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August Newsletter

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.


~ Henry James

Let’s hope for a sunny August where we can throw open the doors and windows making the house and garden fully open to each other. Sure, there’s still some gardening jobs to be done but they involve no strenuous labour. The top priority is to water, water, water, whilst the sun is shining and the days are warm and dry.

August is a time of plenty and when it comes to tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and of course courgettes, it is often a time of glut. While vegetables are best eaten fresh, jams, pickles and chutneys will help with any glut of varieties that have enjoyed the growing conditions this year.

Our piccalilli recipe below will provide you with a healthy and delicious accompaniment for the longer winter months ahead – and you can throw in just about any vegetable in the mix! Most of all, don’t forget to sit back, relax and browse through our NEW 2020 Bulb Catalogue…

  • Water, feed, deadhead. Water, feed, deadhead. And keep repeating.
  • Parsley and other herbs sown now will mean that you have a fresh supply for the winter
  • Aubergines will be ready this month. Pick them when they are firm and nice and shiny
  • Continue picking sweet peas and removing any seed heads. Also mulch, feed and water. They’ll be finished all too soon.
  • Keep an eye on the level of water in your pond and top up from the hose when necessary. This will also help to oxygenate the water.
  • Pruning your wisteria this month will not only tidy it up but will also divert its energy from producing tendrils to producing flower buds for next year.
  • Some hardy annuals can be sown now, direct in their flowering positions meaning early flowers next spring/summer.
  • Salad leaves can be sown this month, in fact keep sowing and you’ll be eating salad all year round.
  • Continue to remove side-shoots from tomato plants and boost ripening by giving high potash feed.
  • Harvest beans, courgettes, potatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves, aubergines, etc, etc as soon as they are ready. Home-grown meals eaten outside with friends and family are one of the highlights of summer.

Seeds to Sow in August

Sowing vegetables in August is all about those fast-growing varieties. Think speedy salads and winter wellness, as there are many veg that come into their own at this time of year when the weather can be a little cooler.

If you plan carefully, the veg you sow in August will grow into those autumn dinners for the family, so it’s time to start sowing cabbages, chard, salad mixes, radishes and turnips. Cover cabbages and chard with a cloche to protect them, and you’ll be rewarded with homegrown veg in time for winter.

View Our Veg Seeds To Sow In August

NEW 2020 Bulb Catalogue

Our 2020 Bulb Catalogue is out soon! Featuring autumn and spring flowering bulbs, winter bedding, perennials, winter cropping veg and more.

Here are a few highlights from the catalogue…

On The Cover – Back to Nature

To help you get back to nature, you can now create a mini haven in your own space at home with our brilliant bulb collection! These popular flowers will give a natural and informal look to your garden, with floral displays that you can enjoy for years to come. From pretty English Bluebells to delicate snowdrops, by planting natural plant varieties you will be helping wildlife and attracting vital pollinators in your garden.

Spring Bulbs

A wonderful array of varieties and colours that will look stunning in pots, containers and borders. You’ll find bulbs by variety such as Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths… Plus exclusive bulb mixes, colour themed bulbs, our Pick & Mix for £5 a pack offer and lots more!

This year why not try our Bulb Starter Kit – everything you need to get your bulbs off to a great start for only £39.95 (saving £24!).

All Year Round Colour

Who says your garden can’t look spectacular all year round? Don’t let the dreary UK winters get the better of you and your garden, make sure your flower beds look breath-taking all year. Our winter bedding must-haves will flower from autumn until late spring, providing you with gorgeous colours in the cooler, darker months. 

Keep Cropping Through Autumn & Beyond!

Come late August you’ll have started to harvest some of your summer veg and you’ll have empty spaces to fill. Why not fill them with some our later planting crops which we’ve grown on for you in larger pots, ready to plant straight into your garden.

#GrowWithDobies Update

With only 10 days left of our Grow With Dobies Competition we would love for more of you to get involved and show us how you have used your garden or small space as best as possible to grow amazing crops, whether that is flowers or fruit and veg. We know that with growing your own fruit and veg comes much pride and satisfaction and what better way to showcase the fruits of your labour than recognising your hard work and the wonderful produce you have grown through lockdown.

