Streptocarpus, Salvias, Salvage & more

Last week was very busy in the plant centre shop as quite a few deliveries arrived and we have been unpacking over the weekend and into this week!

Streptocarpus one of this week’s plant highlights:

Streptocarpus are stunning houseplants direct from the award-winning Dibleys Nursery, see the featured image. We have a good range of colours in named varieties and they are easy to look after in the right conditions (TIP – do not overwater!!). Our plants are all good sized plants at £14.99 each or 2 for £25

Other plant highlights inlude:

Verbena Bonariensis – this is one of the best plants for pollinating insects you can have in the garden. Stunning mauve flowers are held high above the foliage and they really shine in the evening sun. They do best in a sunny well drained spot, and will over-winter in mild winters. Even if they don’t make it through to another year they’re still worth growing.

Salvia Collection –  Ornamental sage plants which are superb for mid to late summer colour and look good in pots or planted out in the garden. We have 5 different varieties – Embers Wish, Kisses and Wishes, Love and Wishes, Wendy’s Wish and Hot Lips

Scented Leaf Geraniums – These make lovely pot plants (outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter) with an abundance of small flowers, and a delicious scent when you rub the foliage. Choose from Concolour Lace, Camphor or Cola Bottles – and yes it really does smell of coca-cola!

Chocolate Cosmos – another lovely scented plant suitable for tubs and containers. This one is a dark purple, almost black flower and scrummy scents of chocolate.

Alstromeria – these are excellent and reliable border perennials with masses of flowers from mid-summer onward. We stock the Inticancha series, which we’ve found to be particularly popular.

What else is new?

A new delivery of plant supports, obelisks and decorative garden spikes have also arrived. At this time of year many garden plants are starting to flop over and our British made cloche frames, double ring frames and border supports are all very useful in keeping these plants upright and performing well.

Last week we had another  buying spree on vintage garden items at auction. Of particular interest are the collection of sandstone garden troughs of various sizes, shapes and prices. My favourite items are the delightfully mossy Griffin, the weathered Lion, and the sundial. These are always popular, so please pop in soon to have a look to see if there is that unusual item perfect for your garden.