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

  • Join us on Friday 30th November from 4pm until 8pm for our fabulous festive late night event!

  • 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

  • All our sausages are made by our own Butcher

  • Enjoy tea, coffee and home-made lunches in our Cafe

  • Our Plant Centre has all you need for Autumn garden maintenance

  • We stock Regatta outdoor men's and womenswear

    Sow Hardy Annual Flowers

    Sow Hardy Annual Flowers

    Sow hardy annual flowers in generous drifts straight onto the ground this month, as the soil is now nicely warmed up and they'll germinate and get growing in no time.

    Annuals include some of the loveliest of all garden flowers, often self-seeding at the end of the year so you'll have new plants popping up next season too. You'll find lots of seed to choose from in your favourite garden centre: try feathery-petalled love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), sky-blue cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) and vibrant scarlet 'Ladybird' poppies, each petal blotched black at the base.

    Prepare the ground well before you start, and water if it's dry so you're sowing into damp soil. Then mark out big, generous 'drifts' on the ground where you want each type of flower to be, using silver sand dribbled out of a drinks bottle.

    Within each drift, make shallow drills: this helps you recognise which seedlings are the annuals you've sown, and which are weeds. Then simply sow sparingly along the bottom and cover lightly with more soil. Keep well-watered and you should start to see seedlings within a week. Once they're large enough, thin to their final spacings and you can look forward to a summer full of colour.