We have 4 categories for you to enter your amazing photos: Growing with Family, Small Spaces Growing, Rustic & Repurposed Gardens, Growing for the first time. We’ll choose one winning image from each category and its owner will receive a £50 Dobies Gift Voucher to spend online.. Hurry the competition closes on the 10th August!

Submit your image here or via social media. Click here for more info and T&Cs.

Here are a few current entries to give you some inspiration.

National Allotment Week

This year’s National Allotment Week is ‘Growing Food for Health and Well-being’, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.

The week runs from 10th – 16th August and this year they would like plot-holders to enter their NAW Competition which asks to produce videos and storyboards about your allotment story.

The 3 categories for the competition are:

  • “What my allotment means to me” for individuals (16 years upwards) –  £100 prize – NAS members, non-members free NAS membership plus £50
  • “The history of our site” or “Our site’s projects and plans for the future” for associations – £200 prize – NAS members, non-members free association membership up to the value of £200
  • “What I grow at the allotment” for children (up to 16 years)- £50 prize

National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities.

To celebrate the 18th year of National Allotment Week we’ve got a fantastic offer on our Autumn / Winter cropping veg plants with 36 plants for only £36! – perfect for sharing with friends and family on the allotment or in your garden.

Make Your Own Piccalilli At Home

Perfect Piccalilli Recipe

This sweet vegetable pickle is perfect for an August harvest, when garden produce is at its peak and there is plenty to spare. This delicious preserve can be made using almost any vegetable but is best with varieties that are crisp and green.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 d
Total Time1 d 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 30 g Cornflower
  • 10 g Tumeric
  • 10 g English Mustard Powder
  • 15 g Yellow Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Crushed Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds
  • 50 g Honey
  • 600 ml Cider Vinegar
  • 1 kg Fresh veg

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and chop up 1kg of fresh vegetables such as cauliflower, green beans, cucumbers, courgettes, tomatoes, carrots, shallots or peppers. The secret to a successful piccalilli is to take the time to cut your veg into small, similar sized pieces.
  • Place in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and leave in a cool place for 24 hours. After this you’ll need to rinse the veg with cold water and drain.
  • Blend 30g of cornflower, 10g turmeric, 10g English mustard powder, 15g yellow mustard seeds and 1 teaspoon each of crushed cumin and coriander seeds. Add a dash of cider vinegar to create a smooth paste.
  • Put 600ml of cider vinegar, 150g of granulated sugar and 50g of honey into a pan and bring to a boil. Pour a little of this mix onto your paste, stir well and add the paste to the full pan of your vinegar, sugar and honey mix.
  • Boil for 3-4 minutes to release the spices and thicken the sauce.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and fold you mix into your vegetables, then immediately pack the pickle into sterilised jars.
  • Leave for 4-6 weeks and use with a year

Notes

The recipe makes 3 x 340g jars.

Offer Of The Month

Cottage Garden Lucky Dip

18 x 9cm Potted Plants For Only £30 – Save £42!

  • The perfect selection of perennial plants for your summer displays.
  • 9cm potted plants ready to be planted straight into pots & border for instant colour.
  • At a fraction of the cost this perennial plant selection is a great lucky dip of plants!
  • Plants are chosen by our expert team on our Devon nursery.
  • Immediate Despatch For Instant Displays!

The Back To Nature Collection

There are many emotional and physical benefits to gardening and spending time out of doors. You can now reap the benefits with our Back to Nature Collection.

At RHS Chelsea, the Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘Back to Nature’ garden was designed as a tranquil place to retreat from the world. It was a place to play, learn, explore and create special memories. Against a naturalist backdrop of wild trees, shrubs and plants in a cool calm colour palette. 

You can now create a mini haven in your own space at home with our brilliant bulb selection! 

These popular perennials will give a natural and informal look to your garden. With floral displays that you can enjoy for years to come. From pretty primulas to lovely Lily of the Valley (and everything in between). By planting natural plant varieties you will help wildlife and attract pollinators to your garden.

Our favourite Back to Nature varieties

Leucojum aestivum Bulbs – Summer Snowflake

Reminiscent of the well-loved snowdrop. Leucojum has up to 8 delicate white flowers per stem. White bell-shaped flowers with green tips. Known as the summer snowflake flowers are lightly scented.

