We send plants to the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. But no longer to Northern Ireland or the EU due to Brexit. If you are in the EU we recommend a few good EU-based nurseries here .
Our plant nursery cycle means that plants go live online to buy from late July onwards, for delivery November to March. By March they will all be sold out and we spend the growing season replenshing stocks. We also grow a summer and Mediterranean plant selection available to buy June/July.
AUTUMN/WINTER PLANT LIST GOES LIVE 8 AUGUST!
New introductions in 2022 include:
& bush fruit & nuts
Apple – Totnes Apple
Sweet dessert apple from Dartington in
Late season, compact thorny canes.
Fruits very large, sweet, excellent.
Large deep maroon fruits, thin skinned,
fine sweet-tart flavour. Thornless.
Early August. Good quality, dark
skinned fruit with ruby red flesh and well balanced flavour, heavy cropper.
Crataegus azarolus White Italian
Azarole. Small Mediterranean tree which
bears good crops of edible fruits.
Early season, medium size red fruits of
excellent flavour. Virtually thorn-free.
Juglans ail.cord. Bates
Heartnut. Bates is an early season
selection with good crops of medium nuts.
Kiwi fruit Hayward
Bear very large fruit, of superior
Saskatoon – Mandan, Sleyt
Mid and early season fruiting varieties
vegetables & herbs
Giant orange hyssop. Vigorous perennial
with aromatic leaves for drinks and flavouring. Orange flowers from summer
great for bees.
Mexican giant hyssop. Perennial with
lemon-anise flavoured leaves for drinks and flavouring,
Allium fistulosum Red
Red welsh onion. Perennial, the bulbs
(red), leaves and flowers are all edible.
Ballhead onion. Vigorous bulbous perennial edible bulbs,
leaves, young shoots.
Lemon verbena. In mild frost-free
conditions this will make a 2-3m high shrub. The incredibly fragrant leaves
are used for flavouring and herb teas.
Forest asparagus. Hardy perennial, the
shoots make excellent eating in spring. Later in the year it makes a great
King’s spear. Perennial, yellow flowers
are deliciously sweet and excellent in salads. The cooked roots are edible
with a nutty flavour.
Early to mid variety, from. High yielding
with thick spears.
Siberian tea, Altai tea. An evergreen
perennial which tolerates deep shade. Leaves in winter are traditionally used
to make a tea.
Brassica Variegated Ewiger Kale
Perennial kale with pretty
Calamintha spp. – Roman calamint
Roman calamint. Perennial with leaves
used as a flavouring and for teas.
Siberian purslane. Perennial, leaves
are edible, raw or cooked, and the plant can be used for ground cover.
Wild basil. Perennial, used as a
flavouring and medicinally.
Mint bush. Upright shrub/perennial with
dense spikes of mauve flowers. Mint-like scented leaves used for teas,
Maximilian sunflower. Tall tuberous
perennial. produces edible tubers (a perennial artichoke).
Dame’s rocket. Biennial or short-lived
perennial plant Produces a lot of very good edible leaves for using raw or
Great edible orange-yellow flowers with
a purple blotch over a long period.
Hemerocallis Frans Hals
Great edible orange and red flowers
over a long period.
Hemerocallis Longfields Pearl
Great edible pale yellow flowers.
Hemerocallis Nile Crane
Evergreen, great edible lilac-lavender
Hemerocallis Pink Damask
Robust, strong growing, great edible
Hemerocallis Sammy Russell
Robust, strong growing, great edible
dark red flowers with yellow throats.
Hosta Blue Angel
Has large blue-grey leaves and tall
lavender-white flowers in summer. Edible shoots and flowers.
Has broad dark green leaves with white
margins and lavender coloured flowers in summer. Edible shoots and flowers.
Has glossy light green leaves and
lavender coloured flowers in summer. Edible shoots and flowers.
Hosta Krossa Regal
Makes a large clump with grey-blue to
green leaves and tall pale purple flowers in summer. Edible shoots and
Hosta Royal Standard
Has lush light green leaves and
tall stems of white flowers in late summer. Edible shoots and flowers.
Hosta T rex
Has very large matt green leaves, edible
shoots and flowers.
Kanuka. Evergreen shrub from New
Zealand, hardy to about -5C. The shoot tips are used to make a tea and are
Red dead-nettle. Perennial with
reddish-purple flowers - a fantastic early bee plant. Young tops and leaves
are edible in salads or stir-fries.
Earthut pea, Perennial scramber , nitrogen
fixer, bee plant, fragrant flowers, and best of all, edible nutty flavoured
Bay tree. A large evergreen shrub or
small tree, the leaves are the familiar 'bay leaves' of kitchen use.
A shrub to medium sized tree,
leguminous and nitrogen-fixing. Has edible young leaves.
Mandarin balm. Perennial, lower and
more spreading than lemon balm. Smells strongly of mandarin and is fantastic
for flavouring in teas, salads etc.
Horsemint. A vigorous native mint, great
for wildlife and ground cover.
