Alpines are usually native to wild mountainous alpines regions. As a general rule they prefer a free draining habit and a good sunny location. They are usually quite compact in habit; are perfectly suited to rockery garden and have dainty pretty flowers.
Perennials on the other hand are slightly different in that they tend to be taller and bigger in size than alpines. Perennials are either evergreen or herbaceous (i.e. they hibernate for the winter). They are well suited to garden beds or borders where height and spread are important considerations. On the whole, perennials prefer a sunny position but there are quite a few varieties that will tolerate a shadier position.
There is a wide range of plants in stock that are well suited to growing in Cornish stone walls and hedges.
Bedding plants are the perfect solution for summer colour. For bright long lasting colour all through summer and on into autumn, then these are the plants for you.
Whether you just want to splash a little colour in that container or plant out a border in the garden to give a stunning display, we have the right plant in the right colours.
We have been growing bedding plants on site here for over 40 years and have over 30 different types of bedding varieties on offer.
With plenty of expert advice available we can help design your bedding scheme or help in choosing your planting design for your baskets & tubs.
Climbers are perfect for giving height in the garden. They are particularly well suited for growing up through trellis etc. to give cover over unsightly objects. They are in general better suited to sunnier positions (as this will help provide more flowers in the growing season).
Clematis: winter, spring and summer flowering varieties, Lonicera (honeysuckle), Wisteria, Parthenocissus (Virginia Creeper), Hedera (Ivy), Jasminum (Jasmine), Pyracantha (firethorn), Trachelospernum jasminoides, Sollya, Heterophylla (Australian Bluebell), Akebia, Quinata (chocolate vine), Solanum Alba and Glasnevin (potato flower), Vitis (grape vines) – both fruiting and ornamental types.
There is nothing like growing your own fruit. We stock soft fruit (borne on small bushes) and fruit that is borne on trees e.g. apples, pears etc.
All our soft fruit is British sourced and certified virus free stock. We can give advice on planting, growing and maintaining a successful crop year after year.
Blackberry… we stock the spineless Merton Thornless variety which produces fruit of a good flavour and is moderately vigorous in growth.
Blackcurrant Ben Sarek… is an early / mid-season fruiting variety with a compact habit
Blackcurrant Ben Tiran… is a later yielding variety with a high yield rate.
Gooseberry Invicta; Hinnonmaki Red & Yellow… are all mildew resistant varieties which bear large sweet fruits. Invicta is a green fruiting variety.
Raspberry… in stock are early, mid, late and autumn fruiting varieties. All varieties have been chosen because of their superior fruit size, yield and taste.
Jostaberry… this is a gooseberry / blackcurrant cross
We stock varieties that we know will perform here in the south west. With the exception of apples all other types are self-fertile i.e. there is no need for a separate pollinator. All our trees are grown (grafted) onto either semi dwarf rootstock (2m); or semi vigorous rootstock (2.5-3m).
Apple… of which there are hundreds of varieties, each with their own particular unique taste. There are at least five varieties in stock at any one time.
Cherry Stella… is a late fruiting variety that will produce sweet large dark red fruits.
Cherry Sunburst… is a more recent introduction but is extremely cold tolerant. Produces large sweet fruit with an excellent flavour.
Damson Merryweather… crops late September and is suitable for culinary or dessert use. Produces reliable heavy crops, year after year.
Fig Brown Turkey… the most popular in cultivation and with good reason. This self-fertile plant produces large brown, pear shaped fruit with a sugary, rich, red flesh. It has a good compact habit.
Nectarine Lord Napier… early to fruit and large in size. This self-fertile variety has dark crimson cheek and white juicy and super tasty flesh.
Plum Opal… is a late fruiting, self-fertile variety. One of the most reliable garden plums. A medium reddish-purple coloured fruit with superb flavour.
Plum Victoria… fruits in late August and has oval bright red fruit. The most popular variety on the market.
Plum Czar… a dual purpose cooking or eating variety. A medium dark purple coloured plum with a sweet yellow flesh. Can produce heavy crops and is always reliable.
Peach Peregrine… is the most revered of all white fleshed peaches. The flavour is intense and rich in taste. Heavy cropping and self-fertile. As with any peach they will require extra protection.
