Splash of spring colour
When everything is still bare, the evergreen shrub
Camellia japonica (also known as Japanese camellia) is
already flowering abundantly. Neither cold nor snow will
stop this winter bloomer.
Highly valued for their stunning floral displays and fresh,
glossy, evergreen foliage, few hardy shrubs signal the end
of winter better than camellias.
With dozens of varieties available you’ll be spoilt for
choice – you can pick from camellias in shades of pink, red,
white and cream.
Camellia flowers vary in size and shape, and their forms can
be divided into six descriptive groups depending on the
number of petals and their pattern or arrangement within the
flower. These forms are described as Single, Semi-double,
Anemone-form, Peony-form, Rose-form double or Formal double,
so take your pick from the ones that most appeal.
Like azaleas and rhododendrons, camellias are ericaceous
plants, and this means they need to grow in an acid or
lime-free soil to ensure they stay healthy. A simple soil
test kit available from garden centres can be used to check
your soils acidity/alkalinity (often called its pH), and
composts and fertilisers can be added to help make soil more
Alternatively, compact varieties of camellia grow well in
large pots or half-barrels filled with ericaceous compost,
available in garden centres.
TOP FOUR POPULAR CAMELLIAS FOR POTS OR BORDERS
Semi-double rose-pink flowers. Upright habit. Strong
Bright red flowers. Strong growing.
Peony-form pink flower. Upright. Strong growing.
Large double white flowers with pink stripes. Medium vigour.
All of these plants are looking at their very best at the
moment, so if you you're wanting to add some instant
interest and colour to your garden, visit and select from
our seasonal displays.
Perfect for pollinators
our wild bees and other important pollinators considered to
be in decline, the Royal Horticultural Society has launched
the "Perfect for Pollinators" campaign to help promote that
by planting nectar and pollen rich flowers over a long
season, gardeners can help to reduce this trend. The list
is comprehensive and we are extending use of the distinctive
logo from our herbaceous perennials through to our range of
shrubs and trees throughout the Nursery, to make it easier
to identify those varieties that offer the most benefit to
bees and other insects when selecting new plants.
The Nurseries’ staff can offer further advice and copies of
the perfect for pollinators plant list can be downloaded
list - garden plants
list - wildflowers
Fruit and ornamental trees
We have over 80 varieties of
ornamental trees available in the Nursery. There's a great
choice of Acer, Betula, Cotoneaster, Malus, Prunus, Sorbus
and Salix available in our display stands. As well as
flowering ornamental trees, we also have an extensive
selection of edible fruits including: Apple, Cherry, Gage,
Pear, Plum and Walnut trees with dwarf, bush and standard
forms available, together with espalier apple
trees, ensuring plenty of choice to meet all requirements.
our list of fruit trees >>