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Category Archives: Spring colour

Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Downside Nurseries

On a dull wet day like today, what better to lift your spirits than catching sight of some of the beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons we have in Bay 8 Native to Asia, Europe and North America, they can be either evergreen or deciduous.  They both belong to the genus Rhododendron and...
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New shrubs available at Downside Nurseries

Plant highlights with approx HxS sizes Acca sellowiana (1.5-2.5 x 1.5-2.5m) – this is one we do ourselves, but it takes months to root, so we were glad to get extra. Evergreen, with Hypericum-like red and white flowers, it does need a really sunny position to flower well. Akebia quinate...
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Vegetables at Downside Nurseries

When we checked our vegetable list against ‘Gardening Which’s’ list of recommended varieties, we were pleased to find most of the varieties we grow on it. Those that are not are all top-quality commercial varieties not generally available as seed for amateurs so outside their remit. This year we have...
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Spring border colours

For your borders, we have Sweet Williams, Forget-me-not (blue and white) Canterbury Bells and Foxgloves.  The Foxgloves are particularly worthwhile: they will give a stunning early start to your herbaceous borders – white, mixed and Sutton’s Apricot. The Wallflowers are ready – Persian Carpet (mixed) and Bloomsby Baby (dwarf mixed)...
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Mothering Sunday

After the snow, gardens are looking a bit battered.   Mothers’ Day is a good opportunity to brighten things up a bit.  We have loads of colour, primroses and cyclamen at pocket money prices. There are still trays of polyanthus in bloom and the trays of primroses are beginning to flower....
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