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  • Choice Woodlanders at Wisley next March!

    Wisley Plant Centre on 08 Nov 2011 at 12:43 PM

    On March 17th next year, the event 'Woodland Gems for your Garden' in the Wisley Plant Centre showcases elegant and sophisticated shade-lovers, focusing especially on Trillium and Erythronium (Trout Lilies). Your guide will be expert grower Hugh Nunn of Harvington in Worcestershire, who has many years of experience in cultivation of these beauties, alongside other treats such as wood anemones and Uvularia (Merry Bells).

     

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  • Get your fruit identified this weekend!

    Wisley Plant Centre on 02 Nov 2011 at 02:27 PM

     

    Have you got a fruit tree in your garden, but don't know which variety? Jim Arbury, fruit guru at RHS Wisley, will be on hand at the Plant Centre to identify your unknown fruit, from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, on both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November.

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  • Local heritage apple varieties now available from Wisley

    Wisley Plant Centre on 14 Oct 2011 at 03:33 PM

     

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  • Cool cuts at Wisley

    Wisley Plant Centre on 19 Sep 2011 at 03:18 PM

    Ace topiarist and expert in the Japanese art of niwaki, Jake Hobson, will be at Wisley on November 19th. He'll talk about his contemporary pruning style and show examples, followed by a short demonstration.

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  • Web Chat on Contemporary Borders, this Friday

    Wisley Plant Centre on 30 Aug 2011 at 09:31 AM

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  • Get all 'Naturalistic' at Wisley this September!

    Wisley Plant Centre on 27 Jul 2011 at 10:53 AM

    If you're at all interested in modern 'naturalistic' planting, Wisley's the place to be on September 17th & 18th. The 'Contemporary Borders' event features horticultural heavyweights Noel Kingsbury (prolific writer and designer) and Neil Lucas (grasses guru and owner of Knoll Gardens in Dorset).

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  • Summer Musings with Mr. Alexander-Sinclair

    Wisley Plant Centre on 03 May 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Come to Wisley on July 9th or 10th to hear designer, writer, broadcaster and blogger James Alexander-Sinclair talk about his favourite summer plants. The weekend is inspired by his book '101 Bold & Beautiful Flowers' and James will sign the book in the afternoons at the Plant Centre, where you will find a huge range of colourful plants to buy (and those booking the morning talks will get a £5 voucher to spend).

     

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  • Heavenly Hellebores!

    Wisley Plant Centre on 28 Feb 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Want to add a Walberton's Rosemary or Josef Lemper to your collection? We have these plus loads more, along with companion plants and expert advice on how to grow them.

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  • Valentines, Mothers and a Homage to Heaven

    Wisley Plant Centre on 05 Feb 2010 at 03:02 PM
    With the milder spell of weather our fabulous plants are at last exploding into leaf and flower.  To celebrate we’d like to offer you all free gift wrap for any houseplant - including potted bulbs - bought on Saturday 13th February and on Saturday 13th March.  The less sentimental amongst us may need a gentle prompt that Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are just around the corner.   We have a fantastic array of houseplants and potted bulbs including some gorgeous orchid plants for that perfect valentine’s gift. 
       
    And it’s almost time for our annual homage to Hellebore Heaven, our yearly festival for these gorgeous plants lead by hellebore gurus Hugh Nunn and Richard Bramley.   Please join us on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February when we’ll have talks at 11am, 1.30pm & 3pm and informal question-time throughout the weekend (with Hugh on Saturday and Richard on Sunday).

    The event is free and we challenge you to resist the out-of-this-world collection of hellebore varieties we have for sale!  With all your hellebore questions answered you can be sure of a long and happy relationship with these most beautiful garden plants.  Look out for the Helleborus ‘Party Dress’ – we don’t get them very often!
     

               

    Here's Suti with Helleborus ‘Ruby Glow’,
     and H. 'Harvington Smokey Blues' one of Hugh Nunn's gorgeous hellebores.

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  • 'Snow chance of missing this!

    Wisley Plant Centre on 11 Jan 2010 at 11:31 AM
    Wisley is looking beautiful in these snowy conditions.  Here in the Plant Centre we’ve cleared the snow and we’re ready to greet you so come and check out our further reduced sale items.


    Our sale gifts, lighting and decorations are now 75% off and with many gorgeous plants offered at a massive 50% discount you can’t afford to miss it! I’m going to treat myself to a fabulous glass garden oil torch, reduced from £50 to £12.50.

