Plants - The Basic Facts

A brief overview of the different types of plants and ways in which you can make your outside space work for you. Whether it is a low maintenance garden, something robust to withstand an active family or planting for all year colour we can help with all areas from design, planting, and advise with aftercare to ensure all your hard work continues to perform year on year.


Wherever possible, we source our plants from UK growers.  Being locally grown, they can cope well with London conditions and thrive when planted.  Our expert Gardeners are always on hand to help you find "The right plant for the right place".


If you are looking for a particular plant don't hestitate to get in touch with our Garden Team. Equally, of there is a particular rose you are looking for (especially David Austin varieties), please get in touch and we will endeavour to source it for you.  We can be contacted directly on 020 7635 3443 or via


Perennials last year after year, giving structure and rhythm to your flower beds. Their long life means that perennials are great value for money. Once you have perennials in place, you can design the rest of your garden around them. Herbaceous perennials are at the heart of a traditional garden. They will die back in the winter, but come back again each spring.

Shrubs and Trees

Shrubbery may not be the most fashionable term, but shrubs give you low-maintenance height, colour and variety in your garden all year round. 
Deciduous shrubs lose their leaves in winter, but many give a fantastic display of autumn colour, berries, fruit or coloured stems. 
Evergreen shrubs add structure and life to your garden in winter, and also provide a safe haven for sheltering birds and wildlife. They can be clipped into formal shapes, or left for a natural, informal gardening style.


Easy to sow and quick to grow, annuals give their all for one year only. Usually started off from seeds in early spring, annuals fill up any gaps left in your beds, borders and pots. As the year goes on you can buy plants from our colourful seasonal bedding plant range. All of these should be treated as annuals. Don’t forget most veg are grown as annuals as well.


A few familiar plants are grown as biennials. They grow a leafy plant in their first year, before flowering in the second. They won’t last after that, so they will need replacing. Wildflowers and foxgloves are popular biennials. Get them from us when they are in their flowering year, and we’ve done all the growing for you.


Deciduous trees and shrubs lose their leaves in autumn, remaining bare over winter, and putting out new leaves every spring. Deciduous shrubs play an important role in the garden, from the fresh green of spring, and throughout the year with summer blossom and autumn fruits. The bare branches provide height and structure to a border in winter, as well as shelter for birds and insects.


Roses are a must have for any garden. Our David Austin collection has burgeoned and we will be building on availability month-by-month.  With such a wide range to choose from please ask a member of our Garden Team to choose the perfect variety for your plot.



We have a broad selection of climbers to choose from throughout the year, including both evergreen and deciduous varieties.

Clematis is perfect for adding colour to obelisks, trellis and pergolas. Throughout the year, we stock many varieties with new varieties arriving weekly throughout the summer months.

You will also find Jasmine, Solanum and Honeysuckle, as well as the ever popular Trachelospermum jasminoides amongst the plants available.


Choose an evergreen if you want a plant that will not shed its leaves every autumn.  Many shrubs, trees, a few climbers and nearly all conifers are evergreen, giving plenty of choice for any garden.  These plants add a welcome touch of green in winter, and shape and structure all year round.  Evergreens put on a burst of growth in spring, like all plants, and will seem to lose some leaves. But they will stay green and fresh if you give them some iron-rich plant food.


Great value for money and great fun, sowing seeds is the best way of growing many well-loved flowers and tasty vegetables. We stock a wide range from seeds specialists Johnsons and Franchi – you could grow an entire garden from our seed stock, and even some houseplants too. Growing from seeds is a great way to introduce children into the joys of gardening


Think of bulbs and spring daffodils might come to mind, or perhaps a woodland carpeted with bluebells. But bulbs can add colour and beauty from early spring until late summer. On display with the bulbs for sale you will find corms, tubers and rhizomes – all different forms of fleshy roots which provide energy for the growing plant.  Popular corms include crocuses and gladioli. Dahlias grow from tuberous roots – and potatoes grow from tubers! Whatever they are called botanically, flowering plants grown from ‘bulbs’ give an amazing display of colour. Remember to plan ahead – spring flowerers such as daffodils and tulips must be planted in the autumn. Dahlias, gladioli, lilies and other summer flowering bulbs need to be in the ground in the spring. Plants like these do very well in containers – including potatoes. 

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