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Shire Plants Blog

Autumn £2.95 Plant Sale

Autumn £2.95 Plant Sale

5th Oct 2021

Autumn is a great time to plant perennials, while the soil is still warm and rainfall increases. To coincide, we have reduced the price of some of our most popular plants to £2.95 for a limited time. … read more
Plant Foxgloves Now

Plant Foxgloves Now

1st Oct 2021

If you fancy some foxgloves in the garden next year, now is the perfect time to plant them, because they flower from their second year. Although the air temperature may have dropped, the soil te … read more
Pinks

Pinks

18th Sep 2021

We have many old and interesting 'pinks', because they are one of my favourite plants and I love the strong clove scent of many of them. This is the latest addition to our range. It's Dianthus 'Tatra … read more
September Newsletter

September Newsletter

13th Sep 2021

Our latest newsletter went out to subscribers this weekend. If you're not a subscriber, you can view it here.  … read more
Interesting leaves

Interesting leaves

10th Sep 2021

Taking cuttings today. If ever a plant was well named, it's Persicaria 'Painter's Pallet'. Each leaf looks like a decorators overalls :-)
Fascinating Foxglove

Fascinating Foxglove

13th Aug 2021

We're very pleased to be able to offer this unusual foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Campanulata') now. It has the usual foxglove flowers most of the way up the stems, but the terminal flower of each ste … read more
Hollyhocks and Faeries

Hollyhocks and Faeries

8th Aug 2021

Hollyhocks are the archetypal English (and wider UK!) cottage garden plant which has been loved for centuries. Gerard’s Herbal (1597) notes: “These Hollihockes are sowne in gardens, almost every where … read more
July Newsletter

July Newsletter

3rd Aug 2021

Our July newsletter coincided with the BBC's Big Bee Challenge Weekend, so it features plants loved by bees and other pollinators.You can read it here. … read more
Calandrinia grandiflora

Calandrinia grandiflora

6th Jul 2021

The flower buds of Calandrinia grandiflora always remind me of snakeheads. They hang down from the stem and raise themselves up one at a time to open in all their bright pink glory. Being such open fl … read more