    We’re also clearing the snow for our Snowdrop Splendour weekend event on 30th and 31st January. Donald Palmer, who has been collecting snowdrops (Galanthus) for more than 20 years, will be giving talks about these delicate and dainty winter flowers at 11am and 2.30pm on both days.  Here's Donald enthralling our audience last time he was with us..
                   

    We’ll have a fantastic theatre snowdrop display by the Lockyer family, Chelsea medal winners, and there will be over 80 varieties of snowdrop to buy, many rarely available.  Here is a sneak preview of what we hope to have for you that weekend. Snowdrop list 


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  • Exclusive Christmas launch at Wisley Plant Centre

    Wisley Plant Centre on 20 Nov 2009 at 02:18 PM
    Last night we hosted our ‘Make Christmas Special’ Christmas launch evening, where we greeted more than 350 invited guests with glasses of wine and mince pies.   

    The place looked stunning, with many seasonal plants, decorations and novel gifts for sale.  Our team created an inspirational display of Christmas front doors and gardens to demonstrate traditional, modern and cottage styles.  They wouldn’t have looked out of place at Chelsea!
     

    Our sought after prize draw for the evening went to Mary Humphreys who wins £100 to spend with us at a time of her choosing.
     

    If you’re interested in coming to this event next year please email Tina at wisleyplantcentre@rhs.org.uk and she’ll put your name on the list.
     

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  • Sloe, sloe, quick quick sloe………

    Wisley Plant Centre on 13 Nov 2009 at 10:48 AM
     . . . . it’s the time of year to plant your hedging. We have bundles of hedging plants which must be planted now, while they are dormant. They are field grown, lifted and bundled for your convenience, and they must be planted out immediately before they spring into life. Autumn is the best time as the soil is moist and it promotes root growth so your hedge gets off to a flying start.

        
     

    This year we are proud to have in our range a mixed native bundle, ideal for making a natural looking hedge that is great for attracting wildlife.

     We also have bundles of Prunus spinosa – the plant that gives you those juicy black sloes for making sloe gin with. [Fill a bottle with pricked sloes, add some sugar and fill up with gin. Allow to permeate for a few months, turning daily.] 

    Here’s what we have available:  
    Description   Retail Price
    CARPINUS BETULUS (HORNBEAM, 10 PLANTS)   £25.00
    CORNUS SANGUINEA (DOGWOOD, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    CORYLUS AVELLANA (HAZEL, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    CRATAEGUS MONOGYNA (HAWTHORN, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    EUONYMUS EUROPAEUS (SPINDLE, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    FAGUS SYLVATICA (GREEN BEECH, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    FAGUS SYLVATICA PURPUREA (COPPER BEECH, 5 PLANTS) +   £25.00
    HEDGING MIXED (NATIVE BUNDLE, 10 PLANTS) *   £19.99
    LIGUSTRUM OVALIFOLIUM (PRIVET, 10 PLANTS)   £25.00
    LIGUSTRUM VULGARE (PRIVET, 10 PLANTS)   £25.00
    LONICERA NITIDA (SHRUB HONEYSUCKLE, 5 PLANTS) +   £12.99
    PRUNUS SPINOSA (BLACKTHORN, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    ROSA RUGOSA (RAMANAS ROSE, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    ROSA RUGOSA ALBA (WHITE RAMANAS ROSE, 10 PLANTS)   £19.99
    VIBURNUM OPULUS (GUELDER ROSE, 10 PLANTS)   £25.00
         
    +   Note, bundle contains five plants
    *   The mixed hedging bundle includes Acer campestre (Field Maple) x 2, Cornus sanguinea (Common Dogwood) x 1, Corylus avellana (Hazel) x 2, Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) x 3, Euonymus europaeus (Spindle) x 1, Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn / Sloe).

    When planting your hedge try adding a packet of mycorrhizal fungi to the roots to improve establishment. For more information on rootgrow http://www.plantworksuk.co.uk/rootgrow_information.php  

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  • Creative, colourful and convenient

    Wisley Plant Centre on 30 Sep 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Are these the first words to spring to mind when you think of conifers?  Yes!  Because conifers are a wonderful way of adding colour, shape and style to your garden.   

    They’re easy to grow and visually stunning.  Many change colour during the year so you can have fabulous splashes of orange, blue or purple in autumn or winter just when it's needed. 

    Come and see our large selection of conifers.  Small, slow-growing, medium sized or giant, they are incredibly versatile – some are perfect for growing on patios and balconies, others are great for giving height to borders.  The Cryptomeria japonica ‘Rasen-sugi’ rising out of my small fern bed gives an almost prehistoric look with its braided curls of twisted green foliage lit up against the strong, red bark of its narrow trunk.  Or you can try a pair of formal Cupressus sempervirens either side of a door for an arresting, stately look.

