Shire Plants Blog

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
Rare Plant Fairs in 2019

Rare Plant Fairs in 2019

8th Nov 2018

We are pleased to announce that Shire Plants will be participating in the following Rare Plant Fairs in 2019: Evenley Wood Garden, Brackley, Northants, 7th April 2019 Waterperry Gardens, Nr. … read more

Autumn Planting

6th Nov 2018

One sign of a serious gardener is that they haven't yet put away their trowel and are eagerly planting hardy perennials, shrubs and trees in the knowledge that they will see the benefit next year.Autu … read more
Of Mice and Toby

Of Mice and Toby

4th Nov 2018

The winter battle begins...Polytunnels hold a dual attraction for mice: protection from the elements and plenty of delicious food sitting conveniently on the floor (our young plants).We deal with them … read more
Spotlight on: Foxgloves

Spotlight on: Foxgloves

2nd Nov 2018

The native foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, is one of the most familiar of our wild flowers and its association with man is long and complex. Digitalin, which is extracted from it, is a powerful poiso … read more
Spotlight on: Everlasting Sweet Peas

Spotlight on: Everlasting Sweet Peas

30th Oct 2018

We love Sweet Peas but they are a bit of a bother. Because they are annuals we need to sow seed each year, find a suitable place to plant them, feed them and train them up suitable netting. By late su … read more

Selliera radicans (Bonking Grass)

26th Oct 2018

Bonking GrassThis excellent little plant has just been added to our range. Bonking Grass is not yet widely known in the UK but we expect that to change due to its versatile nature and beautiful flower … read more
Spotlight on: Penstemons

Spotlight on: Penstemons

3rd Oct 2018

Spotlight on: Penstemons If you’re looking at your border in late summer and need to add some instant colour, Penstemons are the answer. Plant in groups of three or five for impact. Most border t … read more
Spotlight on: Chrysanthemum

Spotlight on: Chrysanthemum

28th Sep 2018

Spotlight on: Chrysanthemum Chrysanths, or Mums, like Asters are invaluable for adding late summer and autumn colour to extend interest in the borders. They start flowering late into the season a … read more

Mail Order Now Available

14th Sep 2018

We are pleased to announce that our Mail Order service is now active and you can order plants for home delivery from our website from today. We have teamed up with a specialist overnight courier to pr … read more

Propagation

10th Sep 2018

The action on the propagation benches is hotting up now the temperature has dropped a bit. Is there anything more exciting than checking seed trays first thing in the morning for signs of germination? … read more

Spotlight on Asters

31st Aug 2018

Spotlight on: Aster/ Michaelmas DaisyAdd bright autumn colour to your garden.The perennial Asters, which include Michaelmas Daisies, are essential to prolong the flowering season of most gardens from … read more
Black Flowers

Black Flowers

15th Aug 2018

We love black and nearly-black plants. They really stand out and always add drama to the border. Here we have Dianthus barbatus 'Monksilver Black', Viola 'Molly Sanderson', Iris chrysographes 'Bl … read more
The Slipper Flower

The Slipper Flower

31st Jul 2018

Just added this beauty to the website. The Slipper Flower (Calceolaria biflora) is just one of our latest offerings. Each unforgettable flower is like a yellow slipper, with brown freckles in the … read more