so. Ultimately, I started with the plants for Darlington Borough Council in 1979 and realised this was what I wanted to do, so I studied at night school for A Levels & went to Askham Bryan to do an HND (& I have never looked at those files since!!). Although it wasn’t a conventional early career, and I wasn’t the most reliable of employees, all those jobs I did gave me something.

    3) What roles have you been involved in on the nursery? I can rightly claim it is from the bottom up. I Did my shift of tying-up roses. The first promotion was taking charge of the spraying. That grew into being Technical Manager. Things got bolted on to that remit as the nursery grew. I moved over to being Production Manager at the very start of 2003.

    4) What have you enjoyed the most about your time at JOW? a bit corny but it is mostly about the people. There’s been a good team spirit. The culture of the company has suited me. Quite possibly would have been sacked years ago in a wholly conventional workplace. I am a plants-person, so the new introductions and range changes kept me interested, and you can’t escape the fact that you do get satisfaction from successes that you’ve been an integral part of.

    5) Funniest memory from working here? Well, Terry & Dave wouldn’t be too impressed, and I am probably going back 25+years, but Cyril Burnham driving the Land Rover in the fields at Endfield had us laughing. He was 65 & had never driven a vehicle before. You missed a character for those of you who don’t remember him, Tweedy. Perhaps now there aren’t as many characters as there were – Yapper, Jim Illingworth would brighten up your day even when you were working in a muddy field.

    6) If you could have done any other career, what would it have been? In a perfect world, I’d have liked to have been an architect – and designed something that was still admired years later.

    7) What has changed most over the years? That depends on how long you look back. Going right back to when I started was an extremely seasonal job. At times it was a struggle to keep looking busy in the summer, but in the ‘season’, you’d find yourself lifting trees in the pitch black and then bagging & loading until 9.00 in the evening. Over the last 20 years, change has been more gradual, we’ve got bigger and probably better, but radical change is less evident.

    8) Any exciting plans for retirement? I’m going to have a little business, but I want to work only part-time. I’m a Director at the golf club and have responsibilities there. Now that travel is becoming more feasible; we’ll be travelling again, still many countries to experience. I expect we’ll spend more time up at the cottage in Scotland. So plenty to look forward to. But I’m sure it will, certainly initially, feel strange not coming to the place you’ve been arriving at before 7.30 for the last 35+ years.

    Robert Richardson took over from Ian Nelson in 2020; you can find out more about him and production at Johnsons 100 years on by clicking here

     

    Posted 8th Feb 11:45am
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  19. A new role for Sarah Greenwood

    A new role for Sarah Greenwood

    Congratulations to Sarah Greenwood who has recently taken on a duo role as Sales Estimator/Administration Assistant, see what she had to say about the  new role below:

    1)What will your duo role involve?

    A combination of assisting with quotes for Estimating and general Sales Operations admin for example altering orders and Seed Certificates.

    2)What are you looking forward to most in your new role?

    Expanding my knowledge on plants and learning about another area of Johnsons.

    3)What have the challenges been so far?

    Learning and remembering all the new information on how to do quotes.

    4)What did you do prior to working at Johnsons?

    I was at University studying Geography and then I worked at Beningbrough Hall in the café.

    5)What do you like most about working at Johnsons?

    The people, the variety of things you can do and of course the food days.

    6)Favourite TV series?

    Top Gear.

    7)Favourite food?

    Spaghetti Bolognese.

    8)Tell us something we don’t know about you:

    I worked as a stable groom when I was a teenager.

    General Amenity Sales Manager, Vicky Newell said: “ Sarah has joined our team and has fit in seamlessly. She has been a real asset to our team and has been able to impart her vast knowledge of SAP to the rest of the sales team too.  “

    Posted 2nd Feb 12:51pm
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  20. Brexit, a year on at Johnsons of Whixley

    Brexit, a year on at Johnsons of Whixley

    At the start of every new year, we often reflect on the previous year, this is no different for us as the company reflects on the impact that Brexit has had on business and many others in the horticultural industry.

    Supplying 5-6 million plants to the commercial sector, garden centres and landscape affiliated trades each year it is estimated that we have supplied 230 million plants throughout the UK.

    2021 brought to us many challenges, trials and tribulations, the bureaucratic burden has come at a price with reduced revenue, increased cost and a slower supply chain. Brexit has impacted every element of the business and continues to do so with transport, compliance, incoming goods, accounts, recruitment and even our IT function working hard to mitigate the impact.

    Post-Brexit, UK horticulture, which contributes over £24 billion to the economy, has become one of the most regulated industries in the UK. Johnsons brought in 462 loads from the EU in 2021 and it cost the company £210,000 more than it did in 2020 due to Brexit-related bureaucracy.

    The inevitable consequence of the imposition of the requirement for a phytosanitary certificate accompanying every consignment was highlighted well before the UK left the EU. Post-Brexit, Johnsons are dealing with fewer suppliers and more product is coming to them through traders, therefore exposing them to an increased biosecurity risk.

    One of the opportunities to come out of the EU exit is the UK’s ability to control biosecurity and look after the health of our plants with nurseries and garden centres playing a key role in policing what is coming in and from whom.

    Jonathan Whittemore, head of production and procurement at Johnsons of Whixley commented: “

    Of the costs mentioned above, £150,000 relates to EU plant health – this is money Johnsons is spending in the EU, with EU companies and authorities, on inspections and Phytosanitary certificates. The EU Phytosanitary certificate is a perfect example of the costly bureaucracy that doesn’t achieve its aim.

    Whilst requiring a Phytosanitary certificate to accompany plants coming from the EU, APHA doesn’t give the Phytosanitary certificate any authority. To give but one example, plants due to be collected by Johnsons in Belgium, which were exhibiting symptoms of a suspected disease, were held in Belgium until the plants could be tested. The plants were passed as fit to travel and issued a Phytosanitary certificate. On arrival in the UK, the plants were inspected by UK plant health, seen to be exhibiting symptoms for the suspected disease, but despite having a certificate confirming a negative result AND a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Belgium plant health authorities APHA sent the plants for testing. The plants were quarantined until the negative result came back.

    What is the point of the time taken and the cost borne (by UK businesses) of testing and issuing a Phytosanitary certificate in the EU?”

    Jonathan continues: “ A robust stance is critical in disease control matters, and UK Horticulture should be pleased that this is the approach APHA is taking. But if we are not going to put any credence on the inspections and testing done in the EU then let’s not ask for it to be done, and let’s not pay for it. It is the single biggest barrier to the industry in terms of both timescale and cost, and as already stated, this is money being spent in the EU, not the UK – this is a double hit – expense to UK businesses that could be reinvested in production to help the UK meet its environmental goals, and less money coming into UK authorities that could be spent on things like the NHS.

    We should continue with the inspections and testing by APHA in the UK but instead of insisting on the issuing of a phytosanitary certificate in the EU, recognising the EU processes and Plant Passporting regimes, the same ones we ourselves were part of in 2020, would be a massive move in terms of mitigating UK businesses’ exposure to cost. The cash freed up would allow a focus on investing in our businesses and helping to achieve the Government’s aims of a stronger, more UK- sufficient horticultural supply chain.”

     

    Posted 12th Jan 9:38am
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  21. February Gardening Reminders 2022

    February Gardening Reminders 2022

    Winter is on the way out this month as the first signs of spring start to appear, with bulbs such as snowdrops starting to emerge. There’s plenty to be doing this month in the garden, from planting to final winter pruning and cleaning out the bird boxes for #BirdFeedingMonth. Check out our hints and tips put together by our chairman and Horticulturist, John Richardson below.

    Plant container-grown perennials for an early start to the spring. If large plants, consider carefully dividing them before planting; we all enjoy getting a bit extra at no cost !!

    Be sure to water root-balls before planting. If there is a dry spring, it may significantly slow growth.

    Apply a mulch of garden compost, mushroom compost etc., to all trees and shrubs in potentially dry sites. No need to incorporate it into the soil; worms will do it for you! Don’t apply mushroom compost, which has a high lime content, to acid-loving plants such as Azaleas & Rhododendrons.

    Finish winter pruning this month. First-principles are to remove dead and diseased stems, then cross branches, followed by a reduction in the height of the main stems in the case of roses.

    Cut bushy Eucalyptus back to within 2-3″ of the main stem to stimulate a flush of bushy growth.

    Examine stored Dahlia tubers and place them in a tub of tepid water overnight if they have shrivelled. Cutaway diseased areas of the tubers that have rotted and dust the cuts with flowers of sulphur.

    Do not apply heavy dressings of fertilizer to areas of naturalized bulbs as this will only encourage the growth of the surrounding grass.

    Prune shrub roses in late February to encourage growth from the base. Remove some of the old weedy shoots but don’t reduce height too much as they tend to flower on older wood.

    Divide and replant Snowdrops ‘in the green’ as the flowers go over.

    Take hardwood cuttings of forsythia, deutzia, honeysuckle, jasmine, Virginia creeper, holly, privet, cotoneaster, poplar, willow, gooseberries, blackcurrants etc. and heel-in, in a protected area.

    When the ground is firm, repair any uneven areas of the lawn or where the grass has died out.

    Pot up or transplant last year’s rooted hardwood cuttings.

    If the weather warms up, take the opportunity to prepare compost and boxes for sowing half-hardy annuals by the end of the month. You should have a heat source available for cold nights.

    Cut back Clematis Jackmanii and C. Viticella groups to about 12″. Pyracantha should be pruned to within 2 buds of the mainframe except for extensions, if not done last autumn.

    Put a suitable number of chitted potatoes into a good-sized plastic pot and cover with 20cm of compost. Water as appropriate and continue to add compost as foliage growth continues. Leave to mature and water frequently. Harvest the potatoes when foliage begins to die back.

    Clean out and sterilize existing bird nesting boxes and erect new ones. Feed the birds!

    Propagate a wide range of woody shrubs by layering, towards the end of the month. Peg down a young shoot into the soil under the shrub/tree without detaching it from the tree, but make a cut in the underneath of the stem, or twist it at the point where it will turn it upwards. Pin this down with a suitable forked twig into a couple of handfuls of compost water, and hold firm with a suitable stone. Tie the growing shoot to a small cane to keep it upright and trim to prevent moving in the wind.

    Posted 2nd Feb 11:59am
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  22. March Gardening Reminders 2022

    March Gardening Reminders 2022

    Winter is on the way out this month as the first signs of spring start to appear, with bulbs such as snowdrops starting to emerge. There’s plenty to be doing this month in the garden, from planting to final winter pruning and cleaning out the bird boxes for #BirdFeedingMonth. Check out our hints and tips put together by our chairman and Horticulturist, John Richardson below.