    If you’d like to see conifers in situ, visit the Pinetum, Rock Garden and Conifer Lawn at the RHS Garden, Wisley and then come in to us (through the gate in the Mixed Borders) and see what we can offer you.  Alternatively, come through our main entrance, there’s no charge.  And as National Conifer Week runs from 3-11 October, we’ll have lots of special stock to inspire you to garden with conifers.

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  • Latest news, planting ideas & offers

    Wisley Plant Centre on 14 Aug 2009 at 12:15 PM
    First, our congratulations go to Mr Musk, the winner of the raffle held on 29th July at our Scents of Summer open evening.  Mr Musk wins £100 of RHS vouchers and we hope very much he will enjoy spending them with us! 

    And now - the autumn bulb planting season is upon us. 

    Don’t get confused by one particular autumn bulb.  Colchicums are surprising and very clever.  They come up already in flower, before the leaf shows, looking fantastic as they emerge from the ground.  They’re excellent for naturalising in grass.  Plant the bulbs
    now and they’ll flower this autumn. 

    The more conventional autumn planting bulbs that give a delightful spring show are with us in colossal variety.  To get you started how about our Select Collection offer on a range of Crocus and Narcissi, any 4 packs for £10.00. 

    And, dare I say it, have you thought about pot planting Prepared Hyacinths for a fantastic table display at Christmas?  We have them in blue, white or pink at 65p each or 5 for £2.50 and they need to be potted and in the dark in September.  Please ask for one of our cultivation leaflets to ensure your chosen variety is flowering on the day! 
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  • Where’s the summer gone?

    Wisley Plant Centre on 31 Jul 2009 at 01:08 PM
    What we need is busy lizzies to brighten our gardens!   If you visit RHS Wisley this summer you can’t help but notice the two fabulous towers of colour on the terrace at the entrance into the gardens.
     
    These plants look like New Guinea busy lizzies but in actual fact they are not! They are a new hybrid of Impatiens called Sunpatiens which are much more suitable for growing in our climate. 

    SunPatiens® are bedding plants that perform exceptionally well in HEAT, HUMIDITY, RAIN, SUN, SHADE, and both COOL and WARM temperatures unlike New Guinea Impatiens which are much fussier.  They are vigorous, compact and slightly spreading and the colour lasts for ages. What more could you want!
    We have them available in a pink, white and an orange/red and they are £4.50 each in a 2 litre pot.
       
    Here you can see Brenda proudly presenting one of her top sellers this week!
      
    The towers at the Garden entrance have been produced by growing the plants in a hanging bag type system with irrigation but they are equally as happy in the ground or in containers for summer bedding.
    If you wish to overwinter some plants then take cuttings late summer.
     Flowers will last right up until the first frosts so plant now for a dazzling late summer and early autumn blaze of colour in your garden. 

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  • It's berrylicious time at the RHS Wisley Plant Centre

    Wisley Plant Centre on 13 Jul 2009 at 12:20 PM
    We’re really looking forward to the RHS Berrylicious Weekend.  We’ve plenty of delicious strawberry, blueberry and raspberry plants in stock. Some of the strawberries are in hanging baskets so can be hung up immediately. Nibble at those plants with fruit, then tend them for another crop.
    My hanging strawberry basket is still prolific – it’s in its third year now – and I still get a buzz from growing my own and seeing them trail down the sides of the basket.
     
    Blueberries are especially good in containers, particularly if you do not have acid soil (ask our staff how to test your soil). 
    Strawberry plants start at £1.49 with favourites such as ‘Hapil’ & ‘Cambridge Favourite’.
    Hanging baskets from £6.99.
    We even have alpine strawberries grown in our popular, biodegradable “hairy” pots from £1.69.
    Blueberries start at £9.99 (for a 2 litre pot).
    We have an early release new variety of Raspberry called ‘Autumn Treasure’ which is thornless.  Plant now for fruit next year.  £9.99 (for a 2 litre pot).
    ….and of course there is a daily selection of berries from the Garden on sale, but don’t delay as these always sell out quickly.
              
