Shire Plants Blog

Sowing Mistletoe

Sowing Mistletoe

18th May 2019

So excited that after several years of 'sowing' mistletoe berries on our apple trees, I finally have one that has taken (shown in the photo).Mistletoe is semi-parasitic, meaning that it can produce it … read more
Heritage Pinks (Dianthus)

Heritage Pinks (Dianthus)

9th May 2019

The wonderful variety of heritage pinks (Dianthus). They make long-lasting cut flowers and the scent is heavenly. These are cut from our stock plants and are currently brightening up the office.View o … read more
Black and White Violas

Black and White Violas

8th May 2019

I love the contrast of the jet black Viola 'Molly Sanderson' next to the pearly white Viola 'White Pearl'. Just two of the twenty or so Victorian violas we currently sell. So much better than the mode … read more
Helianthemum 'The Bride'

Helianthemum 'The Bride'

29th Apr 2019

This Helenthemum is looking stunning in our alpine sink at the moment. Such an easy and rewarding plant.Full plant details … read more
​Kitaibelia vitifolia (Russian hibiscus)

​Kitaibelia vitifolia (Russian hibiscus)

25th Apr 2019

This wonderful plant is not often offered in the UK. It can be difficult to find a tall, flowering perennial that grows in shade and has impressive flowers but this does just that.Related to hollyhock … read more
Night-Scented Phlox

Night-Scented Phlox

24th Apr 2019

This Night-Scented Phlox is looking stunning at the moment. They are fantastic patio plants, either in the border or in a container, because the flowers release a beautiful fragrance in the evening, t … read more
​The power of a GQT recommendation

​The power of a GQT recommendation

9th Apr 2019

On Friday last week, BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time's panel recommended one of the plants we sell; namely, Trachystemon orientalis. We agree that it's a brilliant plant for those dense shade a … read more
Independent Nurseries

Independent Nurseries

8th Apr 2019

For more than 30 years, Royal Horticultural Society's Plant Finder has been a record of the hundreds of thousands of plants available in cultivation in the UK and, importantly, the nurseries that stoc … read more
​Primula 'Quaker's Bonnet'

​Primula 'Quaker's Bonnet'

2nd Apr 2019

Primula 'Quaker's Bonnet' - a very old English Primula which was nearly lost to cultivation but has recently been rescued and we're happy to include it in our offering. Beautiful and a strong grower, … read more
Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

24th Mar 2019

Hollyhocks have adorned country gardens for centuries and no traditional cottage garden would be complete without them. These days they also have a useful role to play in adding vertical interest to c … read more
Saving Heritage Plants

Saving Heritage Plants

24th Mar 2019

One of our passions is to preserve wonderful plants which, for various reasons, have slipped into obscurity and are no longer commercially available. In many cases, these plants have stood the test of … read more
Mail Order Plants

Mail Order Plants

18th Mar 2019

Some of the plants for the current batch of orders waiting to be packaged up to go to their new homes and sporting our smart new labels.
Spring on the way

Spring on the way

2nd Mar 2019

Some photos of early signs of spring from around the site. The frog was sunning himself underneath a polytunnel door. No frogspawn evident in the pond yet, although the frogs are very verbal so presum … read more
Ficaria verna 'Brazen Hussy'

Ficaria verna 'Brazen Hussy'

12th Feb 2019

I love the contrast of the bright yellow flowers against the dark brown polished leaves of this celandine, which look metallic in certain light. A perfect plant to brighten up the late winter/early sp … read more
'New' apple and pear varieties

'New' apple and pear varieties

10th Jan 2019

73 new varieties of apple and pear trees discovered growing in old orchards and gardens in Wales. I wonder how many more are dotted around the UK waiting to be discovered? Sadly, many old varieties of … read more
Willow cuttings

Willow cuttings

5th Jan 2019

Love the lime-green, yellow, chocolate-brown, orange and red colours of these willow (Salix) cuttings. All being well, these plants will be available to buy later in the year. … read more
Spotlight on: Celandines

Spotlight on: Celandines

30th Dec 2018

Spotlight on: Celandine Celandine are one of the delights of early spring and among the first plants to flower in the countryside. They are delightful little flowers and true harbingers of spr … read more
Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds

28th Nov 2018

Today has been a day of seed planting. November may not be the obvious month for planting seeds but there are two good reasons for sowing now.Firstly, seeds that have been collected this season from … read more

Getting Fit

24th Nov 2018

15 tonnes of gravel to move by hand. No need to join a gym then. … read more
Exciting Foxgloves

Exciting Foxgloves

17th Nov 2018

Continuing on from our earlier 'Spotlight on Foxgloves' post, today we have added six additional exciting varieties to our offering. Digitalis cariensis trojana - a beautiful and rare foxglove … read more