Pear Beurre Hardy… is a vigorous growing variety that is particularly well suited to poorer soils. Light green skin is covered with a light bronze russet. Tender and juicy flesh with a rose water taste.
Pear Concorde… is a heavy cropping variety with a compact habit. Sweet and juicy flesh with a pale green / yellow skin, slightly russeted. Self-fertile.
Pear Conference… one of the oldest and most reliable varieties, makes this one of the most popular. Yellowish-green skin with a slight russet. Sweet and juicy. A self-fertile variety.
Pear Invincible… tough and hardy, ideal for the more exposed areas. Heavy cropping often producing a second crop after a heavy frost.
Hedging plants are usually grown to create privacy or as a wind break.
Hedging plants come in a wide range of varieties, each variety creating a different look and effect. Hedges can be from 60cm to 6m tall, depending on the variety of plant used. We can advise on the best possible type of plant for you.
Here in Cornwall it is especially important if you are close to the coast that the correct plants are chosen due to the strong winds which can have a high salt content. We can advise on the planting process and the fertilizer requirement that may be needed at the time of planting.
Plants that are widely used as hedging are:
Escallonia Red Hedger… this is a quick growing plant that will grow to around 2-3 metres tall and has masses of small bell shaped flowers in summer.
Escallonia macrantha… is a slower growing form but is widely used in coastal areas.
Elaeagnus… are useful for both general and coastal planting. Some forms have brightly coloured variegated foliage which can contrast well in a hedge. Fairly fast growing.
Griselina… are useful for both general and coastal planting. They are relatively fast growing and can be pruned to any size.
Prunus…both rotundifolia and caucasia varieties are best for general hedging applications. They will provide a thick dense screen and will grow to a height in excess of 5 metres.
Olearia…there are many varieties of Olearia but a few stand out as the best for growing as hedging plants. O.traversii is perhaps the best because of its ability to grow fast and tolerate extreme coastal conditions.
Cupressocyparris x leylandii… the common leylandii comes in two forms; green and gold. The green form is slightly faster growing of the two. Both are fast growing and will, once established, quickly grow away to form a considerable sized hedge. Can be easily managed by trimming twice yearly.
Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’… is a bright golden foliaged conifer. Tolerates windy and exposed areas. Provides a very thick hedge. Fast growing.
Taxus baccata (Yew)… is an evergreen plant that forms a thick formal hedge that is easily managed. Can be grown from 1m to 3m in height.
Buxus (Box)… can be grown as a miniature hedge from 30cm to a full screening hedge up to 3 metres in height. Can be easily clipped into shape and is widely used in plant topiary.
Lavandula (lavender)… can be used as a small hedge growing to between 30cm and 60cm tall, depending on the variety. An advantage of using lavender as a small hedge is that it has masses of fragrant blooms in summer as well as aromatic foliage.
Roses will thrive if they are planted in the right conditions. They prefer a sunny aspect in a well-drained fertile soil. A well fed rose will produce stronger growth and superior flowering. Some have a fragrance of varying strength. We stock the following types of roses.
Hybrid Tea… a single large bloom per stem
Floribunda… smaller multi flowered blooms per stem
Patio… smaller and more compact varieties
Ground Cover… lower growing, spreading in habit
Climbing & Rambling… tall vigorous growing, suitable for trellis, pergolas etc.
Being situated on Cornwall’s north coast, Newquay’s gardeners are exposed to the gales that role in off the Atlantic. We specialize in plants that will not only survive the fury of the winds, but will thrive. There is no trick to successful coastal gardening, just a careful and sensible choice of the right plants and proper soil preparation. We grow a large proportion of our own hardy stock so we always have good quantities in stock.
If your garden is inland from the coast then we also have an extensive range of shrubs and conifers that will fit perfectly into any garden bed or border.
Trees can create a real atmosphere in a garden, especially if it is used as a centre focal point. A tree can have an impact in any garden. From a dwarf grafted flowering cherry to a full size oak or beech tree, there is a huge range to choose from. Some deciduous trees have stunning brightly coloured autumnal foliage colours, others produce masses of flowers. Whatever the choice, we can help you with making the right decision for you and your garden.