Crocus Botanical Mix

Crocus Botanical Mix

Our natural crocus mixture contains many fragile but robust-growing varieties. Height 10cm. Bulb size 5cm+. (Bulb sizes quoted in centimetres refer to the circumference of bulbs. All bulbs are sourced from cultivated stocks.)

These delightful botanical crocuses will withstand the coldest weather conditions. Ideal for naturalising, and will flower year after year. Crocuses are among the first heralds of spring. Their cups of vivid colours make such a welcome splash of colour!

Happy Bee and Butterfly Flower Bulb Mixture

Happy Bee and Butterfly Flower Bulb Mixture

Perfect mixtures to attract beautiful bees or butterflies to your garden.

Happy Butterfly Varieties: A mix of butterfly-attracting bulbs. Developed with the Butterfly Foundation to help nature in your garden. The collection comes in a paper bag.

Happy Bee Varieties: A mix of bee-attracting bulbs. Developed with the Beekeepers Association to help nature in your garden. The collection comes in a paper bag.

The ‘Back to Nature’ range is filled with many more spectacular flowers to create a wild and natural aesthetic garden for all to enjoy!

Grow With Dobies Competition

We’re all too aware by this point that 2020 has been a strange year so far. Many of us find ourselves spending more time at home, and our gardening community has adapted very well and remains strong.

We know that with growing your own fruit and veg comes much pride and satisfaction and what better way to showcase the fruits of your labour than recognising your hard work and the wonderful produce you have grown through lockdown .

We have 4 categories for you to enter your amazing photos: Growing with Family, Small Spaces Growing, Rustic & Repurposed Gardens, Growing for the first time. We’ll choose one winning image from each category and its owner will receive a £50 Dobies Gift Voucher to spend online.

Click the links below to submit your image using our handy form, or tag us on social media using #GrowwithDobies

Growing with Family

One of the ways we have been spending our time during lockdown is in the garden with our loved ones. We want to see how your family has used outdoor spaces to grow fruit, veg and flowers this season.

We want to celebrate all those budding new gardeners, proud of their first strawberry or runner bean!

Small Spaces Growing

Often a large area to grow isn’t always available but we know how innovative you all are. We want to see what you have managed to grow in smaller areas.

We want to see what you’ve grown in smaller spaces such as patios, balconies or even smaller areas of your garden.

Show us how you’ve grown crops vertically or used hanging baskets to free up space. Get creative with your space and your pictures!

Rustic & Repurposed Gardens

We want to see all the creative and innovative ways you have grown things. This could be re- using household rubbish for planters or a pair of old boots as a plant pot! We want to see how you have transformed everyday items to become useful in your garden.

We want to see more than just your DIY gardening projects. Has your garden had a complete make over during lockdown? Show us! We want to see how you’ve spent your time transforming your garden.

Have you finally got round to clearing that one area in the garden we’re not proud of and turned it into a lovely vegetable patch? Or transformed an area of our lawn into beautiful flower beds? We want to know what inspired you to do it now.

Growing For The First Time

Is this your first time growing anything in your garden? Show us! Whether it was successful or not we want to know what inspired you to get out in your garden and have a go. whether it was more time on your hands or becoming more self- sustaining during lockdown, share your experiences and you photos with us.

Use the icons below if you’d like to submit your image via social media, and don’t forget to use the hashtag

#GrowwithDobies

Closing date for the competition is 11.59pm 10/08/2020

Get your photos and stories in to us before then for a chance to win!

July Newsletter

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” –  Lewis Grizzard

July is when we reap the rewards of all the hard work in the garden! We get to eat the edibles that we’ve grown and fill our vases with the ornamentals. It’s the month when we enjoy our home-grown crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries and more.

True satisfaction and pleasure can be gained from a delicious meal of homegrown fruit and veg enjoyed in a well looked after garden with a vase of sweet smelling, freshly picked annuals adorning the table.

Hopefully July will be a lovely warm month meaning that regular watering will be necessary… In fact, “water/feed/weed/repeat” is the July gardening mantra.

