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Bedding Plants & Hanging Baskets

Bedding plants

If you want instant flowers then there is no better way than planting bedding plants! Draycott Nurseries grow and supply a good range of bedding plants to suit all year round.

For all year round colour

We stock winter pansies, polyanthus, primroses, cyclamen as well as summer bedding favorites including:

  • Marigolds
  • Dahlias
  • Lobelia
  • Osteospermums
  • Salvia
  • Geraniums
  • Trailing & Upright Fuchsias
  • Petunias
  • Surfinias

We stock many more varieties available at wholesale prices. If you require large quantities then please contact us for a competitive price.

Quality plants at Draycott

We like to keep our stock looking as fresh as possible so the customer gets good, strong & healthy plants all year round!

Draycott’s hanging baskets

All year round availability!

At Draycott Nurseries we supply Summer and Winter baskets from 14 inch up to 17 inch. We can re-fill your existing baskets for you or make you up some new ones. Why not brighten your garden this winter with our colourful winter baskets.

Do you need a large quantity growing on?

Large orders are not a problem! Draycott Nurseries can grow on as many or as few baskets as you need. We supply landscapers and house builders with numerous hanging baskets, half baskets, wooden planters and bespoke arrangements 12 months of the year.

Let us help you

If all you want to do is sit and relax in your new garden, then choosing the right plants is an important part of the planning!

We have lots of advice on getting the best out of your garden with the right planting.

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Specimen Plants

looking to create a mature looking garden?

At Draycott Nurseries we specialise in supplying quality, specimen plants for Show Homes, Private Gardens, New Build Developments & Large/small scale garden designs.

For all year round colour

We recommend using Evergreen Plants to give year round colour and texture to any garden.

Popular Evergreen shrubs in stock:

  • Choisya Sundance
  • Photinia Red Robin
  • Viburnum tinus Eve Price
  • Skimmia japonica Rubella
  • Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Hebe Purple Queen
  • Hebe Midsummer Beauty
  • Fatsia japonica & Spiders Web
  • Phormium tenax varieties
  • Plus many more!

Quality plants at Draycott

We like to keep our stock looking as fresh as possible so the customer gets good, strong & healthy plants all year round!

Topiary & More!

Ideal plants for topiary

Buxus Sempervirens (Box)

Box topiary has been used in many gardens for centuries. It is the most commonly used plant for small hedges, Topiary shapes & Knot gardens. Box is a tough old plant that will grow in moist, well drained soils. Feed well during the growing season (May to September) using a slow release fertilizer in the spring and liquid fertilizer in late spring through to early autumn. Trim back in early May and again in late August. Water well in dry periods as they don’t like to dry out too much. If growing in containers then its best to use a soil based compost like John Innes No. 3.

Never let the pot dry out but don’t over water. Feed with a liquid feed every two weeks to help keep the foliage nice and healthy. Try to keep the plants in an area which has plenty of air movement and also keep away from dripping rain water (overflows from gutters etc). If planted in containers then good practice would be to cover them up in winter to prevent prolonged exposure to frost (if the pot becomes frozen the plants can suffer from desiccation)

Various shapes and sizes of Box topiary are available to buy at our Nursery!

Taxus Baccata (Yew)

Taxus (Yew) has been used like Box for centuries to create unique and spectacular Topiary shapes and hedges. Yew is another plant which is as tough as old boots and will respond well to even the most severest pruning. Yew can either be trimmed closely to create wonderful Topiary shapes or simply plated in a line and grown into a hedge. Yew will tolerate most soils as long as they are not prone to waterlogging. Top dress Yew plants in spring with a slow release fertilizer and continue to foliar feed throughout the summer. Yew should be clipped later in August/September.

How to look after your topiary

Cleanliness is next to Godliness!

You need to take great care when trimming your prized topiary or hedging. Dirty & blunt hedge trimmers can do a lot of damage to your plants. Always ensure that the hedge trimmers you are using are spotlessly clean and razor sharp before using. Clean trimmers before and after use to minimise the risk of spreading disease. Sharp blades will ensure a good clean cut. Blunt blades will crush rather than cut stems which will cause bruising and look unsightly.

If using a contractor or local gardener to trim your topiary or hedges, chances are that the equipment they use will be dirty or have been used to trim other hedges. Talk to your gardener to make sure the equipment they use is clean and sharp. Clean all trimmings up after pruning and knock the hedge with the rake or a broom to loosen clippings trapped in the hedge. Clean out the bottom of the hedge to avoid excessive build up of old clipping and leaves which could harbour pest and diseases.