    Make sure the roses are pruned by the end of the month, hard pruning promotes growth, and will benefit any weaker growing plants or varieties. Ensure that you cut back to white healthy wood.

    Sow seed of bedding dahlias at a temp. of 64 deg.F and prick off seedlings into boxes or pots. Take cuttings from tubers started into growth in February when rooted (3-4 weeks) pot them individually into 8-9 cm pots.

    By the end of the month ensure that pruning of all woody trees and shrubs has been completed, remembering that plants that flower early, such as forsythia and weigela, should not be pruned until after flowering. Prune Buddleia and Perovskia late in the month to prevent frost damage.

    For trees and shrubs being purchased late in the planting season, it may well be more successful to purchase root balled or container-grown plants to prevent drying out in a dry and windy month, alternatively, establish a watering system that can water the root systems morning and evening.

    Complete the planting of new hedges, remembering that plants will require watering whenever conditions are getting dry. Hedge plants are often sold ‘bare root’ which can dry out quickly.

    If you did not take heather cuttings last year, you can produce extra plants by layering in late March when the weather is suitable. In a shallow trench beneath the plant, refill the hollow with a compost and grit mixture and peg down the shoot with a suitable stone or peg. Leave shoot tips visible. It may be up to a year before transplanting is possible, but plants should be strong and well-rooted by then.

    Late March is the best time to move snowdrops in spite of the foliage remaining green as well as the odd flower. They should soon recover when watered.

    When indoor flower bulbs are finished, do not remove the leaves as photosynthesis continues to provide nutrition until leaves turn yellow. This helps build up the bulb for the following year.

    Give increased ventilation and more frequent watering to alpine plants in sunny conditions. Leave glasshouse doors open on mild days.

    Read a manual on the annual pruning and care of fruit trees as their requirements relating to tree age and species vary considerably.

    For most fruits, the danger of damage to young shoots occurs in early April to mid-May. We have had a few cold spells this winter and spring, and growth may be advanced compared with most years. In the event of severe frost warnings, cover strawberries and other early fruiting plants overnight with hessian or thick polythene, but ensure it is removed during the day. Wall trained fruit trees may require to be protected from early March as buds break early under the protection of the wall.

    Mow the lawn for the first time this season with the blades set higher than normal to prevent hitting worm casts. Choose a day for the first cut when the grass is dry and the weather is mild. If worm casts are very numerous it may be necessary to spray the lawn with worm killer such as Chlordane. Brushing the lawn horizontally with a besom brush will make a good job and prevent the need for chemicals.

     

    Posted 3rd Mar 3:11pm
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  23. January Gardening Reminders 2022

    January Gardening Reminders 2022

    Why not start your New Year in the garden? January is a great month to plan what needs to be done during the month and beyond, be sure to remember the birds this month as the temperatures drop and have your shears at the ready for pruning and tidying. Below are some January hints and tips put together by our Chairman and Horticulturist John Richardson.

    1) Bring inside bowls of bulbs as they show signs of growth.

    2)  Store shrubs arriving from nurseries in a frost-free shed with straw around the roots. Complete the planting as soon as conditions improve.

    3) Keep house plant warm (45-55deg.) with plenty of light. Do not feed until the plants start growing strongly.

    4) Annual surface growing weeds on light soils should be removed or buried at whatever stage of growth.

    5) Order new Gladioli corms. Unpack them on arrival into shallow boxes and check for disease. Young, high-necked corms with a small root base are better than old corms with a larger flatter root zone.

    6) Remove any recently fallen foliage from around alpines and lightly break up the soil.

    7) Continue pruning fruit trees and bushes; collect and burn the wastage once done.

    8) Treat wooden objects such as tree stakes, wooden wheelbarrows, benching supports etc., but do not use creosote as the chemical and even the fumes can cause harm if in close contact with plants.

    9)  Place a couple of forks of well-rotted manure on top of a mature rhubarb crown to produce an early crop of stems. Or do even better place an upturned dustbin or similar over the whole crown to produce those beautiful red and yellow stems we see in the greengrocers during the Spring.

    10) If the grass needs to be cut due to very mild weather, remove the grass mowings, as it is will be too cold for decomposition.

    11) If you want to make an early start to the gardening year, cover some areas with polythene or cloches to protect the soil from the hardest frost and the heavy spring rain. This can increase soil temperatures by up to 6 degrees.

    12) Have a walk around the garden with some paper and a pencil to identify those spots which need other plants, or just a change of species.  Have a look from the house window, identify the gaps, and plan for the year what you wish to change.

    13) If very hard frosts are anticipated, wrap tender plants such Agapanthus with straw or bubble-wrap and tie securely.

    14) Do you have enough winter colour? Plant willow and Cornus etc., together with coloured conifers and winter aconites for a brighter winter garden.

    15) Clean out all rainwater gutters from garden-related spouts and down-pipes to prevent blockages in Spring.

    16) Keep bird baths topped up and make sure they are not iced over. Also, keep food stores topped up for them.

    In need of more hints and tips? head to our solution page here

    Posted 21st Dec 2:24pm
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  24. The Growers Plantspo - Plants for December Interest

    The Growers Plantspo - Plants for December Interest

    We typically think of Holly varieties when we think of December, but there are plenty of interesting plants, including Skimmias, Cornus and Helleborus. Check out some of our favourite December varieties below:

    Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

    Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  moderately fertile soil

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

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    Sarcococca confusa

    🌞 Position: Partial – deep shade

    🌸Flowers: December – March

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

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

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

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

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    Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

    🌸Flowers:  April – May (depending on variety) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

    🌞 Position: Partial – full shade

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

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

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

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    Viburnum varieties such as ‘tinus’ and ‘bod Dawn’

    🌸Flowers:  December – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

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

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    Mahonia varieties such as ‘Charity’ and ‘Winter Sun’

    Are the perfect addition to a shaded spot in your garden as they prefer full – partial shade with spikes of yellow flowers from November through to March that has a fragrant reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley on dark green holly-like leaves. Prune in spring after flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  November – March (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

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

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

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Helleborus varieties 

    Hellebores are compact, clump-forming perennials with dark green, leathery leaves and stunning flowers.

    A tremendous shade-loving border plant that will brighten up your garden when little else is flowering from December – March.

    🌸 Flowers: December – March (depending on the variety)

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 45cn (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Heavy, neutral to alkaline soil

    It would help if you planted in partial to full shade for best results and cut back old leaves in January – February to show off new flowers.

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    Ilex varieties 

    🌞Position: Full sun – Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 20m (depending on variety)

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

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  25. The Growers Plantspo - Plants for February

    The Growers Plantspo - Plants for February

    Theirs plenty of interest in the plant world in February as the first signs of spring start to emerge with snowdrops popping up and plants in bud, here are some of our favourite February varieties below:

    Camellia varieties in bud

    Some of our Camellia plants are in full bud right now (start of February) this plant makes a great addition to a partially shaded border or large pot with luscious green foliage and flowers available in shades of pink, red and white.

    🌸Flowers: February – April (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Partial shade (not east-facing)

    📏 Height: Up to4m + (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

    Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  moderately fertile soil

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

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    Sarcococca confusa

    Highly scented white flowers sit above large glossy, rich green leaves come late winter – early spring. It is a great addition to a shady border or a shaded patio spot where you can smell it every day.

    🌞 Position: Partial – deep shade

    🌸Flowers: December – March

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

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

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

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

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    Salix varieties with catkins such as ‘Mount Aso’

    Fuzzy pink catkins appear on varieties such as ‘Mount Aso’ during late winter – early spring, a wonderful eye-catching addition to the garden.

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    📏 Height: Up to 4m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Moist but well-drained soil

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

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    Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

    Are you in need of some autumn/winter colour? Skimmia Rubella are known for their dark red flower buds that are produced in autumn and last through to winter until the flowers open in spring — an excellent plant for a patio pot or border.

    🌸Flowers:  April – May (depending on variety) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

    🌞 Position: Partial – full shade

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

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

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

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    Viburnum varieties such as ‘tinus’ and ‘bod Dawn’

    Evergreen Viburnums such as tinus are a great shrub for winter interest with dark green leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers from December to April.

    A great low maintenance, easy to grow shrub that can brighten a part shaded area of the garden when little else is flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  December – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

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

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    Magnolia varieties in bud

    Another sign that spring is on its way… Magnolias in bud, these varieties generally flower from March-April onwards but some may appear towards the end of February.

    🌸Flowers:  March – April onwards

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

    📏 Height: Up to 10m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acidic soil

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

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    Mahonia varieties such as ‘Charity’ and ‘Winter Sun’

    Are the perfect addition to a shaded spot in your garden as they prefer full – partial shade with spikes of yellow flowers from November through to March that has a fragrant reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley on dark green holly-like leaves. Prune in spring after flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  November – March (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

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

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

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Hamamelis varieties

    Hamamelis plants are covered in branches of distinctive, spider-like, fragrant flowers in red, yellow, and orange shades from January to early spring.

    Whilst slow growing this plant variety can become a large spreading shrub or small tree. A fantastic specimen plant that will make a great addition to the middle or back of a border.

    Plant in well-drained, neutral acid soil in full sun to partial shade for best results.

    🌸Flowers: January – February

    ☀️ Position: Full sun – Partial shade

    Pot size: 5L, 10L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Helleborus varieties 

    Hellebores are compact, clump-forming perennials with dark green, leathery leaves and stunning flowers.

    A tremendous shade-loving border plant that will brighten up your garden when little else is flowering from December – March.

    🌸 Flowers: December – March (depending on the variety)

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 45cn (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Heavy, neutral to alkaline soil

     

    It would help if you planted in partial to full shade for best results and cut back old leaves in January – February to show off new flowers.

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    Jasminum nudiflorum

    A deciduous climber with bright yellow flowers that appear on bare stems in winter and early spring helping to brighten up a dark winter’s day. This attractive climber will grow well against a trellis or low wall once trained as it is not self-clinging.

    🌸Flowers: January – March

    ☀️ Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

     Pot size:  2LD, 3LD  ( subject to availability)

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    Nandina varieties such as ‘domestica’ and ‘Fire Power’ 

    Nandinas provide autumn- winter interest when leaves turn shades of fiery red and copper.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  July  (depending on variety)

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

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

    Soil:  moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 5L, 10L, 20L, 25L +

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    Pieris varieties in bud

    Pieris plants generally flower from March-May but buds start to appear as pictured in February. Ideal for a partially shaded shrub border with flowers resembling lily-of-the-valley and available in shades of pink, red and white.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  March-May  (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost

     Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L, 20L (depending on the variety and availability)

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  26. The Growers Plantspo - Plants for March Interest

    The Growers Plantspo - Plants for March Interest

    March sees us cross over from winter to spring, with spring bringing with it many more flowering varieties from Bergenia to Vincas providing exciting spring colour as we see bees starting to emerge and birds making a return from migration. Check out some of our favourite March flowering varieties below

    Bergenia varieties such as ‘Silberlicht’ and cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

    Bergenia’s large leathery leaves make attractive ground cover, while its flowers provide an early source of pollen for bees and other pollinating insects.

