Welcome to our 2020 catalogue – we hope that you will find plenty to tempt you. We look forward to seeing you at the nursery! Please feel free to bring your dog with you – on a lead!
HOURS OF BUSINESS
We are open 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive and Bank Holiday Mondays. The nursery opens January 1st 2020 until Friday June 26th to re-open January 1st 2021
THERE WILL BE A SMALL NUMBER OF DAYS THAT THE NURSERY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE – SO THERE WILL BE A SMALL NUMBER OF DAYS THAT THE NURSERY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE SO PLEASE PHONE BEFORE VISITING – JUST IN CASE!
REGRETFULLY WE DO NOT SUPPLY MAIL ORDERS.
Groups and Coach parties are always welcome but must be pre-booked!
We do not sell cuttings, all our plants are rooted and then moved onto a 7cm pot to establish, in January and February the plants will be available at £1.30 each. From the end of February onwards they will be £1.75 Please ask regarding discounts on large purchases.
MAJOR CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED AT THE NURSERY
Whips will be sold from January. Standards and fuchsia baskets will be ready from Saturday May 2nd. Prices throughout will depend on size. Larger plants may be available throughout the season – please ask.
From June 3rd until June 28th – there will be displays of fuchsias in flower – please come and have browse and get ideas for next year. It is an unbeatable opportunity to see fuchsias that you will not see at shows etc.
From May 2nd there will be a selection of Regal, Zonal and Ivy Leaf Pelargoniums for sale.
Look to the fuchsia for the most spectacular flowers of summer. With arching stems from which the complex, multi-skirted flowers dangle in clusters like prize jewels, it’s hardly surprising that fuchsias are the champions of hanging baskets, window boxes and containers.
Garden snobs call them vulgar, and bypass them for subtler blooms, but they are missing out on so much. The broad range of colours and the forms that are available today are nothing short of sensational, and what is more, they keep on producing a constant stream of flowers from June to the frosts. You simply dose them with tomato feed weekly and snip off the faded blooms. No regrets — there are always more to take their place. Cuttings, which you can take in early autumn or spring, are easy, and will sometimes even root in water.
One fuchsia that is currently flowering its socks off on my terrace is Dancing Flame, which has an outer skirt of four pointed petals in a gorgeous orange-pink over full underskirts flamed with cerise and an inner cerise sheath that encircles long, slim, pink stamens. It is, in short, a cracker.
Stars of the garden catwalk
There are hundreds of fuchsia bedding choices, some trailing, others with a more upright growth habit, that are all stars of the horticultural catwalk. The more familiar combo of shocking pink with violet might be substituted for a soft rose pink, as in the full and ruffled Claudia, which uncannily resembles a ballet tutu; luscious shades of peach and apricot, as in two-tone Apricot Ice, or the ravishing combination of white, raspberry and lavender-mauve, as in La Campanella, which holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
You can take your pick of the best, and take them home with you, by visiting three award-winning fuchsia nurseries at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next week — Lockyer Fuchsias, Potash Nursery and Roualeyn Fuchsias.
Producing such showy flowers, the container fuchsia can stand alone, needing no back-up, but you could add a few plants of, say, Felicia, with small lavender daisies beneath the more flamboyant flowers that hang above them on long stalks which, as the flowers fade, become as thin as silk thread.
So pretty, but so tough
If your tastes run to something subtler, consider Fuchsia magellanica, one of the finest flowering shrubs for any kind of garden. It makes tough laneside hedging all over the West Country and this hardy fuchsia, despite its South American roots, will grow equally well as an easy-care and hugely decorative border plant in your garden. Each dangling cerise-red and violet flower is long, slender and sculptural, more Armani-chic than the Versace-type pizzazz of its bedding counterpart.
Fuchsia magellanica var molinae is even more beautiful, with flowers that are shades of palest lilac-pink. If you need a shrub that will light up a dull, shady border, this is the one, and it’s a keeper. All you need do for a profusion of flowers every year, and to prevent it from getting ungainly, is to cut Fuchsia magellanica right back to its woody framework in February.
No complex pruning strokes required to keep this prettiest of shrubs blooming year after year.
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Our Fuchsia Nursery
Fuchsias are another of our specialities. In our production nursery, we grow over 50 different varieties, so you are sure to find a Fuchsia within our selection for any situation in your garden. Once you have started growing this fascinating plant, you will not be able to stop adding to your collection as the range of colour and flower shapes is vast.
Following the Royal Horticultural Society method of classifying plant hardiness, we rate the varieties we grow clearly on the plant label so you will know what sort of Fuchsia you are purchasing. H1 varieties are non-hardy, these will require winter protection or should be treated as a summer annual. Those rated as H2 are semi hardy and if you would like to keep them from year to year, they will need winter protection in a cool greenhouse that is frost free. H4 varieties are hardy and will successfully grow over winter in a garden border.
Some varieties of Fuchsias are more upright in their growth habit so are ideal for the centre of baskets and containers, whereas the trailing varieties are more suited for planting around the sides. The plants are available from our seasonal bedding greenhouse starting at the end of March and continuing throughout the summer, with larger plants ideal for adding spot colour in a garden border.
Visit our St Albans based fuchsia nursery in-store today or contact us for more information about our vast selection.