Growing roses – it couldn’t be easier!

Posted on: 23/04/2014

Roses are one of the most rewarding plants to grow. Numerous colours are available, many with the most amazing scent! They are also one of the easiest plants to grow, surviving in almost any well-drained soil in borders, containers, and over arches.

Here’s our guide on planting and maintaining roses for a maximum return!

Position: Generally speaking in a sunny, open position, although some varieties will tolerate a shadier site. Avoid planting near trees or shrubs as they will compete for water, light and nutrients. Read More →

Your guide to growing & enjoying sweet peas

Posted on: 16/04/2014

Last night’s Big Allotment Challenge on BBC Two featured sweet peas, which have been a favourite of UK gardeners for years due to their prolific flowering, bright colours and sweet scent.

Sweet peas can be grown from seed, but do need to be sown by the end of April if you want to get flowers this year. An easier option is to buy the plants and put them directly into where you want them. Read More →

Common questions about orchids

Posted on: 10/03/2014

Orchids are easy to care for if you follow a few easy steps. These are the questions we get asked the most! If you need more information or would like your orchid potted up by an expert why not come along to our Orchid weekend? Book a ticket to save a space at one of the talks.

When should I re-pot my orchid?

Orchids should be re-potted every 2-3 years and the best time to re-pot is March to October. Read More →

Roses: Those best for scent & how to control disease…

Posted on: 23/06/2013

By Cerys Williams – Perrywood Plant Expert

For many gardeners the best part of growing roses is their scent. Roses have one of the most complex, widely ranging perfumes of all flowers.

Unfortunately, decades of cross-breeding roses to create new varieties with more intense colours that last longer has resulted in the loss of the fragrance that distinguishes roses from other garden plants. Luckily this does not apply to all roses and there are still an enormous number of highly scented roses to choose from. Read More →

Shrubs for Autumn colour in your garden

Posted on: 04/10/2012

At this time of year there are some fantastic shrubs and perennials which really come into their own, providing stunning autumn colour from their berries, leaves and flowers. Here at Perrywood near Tiptree we have the largest range of plants in Essex and these are our top picks for introducing colour into your garden.

Colour from…flowers

  • Hebes
  • Hydrangea
  • Sedum
  • Aster
  • Anemone


  • Nandina
  • Leucothoe
  • Euonymous Spindle Tree
  • Blueberry
  • Hammamelis Mollis
  • Virginia Creeper


  • Skimmia
  • Symphocarpus
  • Hypericum

Visit our huge outdoor plant area for more choice, and plant advice from our expert team who are passionate about plants. Read More →

Planting bulbs in pots for December/January flowering

Posted on: 10/09/2012

Bulbs bring cheer, colour and scent to gardens in the early spring months, but you can also plant them in pots which you can bring indoors, or in the conservatory, for flowering in December and January. It’s lovely to have scented bulbs in the house during the Christmas and New Year festive season. We have a huge range of indoor bulbs in-store including Hyacinth, Narcissus and Amarylis, plus gift packs which contain indoor bulbs, a pot and the bulb fibre. Read More →

Sowing your own wild flower meadow

Posted on: 02/08/2012

The beautiful wild flower meadows in the Olympic Park have been mentioned a lot this week. They have taken years to perfect to ensure they flower both during the Olympics and the Paralympics and look absolutely stunning. What’s more they are the UK’s largest ever man-made wildflower meadows. Traditionally large areas of landscaping are mostly sown with grass, so it’s great to see planting which is incredibly diverse and really good for wildlife such as pollinators, and birds who eat the seed heads. Read More →

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