Jobs To Do This Month

  • Remove duck weed from ponds and keep the water level topped up. It’s surprising how much water will evaporate during a sunny spell.
  • Tie in climbers and stake dahlias and other tall plants to prevent them flopping
  • Maintain a consistent watering and feeding regime, remembering that different varieties of plants will have different needs and that plants growing in pots will need a little extra
  • Keep up the fight against slugs, snails and other pests. Encourage birds and other wildlife into the garden and they’ll lend their support. Take advantage of our Seaweed Feed & Protect 3 In 1 Kit offer – Now only £24 (worth £34.97) if you need a helping hand.
  • Remove side shoots from cordon tomatoes and water and feed regularly.
  • It can get very hot in the greenhouse so leave the door and vents open and consider applying shading paint or similar. Damping down the floor with a hose will help to reduce the temperature and increase humidity
  • Pick cucumbers as soon as they’ve reached the right size for the variety and are still nice and firm. A slice of cucumber in a G&T makes a lovely change to the traditional lemon.
  • Keep picking courgettes to encourage the plant to keep producing. Share with friends and neighbours until they beg you to stop.
  • Early potatoes will be ready for lifting but dig under just the one plant first to check they are the size you want.
  • Prune shrubs that flowered in early summer. Take a look at our Spear & Jackson range of cutting tools that have been developed with The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew!
  • One of the least strenuous of gardening jobs must be deadheading. With a careful snip snip here and a pinch pinch there your plants will be revived and freshened. The Gardeners Deadheader Bundle is the perfect piece of kit for gardeners everywhere!

Tomato Tips

Now is a good time to apply some fresh compost to any pots containing tomato plants. This will add much-needed nutrients and encourage new roots. To get the most from your plants, do keep your watering consistent and feed weekly with high potash fertiliser. Keep removing side-shoots from cordon tomatoes. Most importantly, pick and enjoy! Our Seaweed Feed & Protect 3 In 1 Kit is now only £24 (worth £34.97) and perfect for tomatoes.

Competition Time!

We’re all too aware by this point that 2020 has been a strange year so far. Many of us find ourselves spending more time at home, and our gardening community has adapted very well and remains strong.

We know that with growing your own fruit and veg comes much pride and satisfaction and what better way to showcase the fruits of your labour than recognising your hard work and the wonderful produce you have grown through lockdown .

We have 4 categories for you to enter your amazing photos: Growing with Family, Small Spaces Growing, Rustic & Repurposed Gardens, Growing for the first time. We’ll choose one winning image from each category and its owner will receive a £50 Dobies Gift Voucher to spend online.

Summer Furniture Event

The Dobies Summer Furniture Event is what you need to be able to sit outside, enjoy the sun and relax in your garden. We’ve compiled an extensive range of quality garden furniture, from beautiful zero maintenance love seats, lighting and RHS approved furniture, to bistro sets, benches and BBQ accessories. So, with everything you need to make the most of the long summer days, the only question is hammock or day bed?!

This week we’ve added some fantastic decorative garden accessories that make a lovely gift for anyone that loves spending their time in the garden… and with these prices you’ll be able to order one for yourself too.

Bees’ Needs Week

Are you keen to help pollinators? Whether you have a window box or a large garden, there are some simple things you can do to help. Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

This year they will be running the Bees’ Needs Week online from the 13th-19th, sharing online positive examples and ways in which everyone can continue to help bees and other pollinators close to home.

There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:

  • Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
  • Let your garden grow wild
  • Cut your grass less often
  • Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
  • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

Watch this handy video that talks about these 5 actions: https://youtu.be/2wtktAjeLB4

Turn Your Garden Into A Bee Haven!

Bees are dependent on the nectar and pollen of flowers. To supply a continuous food source for the bees, plant a variety of species that will bloom from spring to autumn. Most bees prefer perennial flowers, so herbs and traditional cottage garden plants are great.

If you want to grow from seed try our British Native Wildflower ranges that capture the look of the beautiful English countryside, in particular our Honey Bee Mix which has been developed in conjunction with Gales Honey and can be sown from late August.

If you’re looking for a real bee magnet that’s ready to plant out, the Sedum Atlantis is a plant for our times…drought tolerant, suitable for small spaces and attractive to bees. The vibrantly coloured serrated leaves & the yellow flowers will make a wonderful haven for our friendly pollinators.

9cm Potted Plant only £7.99 or Buy 3 for £15

2 Litre Potted Plant only £9.99 or Pick & Mix across our range of 2 Litre Perennials – Buy any 3 for £24 or 6 for just £33!

