Plants & Trees & Plant of The Month

Plants & Trees

Our new and enhanced outdoor plant area carries a comprehensive range of trees, conifers, shrubs, roses, perennials, climbers, alpines, heathers, bedding plants, grasses, fruit trees and statement plants for that instant impact in your garden.

Our plant area is set out in alphabetical order for easy garden planning. We have published our own plant guide leaflets to show you what we have available on offer. They are designed to assist you in achieving all year round colour.

Please find in store 28 leaflets for you to pick up free of charge.

We are proud to supply top quality plants at very reasonable prices and a one year guarantee with proof of purchase*.

We offer a wide range of summer and winter hanging baskets to enhance your garden.

Please visit our friendly plant area team for all your garden questions and if you are not able to find the plant you are looking for, then we will do our up most to source our suppliers, to provide you with the plant you're after.

Anne Covell

Plants & Trees Manager

Hardy Plant Guarantee - Our hardy outdoor plants are covered by a 12 month guarantee, which begins from the day of purchase. Proof of purchase in the form of our till receipt must be produced. A plant label alone does not qualify. We will replace the plant or provide a full refund. The guarantee does not cover sale or discounted items. The guarantee does not cover plants that have not been properly cared for. The plant must finally be returned to the garden centre for inspection.

Plant of The Month For June - Roses

Plant of the Month - June

Here at Bawdeswell we love roses – with their fantastic array of shapes, colours forms and fragrances. They really are a plant that should grace every garden, with many having a delicious fragrance to enhance their aesthetic beauty.

The growth habits of roses are so diverse, there is now a form to fit in any space, large or small, in either part-shade or full sun: plus it is even possible to plant in old roses beds with the use of mycorrhizal fungi to overcome any replant disease.

A sunny location is ideal; however pick shade tolerant varieties for areas not graced with the sunshine all day. This will give you better flower power and good plant health. As an example ‘Warm welcome’ is a patio climbing rose that will cope with part shade.

Feed the flower power with fertiliser a couple of times a year – first in the spring then in mid-summer after the first flush of flowers - this will ensure that they keep flowering profusely for a long time and remain healthy throughout the season and beyond. Special rose fertiliser is recommended (available here at Bawdeswell of course!) Follow feeding immediately with mulching, to retain moisture and feed your roses. Either use well-rotted homemade compost or use chipped bark. Keep the mulch clear of the rose stems, leaving a 10cm (4in) gap between the mulch and stems

When planted in your gardens, roses are generally very hardy. If planted in pots it’s best to provide some winter protection with jute or bubble wrap during extreme weather conditions, and raise those pots on ‘feet’ to reduce pot frost damage.

Planting roses: simple steps.

Roses love well-rotted organic matter so apply this to the area where the roses are to be planted - farmyard manure is ideal for this. It’s also good to apply a general fertiliser over the surface of the planting area and fork it in to the same depth as the organic matter.
The hole dug for each rose should roughly be twice the width of the plant's roots and the depth of a spade's blade. Carefully tease out the roots of container plants because, if this is not done, the roots may be very slow to extend outwards, leaving the young plant more susceptible to drought in summer. The graft union (i.e. where the cultivar joins the rootstock and the point from which the branches originate) needs to be at soil level or below to promote good susequent shoot development.
If you choose the mycorrhizal fungi to increase root development-apply directly to the roots and avoid using any fertilizer for the first 6 weeks, otherwise you will reduce the efficacy of the fungi.

Pruning is very important for roses - it helps them to grow well, produce many flowers and remain young and healthy. Prune back in the first winter after planting - the best time is late winter / early spring. It can also be done later but this will mean that the roses will bloom later. Avoid pruning earlier, however, as young shoots can then be damaged by night frosts and the plant is more prone to fungal infections such as black-spot and mildew.

Pruning depends on the habit of the rose. Bush and standard roses should be cut back to 10 - 15cm above the soil or the trunk as a rejuvenation process, but continual deadheading throughout the season will promote new flower development.. For climbing roses pruning is determined by variety: Single hit climbers can be pruned after flowering, whereas repeat flowerers can be pruned at the end of winter on a dry windy day. Always use cleaned secateurs-an antibacterial spray is ideal.
Don’t be afraid to prune roses vigorously, but take care generally to prune back only into the newer green wood.

As for diseases and pests, well, there’s a few that roses can be susceptible to such as black-spot , dieback, powdery mildew and rust. Pests to watch out for include large rose sawfly, rose leaf-rolling sawfly and rose aphids. Keeping your plants well fed and watered will reduce the likelihood of pest problems. Use an organic non-toxic spray such as SB plant Invigorator to overcome some of these pest & disease issues, without harming anyone or any wildlife including the bees.

So, whether you’re searching for a plant for a flower bed, to grow against a wall or to plant in a pot, whether you want red, white, yellow or pink, there is a rose out there for everyone and, if well cared for, they will grace your garden for many years.

At Bawdeswell we have multiple varieties in stock and, as always, we would be delighted to advise on the most suitable variety for your garden.

Interesting Facts:
1. There are over 100 species of rose.
2. We usually call the sharp spikes on the stem of a rose bush "thorns". But these are in fact technically prickles.
3. For hundreds of years the rose has been widely recognised as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow.
4. The fruit of a rose is called a rose hip. The berry-like hips of some species are extremely rich in vitamin C, because of this the it is sometimes made into jam, jelly, or brewed for tea. The hip also has minor medicinal uses and can be pressed or filtered to make rose hip syrup. Hip seed oil is also used in beauty products.
5. Historically the rose was of great importance to the Romans and Egyptians. Romans would use them as room decorations, or wear them on string around their neck and anything which was said "under the rose" was deemed to be a secret. Cleopatra was believed to have covered the floor of her palace room with roses before Mark Antony visited her.
6. There are approximately 13,000 identifiable varieties of roses throughout the world.
7. Rose is the most popular flower in the world followed by other flowers such as Chrysanthemums, Tulips, Lilies, Poinsettias and Narcissus.
8. Each colour of the rose symbolises something: Red rose is a symbol of love, yellow of friendship, orange of enthusiasm, white of purity, pink of joy, burgundy of beauty and violet of royalty.
9. Only 3 flowers are mentioned by name in the Bible and the rose is one of them.
10. A “black rose” is not actually black it is very dark red