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Shire Plants Blog

Plants suitable for cut flowers

Plants suitable for cut flowers

19th Jul 2022

We are often asked for recommendations for plants which are good for cut flowers so we have now created a new category on the website for just that. These plants are known to provide flowers suitab … read more
St John's Wort

St John's Wort

13th Jul 2022

St John's Wort is the latest addition to our range. It's a wild flower which also makes a good garden plant. "It groweth every where in untilled pastures and fields, which are somewhat moist especi … read more
Perennial Sweet Pea

Perennial Sweet Pea

7th Jul 2022

Lathyrus chilensis is a stunning perennial sweet pea. A vigorous plant, it will climb a structure or sprawl through a mixed bed and is covered in masses of pink flowers for much of the summer. It … read more
Are you dull and old?

Are you dull and old?

29th Jun 2022

Are you, or do you know, a dull old person? Well read on because Sweet Cicely may be the cure! John Gerard was an Elizabethan physician and gardener, who published what became the most famous … read more
Wild Chicory

Wild Chicory

23rd Jun 2022

The origin of Chicory is described in a German folk tale. A young woman sat down at the side of a road to weep for her dead lover. None could console her, and so great was her grief that she resolved … read more
Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

17th Jun 2022

Matthiola incana 'Pillow Talk' has the most heavily scented flowers and just a few stems can fill a room with a lovely fragrance. This plant has long been a cottage garden favourite, grown in the … read more
Fox and Cubs

Fox and Cubs

16th Jun 2022

This wonderful plant is called Fox and Cubs because of the dual appearance of bronzy-orange open flowers (the fox) alongside red-brown flower buds (the cubs).  Tall stems hold the flowers above … read more
Beautiful wildflowers

Beautiful wildflowers

14th Jun 2022

Our British native plants have some of the prettiest flowers. This is Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris), which has coral-pink buds which open to beautiful fluffy white flowers. Eminently suited to our B … read more
Erysimum Sale

Erysimum Sale

31st May 2022

For a limited time, all of our Perennial Wallflowers (Erysimum) are reduced by 25%. Now is a great time to get them into the ground, or into containers, for flowers this year and then several years to … read more