Shire Plants is a family-run, traditional plant nursery which aims to provide plants not typically available in standard garden centres. Our online shop lists several hundred varieties and we place an emphasis on rare, unusual and heritage plants, so if you are looking for something a little different from the plants in your neighbour's garden, you've come to the right place. Our ranges of Violets and Old Fashioned Pinks (Dianthus) and Heritage Primulas are among the biggest available in the UK, but we sell many other exciting plants too. All our plants can be purchased online for nationwide UK delivery.

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Dainthus Violets
We hold one of the biggest collections of Violets in the UK. Our range currenly contains nearly 50 varieties of Sweet, English and Devon violets. The heady scent of violets is never forgotten and a vase of cut flowers in spring will bring joy into any home. Plant now for a display in the spring!
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Featured Plants

Caught Our Eye This Week - Each week we feature a number of plants that have caught our eye. They feature in this category for no other reason than we notice them around the nursery and think they deserve to be planted more widely as they are so special or interesting. Click here for the list.

Newly Added Plants

We grow everything ourselves and are adding to our range constantly, so watch this space! All of our plants can be ordered online for home delivery and are sold ready to plant in your garden, in 9cm pots, or bigger. You can read more about our ethos here or browse all our plants here.

All of our plants are lime-tolerant, fully hardy (survive winters in the UK) and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.

During 2019 we will be attending a number of Rare Plant Fairs where we will have a range of plants for sale. We can also bring orders for collection if required. Please click here for details.

Most Popular Plants

Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them. If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help. As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on. We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.