    🌸Flowers: March – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m depending on the variety

     Soil: Any soil type

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

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    Chaenomeles varieties such as ‘Jet Trail, ‘Crimson & Gold’ & ‘Nivalis’

    A great addition to a wall or fence in the sun or partial shade-providing colour in early spring when little else is flowering. Flowers are available in pink, red and white.

    🌸Flowers: March – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m

     Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 3LD, 5L (subject to availability and the variety)

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    Camellia varieties

    Some of our Camellia plants are in full bud right now (start of February) this plant makes a great addition to a partially shaded border or large pot with luscious green foliage and flowers available in shades of pink, red and white.

    🌸Flowers: February – April (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Partial shade (not east-facing)

    📏 Height: Up to4m + (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

    Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  moderately fertile soil

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

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    Corylopsis pauciflora

    Sweetly scented yellow flowers appear on bare stems during March and April gollowed by bronzed, hazel like leaves which mature to bright green.

    🌸Flowers: March – April

    🌞 Position: Ppartial shade

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

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well drained ,acid soil

    Pot size: 10L, 20L ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Erysimum ‘Bowles’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

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained, neutral soil

    Pot size: Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

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    Euphorbia wulfenii

    Is filled with huge heads of yellow-green flowers with ‘bronze eyes’ from late March-May that tower above its bluish-green foliage. Great at the back of a sunny border.

    Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

    🌸Flowers:  Late March-May

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun

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    Forsythia ‘Lynwood Gold’ 

    Yellow flowers smother branches from March – April providing a notable cheery sight to the start of spring. Try planting at the back of a dull border or even as a hedge with its full height reaching 2 meters.

    🌸Flowers:  February to April

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun or light shade

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained, neutral soil

    Pot size: Available in 2L  and 3L pots subject to availability.

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    Helleborus varieties 

    Hellebores are compact, clump-forming perennials with dark green, leathery leaves and stunning flowers.

    A tremendous shade-loving border plant that will brighten up your garden when little else is flowering from December – March.

    🌸 Flowers: December – March (depending on the variety)

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 45cn (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Heavy, neutral to alkaline soil

    2L, 3L

    It would help if you planted in partial to full shade for best results and cut back old leaves in January – February to show off new flowers.

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    Jasminum nudiflorum

    A deciduous climber with bright yellow flowers that appear on bare stems in winter and early spring helping to brighten up a dark winter’s day. This attractive climber will grow well against a trellis or low wall once trained as it is not self-clinging.

    🌸Flowers: January – March

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

    Pot size:  2LD, 3LD  ( subject to availability)

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    Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’

    A great addition to the garden, brighting up a dark corner, with double yellow flowers that burst from mid-late spring.

    🌸Flowers: March-May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Prunus Kojo-no-Mai

    A pretty deciduous shrub with zig-zag branches and crimson buds that open to display white flowers with pink centres in early spring. Its luscious green leaves appear after the summer months and are then followed by bright reddish/orange leaves before falling in the Autumn. A perfect small compact tree for a smaller garden or patio pot.

    🌸Flowers: March-April

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Magnolia x soulangeana and the variety ‘Susan’

    Another sign that spring is on its way… Magnolias in bud, these varieties generally flower from March-April onwards but some may appear towards the end of February.

    🌸Flowers:  March – April onwards

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

    📏 Height: Up to 10m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acidic soil

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

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    Mahonia varieties such as ‘Charity’ and ‘Winter Sun’

    Are the perfect addition to a shaded spot in your garden as they prefer full – partial shade with spikes of yellow flowers from November through to March that has a fragrant reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley on dark green holly-like leaves. Prune in spring after flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  November – March (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

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

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

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Pieris varieties such as ‘Passion’

    Pieris plants generally flower from March-May but buds start to appear in February. Ideal for a partially shaded shrub border with flowers resembling lily-of-the-valley and available in shades of pink, red and white.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  March-May  (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost

     Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L, 20L (depending on the variety and availability)

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    Sarcococca confusa

    Highly scented white flowers sit above large glossy, rich green leaves come late winter – early spring. It is a great addition to a shady border or a shaded patio spot where you can smell it every day.

    🌞 Position: Partial – deep shade

    🌸Flowers: December – March

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

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

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

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

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    Salix varieties with catkins such as ‘Mount Aso’

    Fuzzy pink catkins appear on varieties such as ‘Mount Aso’ during late winter – early spring, a wonderful eye-catching addition to the garden.

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    📏 Height: Up to 4m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Moist but well-drained soil

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

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    Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

    Are you in need of some autumn/winter colour? Skimmia Rubella are known for their dark red flower buds that are produced in autumn and last through to winter until the flowers open in spring — an excellent plant for a patio pot or border.

    🌸Flowers:  End of March – May (depending on variety and whether its a male or female cultivar) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

    🌞 Position: Partial – full shade

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

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

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

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    Viburnum varieties such as ‘tinus’ and ‘bod Dawn’

    Evergreen Viburnums such as tinus are a great shrub for winter interest with dark green leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers from December to April.

    A great low maintenance, easy to grow shrub that can brighten a part shaded area of the garden when little else is flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  December – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

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

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

    A great low growing ground cover plant with pale blue flowers and lance-shaped dark green leaves. It is excellent at suppressing weeds and would make a great addition to the front of a border. It generally flowers from April – September.

    🌸Flowers: End of March- 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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  27. The Growers Plantspo - Plants for April Interest

    The Growers Plantspo - Plants for April Interest

    April sees the garden starting to wake up, as more shrubs and herbaceous plants start to bloom including some Clematis. Pieris, Spirea and Brunnera varieties. Check out some of our favourite April flowering varieties below

    Amelanchier lamarckii

    Delicate star-shaped flowers appear in spring against bronze leaves that mature to dark green with great autumn interest.

    🌸Flowers: March – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 10m depending on the variety

     Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L,12L +  (subject to availability and the variety)

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    Bergenia varieties such as ‘Silberlicht’ and cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

    Bergenia’s large leathery leaves make attractive ground cover, while its flowers provide an early source of pollen for bees and other pollinating insects.

    🌸Flowers: March – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m depending on the variety

     Soil: Any soil type

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

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    Brunnera varieties such as macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

    Tiny blue forget-me-not flowers appear against heart-shaped silver dusted leaves in spring. A beautiful groundcover plant for a shaded border.

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.4m depending on the variety

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

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

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    Chaenomeles varieties such as ‘Jet Trail, ‘Crimson & Gold’ & ‘Nivalis’

    A great addition to a wall or fence in the sun or partial shade-providing colour in early spring when little else is flowering. Flowers are available in pink, red and white.

    🌸Flowers: March – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m

     Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 3LD, 5L (subject to availability and the variety)

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    Camellia varieties

    Some of our Camellia plants are in full bud right now (start of February) this plant makes a great addition to a partially shaded border or large pot with luscious green foliage and flowers available in shades of pink, red and white.

    🌸Flowers: February – April (depending on the variety)

    🌞 Position: Partial shade (not east-facing)

    📏 Height: Up to4m + (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Clematis varieties such as ‘early sensation’

    🌸Flowers: March – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun –  Partial shade

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

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well drained soil

    Pot size: 10L, 20L ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Corylopsis pauciflora

    Sweetly scented yellow flowers appear on bare stems during March and April gollowed by bronzed, hazel like leaves which mature to bright green.

    🌸Flowers: March – April

    🌞 Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1,5m (depending on the variety)

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

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well drained ,acid soil

    Pot size: 10L, 20L ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Choisya varieties such as ‘Aztec Pearl’, ‘Sundance’ & ‘White Dazzler’

    🌸Flowers: April – May (often have a second flush in summer)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m

     Soil: Moderately fertile,well-drained soil

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

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    Deutzia varieties like ‘Mont Rose’ and ‘Rosea’

    🌸Flowers: April – June

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Dicentra varieties such as ‘Bleeding Heart’

    Heart-shaped flowers appear in spring above fern-like green leaves. Great in a shady border or as part of a cottage garden planting plan.

    🌸Flowers:  April – May

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun or partial shade

    Soil: Moist, humus-rich, preferably neutral to slightly alkaline

    Pot size: Available in 2L  and 3L pots subject to availability.

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    Erysimum ‘Bowles’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

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained, neutral soil

    Pot size: Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

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    Euphorbia wulfenii

    Is filled with huge heads of yellow-green flowers with ‘bronze eyes’ from late March-May that tower above its bluish-green foliage. Great at the back of a sunny border.

    Available in 2L pots subject to availability.

    🌸Flowers:  Late March-May

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun

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    Exochorda x macrantha varieties such as ‘The Bride’ & ‘Niagara’

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

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

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    Forsythia ‘Lynwood Gold’ 

    Yellow flowers smother branches from March – April providing a notable cheery sight to the start of spring. Try planting at the back of a dull border or even as a hedge with its full height reaching 2 meters.

    🌸Flowers:  February to April

    ☀️ Position:  Full sun or light shade

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained, neutral soil

    Pot size: Available in 2L  and 3L pots subject to availability.

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    Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’

    A great addition to the garden, brighting up a dark corner, with double yellow flowers that burst from mid-late spring.

    🌸Flowers: March-May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Osmanthus x burkwoodii & delavayi

    🌸Flowers: April-May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L3L, 5L 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Prunus Kojo-no-Mai

    A pretty deciduous shrub with zig-zag branches and crimson buds that open to display white flowers with pink centres in early spring. Its luscious green leaves appear after the summer months and are then followed by bright reddish/orange leaves before falling in the Autumn. A perfect small compact tree for a smaller garden or patio pot.

    🌸Flowers: March-April

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Magnolia x soulangeana and the variety ‘Susan’

    Another sign that spring is on its way… Magnolias in bud, these varieties generally flower from March-April onwards but some may appear towards the end of February.

    🌸Flowers:  March – April onwards

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

    📏 Height: Up to 10m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acidic soil

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

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    Pieris varieties such as ‘Passion’

    Pieris plants generally flower from March-May but buds start to appear in February. Ideal for a partially shaded shrub border with flowers resembling lily-of-the-valley and available in shades of pink, red and white.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  March-May  (depending on variety)

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained acid soil or ericaceous compost

     Pot size: 2l, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L, 20L (depending on the variety and availability)

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    Ribes sanguineum varieties such as ‘King Edward’, ‘Pulborough Scarlet’

    🌸Flowers:  April – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

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

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    Salix varieties with catkins such as ‘Mount Aso’

    Fuzzy pink catkins appear on varieties such as ‘Mount Aso’ during late winter – early spring, a wonderful eye-catching addition to the garden.