Summer Colour In An Instant!

If you have left it late or haven’t been able to find any Summer Bedding we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Give your neighbours garden envy with our selection of 9cm bedding plants – fully established and flowering to add instant colour and interest to beds, baskets and containers. Our skilled nursery workers will pick out a selection that are looking at their best at the time of despatch.

18 x 9cm Bedding Plants – Our Selection only £30! That’s only £1.67 a plant!

Autumn Flowering Bulbs

While we may be enjoying some fantastic weather in our stunning summer gardens, let’s start to look ahead to the autumn and some fantastic autumn flowering bulbs. In particular, the amazing Saffron Crocus!

The beautiful autumn-blooming Saffron Crocus sativus is, as its name suggests, the flower from which we gather saffron. Renowned for being the most expensive spice in the world, Saffron provides the quintessential seasoning for paella as well as other Mediterranean dishes and is a staple for creating the perfect yellow rice to accompany your favourite curry. Not only can the stigmas be used for flavouring and colouring dishes, the vibrant lilac-purple blooms will also bring a dash of colour to your autumn garden. Truly a win win.

Give them a try and you too can look forward to the magical experience of picking your very own “red gold”. Look out for them each morning, dangling from the throats of the flowers: bright, alluring and full of promise. Once cut and dried, they can be stored in an airtight jar for several years!

The Saffron Crocus will thrive in a well drained border and can be grown in containers on your patio. They are also super hardy and multiply rapidly to give stunning blooms and a steady supply of Saffron year after year.

Offer Of The Month

VegTrug With Mystery Parcel Worth Up To £50!

the 1-metre VegTrug

The VegTrug offers a stylish way to grow delicious, nutritious fresh vegetables on your patio!

It provides a veg patch at an easy and comfortable working height (ideal for the elderly or wheelchair users), and is V-shaped so takes less filling while still allowing you to grow crops that need deep soil (like carrots).

Free Gift!

The Mystery Parcel includes practical gardening products – it may contain such items as gloves, tools, cane toppers, feeds and grow tunnels etc.. as we said it’s a bit of a mystery … but you can be sure it will be useful and practical items for your gardening.

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June Newsletter

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” –  L. M. Montgomery

June is here, heralding the true start of summer and allowing us to bridge the divide between home and garden. All danger of lingering frosts (& dare we say spring showers?!) has now passed. In fact, records are showing that this has been the driest May since 1986 and you’ll be happy to know that this wonderful weather is predicted to continue into June. It’s a great time to get your hands dirty and your plants will be especially grateful for a regular water & feed during this time. We know that many of you are currently growing edibles for self-sufficiency and a good feed is vital for the production of bountiful crops.

Whether you’re at home or at the allotment, your crops will be drawing increased attention from all forms of wildlife – it’s the perfect time to harness all those helpful critters and put controls in place for the not-so-friendly. Tadpoles will be hopping into their final froggy form, and birds will be feeding their young with all the pesky caterpillars and aphids they can find, so spare a thought for these unpaid workers and consider adding a bird feeder or insect hotel to improve your garden’s ecosystem. We’ve put together a Feed & Protect Kit, which protects your plot from many different insects and pests, provides organically certified feed for your plants and, most importantly, is people, pets and planet friendly.

Read on for your monthly jobs to do around the garden, exciting veg varieties to sow now, and, of course, some super summery offers for you too!

Jobs To Do This Month

  • The longer days and warmer soil will be encouraging all things to grow, including weeds! Keep your hoe, kneeler pad and fork handy.
  • Continue to remove the side shoots from cordon tomato plants
  • Harden off any indoor grown plants ready for planting out in prepared soil. Those that have already been sitting in a cold frame will be ready to go
  • Give broad bean plants support and check for signs of black-fly. Remove any growing tips where you find evidence of this pesky pest
  • Grass cuttings can be spread thickly on veg beds after watering to act as a mulch
  • New potatoes will be ready for lifting. They don’t store as well as main-crop varieties, so lift just enough for a meal at a time. Now, where did I plant that mint?
  • Summer bedding can be planted out, pots can be filled and hanging baskets placed in position
  • Cut back yellowed foliage from spring bulbs but mark where they are so you don’t dig them up by mistake

What To Sow Now

Sowing little and often is the key to ensuring a continual supply of veg and of avoiding a glut. So instead of sowing a whole packet spread it out over a few weeks. The following seeds can all be sown this month:

  • French Beans
  • Carrots
  • Salad Leaves
  • Beetroot
  • Lettuce
  • Herbs
  • Pak Choi
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Kohl Rabi

A Big Thanks To The RHS!