I’m hungry, so feed me NOW!

Hopefully, your topiary will be around a few years so to keep it looking sharp then you’ll need to feed it on a regular basis. Feeding the plants not only helps them look good but it also makes them feel good too! Healthy plants have a better resistance to pests and disease. Use a good slow release fertilizer to top dress in spring and a liquid feed during the growing season. Don’t feed after the end of September as this may encourage new growth which will be damaged by early frosts and look unsightly. As always please follow the label recommendations when applying fertilizers and never be tempted to over apply as this will have the reverse affect on the plant.

Watering

A crucial part of keeping your topiary looking good is getting the right amount of water to it at the right time of the year. Once established, topiary planted in the garden soil will usually fend for itself. You’ll usually only need to water them in long dry periods, once or twice a week is fine. For new planted topiary then more careful monitoring will be required and in drier weeks they’ll need watering every other day. For topiary planted in containers, it is essential that you keep them well watered throughout the year. Even in winter, topiary in pots will need to be kept moist as hard frosts can freeze the roots and prevent it from taking up moisture.

One of the most common causes of plant fatalities during winter is ‘drying out’. This is where a plant cannot take up moisture through the roots due to being frozen and then the plant being exposed to cold, drying winds which slowly desiccate the plant. The plant loses moisture from the leaves but is unable to take moisture up. To help prevent this, keep plants watered but not over watered and if practicable move the plants into a more sheltered spot. Please bare in mind that during winter the plant will not be growing so you need only keep the pot moist and not overflowing with water. Top tip for topiary in containers? Simple, don’t let them dry out!

 

Other plants ideal for topiary

Prunus Lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel)

Portuguese laurel is another good plant to use for Topiary. It responds well to pruning and will give a very good, thick hedge. Will tolerate most soils (except poorly drained) and required little care, just a top dress of slow release fertilizer in late spring. Trim in late May or early June and you’ll usually get another flush of growth in late July. Try not to induce too much soft growth later in the year as this can be prone to early frost damage and will look unsightly.
Photinia Red Robin

Photinia is best used as an evergreen hedging plant but it can also be used for creating topiary shapes. Photinia will provide a colourful hedge for 12 months of the year adding a splash of colour in the early spring and summer as the new leaves are bright red. White flowers appear in early summer which is an added bonus!

Will tolerate most soils (avoid waterlogging) and requires trimming twice to three times a year to keep in good shape.

Laurus Nobilis (Bay)

Bay trees are another common plant used for topiary shapes. Commonly seen either side of a front door as standards (ball on a stem) or large bushes in established gardens. As bay is a much used culinary herb it provides a use in the kitchen too! Although generally Bay is seen to be a hardy plant, it will suffer in the most severe winters. Try to plant Bay in containers close to the house so as to provide shelter in the winter, especially from cold, drying winds from the east (The Beast from the East). Water well in the summer and feed once a month with a liquid feed. Top dress in late spring with a slow release fertilizer. Trim Bay carefully with secateurs and try not to cut through the leaves too much as the ends can become dry and look unsightly.

Useful tips

For an easy maintenance garden

If all you want to do is sit and relax in your new garden, then choosing the right plants is an important part of the planning!

Having the right plants is an integral part of ensuring your time in the garden is spent relaxing with that well earned ‘glass of wine’. Compact, flowering shrubs are very useful as are colourful evergreen grasses, alpines, Heathers, ground cover plants and small compact growing trees. In addition to this, weed control can be as equally important. Use weed control fabric covered with gravel or bark mulch to limit weed growth. This will also help with keeping moisture in the soil which will help during prolonged dry spells.

Perhaps even consider the odd large pot on the patio, planted with seasonal bedding to give that extra bit of colour.

Compact low maintenance shrubs to consider:

  • Hebe (smaller leaf varieties are best)
  • Cistus
  • Spiraea Goldflame, Goldmound, Anthony Waterer
  • Skimmia japonica Rubella & Kew Green
  • Viburnum davidii
  • Viburnum tinus Eve Price
  • Euonymus fortunei varieties
  • Daphne
  • Choisya Aztec Pearl & Sundance

These are just a few of plants you could include within a low maintenance garden design. If you would like us to suggest a scheme for a low maintenance garden then please contact us and we’ll only be too happy to assist!