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    📏 Height: Up to 4m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Moist but well-drained soil

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

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    Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

    Are you in need of some autumn/winter colour? Skimmia Rubella are known for their dark red flower buds that are produced in autumn and last through to winter until the flowers open in spring — an excellent plant for a patio pot or border.

    🌸Flowers:  End of March – May (depending on variety and whether its a male or female cultivar) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

    🌞 Position: Partial – full shade

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

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

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

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    Viburnum varieties such as ‘tinus’ and ‘bod Dawn’

    Evergreen Viburnums such as tinus are a great shrub for winter interest with dark green leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers from December to April.

    A great low maintenance, easy to grow shrub that can brighten a part shaded area of the garden when little else is flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  December – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

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

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

    A great low growing ground cover plant with pale blue flowers and lance-shaped dark green leaves. It is excellent at suppressing weeds and would make a great addition to the front of a border. It generally flowers from April – September.

    🌸Flowers: End of March- 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 11th Apr 1:00pm
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  28. Cycle to work and burn calories

    Cycle to work and burn calories

    Head of Production and Procurement, Jonathan Whittemore, will have achieved a whopping 10,000 miles + on his bike this year with an average of 18MPH, meaning he will have burned over 350,000 calories cycling. That’s the same as eating 9,344 burgers saving 356352 c02 emissions from not driving.

    Are you interested in joining the Cycle to Work Scheme? Cyclescheme is an employee benefit that saves you 25-39% on a new bike and accessories. You pay nothing upfront. Basically, the company buys the bike, and you pay the money back each month through a salary sacrifice, which means you save on tax. Over 2,000 retailers are working with Cyclesheme nationally, and it is available in most bike shops locally, although we would recommend York Cycle Works in York or Chevin Cycles in Harrogate. It is a great scheme, and if you need any more information, you can go onto the Cyclescheme website https://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/help/faqs/how-does-it-work.

    Posted 20th Dec 9:27am
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  29. The Employee Awards 2021 Winners

    The Employee Awards 2021 Winners

    Earlier this year, we asked staff to vote for their colleagues for our ‘Employee Awards’. The winners and runners-up were announced at the Christmas party at the end of last month with 13 award categories, including ‘The Neatest Nook’, ‘The Always Hungry’ and ‘The Biggest Smile Award’ below are this year’s winners. 

    EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

    Winner: Terry Cooper

    Runner-up: Tony Green

    Our System Support Assistant, Terry Cooper, scooped up the ‘Employee of The Year Award‘ with the majority vote. Terry is always on hand to help with IT issues that arise and supports our IT Manager, Darren Earle. He helps with regular upgrades, producing reports, has been fundamental in automating many of our processes and is someone who quietly listens to the problems being presented, working up a solution where he can.

    THE BRIGHT BEGINNER AWARD

    Winner: Isaac Onions

    Runner-up: Tom Chilton

    Isaac joined us via the agency in 2019, working outside on the Plant Centre and was taken on full time a year ago and most recently started working in sales, he is doing a great job and has a bright future ahead of him, well done Isaac.

    NEVER KNOWS WHEN TO GO HOME AWARD

     

    Winner: Adrian Price and Tony Green

    Runner-up: Rob Richardson

    We’d say well done, but I think this award requires more of a thank you, thank you for staying when you are required to do so and even when you are not. Thank you for going above and beyond each working day. We hope the nightcaps come in handy if you ever decide to take a nap under your desks when it’s past 8 pm…

    THE BUSY BEE AWARD

    Winner: Chris Davis

    Runner-up: Eric Buckby

    I think we can all agree that Chris is our office rocket, almost sprinting from one task to the next. Thanks for all your hard work, Chris.

    THE ALWAYS HUNGRY AWARD

    Winner: Darren Fawebert

    Runner-up: Simon Harrison

    Darren had the majority vote for this one, with several mentions of the ice lollies he consumed during the summer, Darren, well done, but please leave some ice lollies for the rest of us next year!

    BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD

    Winner: Steve Morton

    Runner-up: John Price

    Steve has been with us for over 23 years and was crucial during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, he never stopped, worked additional hours and held his team together, we couldn’t have operated without him – Thanks, Steve!

    THE EARLY BIRD AWARD

    Winner: Martyn Osborne

    Runner-up:  Jason Dacre

    Martyn is one of the first on site at Johnsons setting up vehicles for the days work ahead when most of us are still in bed, he always goes about his day with a smile on his face whatever the weather and time, thank you, Martyn.

    THE TEAM PLAYER AWARD

    Winner: Steve Morton

    Runner-up:  Luke Richardson

    Steve not only keeps his own department together but is the glue between many others, liaising with staff daily and keeping the business ticking.

    THE NEATEST NOOK AWARD

    Winner: Chris Davis

    Runner-up:  Gary Sutton

    As the gloves say… our ‘Queen of Clean’, if only you could see her show home standard house, fit for a visit from the Queen.

    THE DUCT TAPE AWARD

    Winner: John Price

    Runner-up:  Charlie Gibson

    If John can’t fix it…no, one can! A big thanks for keeping all five nursery sites maintained – no task is ever too big!

    THE JOKER AWARD

    Winner: Wayne Atkinson

    Runner-up:  Paul Lamb

    He was nominated for his elaborate pranks and jokes, including sticking John’s face to a bollard on the A59! There isn’t a day that goes by without a joke.

    THE CAFFEINE ADDICT AWARD

    Winner: Ian Nelson

    Runner-up:  Elliot Green

    Has anyone ever seen Ian without a coffee and fag in hand?

    THE ALWAYS WITH A SMILE AWARD

    Winner: Katie Burlingham

    Runner-up:  Isaac Onions

    Katie can be seen throughout all seasons, time of day and weather conditions with a smile on her face – keep smiling Katie 🙂

    Posted 16th Dec 1:40pm
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  30. Well done Tom and Matt

    Well done Tom and Matt

    Congratulations to Tom Knowles and Matt Campey on passing their 7.5-tonne driving test. We look forward to seeing you on the road soon!

    Posted 15th Dec 5:10pm
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  31. Our Employee of the Year - Terry Cooper

    Our Employee of the Year - Terry Cooper

    Earlier this year, we asked staff to vote for their colleagues for our ‘Employee Awards’. The winners and runners-up were announced at the Christmas party at the end of last month with 13 award categories, including ‘The Neatest Nook’, ‘The Always Hungry’ and ‘The Biggest Smile Award’.

    Our System Support Assistant, Terry Cooper, scooped up the Employee of The Year Award’ with the majority vote. 

    Terry is always on hand to help with IT issues that arise and supports our IT Manager, Darren Earle. He helps with regular upgrades, producing reports, has been fundamental in automating many of our processes and is someone who quietly listens to the problems being presented, working up a solution where he can.

    IT Manager, Darren Earle said: “Since joining the IT Team Terry has expanded his skill set significantly. He has been the lead in a number of projects such as the automation of Sales Quotes, the Despatch Diary revamp and the Production Planning. This is alongside a myriad of smaller features and functions providing automation and time saving within various departmental processes. I could not be happier with the contribution that Terry provides both in terms of projects but also in the day to day support of users.”

    Terry Cooper added ” Having now officially peaked with this prestigious award, I look forward milking every last iota of recognition and prosperity from fame’s fickle zenith. From here there is only the slow inevitable descent into avarice, tabloid scandal, arrest, rehab and finally an underwhelming 2036 sequel starring Ryan Reynolds. Thanks, Everyone 👍”

    Terry was rewarded with a voucher and certificate to thank him for all of his hard work and efforts this year – well done Terry.

    Posted 10th Dec 2:50pm
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  32. Ten years on, Kata Dacre

    Ten years on, Kata Dacre

    A big thanks to Kata Dacre, a fundamental member of our retail department who has achieved ten years of service with us. Kata has not been afraid to get stuck in since she joined us and has been involved in various roles before becoming the Retail Deputy Manager. Find out what she had to say about her time at Johnsons below:

    1. How did you come to work for Johnsons?

    Johnsons had a connection with the University I studied at in Budapest. In 2009 I had the chance to come and work for the company and completed 4-months of work experience to get my degree. In 2010, a week after I graduated from Uni, I moved to England and worked for JOW.

    2. Did you work anywhere before Johnsons?

    No, Johnsons is the first company I’ve worked for.

    3. What roles have you worked in previously at Johnsons, and what do you do now?

    The first time I worked on the Container unit, I lifted plants for Amenity, and after that, I drifted to the Retail shed and have worked there ever since, you name it, I’ve done it.

    In the past 2 years, I have been the Retail Deputy Manager. I’m responsible for: checking off the trolleys before they get loaded onto the wagons, monitoring and topping up colour label stock. During the winter season, I check off and help sort the incoming bare root products.

    4. Do you feel like much has changed in the past ten years?

    It has got much busier. I have more responsibility which I like a lot. I have made good friends in the past few years. It was very hard at the beginning regarding the language barrier, the new setting, first-ever job. Still, I’ve received so much support, good and not so good critics, educational opportunities that have made me grow into the person I am today.

    5. Your most memorable day at Johnsons? 

    During my work experience here, I met Jason, and the rest is history. We had our 10th wedding anniversary last month.

    6. If you could have chosen another career, what do you think it would have been?

    If I hadn’t moved to England, I would have spent more time in education. I would like to have become a Garden Designer.

    7. Favourite part of your job?

    Because I do so many different things, I never get bored. There are always challenges which I like.

    8. What do you hope to achieve in the next ten years?

    I’m open to anything. I’m not afraid to learn new things or do something different or maybe look after and run a unit one day.

     

    Posted 8th Dec 8:39am
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  33. Ten years service for Martyn Osborne

    Ten years service for Martyn Osborne

    A big thanks to Martyn Osborne for his hard work and commitment to the company over the past ten years. He works extremely hard and is also known as Johnsons ‘early bird’, setting up vehicles for the days work ahead when most of us are still in bed. He is a crucial member of the JOW team and can be seen flying from one task to the next. Find out what he said about his time at Johnsons below.

    1)Tell us about the last ten years at Johnsons; what roles have you previously been involved in, and what do you do now?

    The last ten years have flown by. For the first five years, I worked in retail for Steve Morton, the last five years Dave Barrett and the last ten winters Tony Green in Incoming Goods and Dispatch if needed.

    2) What did you do before working at Johnsons?

    I was a delivery driver for Oddbins.

