Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • Come and choose from our delicious breads and cakes this Christmas

  • We've fresh trees from 25th November, decorations and gifts in our dazzling Christmas Marquee

  • Enjoy a piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate on our heated Cafe´Terrace

  • The finest local ingredients for your Christmas dinner from our newly extended Farm Shop

  • We have a fantastic choice of gifts for all ages in our Christmas Marquee

    Plant autumn-flowering crocuses

    Plant autumn-flowering crocuses

    Plant autumn-flowering crocuses for an extraordinary display later this year as the delicately beautiful flowers rise as if by magic from the ground just as the rest of the garden is slowing down.

    Autumn-flowering Crocus

    Most people associate crocuses with springtime, but in fact the range of autumn-flowering crocuses is huge – here in the garden centre at Poynings we believe they ought to be more widely grown, so we’re putting out a fantastic selection of varieties to tempt you, ready to plant in the garden right now.

    Plant your autumn crocuses in a sunny spot in free draining soil. They’ll be in flower from September to November, with delicately-marked goblets and narrow, strappy leaves. Just like spring crocuses, they’re happy among perennials and shrubs in the border; you can also scatter them through the lawn for a natural, wildflower-like effect, though hold off mowing until after the leaves have died back to make sure they return the following year.

    You can even eat your autumn crocuses! The gourmet spice saffron is in fact the scarlet stamen of a pretty lilac-purple autumn-flowering crocus, Crocus sativus. Pick the ribbon-like red stamens out with a pair of tweezers and dry before keeping it in an airtight container.