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  • Wildlife Award for Wisley Plant Centre sales team

    Wisley Plant Centre on 02 Jul 2009 at 12:26 PM
     

    Exciting News . . .   At the Garden Retail Awards for the best people in the industry, our Wildlife Team have captured the Greatest Wild Bird Care & Wildlife Team Award for 2009.  Here they are at the Awards Ceremony and showing off their truly well deserved plaque and certificate.  Well done everyone.  Next time you’re visiting Wisley Plant Centre, come in and look at our trophy. 

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  • Bursting at the seams at Wisley Plant Centre

    Wisley Plant Centre on 26 Jun 2009 at 02:07 PM
    We are positively bursting with colour at the moment. This fabulous sunny weather is encouraging all the flowers to open. We have a superb selection of flowering roses, especially the gorgeous David Austin types with their large double blooms – just follow your nose, the scent is awesome. 
                                   
    We have a great range of Penstemons just coming into flower.  Here are a couple of pictures of Penstemon Pensham Czar (blue) £7.99 in a 2 litre pot and Penstemon Amelia Jayne (red) £6.99 in a 2 litre pot, just to wet your appetite. 

    If you want bright colours then how about this fantastic Phygelius – it’s called Somerford Funfair Wine and is £7.99 (2 litre pot). There is a range of really hot colours in this series - coral, cream, orange and yellow. 
    We have so many lovely plants and our displays illustrate those that will grow well together.  With the help of our knowledgeable and friendly staff (here’s Freddie) you can re-create what you see here in your own garden.  

    Please click on Wisley Plant Centre for more about us and let us know if you would like to join us for this Wednesday evening’s event, ‘The Scents of Summer’, at 7pm.  We’ll greet you with a glass of wine.

     

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  • Enjoy a glass of wine and smell the scents of summer

    Wisley Plant Centre on 16 Jun 2009 at 11:28 AM
    Wisley Plant Centre is hosting The Scents of Summer on Wednesday 1 July from 7pm to 9pm.
    Join us for an evening dedicated to scented summer plants that will be at their fragrant best in the evening air. Demonstrations on what to grow together to create a mesmerising mix of scents, talks on growing scented climbers in borders and pots and guided walks of the world famous RHS Wisley herbaceous borders next to the Plant Centre, showing the uses of the climbers, annuals and the natural supports used to show the plants off at their best.
    A complimentary glass of wine and canapés will be served and a free raffle for £100 of RHS vouchers will be held, and of course you will get the chance to shop out of hours on a summer’s evening at the Plant Centre.
    For your personal invitation to this exclusive evening please call 01483 211113.
       
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  • Special Offer on garden tools

    Wisley Plant Centre on 04 Jun 2009 at 11:22 AM


    Save £15.  Buy a Joseph Bentley fork and spade twin pack for £34.99.
    Traditional handle and quality, hard wearing stainless steel (so the mud doesn't stick.  Nice to touch and a pleasure to use.
    A size for everyone - Digging, Border & Graduate (Ladies).
    Other Joseph Bentley tools also on offer.  Come in and see the range.
    Please note this offer is only available by visiting Wisley Plant Centre.
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  • Butterflies feast on our Scabious flowers

    Wisley Plant Centre on 28 May 2009 at 01:03 PM
    News flash…..”Millions of painted lady butterflies have arrived in the UK after an epic migration from north Africa”.
    Wisley Plant Centre is proving to be a popular pit stop for the butterflies where they can be seen having a quick feed on the Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' flowers that we have for sale. Plants are £7.50 each but we cannot guarantee you’ll get a free butterfly to take with you!

             

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  • Black is back in the Wisley Plant Centre

    Wisley Plant Centre on 08 May 2009 at 02:37 PM

    You can't afford to miss the fabulous array of Irises we currently have in stock….  There are over 66 different ones to choose from including the gorgeous almost black cultivar ‘Superstition’ which Laurel and Michaela have their eyes on in the photo. This has to be one of my favourites, but I do tend to favour unusual coloured ones. We have many tall bearded Iris such as 'Baby Blue' and 'Rocket' plus intermediate ones and a few of the almost black Iris chrysographes types. Come in and buy them now before the Chelsea Flower Show starts, as these fabulous plants always feature highly in both the marquee and throughout the show gardens so we can sell out very quickly. Prices start from £5.99 for a 2 litre pot.
                              

    Michaela & Laurel with Iris 'Superstition'             Iris 'Rocket'

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  • Wisley Plant Centre gets new Apprentice

    Wisley Plant Centre on 01 May 2009 at 10:53 AM
    Guess who’s just been in The Wisley Plant Centre ……No other than Howard Ebison – one of the stars of the current popular BBC programme The Apprentice (http://www.bbc.co.uk/apprentice/).
    Howard said hello to many of the staff including Nige Eaton – Head of Wisley Plant Centre. 
    Howard said “I cannot believe how big this place is and how many fantastic plants you’ve got!”
    We wish Howard luck with the rest of the competition and hope to see him at Wisley again soon.

