Buxus sempervirens (Box) is the classic British native evergreen that has formed the backbone of formal planting schemes for centuries. Trained as a pyramid it makes a splendid formal feature plant for both modern and traditional planting schemes.
Bergenia cordifolia , Elephant's ears, is a tough, hardy evergreen perennial with large leathery leaves, sometimes purple-tinted in winter, which make good groundcover. Heads of pink flowers on red stems open in early spring.
Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve', is a well-known and much-loved plant, rarely without a show of rich mauve flowers from late winter well into summer. A bushy perennial with slender dark grey-green evergreen leaves, growing around 60cm high and wide.
Few plants embody the start of spring and lift the spirits like the sight of our glorious native primrose in full flower! Help support our native meadow flowers. Easy to grow, requiring virtually no maintenance
Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' is one of the most popular evergreens in Britain, with handsome dark green foliage and showy clusters of deep red buds from autumn through winter, opening to sweetly scented white flowers in spring.
Viburnum tinus , Laurustinus, is one of the most valuable evergreens for the garden, with neat, dark green foliage providing the background to heads of usually pink buds opening sporadically to white flowers through winter and in a final burst in spring.
Frosts can still be a hazard, so keep vulnerable plants protected at night if frost is forecast. March winds are also notorious for their ferocity so check exposed plants are well supported.
Do keep on feeding the birds - they become accustomed to regular food supplies and it's a real treat to see wild birds visiting the garden. For avid bird watchers, we stock a great range of bird houses and feeding stations as well as bird food - a wonderful idea for Mother's Day!
Trees, shrubs and climbers
Plant and move evergreen shrubs, conifers and trees and remember to water them well until firmly rooted in. Plant evergreen hedges such as laurel, yew and box and again keep them well watered in dry spells. A good soak once a week is better than superficial watering on a regular basis.
If it is very wet keep off the lawn as much as possible - damage to waterlogged lawns is easily inflicted and irritatingly hard to rectify. When the weather improves and the lawn has had a chance to dry out, give it a first cut with the blades on the highest setting - don’t be tempted if conditions are wet! Reseed bare patches, neaten the edges with a half moon cutter or spade and remove molehills and wormcasts. If you are planning a new lawn, start preparing the ground for seeding or laying turf. Ask for advice in your local garden centre if you are unsure of how to begin.
Bulbs, flowers and containers
Protect new spring shoots from slugs; a generous application of slug killer around hostas now (even if they are not showing) will help in the uneven battle on the horizon!).
If you haven’t done so already, prune standard or bush apple and pear trees before the buds break; keep the centre of the tree fairly open to allow air to circulate freely. Cut out crossing and rubbing branches to avoid open wounds which encourage disease. Do not prune espalier/cordon trained apples and pears. Complete pruning of gooseberries and red and white currant bushes.