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.

Plants of The Month For April - Houseplants: Cacti & Succulents / Outdoor: Herbaceous Perennials

Plants of the Month - April
Houseplants: Cacti and Succulents.

Smooth skinned, textured or covered in a profusion of prickles, cacti and succulents have an enduring fascination for both the young and old alike. With so many different shapes, sizes and varieties to choose from, it can be difficult to resist adding yet another beauty to your collection. By following a few simple rules, they can be easily grown and maintained, to produce copious amounts of luscious foliage and beautifully striking flowers.
Growth: Excluding Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) most cacti and succulents require a good four month dormancy period to regenerate between November toFebruary; when no watering or feeding will be required.
Watering: Use if possible, rainwater to avoid any harsh mineral content of tap water. Preferably use a long spouted but small watering can to apply water evenly around the base of each plant. Do avoid wetting the foliage particularly with furry ‘leaved’ varieties. Alternatively water from below, by filling a shallow dish beneath the pot and allowing the water to permeate upwards into the compost. Allow any excess water to run out of the pot(s) before returning them to their growing location(s).

Light: A lot of cacti and some succulents need direct, bright sunlight to remain healthy, but note that some require indirect or even filtered light to avoid leaf scorch. Those would include plants from the Haworthia, Aloe and Gasteria genera as well as Christmas cacti, where permanent, light-shade is the key.

Temperature: An optimal range from a minimum of 5 degrees C to an upper ideal of 30 degrees C will best support your plants. Be aware of any extremes of temperature from cold draughts to excessive heat. Dormancy is best achieved at 10 degrees C.
Feeding: Only feed between April to the beginning of September using either a proprietary cactus feed (follow manufacturers’ instructions) or use a high potash fertiliser like tomato food, again mixed to the correct strength, but only apply at the most 2-3 times per growing year: in small quantities, dependent on plant & pot sizes.

Re-potting: Best done during the springtime to coincide with the natural growth surge out of dormancy. Avoid watering these plant(s) before transplanting, and for at least 2 weeks after potting-up. Move on up to a slightly larger pot each time, but only when either root-bound or in order to propagate your cuttings. Cactus compost or a gritty 50/50 mix of grit and loam will suffice. Less compost overall will reduce the chances of overwatering.
Then sit back and enjoy watching your miniature garden grow. It will be quite a triumph when you see your first genuine cactus flower appear!

Outdoor Plants: Focusing on the power of herbaceous perennials.

This classification of garden plants covers a vast array of foliage and flower power to be enjoyed from the beginning to the end of the year. From biennials which are short-lived to plants of a more woody, sub-shrub type, this group of garden doers have got plenty to offer, with their immoral-like ability to just keep on growing year after year, following a winter dormancy period.
Raised from seeds, bulbs or propagated by the division of established clumps, they are a great way of filling your garden with oodles of flowers and thereby creating mini eco-systems to support our wildlife. Extend the season of interest by adding both early and later flowering varieties; Primroses, Aconites and hardy Cyclamen corms are a great starting point. Reduce costs by sowing now and raising your own plants: the choice is endless.

In April there will be a huge selection of herbaceous perennials available at your local garden centre. Match your selection to the garden location, aspect and prevailing weather conditions to avoid mistakes. Taller varieties will require staking, whereas shorter varieties may not. Select to suit your gardening budget in terms of the amount of time you have to actually undertake garden tasks combined with your monetary budget.

I suggest you plant in groups (the same variety) to create maximum impact, particularly in larger areas. Try to choose an odd number combination, for a more aesthetically pleasing result. Single herbaceous perennials added into a mixed shrub border will create a more cottage garden type vibe. Numerous recent plant introductions of more dwarfing perennials means they are perfect to be grown in smaller pots and containers: whilst retaining that ‘wow’ factor.

Whatever your choice, make sure you keep your plants well watered especially throughout the whole length of their first growing season. This will set your plants until they become well established. Adding a slow release fertiliser with provide additional energy to you newly planted items.

Pop down to Bawdeswell Garden centre to see our huge selection of herbaceous perennials: like the seasons, the choice is continually changing. We are here to help with any queries you may have.