    3) What have you learnt during your time at Johnsons that you didn’t know before?

    I have learnt so much about plants and trees, which has been very rewarding. As a delivery driver, you are isolated, so working with people and plants has been new to me.

    4) What has motivated you to come to work each day?

    I enjoy my job and want to do it to the best of my ability.

    5)Proudest career moment?

    Earlier this year, Covid wiped out the retail department and I had to step up while key managers were off ill, it was great that we still fulfilled the diary and order book and i enjoyed the challenge.

    6) As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A formula one driver

    7) Favourite plant variety?

    Salvia, there’s so many different varieties, shapes and colours. They come back stronger year after year. They are closely followed by Peonies. Both of which I have an array of in my garden at home.

    8) Favourite memory from your time at Johnsons? 

    While delivering plants to Inverness, I got to see the Northern Lights.

    As a thank you for his service, Martin has been rewarded with a certificate and £100 in vouchers.

    Posted 6th Dec 11:25am
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  34. December Gardening Reminders 2021

    December Gardening Reminders 2021

    As we approach the end of 2021, theirs plenty to keep you busy within the garden this month, from moving plants that have outgrown their space to planting roses and, of course, winter digging. Check out our December hints and tips below put together by our Chairman and Horticulturist, John Richardson.

     

    1)   After long periods of November rain, often heavy, fallen leaves have become a congealed mass on lawns and many garden corners,  try and clear them away to the compost heap before they start to rot and affect so many plants such as herbaceous, alpines, low growing shrubs and plants in containers.

     

    2)  Any plants which are now too big for their location or ‘in the wrong place’ can be safely moved, and the soil in December is usually warm enough to stimulate the production of new roots. Stake tall new plants to prevent wind rock until well-rooted and reduce their size if appropriate.

     

    3)  Place undercover any tender plants which have been overlooked earlier in the autumn and ensure that such plants growing in the ground are wrapped in straw and hessian, polythene is not the best material as it prevents air from getting to the plant.

     

    4)  If you intend to get on with the winter digging, cover a suitable area with polythene so that the ground is not waterlogged when you wish to dig.

     

    5)  Clean moss and lichens from paths and walls.  There are several commercial brands of cleaner available, but bleach is equally as good.  A power washer will make light work of the job, which is impressive when completed!

     

    6)  Lower temperatures and frost is forecast, make sure your bird feeding stations are clean and regularly refilled.  The same applies to an accessible water supply.  Remember, cooked food as opposed to birdseed may well attract vermin.

     

    7)  with long periods of rain expected, don’t forget to put a glass or plastic sheet over your alpine plants to keep off the majority of the rain.

     

    8)  Now is a good time to plant roses, heel them in if soil conditions are not suitable for immediate planting.

     

    9)  Before planting trees and shrubs ensure roots are moist by soaking in a bucket or similar.

     

    10)   This month is a good time to prune Birch and Acers.  Trim the lawn edges for a quick lift!

     

    11)   Check apples and other stored fruits for signs of rotting and throw out damaged fruit for the birds. Remove mummified fruits from the apple trees.

     

    12)  Start Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs into growth urgently if required to flower by Christmas.

     

    13)  Tidy up the greenhouse during inclement weather, and also prune glasshouse grown grapevines.

     

    14)  Be ready to plant tulip bulbs after the middle of the month to reduce tulip disease (Tulip Fire).

     

    15)  Insulate with bubble-wrap and hessian those plant containers which are to be left outside over winter, in order to prevent the pots cracking in frosty periods.

     

    16)  Thoroughly clean and grease the lawnmower and sharpen or replace the blades.

     

    17)  The earlier any winter digging can be done, the better, as this allows rain, snow, frost and ice to break down clods of soil and make cultivation in the spring so much easier.

    Posted 30th Nov 9:37am
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  35. The Growers Choice: Hedging varieties for full sun

    The Growers Choice: Hedging varieties for full sun

    Is your next garden project a bit of a suntrap? do you require hedging varieties for a full sun position? we have you covered with our favourite hedging varieties for full sun below from Photinia to Prunus and even Lavender for your smaller hedging requirements.

     

    Cornus Elegantissima 

    Grey-green leaves with creamy-white flowers in early summer and red stems that can be seen during the winter periods, plant in a sunny position for best results.

    🌸 Flowers: May – June

    🌞 Position: Full sun to partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained soil

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as bareroot from November – March

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    Grisellina littoralis 

    A great hedging plant for a seaside retreat with large glossy, apple green ovate leaves. Grow in moist well-drained soil in a sheltered sunny spot for best results.

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 12 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained soil

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball and bare-root plants from November – March

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    Lavender Hidcote – why not choose a lavender plant for a scented small hedge in a sunny position? perfect for the edge of a path or small hedge at the front of a garden. This plant will also attract pollinators to your garden. Head to our pollinator-friendly plants guide for more bee loving plant varieties.

    🌸Flowers: July – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

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    Photinia ‘Red Robin’- A versatile evergreen shrub that can be used for hedging, trained against a wall and even used as a ½ std tree once trained. It is happy in most fertile soils, in either a sunny or shaded position. If you wish to encourage its strong red growth and more flowers, it will be better planted in a full sun position. White flowers appear by April and into May once the plant is better established. We have found Photinia ‘Red ‘Robin’ to become ‘leggy’ over time if it is not properly maintained and left to run away with themselves, they can grow up to 4m tall and up to 4 m wide.

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 4 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball from November – March

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    Pyracantha varieties

    Known for their colourful berries available in yellow, reds and oranges which will last from Autumn through to Spring if left untouched by birds. Great against a back wall these Pyracantha will stop intruders. Available potted throughout the year.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

    Available in 2LD, 3LD, 5L, 10L and 20L + pot sizes 

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    Prunus Rotundifolia 

    A vigorous, dense evergreen shrub suitable for almost all locations. Large, glossy green leaves make this a go-to plant above other Prunus varieties.  Its density makes it ideal for screening for privacy, and it is a great barrier to noise and wind. Commonly known as laurel, this hedging variety grows up to 60cm per year and is relatively happy in most soil conditions.

    🌸Flowers: April

    🌞 Position: Full sun – full shade

    📏 Height: Up to 5 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, moist soil, do not plant in shallow chalk

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball and bare root plants from November – March

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    Prunus Lusitanica

    Also known as Portuguese laurel, boast luscious dark green glossy leaves on deep maroon stems with small, fragrant white flowers in the summer which are loved by pollinators and red berries in the autumn which are very popular with birds.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 15 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, moist soil, do not plant in shallow chalk

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball from November – March

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    Rosa rugosa

    A hardy, easy to grow rose with pink scented flowers from June through to September, followed by bright scarlet hips. A dense, vigorous growing hedging variety happy in full sun.

    🌸Flowers: June – September

    🌞 Position: Full sun – full shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained soil

    Available in 2L, 3L  + pot sizes and as bare-root plants from November – March

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    Posted 30th Nov 2:29pm
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  36. The Growers Choice - Plants with winter interest

    The Growers Choice - Plants with winter interest

    There’s plenty of interest to be had from plants during the winter months whether that be the scent of Sarcococca or the flowers of Helleborus plants, check out some of our favourites below

    Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

    Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸 Flowers: May – June

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil: moderately fertile soil

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

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    Sarcococca varieties such as ‘Confusa’ and hookeriana ‘Winter Gem’

    Highly scented white flowers sit above large glossy, rich green leaves come late winter – early spring. It is a great addition to a shady border or a shaded patio spot where you can smell it every day.

    🌸 Flowers: Late winter-early spring

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.5m

    Soil:fertile, well-drained, moist soil

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    Hellebore varieties

    Hellebores are compact, clump-forming perennials with dark green, leathery leaves and stunning flowers.

    A tremendous shade-loving border plant that will brighten up your garden when little else is flowering from December – March.

    🌸 Flowers: December – March (depending on the variety)

    🌞Position: Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 45cn (depending on the variety)

    Soil: Heavy, neutral to alkaline soil

    It would help if you planted in partial to full shade for best results and cut back old leaves in January – February to show off new flowers.

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    Mahonia varieties such as ‘Charity’ and ‘Winter Sun’

    Are the perfect addition to a shaded spot in your garden as they prefer full – partial shade with spikes of yellow flowers from November through to March that has a fragrant reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley on dark green holly-like leaves. Prune in spring after flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  November – March (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

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

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

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

    Are you in need of some autumn/winter colour? Skimmia Rubella are known for their dark red flower buds that are produced in autumn and last through to winter until the flowers open in spring — an excellent plant for a patio pot or border.

    🌸Flowers:  April – May (depending on variety) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

    🌞 Position: Partial – full shade

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

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

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

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    Viburnum varieties 

    Evergreen Viburnums such as tinus are a great shrub for winter interest with dark green leaves and clusters of tiny white flowers from December to April.

    A great low maintenance easy to grow shrub that can brighten a part shaded area of the garden when little else is flowering.

    🌸Flowers:  December – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

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

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    Hamamelis varieties 

    Hamamelis plants are covered in branches of distinctive, spider-like, fragrant flowers in red, yellow, and orange shades from January to early spring.

    Whilst slow growing this plant variety can become a large spreading shrub or small tree. A fantastic specimen plant that will make a great addition to the middle or back of a border.

    Plant in well-drained, neutral acid soil in full sun to partial shade for best results.

    🌸Flowers: January – February

    ☀️ Position: Full sun – Partial shade

     Pot size: 5L, 10L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Jasminum nudiflorum

    A deciduous climber with bright yellow flowers that appear on bare stems in winter and early spring helping to brighten up a dark winter’s day. This attractive climber will grow well against a trellis or low wall once trained as it is not self-clinging.

    🌸Flowers: January – March

    ☀️ Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

     Pot size:  2LD, 3LD  ( subject to availability)

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    Posted 24th Nov 5:21pm
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  37. Plant Centre celebrates best year ever

    Plant Centre celebrates best year ever

    Our onsite plant centre is celebrating its best year ever, with a turnover of over 2 million, for the first time in its history. Johnsons of Whixleys overall turnover was just over 15 million, another record for the company in its 100th-year history.

    The plant centre division, which Alice Knowles runs, was responsible for selling over 340,000 items and has seen a 12.62% increase of new customers and an increase in sales of 21.07% on the previous financial year.

    The division’s successes are due to an increase in demand for garden projects and restorations by the public who have been putting their usual holiday funds into their gardens, which has made Landscapers, Garden Designers, Property Developers and others within the industry much busier. People also recognise the importance of a greener world and how plants can help the environment. We have also improved our website and social media pages and sent out regular PR campaigns, which have increased our visibility within the industry and increased the number of new customers on our system.