Lemon bergamot. Perennial, has
wonderful flavoured leaves for flavouring, salads, making teas etc.
Californian wax myrtle / bayberry. A
large evergreen shrub from California; the leaves are used as a flavouring
and made into a tea. The waxy covering
of the fruit can be used to make aromatic candles and soaps.
Northern bayberry. Deciduous shrub ,
leaves and fruits are used as a flavouring; waxy covering of the fruit can be
used to make aromatic candles and soaps.
Sweet cicily. Perennial known for its sweet
anise-flavoured leaves, seeds and roots, which can also be eaten raw or cooked.
Ribwort plantain. Perennial with long
narrow leaves – excellent in salads through spring.
Cherokee mint. Perennial with beautifully
flavoured leaves excellent for teas etc.
Sochan, Cutleaf coneflower. A robust
herbaceous perennial with yellow flowers. The young leaves and shoots are
highly valued as a cooked vegetable.
Rumex acetosa de Belleville
A productive leaf variety with less acid leaves.
Winter savory. A dwarf evergreen Shrublet , leaves and
flowering tops are well known as a flavouring, especially with beans.
Peruvian pepper. An evergreen shrub/tree,
a commercial source of pink peppercorns to use as a spice, the leaves are
also sometimes used for flavouring.
Bladder campion. Perennial with nice edible leaves raw in
salads or cooked.
Scorzonera hispanica Russian Giant
Black salsify, Scorzonera. Hardy
herbaceous perennial with edible roots, also excellent edible leaves and
flowers for salads or cooking.
Greater stichwort. Perennial, often
sprawling in hedges. The leaves and stems are edible in spring when tender
Toon. Tree, often coppiced as bush, for
its fine edible leaves used raw when young in salads or cooked when older.
Siberian elm. Small tree, one of the
few elms resistant to Dutch elm disease. The young leaves and buds, and
immature fruits are edible.
Horned violet. Evergreen perennial with
edible leaves and beautiful edible violet flowers over summer.
Common blue violet. An herbaceous
perennial, has beautiful purple/white flowers. Edible leaves, flower buds,
Several species of evergreen
nitrogen-fixing trees, great for bees and as green manure trees, and doing
increasingly well in UK.
Bear’s breeches. Strong deep-rooted
perennial to. Ground cover; the leaves
are used medicinally.
Chinese milk vetch. Perennial legume, as
well as being a good nitrogen fixer it is also a valued Chinese medicinal
Yellow false indigo. Perennial , a useful nitrogen-fixing plant.
Yellow wood. A small tree, a yellow dye is obtained from
the valuable heartwood. Bees love the flowers.
Elaeagnus x ebbingei Coastal Gold
Form of E.x ebbingei yellow splashes on
the leaves. Edible fruits and cross
pollinates with unnamed forms.
Goats rue. Perennial nitrogen-fixing
plant, a robust bush, great bee and green manure plant.
Eastern red cedar, Pencil cedar. Tall
evergreen tree. The small blue fruits
are edible. The timber was used for pencils, hence the name.
Flat pea, Wood pea. A perennial legume,
a scrambling tendril climber to, can be
used as a green manure and bee plant.
Bush clover. Shrub/perennial, a legume,
and great bee plant.
Shining lovage, Licorice root. Clump
forming short-lived perennial to , flowers excellent for beneficial insects.
Lotus corniculatus pleniflorus
Bird’s foot trefoil. A nitrogen-fixing perennial ground cover
with masses of yellow flowers in summer.
Pleniflorus is a better ground cover.
Dawn redwood. Large deciduous fast-growing tree conifer it
has very valuable timber, similar to that from the other redwood species.
Phormium tenax / P.colensoi
Evergreen shrubs with valuable long
strong leaves used for twine, basketry and making fibre.
Maritime pine. Large evergreen tree, a major source of resin, giving pitch, rosin,
tar and turpentine.
Turkey oak is a fast growing species, bears
large crops of high-tannin acorns, edible once processed/leached.
Maral root. Herbaceous perennial,
widely grown in Russia and Eastern Europe, long used medicinally.
Smooth sumach. Shrub with fruit
clusters which are soaked in water to make a lemonade-like drink; young
shoots are also edible raw.
Soapwort. Perennial, contain saponins
and leaves or roots can be used as soap.
Compass plant. Upright herbaceous
perennial growing 2-3m high, with yellow flowers summer and autumn. One of
the very best attractors of beneficial insects like hoverflies.
Solidago canadensis & Goldkind
Goldenrod. Perennial, leaves and
flowering stems are long known as medicinal.
Wych elm, Scotch elm. Large European tree with numerous
traditional uses. Not as susceptible
to Dutch elm disease as the English elm.
Valerian. Strong perennial a well-known
Most apple, pears, plums etc. are 1 to 1.8 m (4-6 ft) high. Some are in pots, some supplied bare rooted. Varieties marked * are protected by plant breeder’s rights. See info on different rootstocks here.