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, aquatic 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.

Seed Potatoes Now in Stock

We have just received a new delivery of early seed potatoes ready to plant out for that perfect harvest. All seed potatoes are £3.99 each or 2 bags for £7.00 (Offer excludes Pink Fir Apple which are £4.99 each)


Is there anything more rewarding than stepping out into your outdoor space and harvesting your own potato crop straight from the soil.

If you have no real garden space, then use an old but clean tub or large bucket or even a compost bag to grow your own. Choose either a first or second early potato variety, as they are quicker to develop into your edible treasures and have a suitable plant size that is just right for growing in a pot or trug.

We would suggest Sharpes Express with an Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Trailed and for its consistent qualities of good growth in the correct conditions and general disease resistance. As a first early potato it is so versatile. We are talking boiled, chipped or used in salads. Charlotte (AGM) and Which magazine recommended 2017, a second early potato variety. Think of this garden to plate in half an hour, lightly buttered for your alfresco meal, to share with family and friends.

Get your youngsters involved at every step from planting to cooking and eating. They can watch the seed potatoes growing lovely shoots as you 'chit' them in a cool light place. perhaps use an old egg box to stand them upright, indoors on a windowsill. There are no special skills or magic required to plant your seed spuds, just make sure they are planted nice and deeply and earthed
up once the new stems start to emerge above the soil / compost. Keep nicely watered as needed.

Had problems with blight? How about trying something else this year? Sadly there are no chemicals currently available on the market to treat blight. Other ways to approach the blight problem is to choose first an early cropped seed potatoes or look out for the new Sapro potato varieties, bred for their high natural resistance to blight and common viruses. Lots of spud per
plant with good drought tolerance and excellent for storing after harvesting to keep your family well fed. We have got Sapro Mira (AGM). Think roasted, chipped or baked potatoes, or Blue Danube with bright blue skins and lovely white flesh, making them perfect for your Sunday roast potato.

Come along and see what varieties and choices we have to offer. Ask one of our Plant Area Staff for any help or advice with selecting or planting your seed potatoes. Perhaps you would like to come along, later in the season to visit our show vegetable garden and talk to our resident gardener about how to grow your fruit and vegetables. Happy gardening and eating everyone.

Have you got any great tips for growing potatoes you would like to share with our customers? Have you got a particular favourite variety and why? Get in touch via Facebook or email. We look forward to hearing from your experiences.

Plant of The Month For May - Clematis

Clematis is one of the most popular garden plants and no wonder; this versatile plant can be grown on walls, pergolas, frames, in containers, or left to scramble through trees and shrubs.

Quick facts:

Common Name Old man’s beard, Traveller’s joy, Virgin’s bower
Botanical Name Clematis spp.
Group Climbers, shrubs, perennials
Flowering time Winter to late summer
Planting time Spring or early autumn
Height and spread 15cm-9m (6in-28ft) by 25cm-3m (10in-10ft)
Aspect Sun or partial shade
Hardiness Mostly fully hardy
Difficulty Moderately easy
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Pruning and trainingPropagationCultivar SelectionProblems
Cultivation notes
Clematis need moisture-retentive, but well-drained soil. The herbaceous species prefer full sun, but most climbers and shrub species will thrive in full sun or partial shade.

Keep the base of the plant and the roots cool and shaded by carefully positioning other plants, or put a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base.

Plant large-flowered cultivars that bloom in May to June with the tops of their root balls 5-8cm (2-3in) below the soil surface. This will encourage shoots to grow from below soil level and also helps the plant to recover if affected by clematis wilt.

Herbaceous and evergreen species such as Clematis armandii and C. cirrhosa should be planted with the crown at soil level.

Each year, in late winter or early spring, apply a potassium-rich fertiliser (such as Vitax Q4 or rose fertiliser), according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Mulch immediately afterwards with organic matter such as well-rotted manure, leafmould or garden compost
Water regularly during periods of dry weather in the first few seasons after planting. Watering to soak the root zone requires at least the equivalent of four watering cans per square metre
Container cultivation
Clematis make pretty container plants, especially if trained up an obelisk or small trellis. Choose cultivars such as C.‘Barbara Jackman’, C.‘Miss Bateman', or C.'Bee’s Jubilee’, which are smaller-growing.

Use containers that are at least 45cm (18in) deep and wide and use a soil-based potting compost such as John Innes No 2.

Make sure you water regularly during the growing season and apply a general-purpose liquid fertiliser monthly during spring and summer.

Replace the top 2.5-5cm (1–2in) layer of compost each spring with fresh potting compost. The roots of clematis in containers should be protected both from freezing in winter and baking in summer. Use bubble polythene for winter insulation and shade the pot in summer, perhaps by placing pots of taller plants on the sunward side.

Pruning and training
Clematis climb by twisting their leaf stalks around supports so it is necessary to provide some form of support when growing against walls and solid fences.

Plant positioning and training
Grow clematis through, or over, trees and shrubs to extend their seasonal interest. Choose the clematis carefully, as vigorous types can be smothering. Avoid using clematis to cover dead trees or tree stumps, for although these may provide a useful support they may soon become hosts to certain diseases, in particular honey fungus. Plant the clematis on the windward side of the tree so that as its stems extend they are blown onto the tree where they can obtain a hold. Position it at least 1.8m (6ft) away from the tree trunk to reduce competition with the tree for space, water, and nutrients. Use a bamboo cane or wire to aid the clematis reach the tree trunk
When used to cover walls, fences or pergolas, provide a form of support, such as trellis or mesh, for the clematis to twine around. Ensure the support protrudes from the wall by at least 2.5cm (1in), to enable the climber to scramble over it. This can be done by fixing trellis to 2cm (1in) deep battens at either end
Those clematis that are not true climbers (shrubby and herbaceous types) require tying in to their supports
Initial pruning for newly planted clematis
To avoid the development of a straggly single stem and to encourage branching lower down, cut back all newly planted clematis to 15-30cm (6in-1ft) from ground level in February or March, cutting just above a bud
Even if planting later in the spring, hard pruning is still advisable. Delay pruning of autumn-planted clematis until the following spring
Pinch out developing young shoots once or twice to promote further branching
Pruning established clematis
Clematis has a reputation for being difficult to prune, but it isn’t, as long as you know when your clematis flowers, as pruning groups are based on flowering times.

Grafted Vegetable Plants

Grafted vegetable plants.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and aubergines.
• Coming this week by popular demand and new to Bawdeswell Garden Centre grafted vegetable plants.
• Ideal to grow in a large pot, glass house or in your garden. Use a grow bag but stand the bag on its end for a deeper root run.
• One single plant can produce 75% more fruit in comparison to the traditional varieties, fewer plants required so ideal for patios and even small garden areas. Initially more expensive to buy but well worth the investment.
• Grafted plants are stronger, grow quicker and are more disease resistant including resistance to blight problems. Choose ‘Crimson Crush’- the most blight resistant variety.
• Plant at same soil depth to the pot and no deeper with a stake or supports for those fruit laden branches.
• Plant outside when the risks of frosts have passed in an area with lots of sunshine and keep well watered and feed every 14 days with a high potash feed.
• The varieties of tomatoes and cucumbers have been breeder selected to cope with the fast growing root stock but selected for their delicious tasting fruits.
• Also coming this week are Sweet potatoes plus another first for Bawdeswell. ‘James Wong Lycopene-Rich’ tomatoes; standard and cherry varieties. Eat your tomatoes as part of a healthy Mediterranean style diet to promote good heart health.
• Come in store and ask one of our plant area staff for more details.