    Plant Centre Manager Alice Knowles said: ” We are incredibly proud to have achieved our best year ever. We have adapted to the challenges Brexit has brought and have taken on board customer feedback and requirements, including moving away from traditional lines. We have increased our range and have added more unusual and exciting lines. I’m continually looking at ways to evolve the plant centre, including keeping up with the demand and the different requirements.

    There has also been a few changes to our department with new faces joining our sales and operations side; find out more about the whole team below.”

    MEET THE TEAM

    Find out about our Amenity Sector and its changes by clicking here

     

    Posted 18th Nov 9:13am
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  38. The Growers Choice - Hedging for an exposed site

    The Growers Choice - Hedging for an exposed site

    Is your next project without any natural defence and exposed to the elements such as strong winds? we have put together a list of hedging varieties that are suitable for an exposed site below

    Acer campestre 

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 4M

    🌱 Soil: any soil (except water-logged sites)

    A deciduous resilient species that filters the wind more than evergreen varieties, creating a more sheltered spot it is a great hedging variety for an exposed site.

    Available in bare-root sizes 60-80cm and seedling 30-40cm. Also available in 2L, 3L, 5L & 10L.

    Crataegus monogyna

    A popular native hedging plant is known for its large thorns, which can be seen after its green leaves fall in Autumn. It is also known for its white scented flowers, which can be seen in Spring.

    A hardy species suited to the cold and windy conditions of an inland exposed site, even in windy areas it will grow up to 3m tall.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3M in an exposed location

    🌱 Soil: any soil (except water-logged sites)

    Available in bare-root sizes from 40-60cm up to 200cm tall and in container pots after the bare root season.

    Cupressus Leylandii

    Is one of the fastest evergreen hedging varieties that can grow up to 3ft per year with its eventual height reaching up to 12m. Great as a windbreak, general barrier and for noise reduction. A hardy plant that is well suited to a cold exposed site. Perform regular maintenance to help form a dense hedge.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 12 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained soil

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes

    Cotoneaster Franchetii 

    Is a hardy variety suited to an exposed inland sites and coastal sites with sage green leaves with a white underside and pink flowers in early summer with deep orange berries in autumn.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3 metres

    🌱 Soil: Any except water-logged

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes

    Taxus Baccata 

    A dark green evergreen hedging variety with needle-like leaves, ideal for an exposed site as it filters down the wind.  This variety is commonly known as ‘Yew’. It is a popular variety often used in stately homes grounds and private gardens. This hedging variety is easy to trim and can be used to create shapes for a statement feature or simply cut to create a clean line.

    Red berries are seen come Autumn, which are loved by birds but harmful to humans, pets and livestock if eaten. This slow-growing variety prefers fertile, well-drained soil.

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes and as a rootball from November – March

    🌸Flowers: April

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 20 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained, fertile soil

    Grisellina littoralis

    A great hedging plant for a seaside retreat with large glossy, apple green ovate leaves. Grow in moist well-drained soil in a sheltered sunny spot for best results.

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 12 metres

    🌱 Soil: well-drained soil

    Available in 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L + pot sizes

     

    Posted 22nd Nov 4:38pm
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  39. November Gardening Reminders 2021

    November Gardening Reminders 2021

    November reminds us that winter is on its way with leaves on the trees falling rapidly and the increase of rain and wind. During November container plants and some ground plants will need protection from the frosts, wind and freezing rain. November is also the start of the Bare Root and Root Ball season so there’s plenty to be on with this month. Check out our latest hints and tips put together by horticulturist John Richardson.

     

    1) The earlier winter digging can be done, the better, as this allows rain, snow, and frost to break down the clods of soil which will make cultivations in the spring so much easier.

    2)Collect and dispose of the fallen fruits from apple trees, many will be damaged and prone to spreading diseases such as brown rot.

    3)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.

    4)Now is the best time to plant roses, buying plants that are field-grown (bare-root) is the most economic and will survive just as well as container-grown plants if kept moist when out of the ground. For long delays, heel in the roots of the plant in an area that is not waterlogged.

    5)Replace those small patches of the lawn which have become damaged, with turf from a less obvious area. Do not perform this task when the soil is waterlogged or frozen.

    6)Take the opportunity to cut back overgrown hedges, either mechanically on deciduous plants or with secateurs and a saw on large-leafed evergreens such as laurels and rhododendrons. Trim conifer hedges next spring.

    7)Clean moss and lichens from footpaths and walls. There are several commercial brands of cleaner available, but bleach is equally good. A power washer will make light work of the job!

    8)Before the month-end check apples and other stored fruits for signs of rotting and throw out damaged fruit for the birds.

    9)Plant tulip bulbs after the middle of the month to prevent the spread of Tulip Fire disease.

    10)Make sure you have checked the compost heap and the bonfire for hibernating animals before you light the bonfire on November 5th.!!

    11)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 (hybrid) origin.

    12)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.

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

    14)Clean out bird boxes and sterilize them with boiling water.

    15)Insulate with bubble-wrap polythene, the pots of plants which may not be entirely hardy, or the container is a traditional frost susceptible clay pot.

    16)Don’t get carried away with autumn pruning! Plants such as Viburnum bodnantense, Lonicera fragrantissima, and the flowering cherry Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’, as these will carry sweetly scented pink flowers all the way through the winter.

    17)Lift and store dahlias if not already completed.

    Posted 2nd Nov 9:26am
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  40. Record year and new sales structure

    Record year and new sales structure

    We are celebrating a record year of sales, achieving a turnover of over £15 million for the first time in our 100th year history.

    In addition to the record turnover, the commercial sales department is celebrating a successful ten years in which revenue has grown by 50 per cent to more than £10 million.

    The team has recently appointed third-generation family member Luke Richardson as Sales Director, he said: “Commercial sales have exceeded all expectations, driven by strong performance in our core business and new custom. Reorganising our structure gives us a great foundation to improve our service offering, further incorporate new technology and drive sustainable growth. Despite the pandemic & Brexit, our upcoming annual budget is ambitious and reflects high confidence in the team.”

    The re-structure sees Iain Richardson focus on the general direction of the business, and he will retain a number of key accounts. Tony Coles heads up our all-important Key Accounts sector and is supported by Andrew Barker, who takes on the position of Key Accounts Manager.

    Vicky Newell returns to the business and assumes the responsibility of General Amenity Sales Manager with Jack Witham taking on home area sales, Hannah Smith the North and Laura Holmes the South. Corrina Mills is the companies Estimator and Ellie Richardson continues to work alongside the sales team as Marketing Manager.

    The sales team sell 6 million plants annually throughout the UK and are responsible for providing more than 10,000 quotes per year, up to 17,000 orders and 12,000 deliveries each year.

    Group MD Graham Richardson said: “Our success is primarily down to the hard work and dedication of all our staff, from the quote process right through to the lifting of orders and dispatch.

    Demand remains high as a consequence of a greater appetite for a greener world, considerable exposure from our improved website, expanded PR campaigns and significant social growth with an increase of 377% since 2017.

    These elements have played a key factor in the 30% increase of new customers. This is an exciting time for the business as Luke brings experience, motivation, compassion and an unrivalled knowledge of the market and our family business.”

    Get to know the team 

     

     

     

     

    Posted 29th Oct 1:57pm
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  41. Celebrating 30 years of quality accreditation

    Celebrating 30 years of quality accreditation

    We are celebrating achieving the BSI ISO 9001 Quality re-accreditation for the 30th year in a row.

    We have achieved the ISO 9001 Quality Management,  since 1991. We have also re-achieved ISO 14001 Environment Management standards since April 2010.

    Supplying 5-6 million plants throughout the UK each year, our plants embellish their surroundings and make a positive contribution to the environment.

    The ISO 9001 Quality Management is a clearly defined set of business processes, which defines Johnsons’ commitment to creating products and services following pre-defined standards. ISO 9001 is internationally recognised and one of the most popular international quality management systems.

    ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system for businesses. It provides a framework that a business can follow of standards on environmental management. Integrating it with other management systems standards, like ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organisational goals.

    We have also invested in 3 new electric 4 x 4 Hisun buggies this month, the robust vehicles will be trialled on the nurseries five sites with a view to replace all dumper trucks by 2025. One charge can last an impressive full working day and will be used to tow trailers and bespoke equipment.

    Graham Richardson, Managing Director at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “We are proud and delighted to have achieved the BSI ISO Quality accreditation for the 30th year in a row. It demonstrates our dedication to adhering to an external system of quality management and environmental standards to ensure the best quality products and services to current, new and potential customers. The new electric buggies are also a great addition and will reduce costs and further enhance our environmental credentials significantly in years to come.”

    Posted 6th Oct 2:42pm
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  42. Welcome back Vicky Newell

    Welcome back Vicky Newell

    Welcome back to a familiar face, Vicky Newell who re-joins our team as General Amenity Sales Manager. See what she says about her new role, and what it’s like to be back below

    1. How does it feel to be back?

    It is great to be back and to see so many familiar faces.

    2. Has much changed at Johnsons?

    Technology has changed considerable, being paperless takes some getting used to. The new quotation tool is amazing and enables many more amenity quotations to be done consistently whether they come in spreadsheet or PDF format.

    3. What will your new role involve?

    My time will be split 3 ways – managing the Amenity sales department, looking after my own Amenity accounts and generating more Amenity business (happy to listen if anyone has any great ideas on the last one !)

    4. What are you looking forward to most about your new role?

    I would like to make a difference and the more the team talks to our customers (new and old), we can improve our offer which will hopefully will generate new opportunities

    5. What do you think the challenges will be?

    Being able to fulfil customer expectations within the ever-decreasing timescales

    6. Tell us something we don’t know about you 

    I help out Knaresborough in Bloom, so can be seen planting, deadheading and watering the tubs and container in Knaresborough from time to time

    7. What do you like to get up to outside of work?

    I have 5 allotments with a friend, so that takes up most of my time on a Sunday, fighting against the weeds!