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  • Amazing Acers

    Wisley Plant Centre on 01 May 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Wow, we currently have 81 different varieties of Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) in stock.
    This is truly the best time to buy if you want the widest selection to choose from.
    We have a huge range of sizes too - from the 3 litre pot size up to a whopping 160 litre. Prices start at £25. Varieties come in all shapes, colours and sizes from the finely dissected foliage types to those with large bold leaves.
    They can be grown as small bushes, weeping standards and large trees depending which one you choose.
    One of my favourites is called ‘Villa Taranto’ – with its deeply divided green and red foliage, but I think everyone has their favourite when it comes to Japanese maples.
    These beauties always feature highly at the Chelsea Flower Show so be quick to buy before everyone else wants one.  Here’s Clare cuddling up to her choice ‘Viridis‘.

             

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  • Last few signed Alan Titchmarsh books available

    Wisley Plant Centre on 22 Apr 2009 at 10:23 AM

    We had such an uplifting evening in the plant centre last week.  Alan Titchmarsh came to give a Q & A session and to sign books for enthusiastic customers. 

     

    We had the sound system in place in our pavilion so everyone could hear the Qs and As.  Alan dealt with every question in a witty and gentle way, generously sharing his knowledge about gardening and with such humour that he had his audience of 250 in stitches.
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  • Recycle your old garden tools for schools - at Wisley Plant Centre

    Wisley Plant Centre on 17 Apr 2009 at 08:53 AM

    I've just had fantastic news from our alpine department supervisor.  He's just cleared out all the unwanted tools from their shed and brought them over to us for recycling.  If you've ever looked at that broken fork in your shed and reminded yourself to repair it (was it 2 years ago you said that?), then please let us help you out.  On behalf of The Conservation Foundation, we collect old, broken garden hand tools - from our staff, customers and now, I hope, from you.  They're whisked away to the prison workshops at HMP Wandsworth where the prisoners refurbish them and send them off to a renewed working life in local schools and community projects.  Here's a pic of some very happy school children with their refurbished tools.

       

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  • Eat your Easter eggs in style

    Wisley Plant Centre on 09 Apr 2009 at 11:43 AM
    Get set for Summer with one of our stylish French patio furniture sets. 

    We have been selling these successfully with slight changes to the colour range each year. They are made using recycled materials and the most hi-tech 13-step metal treatment process' then coated in hard wearing ecological paint to make it colour fast and robust so it always looks fresh on your patio.  

    Our range includes classic Bistro tables and chairs that can fold flat. We also offer the Fermob 1900, a larger more ornate table with curled legs and a perforated designed top, and has stacking chairs. We even have a fun hanging armchair which would look great hanging from a sturdy old tree. The furniture is superb for the patio or terrace but also consider it for inside the house or conservatory. I have a set in my kitchen which looks very smart and is ideal as a breakfast table. 

    Our Bistro furniture comes in the colours Willow (see picture), sable and savanna. Tables start at £115. Matching chairs £60.
    Buy the Bistro 60cm table and 2 chairs for £195 and save £40.
    Buy the Bistro 96cm table and 4 chairs for £345 and save £50.          

    Bistro in Willow     Fermob 1900 in Stone-grey

    The Fermob 1900 is available in willow or stone grey (see picture). Fermob is the first furniture company with leading standards for special waste recycling, collection and disposal and they are set to gain the enviromental ISO 14001 by the end of the year. So you can be sure that your new patio set is not harming the environment. 

    Happy sitting.

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  • Grow your own apricot and plum trees

    Wisley Plant Centre on 01 Apr 2009 at 12:21 PM

    These gorgeous fruit trees are finally back in stock.  Now safe to plant out and we have lots of varieties for you to choose from.  2 year old trees from £35 and fans from £55, while stocks last. And please do ask our staff for a cultivation leaflet before you leave us.

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  • Gorgeous snake's head fritillaries just arrived at Wisley Plant Centre

    Wisley Plant Centre on 11 Mar 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Here's Graeme.  He's just been putting out these fabulous meadow-loving plants and recommends you plant them out in little groups for full effect.  They're available in 1 litre pots for £5.50 or buy 2, get 1 free.  If you're making the trip to Wisley, why not see them looking glorious in the Alpine Meadow.

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