We would like to say a big thank you to the RHS for making this year’s Virtual Chelsea Flower Show possible. Bringing one of the most prestigious shows into people’s homes and gardens meant that all that were planning to go (and many who weren’t) got to experience Chelsea at its finest.  With a week of celebration, inspiration and advice, the show brought the joy and escapism of gardening to many around the country!

Once again, thank you to the RHS, the BBC and all of the fantastic presenters that made it a truly memorable week.

Chelsea Flower Show Plant Of The Decade

Every year the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year Competition is open to exhibitors at Chelsea to showcase their exciting new plant introductions. This year the RHS brought together the RHS Plant of the Year winners from the last decade and it was over to the public to vote for their favourite.

On Saturday May 23rd, Viburnum Kilimanjaro Sunrise was crowned as Plant of the Decade, decided by the People’s Choice Vote at the Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020.

The Viburnum – Kilimanjaro Sunrise is truly beautiful. This stunning Viburnum was crowned Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015. The pure white and elegant lace cap flowers are produced in profusion all the way up this stunningly beautiful tiered plant.

Previous Winners

Previous winners of Plant of the Year that are also available include Mulberry Charlotte Russe which won in 2017 and became the first edible winner of the competition, the magnificent Hydrangea Runaway Bride which won in 2018 and the 2019 winner, Sedum Atlantis – a plant for our times…drought tolerant, suitable for small spaces and attractive to bees!


New for 2020 – Leycesteria Little Lanterns

Leycesteria Little Lanterns is a new introduction to the market for 2020 and would have been entered for Chelsea Plant Of The Year. If you’ve always admired the beauty of Golden Lanterns but don’t quite have the space for it, Leycesteria Little Lanterns was made for you! This handsome, compact version of its bigger sibling will light up your garden with its bright yellow-green leaves.

Perfect to purchase now and with immediate despatch, it adds more colour to the mix with an abundance of attractive white flowers with purple bracts (from July to September)- a truly beautiful sight and a great way to end the season.

A charming shrub, Little Lanterns is a versatile sun lover, working well in mass planting as well as in mixed containers or on its own in a smaller area. What’s more, it is hardy down to -15C, so it’s ideal for those colder areas.

British bred and great for adding colour and contrast! Little Lanterns has glorious yellow foliage with orange tinged new growth so really stands out in a garden. In late summer to early autumn the long red bracts appear to produce a showy flowering display before turning into berries for the autumn.  Its unique characteristic is that it is really compact and bushy so can be used further forward in a border, a smaller garden or a container as it will add really eye catching look to any display!


Instantly Transform Your Patios & Borders With 2 Litre Plants

After seeing the fabulous displays at the RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show we’ve got a real taste for some summer colour in our gardens. 

We’ve created a section within our site with all our available 2 Litre Flower Plants in one place to make it easier for you to find the perfect blooms to fill your beds, borders, baskets and pots!  From dazzling dahlias and tropical cannas, to show-stopping alstroemeria, pretty gerberas and more. 


Offer Of The Month

Summer Cropping Veg Collection

5x 9cm Potted Plants For Just £15

With our ‘Summer Cropping Veg Collection,’ you’ll be filling salad bowls, stuffing sandwiches and even making your own tasty soups and sauces all summer long! This fantastic collection of five potted ‘ready to plant’ varieties will include a selection of sweet tomatoes, crunchy cucumber and incredibly productive courgette.

Perfect to grow anywhere sunny, from a greenhouse to a patio, in containers or even outside in the veg garden. There has never been a better time to ‘Grow your Own’ and with this collection, you’ll be cropping all summer.

Recipe idea: Grilled courgette and tomato salad. Thickly slice a couple of small courgettes, toss in a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and cook on a grill or griddle until they begin to char. Roughly chop the tomatoes, add a splash of balsamic and mix through, then add thinly sliced cucumber, combine with the courgette and a few fresh basil leaves and serve with BBQ or fresh buffalo mozzarella!