    8. Favourite food?
    I love Italian food but I am also partial to the odd slice or two of cake!

    Posted 5th Oct 1:11pm
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  43. The Growers Plantspo - May Shrubs

    The Growers Plantspo - May Shrubs

    Ceanothus varieties

    🌸Flowers: May – June (depending on variety, varieties such as ‘Puget Blue’ start flowering in April, and others flower for longer than June)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Convolvulus cneorum 

    🌸Flowers: May – July

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 0.6m

     Soil: Poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Chaenomeles varieties such as ‘Jet Trail, ‘Crimson & Gold’ & ‘Nivalis’

    🌸Flowers: March – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m

     Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

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

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    Choisya varieties such as ‘Aztec Pearl’, ‘Sundance’ & ‘White Dazzler’

    🌸Flowers: May (often have a second flush in summer)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m

     Soil: Moderately fertile,well-drained soil

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

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    Cornus varieties such as ‘ Sibirica’, ‘Aurea’ & ‘Flaviramea’

    🌸Flowers: May – June

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m

     Soil: Any moderately fertile soil

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

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    Deutzia varieties like ‘Mont Rose’ and ‘Rosea’

    🌸Flowers: April – June

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Euonymus varieties such as ‘Emerald & Gold’, ‘Emerald Gaiety & ‘Silver Queen’

    🌸Flowers: May- June

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

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

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Exochorda x macrantha varieties such as ‘The Bride’ & ‘Niagara’

    🌸Flowers: April – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

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

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    Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’

    🌸Flowers: March-May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Magnolia x soulangeana and the variety ‘Susan’

    🌸Flowers: March-May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 6m

    Soil: Moist, well-drained, acidic soil

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

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    Osmanthus x burkwoodii & delavayi

    🌸Flowers: April-May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 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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    Pyracantha ‘Saphyr’ varieties in ‘Red’, Yellow’ & ‘Orange’

    🌸Flowers: May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

    Soil: any fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Pieris varieties such as ‘Flaming Silver’ ‘Forest Flame’ and ‘Little Heath’

    🌸Flowers:  April – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

    Soil: any fertile, well-drained soil

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

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    Rhododendron in variety 

    🌸Flowers:  May – June

    🌞 Position: Full sun –  Partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m depending on the variety

    Soil:Moist, well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost

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

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    Ribes sanguineum varieties such as ‘King Edward’, ‘Pulborough Scarlet’

    🌸Flowers:  April – May

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 3m depending on the variety

    Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

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

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    Rosmarinus officinalis and the variety ‘Jessops Upright’

    🌸Flowers:  May-June

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 2m depending on the variety

    Soil:  well-drained soil

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

     

    Syringa varieties 

    🌸Flowers: May-June

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    📏 Height: Up to 4m depending on the variety

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L3L, 5L, 10L, 12L, 20L + (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Weigela varieties

    🌸Flowers: May-June

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2.5m depending on the variety

    Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 2L3L, 5L, 10L  (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Posted 17th May 11:21am
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. September Gardening Reminders 2021

    September Gardening Reminders 2021

    The mornings now have a fresh feel to them, but overnight temperatures are still staying above 10 degrees. It really does feel as though we are coming to the end of the summer now, but there’s plenty to be doing in the garden this month; below are some hints and tips put together by Chairman and horticulturist John Richardson.

    1)The first 10 days of September is the last time to be taking cuttings of tender perennials such as pelargoniums and fuchsias. Roots will form much quicker before the cooler weather sets in. It is better to take cuttings at this late stage to root them round the edge of a pot and leave them in the pot until transplanting next spring. Alternatively, bring the old plants under cover in a cool but frost-free room and take cuttings early next year.

    2)Have you ever thought of buying a greenhouse? Now is a good time to buy at a discounted price, with the whole winter to erect it and have it ship-shape for the start of next spring.

    3)Time to check bigger trees around the garden; September can be a windy month and well worth the knowledge that boughs are not likely to come crashing down on the house, the garden and the new greenhouse in the winter sales.

    4) If you have time to spare on the weekend, take a notebook around the garden and note those plants which are happy in their location, are growing too big, have the wrong colour combination with neighbouring plants, or really need more space. It will make your winter sort-out in the garden much easier.

    5) Planting new shrubs in autumn has the benefit of warm soil to get the plants established before winter and the soil is usually moist; delay bare-root tree planting until November and be sure to install a stake at the time of planting. Always put the stake on the windward side and secure it with a proper tree time.

    6) September is a good month to plant spring-flowering bulbs, but leave tulips until November, as this will help prevent the fungal disease ‘tulip fire’. If you find mice digging up your crocus bulbs, cover them with fine chicken wire, which won’t affect grass mowing but should dissuade mice.

    7)If you have heavy soil, dig over the garden borders later this month as the bedding plants need to be removed. This will make digging easier as the soil will not be at full water capacity as in later months.

    8) Crocosmias form large mounds of roots and corms over the years, separate them with 2 forks by pulling them apart, or remove the soil and untangle them with the help of a hosepipe jet.

    9) Continue to trim fast-growing hedging, and don’t overlook the weeds in the hedge bottoms.

    10)Newly planted perennials will do well when planted over the next 6 weeks. Give the roots of new plants a good soaking before planting, and firm in well to the original depth and place a good mulch around the plant to prevent moisture loss and winter frost damage to young roots.

    11) During this month and next, the lawn can be cut less frequently but will really benefit from mechanical scarifying or the regular use of a spring tine rake to remove the old ‘thatch’. Aerating the lawn by means of a machine or a garden fork will work wonders, in conjunction with a specific lawn weed-killer and an autumn lawn fertilizer dressing.

    Posted 16th Sep 3:27pm
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  53. October Gardening Reminders 2021

    October Gardening Reminders 2021

    The temperatures have dropped and trees & shrubs are changing colour  –  autumn is officially here, but there’s still plenty to be doing in the garden this month from planting bulbs to taking cuttings; below are some hints and tips put together by Chairman and horticulturist John Richardson.

    1) Give conifer hedges a final trim and finish planting evergreen shrubs while the soil is still warm, and new roots will develop quickly.

    2) Lift and store carrots and potatoes. Cut back strong stems of tall shrubs like lavatera and Buddleia to half their length to prevent winter damage. Complete the cutting back to 15 inches in February/March.

    3) Collect the seed of those plants you may wish to increase and will come true from seed. Store seed in paper bags in a sealed container on the bottom shelf of a refrigerator. If unsure when to sow the seed, sow half on the collection and the other half in the spring.

    4) At the end of October give the glasshouses and frames a thorough clean both inside and outside. Scrub down the benches with a mild disinfectant before hosing down the entire area.

    5) If you have electricity in the glasshouse, check that the earth-breaker is undamaged and clean.

    6) Fix grease bands to the trunks of apple and pear trees.

    7) Clean out ponds and water features, and remove water pumps for the winter.

    8) Repair broken fences, patios, trellises, steps, fall pipes and walls.

    9) Take hardwood cuttings of forsythia, deutzia, honeysuckle, jasmine, Virginia creeper, holly, privet, cotoneaster, poplar, willow, gooseberries, blackcurrants etc., at the end of the month.

    10) Make several collections through the month of fallen leaves, and store them in a wire-netting enclosed area to ensure they rot down over winter. Do not leave fallen leaves on the lawn.

    11) Clean out leaves from around alpine plants. If permanently outside and not in a cold frame, cover with a pinned down sheet of glass over winter to prevent the plants from becoming water-logged.

    12) Lift Dahlias, Gladioli, and other tender perennials when temperatures fall sharply and store them in a frost-free place.

    13) This is a good month to lay turf providing the ground has been firmed, raked, levelled and weeded.

    14) If the weather warms up at the end of the month, take the opportunity to prepare compost and boxes for sowing half-hardy annuals by the end of the month. You should have a heat source available for frost prevention on cold nights

    15) Be sure to have a stock of sand or salt for very frosty mornings when paths and roads are slippery.

    16) Plant new daffodils, but don’t plant tulips until mid-November to reduce the risk of Tulip Fire Disease.

    17) When planting new trees larger than 2m., place a diagonal stake into the prevailing wind to prevent the tree from leaning over in the first year.

    18) Remember, when selecting shrubs, birds don’t like yellow berries!!

    19) lift and divide rhubarb crowns at 5-year intervals, a spade is the best implement to use!

    Interested in plants that are looking good this October, click here to view

     

     

    Posted 4th Oct 1:01pm
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  54. The Growers Plantspo - August Herbaceous

    The Growers Plantspo - August Herbaceous

    Are you in need of some inspiration for your next garden project and after some late-flowering herbaceous plants? check out some of our favourite August flowering varieties from Anemone to Rudbeckia.

    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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    Astrantia varieties such as ‘Claret’, ‘Hadspen Blood’ and ‘Rosea’

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

    🌞 Position: Full sun -partial shade

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

    Soil: Fertile, moist, preferably humus-rich soil

     Pot size: 3L

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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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    Eryngium varieties such as ‘Neptune’s Gold’

    🌸Flowers: July – August

    🌞 Position: Full sun

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

    Soil: dry, well-drained, poor to moderately fertile 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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    Geum varieties such as ‘Totally Tangerine’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Sunrise’

    🌸Flowers: June – August (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

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

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

     Pot size: 3L

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    Helenium varieties such as ‘Moerheim Beauty’, ‘Short and Sassy’ and ‘The Bishop’ 

    🌸Flowers: July – August (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun

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

    Soil: Fertile, moist, 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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    Monarda varieties such as ‘Balmy Lilac’ and ‘Balmy Pink’

    🌸Flowers: July – August

    🌞 Position: Full sun- partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 0.4m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

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

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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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    Veronica varieties such as ‘Anniversary Blue’ 

    🌸Flowers: June – August

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 1m (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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    Posted 29th Jul 2:10pm
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  55. The Growers Plantspo - October Herbaceous

    The Growers Plantspo - October Herbaceous

    While many herbaceous plants have been and gone there’s still a few in flower during early autumn from Anemone to Geranium, add to your next project for late summer-early autumn colour.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Posted 16th Sep 2:39pm
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  56. The Growers Plantspo - November Interest

    The Growers Plantspo - November Interest

    Your garden projects don’t have to be boring this  November, there’s plenty of autumn-winter interest plants around that are sure to brighten up your projects from Mahonia to Viburnum.

    Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

    Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  moderately fertile soil

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

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    Cotoneaster  varieties such as’ horizontalis’

    Berries appear on varieties such as ‘horizontalis’ and ‘Coral Beauty’ during the autumn period, in late spring- early summer they are filled with small creamy white flowers.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  May-June  (depending on variety)

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

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

    Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

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    Euonymus Alatus

    A bushy dense deciduous shrub with green leaves that turn to shades of strawberry red during autumn.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    📏 Width: Up to 3m

    Soil:  well-drained soil

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

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    Euonymus europaeus

    Dark green leaves turn to a spectacular blazing scarlet colour during autumn and its summer flowers are replaced with orange-pink winged fruit which remains long after leaves have fallen.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to3m

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m

    Soil:  well-drained soil

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

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    Mahonia varieties such as ‘Charity’ and ‘Winter Sun’

    🌸Flowers:  November – March (depending on variety)

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

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

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

     Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 10L, 20L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

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    Nandina varieties such as ‘domestica’ and ‘Fire Power’ 

    Nandinas provide autumn interest when leaves turn shades of fiery red and copper.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  July  (depending on variety)

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

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

    Soil:  moist, well-drained soil

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    Pyracantha varieties such as ‘Red Column’ and ‘Golden Sun’ 

    An upright evergreen shrub with dark leaves and spiny branches. Vibrant yellow, red, and orange berries can be seen in autumn when little else is providing interest.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers: May

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3LD, 5L,  10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Sarcococca confusa

    🌞 Position: Partial – deep shade

    🌸Flowers: December – March

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

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

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

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

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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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    Skimmia varieties such as ‘Rubella’ and ‘Kew Green’

    🌸Flowers:  April – May (depending on variety) flower buds are seen in autumn-winter.

