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Caring for your Japanese Maples (Acers)

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum and other species) can provide a beautiful feature in a garden with most varieties showing fantastic autumn leaf colour with bright reds, fiery oranges or stunning yellows. Contrary to popular belief, Acers can be grown in most soils in the local area...

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Autumn at Greenshutters and new exciting plants

It’s been a mixed summer, beginning wet and cool in June, warming up in July, and mostly cooling back down in August with a few hot spells breaking it up. Autumn is now here with some welcome rain. The Brugmansia in our greenhouse seem to...

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Easy to grow | Sedums

Sedums are herbaceous perennials with thick succulent leaves and stems. They are also sometimes called Stonecrops. They produce clusters of fascinating star-shaped flowers that often change colour throughout their blooming time which are also very popular with beneficial insects. There are 2 main categories of...

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Grape Britain

The trend for warmer weather has resulted in the UK seeing a huge investment in English Wines, with approximately 1.5 million new vines having been planted over this last winter. The southern English climate is conducive to growing grape vines either...

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Easy to grow | Brugmansias

Brugmansias are a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family of Solanaceae. They are woody trees or shrubs, with large pendulous flowers. Their large fragrant flowers give them their common name of Angel’s Trumpets, which originate from South America. This fast-growing evergreen or...

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Drought-resistant plants

This year we have put together a display of drought-tolerant plants in the garden centre. If you have a dry spot in the garden where you struggle to get plants to survive, we have a range of plants...

The Health Benefits of Gardening

Spring has sprung! This knowledge, this feeling that our gardens are slowly waking up is what makes gardeners excited, engaged and creative, and so they start to plan the year. And it is this that brings us all the physical and mental benefits, because gardening...

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Spring 2019 has sprung

Spring has come early this year, with Magnolia and early Flowering Cherries in bloom all around Somerset.  The early February sunshine has brought lots of customers into the garden centre and our online hedging sales have been busy as well. The dry spell also meant...

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The Winter Beauty of Colourful Evergreens

When autumn gales have stripped the final few ochre leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs, evergreens offer their reliable leaf cover for colour and structure in the garden.  They are also useful as Christmas decorations, fragrant bouquets, bird cover and for hosting a spectacular display...