Edible plants & fruit producers

So, now we have catered for wildlife, why not add a few fruiting plants to your garden so that you can enjoy the taste of the garden too!

You don’t need a lot of room to do this, all you need is a pot or corner of the garden to start producing your own food.

There are plenty of dwarf fruiting trees to chose from or perhaps consider soft fruit plants like Strawberries, Tomatoes or Raspberries. Salad plants are quick and easy to grow and take up little room.

There is a great sense of satisfaction when you pick that first fruit and taste it!

Call in and see us at the nursery, we’ll be glad to offer advise and recommend the best varieties to choose.

For all year round colour

Lets be honest, we all love flowers in the garden. Flowers are the life blood of any garden and they provide a wonderful environment for wildlife.

As well as flowers being the gardeners colours of choice, equally, plants which have decorative foliage, stems & bark can be ‘show stoppers’ in any garden. Although this type of garden will require more thought and planning, the rewards are plentiful and rewarding.

If this is the type of garden you ultimately want to achieve then prepare yourself to learn more about plants and what they do in certain times of the year. The ultimate would be to hire a professional to do all the planning for you (and we can certainly help with that). However, if you want to be involved with the garden then perhaps take the time to look around at what is in flower at certain times of the year. Whether its visiting a friends house, walking the dog, shopping, or walking off the Sunday roast it will pay to have a look around and see what’s flowering!

If you would like us to help with planning your garden, please contact us and we’ll be only too happy to help!

For attracting wildlife

We perhaps look at gardens rather selfishly and consider them an extension of our home. A private area ‘just for us’. Gardens are so much more than that.

In an ever increasing demand for housing, gardens are becoming an essential part of our everyday lives. They provide an area to relax in, to entertain in, to play in and to be proud of.

One thing that we perhaps don’t consider enough is ‘what about nature’?

Wildlife is as the word says, ‘life in the wild’.

So as we continue to pave over the countryside, perhaps we have a duty and responsibility to include wildlife in our gardens. Whether it’s a stately home or a window box in a high rise block, we can all help in creating a wildlife haven for insects and animals to enjoy.

Providing flowers for our bees and butterflies is a great way to start. Adding safe havens for birds, hedgehogs, frogs, insects can also really help and ultimately make the garden into a home for all.

A simple way to start would be to include plants into your garden that attract bees and butterflies. Try planting:

  • Buddleia
  • Hebe
  • Lavander

or adding bird boxes, piles of logs, insect hotels. If you have a large garden why not consider leaving an area to grow naturally? Leave the grass a bit longer, let the flowers grow and seed.

For a south facing garden

Congratulations! If you have a south facing garden then your tan must be better than mine!

If your garden is predominantly south facing then chances are you’re going to get a fair bit of sun, especially during the hottest part of the year. It also means you can use plants in the garden that thrive in these types of environments. Although we have winter months that can last from October to April, South facing gardens tend to flourish earlier due to the best amount of sunlight over the course of the year.

Lots of sun means of course lots more flowers which is not only great aesthetically but its also very good for wildlife. The only real negative to south facing gardens is the potential to dry up more quickly. With this in mind, you can easily overcome this by selecting plants that will tolerate drought.

Look towards the Mediterranean for drought-tolerant plants which include:

  • Lavanders
  • Rosemary
  • Agapanthus
  • Thyme
  • Phlomis fruticosa
  • Euphorbia

You could also use the following plants to add some structure:

  • Phormium
  • Cordyline
  • Palms
  • Agave
  • Yucca

Why not use grasses to add some structure to mixed borders:

  • Miscanthus Morning Light
  • Stipa Tenuissiam
  • Stipa Gigantea
  • Festuca Intense Blue

For providing shade

Plants can perform many functions in the garden. One of these important functions is to provide shade.

If your lucky enough to have a south facing garden then at some point in the day, a cool shady spot to retire into would be welcoming!

Trees can be an excellent supplier of shade to the garden. For small to medium gardens, trees will need to be selected carefully to avoid planting species that get too high.

Good trees for smaller to medium gardens:

  • Betula jaquemontii
  • Alnus incana Aurea
  • Sorbus aria Lutecens
  • Prunus autumnalis rosea
  • Catalpa bignonioides Aurea
  • Betula Dalecarlica
  • Acer negundo Flamingo
  • Gleditsia Sunburst
  • Pyrus Chanticleer

Larger shrubs and Bamboo can also provide good shade from either sunlight or from strong winds.