    🌞 Position: Partial – full shade

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

    Soil: Moist-well-drained, acid soil

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

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    Viburnum varieties such as ‘tinus’ and ‘bod Dawn’

    🌸Flowers:  December – April

    🌞 Position: Full sun or partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on variety)

    Soil: Fertile, moist-well-drained soil

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

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    Posted 1st Nov 11:17am
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  57. 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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    Posted 12th Aug 2:20pm
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  58. 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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  59. Plant donations see NHS hospital gardens bloom

    Plant donations see NHS hospital gardens bloom

    We have recently donated plants worth hundreds of pounds to two Yorkshire NHS hospitals.

    The newly created Rainbow Garden at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has benefited from a donation of plants worth £500. The garden, which is situated near the main entrance of the hospital, was designed to create a place where visitors and staff could go to remember the town’s 900 plus Covid-19 victims.

    Colleagues at the hospital had been raising funds since June 2020 for the project, with almost 300 supporters providing donations both large and small.

    The memorial garden features flower beds, a central lawn, paving, a patio and a pergola, all of which our Doncaster-based customer, AWS Landscapes Ltd kindly provided at cost.

    Plants supplied and donated include Lavandula ‘Victory’, Prunus laur. ‘Rotundifolia’, Hydrangea pan. ‘Little Lime’, Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’, Magnolia soulangeana, Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’, Echinacea purpurea, Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and Persicaria affinis ‘Superba’.

    A similar garden has been created at the hospital’s sister facility at Bassetlaw.

    Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity have also received plants from Johnsons worth more than £300. The plants were first used at the Harrogate Flower Show earlier this year as part of a gold award-winning display created by Lisa Norton from Harrogate Garden Design.

    The display, entitled Escape Your Mind, featured an array of plants such as Buxus Sempervirens, Euphorbia, Pittosporum Magnolia Acuminata ‘Blue Opal’, Dahlia ‘Orange Sunshine, Phlox ‘Clouds of Perfume’, Cortaderia ‘Pink Feather’ and Salix ‘Golden Sunshine’. These have now been replanted at the hospital for staff and visitors to enjoy, providing an area of rest and reflection.

    Richard Parker OBE, chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “On behalf of all within Team DBTH, I want to thank Johnsons of Whixley and AWS Landscapes Ltd for their contributions to our Rainbow Gardens. The generosity shown towards our Trust throughout the past 18 months or so has been nothing short of spectacular and I am so pleased that, together, we have been able to create these beautiful memorial spaces for those who are sadly no longer with us. Once again, thank you.”

    Harrogate Hospital’s business development charity and volunteer manager Sammy Lambert commented: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Johnsons and Harrogate Garden Design for their generosity and donation of beautiful plants which have made such a difference to our outside areas.”

    David Sowerby, director of AWS Landscapes Ltd, said: “We are indebted to all the NHS staff who have given so much during the pandemic, and to those who sadly lost their lives. As a mark of our thanks and respect, we made our own donation and carried out all the works to create this garden for all to enjoy. We hope that the garden can be a beautiful space where staff and visitors can rest and reflect away from the stress of their busy working day.”

    We are incredibly pleased to be able to give something back to both hospitals via our donation of plants which has helped two outside areas bloom. We are forever grateful to the NHS staff who have given so much over the past 18 months and that they continue to do so. We hope our plants are enjoyed by staff and visitors for many years to come.

    This is one of many plant donations this year, as we pledged to donate plants to 12 different charities throughout our Centenary these donations have included plants to The Blue Cross, Thirsk, a memorial garden for Sir Captain Tom Moore and Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts.

    Posted 27th Jul 4:37pm
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  60. A touching memorial for Capt Sir Tom Moore

    A touching memorial for Capt Sir Tom Moore

    We recently teamed up with a landscaping firm and our customer Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd to help create a touching memorial for a national hero and campaigner, Capt Sir Tom Moore.

    This year we celebrate our Centenary while the late Capt Sir Tom, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS, celebrated his 100th birthday in April 2020. He passed away in February this year.

    The memorial was unveiled on the 7th July in front of World War II veteran Capt Sir Tom’s family, Junior Soldiers and sponsors such as Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Johnsons.

    Chairman John Richardson and his grandaughter and Marketing Manager Eleanor Richardson attended with Director Stuart Skelton of Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd and Colin Simpson.

    Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd commissioned Kris Elvidge, a local Stone Mason, himself a Yorkshireman, to engrave the stones that can be seen on the front and back of the college headquarters identifying the start and finish of the Capt Sir Tom Moore Walk. They also created 4 seating areas that surround a centre stone halfway along the main walkway taken by junior soldiers on parade day.

    Through landscaper Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, Johnsons donated two Magnolia ‘Double Diamond’ 200-250 110L trees and 50 Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ worth a total of £765 to the memorial at Army Foundation College Harrogate, where he was an honorary colonel.

    The trees are among six planted by Junior Soldiers from the Army college in honour of Capt Sir Tom and to launch the Queen’s Green Canopy campaign across the country.

    The Queen’s Green Canopy is a tree planting initiative to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2021. People across the UK are being invited to ‘plant a tree for the jubilee’, with community groups and schools encouraged to take part from October, when the tree planting season begins.

    Capt Sir Tom captured the nation’s hearts when he raised over £32m for NHS Charities by walking 100 laps of his garden during the first lockdown. He was born in Keighley but more recently lived in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.

    He inspired millions when his saying ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ trended on social media and became the oldest ever recording artist to reach number one when his duet of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball topped the charts. On his 100th birthday, he received thousands of cards from well-wishers across the world, including the Queen and Prime Minister, and was honoured with an RAF flypast.

    Eleanor Richardson, Johnsons of Whixley’s marketing manager, said: “We were delighted to be part of this fitting tribute to Capt Sir Tom Moore, who was a true inspiration. The donation is particularly fitting as the magnolia is native to Asia, where he served during World War II.”

    Stuart Skelton, Director of Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd said “It has been an honour and a privilege to be involved in the Capt Sir Tom Moore Memorial, hopefully, this will continue to inspire future generations of Junior Soldiers”

    Posted 15th Jul 11:34am
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  61. 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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  62. The Growers Plantspo - October Shrubs

    The Growers Plantspo - October Shrubs

    In need of some autumn interest for your October projects? check out some of our favourites below from Cornus to Rhus.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Euonymus Alatus

    A bushy dense deciduous shrub with green leaves that turn to shades of strawberry red during autumn.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 2m

    📏 Width: Up to 3m

    Soil:  well-drained soil

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

    Euonymus europaeus

    Dark green leaves turn to a spectacular blazing scarlet colour during autumn and its summer flowers are replaced with orange-pink winged fruit which remains long after leaves have fallen.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to3m

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m

    Soil:  well-drained soil

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

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    Callicarpa Profusion

    Known for its striking violet, bead-like berries that appear in autumn and remain after the plant has lost its leaves.

    🌞 Position: Sun or dappled shade

    📏 Height: Up to3m

    📏 Width: Up to 2.5m

    Soil:  well-drained soil

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

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     Cornus varieties such as ‘Midwinter Fire’, and ‘Sibrica’ 

    Cornus are known for their coloured stems that are revealed when their leaves fall. Shades of red, yellow and orange stems are available.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 2m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  moderately fertile soil

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

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    Pyracantha varieties such as ‘Red Column’ and ‘Golden Sun’ 

    An upright evergreen shrub with dark leaves and spiny branches. Vibrant yellow, red, and orange berries can be seen in autumn when little else is providing interest.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers: May

    📏 Height: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    📏 Width: Up to 3m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

    Pot size: 2L, 3LD, 5L,  10L, 20L + ( subject to availability and the variety)

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    Cotoneaster  varieties such as’ horizontalis’

    Berries appear on varieties such as ‘horizontalis’ and ‘Coral Beauty’ during the autumn period, in late spring- early summer they are filled with small creamy white flowers.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  May-June  (depending on variety)

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

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

    Soil:  fertile, well-drained soil

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    Nandina varieties such as ‘domestica’ and ‘Fire Power’ 

    Nandinas provide autumn interest when leaves turn shades of fiery red and copper.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  July  (depending on variety)

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

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

    Soil:  moist, well-drained soil

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    Viburnum opulus

    Bunches of bright red fruits are visible in autumn and three-lobed, dark green leaves turn to striking shades of red before falling.

    🌞 Position: Full sun – partial shade

    🌸Flowers:  May – June  (depending on variety)

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

    📏 Width: Up to 5m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  Fertile, moist, well-drained soil

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    Rhus Typhinia 

    An upright deciduous shrub or small tree with dark green leaves that turn to shades of orange-red in autumn before they fall.

    🌞 Position: Full sun

    🌸Flowers:  June – August (depending on variety)

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

    📏 Width: Up to 6m (depending on the variety)

    Soil:  Fertile, well-drained soil

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    Skimmia Rubella 

    Attractive dark red flower buds are produced in autumn and will be visible on the plant until spring when they burst into flower.

    🌞 Position: Partial Shade

    🌸Flowers:  April – May

    📏 Height: Up to 1.5m

    📏 Width: Up to 1.5m

    Soil:  Fertile, moist, well-drained acid or ericaceous soil

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    Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’

    🌞 Position: Full Sun

    🌸Flowers:  March – April

    📏 Height: Up to 10m

    📏 Width: Up to 10m

    Soil: Moist, well-drained soil

    Posted 15th Sep 10:52am
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  63. July Gardening Reminders 2021

    July Gardening Reminders 2021

    Not sure what to do in the garden this month? check out our July gardening reminders put together by Chairman and Horticulturist John Richardson.

     

    1)   Keep control of soft, fast-growing weeds such as thistles, they harbour aphids and other problems.

     

    2)  Now is the time to make yourself a good big compost bin, just before you really need it!  Ideally, use 4 stakes as corners 1 metre apart in a square and staple wire netting (1 metre deep) around the square.

    This affords easy entry when you wish to empty it, or it can be made bigger or smaller at will.  If you would like a really permanent one, use pressure-treated plywood or boards instead of netting.

     

    3)  Treat shrubs that were cut back in the spring with a high Sulphate of Potash feed to encourage the production of flower buds for next year.