Plants

Plants

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:

Top & bush fruit & nuts

 

Apple – Totnes Apple

Sweet dessert apple from Dartington in South Devon.

Blackberry Reuben

Late season, compact thorny canes. Fruits very large, sweet, excellent.

Boysenberry Thornless

Large deep maroon fruits, thin skinned, fine sweet-tart flavour. Thornless.

Cherry Skeena

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.

Gooseberry Xenia

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 flavour.

Saskatoon – Mandan, Sleyt

Mid and early season fruiting varieties of saskatoon.

 

 

Perennial vegetables & herbs

 

Agastache aurantiaca

Giant orange hyssop. Vigorous perennial with aromatic leaves for drinks and flavouring. Orange flowers from summer great for bees.

Agastache mexicana

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.

Allium senescens

Ballhead onion.  Vigorous bulbous perennial edible bulbs, leaves, young shoots.

Aloysia trifolia

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.

Aruncus dioicus

Forest asparagus. Hardy perennial, the shoots make excellent eating in spring. Later in the year it makes a great bee plant.

Asphodeline lutea

King’s spear. Perennial, yellow flowers are deliciously sweet and excellent in salads. The cooked roots are edible with a nutty flavour.

Asparagus Gijnlim

Early to mid variety, from. High yielding with thick spears.

Bergenia cordifolia

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 white-fringed leaves.

Calamintha spp. – Roman calamint

Roman calamint. Perennial with leaves used as a flavouring and for teas.

Claytonia sibirica

Siberian purslane. Perennial, leaves are edible, raw or cooked, and the plant can be used for ground cover.

Clinopodium vulgare

Wild basil. Perennial, used as a flavouring and medicinally.

Elsholtzia stauntonii

Mint bush. Upright shrub/perennial with dense spikes of mauve flowers. Mint-like scented leaves used for teas, flavouring etc.

Helianthus maximiliani

Maximilian sunflower. Tall tuberous perennial. produces edible tubers (a perennial artichoke).

Hesperis matronalis

Dame’s rocket. Biennial or short-lived perennial plant Produces a lot of very good edible leaves for using raw or cooked.

Hemerocallis Bonanza

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 flowers.

Hemerocallis Pink Damask

Robust, strong growing, great edible salmon-pink flowers.

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.

Hosta Francee

Has broad dark green leaves with white margins and lavender coloured flowers in summer. Edible shoots and flowers.

Hosta Guacamole

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 flowers.

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.

Kunzea ericoides

Kanuka. Evergreen shrub from New Zealand, hardy to about -5C. The shoot tips are used to make a tea and are also medicinal.

Lamium purpureum

Red dead-nettle. Perennial with reddish-purple flowers - a fantastic early bee plant. Young tops and leaves are edible in salads or stir-fries.

Lathyrus tuberosus

Earthut pea, Perennial scramber , nitrogen fixer, bee plant, fragrant flowers, and best of all, edible nutty flavoured tubers.

Laurus nobilis

Bay tree. A large evergreen shrub or small tree, the leaves are the familiar 'bay leaves' of kitchen use.

Maackia amurensis

A shrub to medium sized tree, leguminous and nitrogen-fixing. Has edible young leaves.

Melissa Mandarin

Mandarin balm. Perennial, lower and more spreading than lemon balm. Smells strongly of mandarin and is fantastic for flavouring in teas, salads etc.

Mentha longifolia

Horsemint. A vigorous native mint, great for wildlife and ground cover.

Monarda citriodora

Lemon bergamot. Perennial, has wonderful flavoured leaves for flavouring, salads, making teas etc.

Myrica californica

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. 

Myrica pensylvanica

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.

Myrrhis odorata

Sweet cicily.  Perennial known for its sweet anise-flavoured leaves, seeds and roots, which can also be eaten raw or cooked. 

Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort plantain. Perennial with long narrow leaves – excellent in salads through spring.

Pycnanthemum muticum

Cherokee mint. Perennial with beautifully flavoured leaves excellent for teas etc.

Rudbeckia laciniata

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

Sorrel.  A productive leaf variety with less acid leaves.

Satureja montana

Winter savory.  A dwarf evergreen Shrublet , leaves and flowering tops are well known as a flavouring, especially with beans. 

Schinus molle

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.

Silene vulgaris

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.

Stellaria holostea

Greater stichwort. Perennial, often sprawling in hedges. The leaves and stems are edible in spring when tender and delicious.

Toona sinensis

Toon. Tree, often coppiced as bush, for its fine edible leaves used raw when young in salads or cooked when older.

Ulmus pumila

Siberian elm. Small tree, one of the few elms resistant to Dutch elm disease. The young leaves and buds, and immature fruits are edible.

Viola cornuta

Horned violet. Evergreen perennial with edible leaves and beautiful edible violet flowers over summer.

Viola soraria

Common blue violet. An herbaceous perennial, has beautiful purple/white flowers. Edible leaves, flower buds, flowers.

 

 

Other useful plants

 

Acacia species

Several species of evergreen nitrogen-fixing trees, great for bees and as green manure trees, and doing increasingly well in UK.

Acanthus mollis

Bear’s breeches. Strong deep-rooted perennial to.  Ground cover; the leaves are used medicinally.

Astragalus mongholicus

Chinese milk vetch. Perennial legume, as well as being a good nitrogen fixer it is also a valued Chinese medicinal plant.

Baptisia tinctoria

Yellow false indigo.  Perennial , a useful nitrogen-fixing plant.

Cladrastis lutea

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.

Galega officinalis

Goats rue. Perennial nitrogen-fixing plant, a robust bush, great bee and green manure plant.

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern red cedar, Pencil cedar. Tall evergreen tree.  The small blue fruits are edible. The timber was used for pencils, hence the name.

Lathyrus sylvestris

Flat pea, Wood pea. A perennial legume, a scrambling tendril climber to,   can be used as a green manure and bee plant.

Lespedeza commutata

Bush clover. Shrub/perennial, a legume, and great bee plant. 

Ligusticum lucidum

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.

Metasequoia glypt

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.

Pinus pinaster

Maritime pine.  Large evergreen tree,   a major source of resin, giving pitch, rosin, tar and turpentine. 

Quercus cerris

Turkey oak is a fast growing species, bears large crops of high-tannin acorns, edible once processed/leached.

Rhaponticum carthamoides

Maral root. Herbaceous perennial, widely grown in Russia and Eastern Europe, long used medicinally.

Rhus glabra

Smooth sumach. Shrub with fruit clusters which are soaked in water to make a lemonade-like drink; young shoots are also edible raw.

Saponaria officinalis

Soapwort. Perennial, contain saponins and leaves or roots can be used as soap.

Silphium laciniatum

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.

Ulmus glabra

Wych elm, Scotch elm.  Large European tree with numerous traditional uses.  Not as susceptible to Dutch elm disease as the English elm.

Valeriana officinalis

Valerian. Strong perennial a well-known medicinal plant.

 

 

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

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As the selling season progresses, stock levels of our plants will start going down. For a current overview of plants left in stock, please navigate here:

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