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.

Plants of The Month For April - Phormiums and Cordylines

Phormium (New Zealand Flax) and Cordyline (Cabbage palm) both originate from New Zealand. They are both a great focal point architecturally in the garden and both shrubs come in a large range of colours from green to yellow and red. They require a well drained soil and full sun or semi-shade. Phormium Tenax is that largest species growing to 7 feet and producing 10 foot flower spikes in late spring. The coloured varieties are much smaller, but still produce an attractive flower spike in late spring.

Cordyline Australis which has green leaves can grow to over 20 feet in ideal conditions and produces beautiful scented flowers in early summer. Over time the palm will produce multiple heads. The coloured cordylines are much smaller in height and around 10 feet and will also flower in early summer.

Phormium’s are evergreen perennials found in the scrubs, swamps and on hill and riversides and to costal banks or mountain ranges in New Zealand. They form clumps of large, linear leaves, each folded into a V-shape at the base, and ranging in colour from pale to dark green with many fine stripes. There are many varieties with leaves marked by contrasting stripe in shades of green, red, bronze, pink and yellow. Mature plants produce flowers on leafless stems in summer and make an attractive focal point in any border or against buildings, or as a central feature within a lawn and are they are particularly ideal for coastal gardens. They require fertile, moist yet well drained soil in full sun and are frost hardy in most of the UK up to -10c; there are some varieties that may withstand colder winters in the UK like Phormium tenax Variegatum, Aurora, Bronze baby, Dazzler and Yellow Wave which are all a hybrid of P.tenex.
Evergreen shrubs of tree-like in appearance, these are woody stemmed perennials and resemble more exotic palms. They originate from the open hillsides and forests to the scrubs lands of S.E Asia and the Pacific. They also have long tapering strap-like leaves in various shades of green and red. Ideal for creating a striking architectural feature or singly as free-standing specimen in a pot or for use within the garden setting. (Note they will need significant watering and some feeding during each growing season.) They are a frost hardy up to -5c, so in the colder months they might require additional protection from the wet and cold combined. Bring into either a cold greenhouse or if planted in a border the leaves can be tied together and then fleeced to protect from any hard frost leaf damage (make sure leaves are dry before tying together).
As plant of the month we have several different smaller garden friendly varieties to choose from; Phormuim Evening Glow which has lovely pinkie/red and dark green leaves, Yellow Wave with its yellow and light green leaves, or the Cordyline Red Star with its lush deep red leaves; in contrast Torbay Dazzler with a cream and green stripe, makes a unique statement. We look forward to seeing you in our plant area.

Alan Gray Talk on Climbers for Walls and Fences

Bawdeswell Garden centre was today delighted to welcome the amazing Horticulturalist, Writer and Radio broadcaster Alan Gray from East Rushton Old Vicarage Gardens. He entertained us all with an extremely articulate talk, fully illustrated throughout with lots of deliciously tantalising climbing plants and tall ‘informal’ shrubs to demonstrate how to create vertical floral vistas for all garden situations.
Starting with inexpensive annual seed grown options such as the yellow Canary Vine, humble Nasturtiums to the Cup and Saucer vine ( Cobaea scandans) and Morning Glory ( Ipomea Heavenly Blue), and of course Sweet Peas.
Moving swiftly on to more commonly known climbers such as clematis ( note clematis flowers can be used as cut flowers) and the climbing hydrangea and of course climbing roses. Alan’s use of less familiar plants in his almost costal garden include, the lobster Claw plant (Clianthus puniceus) with huge pendant flowers in a range of colours to the Scottish Flame creeper (Tropaeolum speciosum) throwing up vibrant bright red flowers from June to September.
For other options of creating displays in the vertical Alan suggested a number of larger shrubs with beautiful flowers such as the Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) which can create and explosion of cerise flowers, on bare wood before any leaves appear. The Crimson Glory vine (Vitis cognetiae) can be trained horizontally and used for ground cover to create a sea of vibrant red foliage in the autumn; ideal also for that shady corner/border.
To create those show stopping displays we normally only associate with horticultural television programmes, Alan advised we use plants in numbers; particularly clematis. Take lots of cuttings to achieve a show stopping display. His reassured us all about not being afraid to prune clematis back, to promote new growth and a retrieve a sense of order in your garden.
From Bawdeswell Garden centre a big thank you to Alan Gay for a very informative and entertaining talk. It has given us all food for vertical thought!