Plant Suppliers


Useful Plant Suppliers and Nurseries

By Howard Drury



 This list is divided into categories with contacts we have found to be reliable and useful



Alpine Nurseries and Suppliers


Aberconwy Nursery

Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Colwyn Bay LL285TL Phone: 01492580875


Hartside Nursery

Garden near Alston, Cumbria CA9 3BL Tel or Fax: 01434 381372


Pottertons Nursery

Moortown Road, Nettleton, Caistor, Lincolnshire LN7 6HX,Telephone 01472 851714


Rotherview Nurseries

Rotherview Nursery started 33 years ago.  It is run by Ray and Wendy Bates.  We specialize in alpines, which we display in our own unique handmade hypertufa troughs. These can be seen at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, where they have been awarded several Gold Medals. We also specialize in Camellias and have a wide range of ferns and other perennials which are all grown on site.


Auricula Breeders, Nurseries and suppliers


Ashwood Nurseries

 Ashwood Lower Ln, Kinver, Kingswinford DY6 0AE Telephone 01384 401 996




Avon Bulbs

The gorgeous website of this Chelsea gold medal winner based in Somerset includes summer-planting bulbs, such as autumn-flowering crocus (from £3) and five types of amaryllis, plus 350 cultivars for autumn planting. The page of growing tips from these Somerset experts will help expunge the possibility of the dud bulb.


Cacti and Succulent Breeders and Nurseries


Coastal Succulents

Cacti & Alpines a new small nursery based in Somerset with a presence on Facebook and responsible for importing many new variegated Aeoniums from China


Coreside Nursery 

Pembrokeshire Has an online shop for their ranges of Succulents, hardy Exotics and Hardy Coastal Hedging


Old Court Nurseries,

Walwyn Road, Colwall WR13 6QE


Picco Plants Nursery 

A relatively new  succulent nursery based at Berry Hill, Branscombe Sidmouth South East Devon Also has presence on Facebook


Surreal Succulents

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Longrock, Penzance TR20 8YL They now can have your order ready for collection from the plant centre at the Sculpture Gardens, but please do give several days notice, otherwise plants are sent out mail order. Regular host very informative Instagram videos in which you can ask questions or simply view later. Planning a big celebration for next Spring, including more on their unique Semponiums

Fruit Tree and Soft Fruit Suppliers


Chris Bowers and Sons

Whispering Tree Nurseries, Wimbotsham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE34 8QB Tel 01366 368 858 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website

Hellebore Breeders, Nurseries and Suppliers


Ashwood Nurseries

Ashwood Lower Ln, Kinver, Kingswinford DY6 0AETelephonoe 01384 401 996


Herbaceous Plant Suppliers


Claire Austin Hardy Plants

Impressively honest website with excellent range of hardy plants for sale by mail order, including 250 different types of bearded and 160 herbaceous peonies. Austin's comments are impressive for their blunt honesty; one member of the "somewhat invasive" valerian family is described as "a true thug, especially in damp soils".


Cotswold Garden Flowers

This is legendary grower Bob Brown's retail nursery on the outskirts of Badsey close to Evesham in Worcestershire.


Rare Plant Suppliers


Dove Cottage Nursery

A small, family run plant nursery in Halifax. Easter 25 years ago, we opened our lane gate to fellow plant lovers and have been growing herbaceous perennials ever since.


Great Dixter

was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust and Christopher’s friend and head gardener, Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. 


Long Acre Plants

is essentially a mail order plantsman's nursery, situated in a hidden triangle of Somerset that slides into Dorset and Wiltshire. We specialize in unusual woodland plants and plants for shade, by mail order. This includes Erythronium, Epimedium, hardy ferns, hardy geraniums, hellebores (Helleborus), snowdrops, Viola odorata and Hepatica amongst many other shade loving plants.


Marwood Hill Gardens

This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950s, the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere.


Merriments Gardens

began life in the late 1980s, when Peggy Weeks along with her son David, daughter Mandy & son-in-law Mark Buchele, bought the site. Originally a market garden growing tomatoes, the growing nursery and retail plant centre started life in 1989. After a sad time with retirements and deaths from Cancer the nursery was sold to local lady Lucy Cross who has set about restoring it to its former glory and more.


Monksilver Nursery

Monksilver Nursery is owned by renowned plants man Joe Sharman who also offers Perennials, Grasses Ferns and Shrubs


Rare Plants

Offer over 3,500 different plants and bulbs, this impressive online shop has, for example, four pages of alliums and three pages of narcissi and tulips. The photographs are exemplary and accompanied by growing notes of admirable objectivity: "Trillium... are long-lived and trouble-free, but a good display is for the patient gardener."


Special Plants

is a garden, nursery and online seed shop run by Derry Watkins near Bath in Southwest England. The site was purchased in 1996 as a derelict barn surrounded by muddy fields, and has since been converted into a thriving garden, home and business.


Rose breeders and growers


 Apuldram Roses


Cants of Colchester


David Austin Roses


Peter Beales roses


Trevor White Roses





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