We are joining Suffolk Wildlife Trust's 'Plants and books for wildlife' fundraising event, which takes place this weekend.
We have a great selection of gardening books for sale by donation and are selling some of our favourite wildlife-friendly plants in aid of this great nature charity - find displays near the till.
In addition, copies of Gardening for the Uncommitted by our own Catherine McMillan will be being sold with 50% of sales being donated to Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Looking to fill your pots and baskets for fabulous summer displays but not confident about picking the right plants for the job?
We have the solution with our new Basket Bundles! Available to order online only!
Select your colour preferences, select the size of your pots or baskets, and we will use our experience and expertise to pick you the perfect blend to plant up yourself at home.
Your bundle will also come with slow-release fertiliser - something we always use ourselves - along with basic planting instructions.
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Got a vision for the garden but not sure which plants you should choose?
Our new Perennial Packs could be the solution you have been looking for!
If you are not a confident gardener it can be tricky to work out what plants you need to achieve your desired look.
Our new online Perennial Packs take away some of the hard work: pick the theme that fits you and we will select suitable plants from our current range!
Perennials are plants that come back year after year, and can be relied upon to fill your borders with flowers in spring, summer and autumn.
Our packs are made up of 12 plants in 1-litre size pots, selected from the best of our current ranges.
We recommend perennials are planted in groups of three for impact but if you would like more of a mix you have the option.
You can also let us know any colour preferences and other adaptions you might need.
Each of the listings includes examples of plants we will be picking for that theme - handy if you want to get a few extra ideas for yourself!
If the theme you are aiming for is not listed, you might find inspiration in the Advice section of our website and the Planting Themes page: take a look and see!
We have taken a few breaks from nursery work this week to plant up more of the beds in our new garden area!
When the ropes come down, visitors will be able to enjoy the Lavender showcase, Nepeta (catmint) showcase, Salvia showcases, Chelsea Chop demo bed, Hampton Hack demo bed, perennials for poor soils, and vigorous perennials.
Next step: turfing!
Find out more about the new garden area on our new YouTube channel:
We currently have two-dozen varieties of the wonderful Garden Pinks and Scent Firsts, just starting to produce their first buds and flowers now.
Other favourites of late spring include scented bedding wallflowers, and the Dicentra, also known as Bleeding Heart, which burst up from the ground year after year.
These are selling fast so make sure you get yours. The pink flowering varieties can be grown in most conditions, but the white ones must be shaded from the midday sun, so are ideal for brightening darker corners of the garden!
Late spring flowering Alliums and Camassia have proved popular this year but we still have a number left to choose from, alongside striking Crown Imperials.
Pansies and violas are truly plants for all seasons, and we have lots of fresh batches this spring which should flower well into summer.
Our first vegetable and salad packs are in the shop now, but if you aren’t ready yet, don’t worry, there will be plenty more to come over the next couple of months.
We enjoyed glorious weather earlier this week, and it is the bright days that really highlight the areas of the garden that don’t get much of the sunshine. Help is on hand with our extensive new range of Shady Solutions! We have selected out nearly three dozen varieties of perennials that should provide colour and interest in those shaded spots, alongside over half-a-dozen ferns.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not have any summer bedding plants yet. If you would like to pre-order head to our online shop: we are not taking pre-orders any other way. You can also place orders for summer hanging baskets online too.
Treat her this Mothering Sunday.
Lots of ideas at Newbourne whatever your budget, whatever space she has and however green her fingers are, including houseplant Hyacinths, gift planters, gift pots of Tulips and Daffodils and lots of beautiful spring flowers and shrubs.
Keen gardeners might appreciate something special like a summer-flowering Tree Peony, or maybe tell her ‘With Thanks’ she is a ‘Mum in a Million’ and ‘Simply the Best’ with one of our Roses.
If she is still finding her gardening feet, lighthearted book 'Gardening for the Uncommitted: What you really need to know when you don't really want to know' is the perfect primer.
Open 10am to 4pm every day.
We are now reopen to the public seven days a week, 10am to 4pm.
Our home delivery service continues, with our full range available to order and on request.
Please remember lockdown restrictions are still in place. Please shop alone when possible. Please make sure you follow all onsite signage, including using hand sanitiser, maintaining 2 metre distances, and wearing a face mask when indoors.
1. Give your tree a good watering about 30-60 minutes beforehand.
This gives enough time for the water to soak all the way through and for the roots to drink it up. This helps to plump up the roots and protect them from damage during the planting process, and also makes the tree easier to get out of the pot!
2. Dig a hole! Some people favour square holes: the theory is that roots will follow the outer curves of a round hole, as it is less effort than breaking through the undisturbed soil that surrounds the planting hole. Whereas with a square hole it is more effort for roots to make a 90 degree turn at the edge than it is to carry on going.
The more spread out the root system the better: the tree will be better anchored to the ground, and it will be able to draw on water and nutrients from a large area.
We have a loose, sandy soil at Newbourne so we doubt the shape of the hole makes much difference - no roots could be that lazy!
6. Tread down the soil mix with your feet. You are trying to firm down the tree and remove any large air pockets: you are not trying to concrete it in place so don't get carried away!
While you are doing this make sure the trunk is straight from all angles: you don't want it on the huh before it's even had a chance to get going! Ideally a second person will be able to give you help with this ("Lean it towards me a bit, now that way a bit, no, back a bit"!)
7. Some people are against using tree stakes as they think it is mollycoddling the plant. However, our light sandy soil will make it difficult for the trees to firmly anchor themselves, and the site is relatively exposed to the wind, so we do think they will need the help.
The aim is not to immobilise the tree, just to stop it being blown over in strong wind. All plants need to sway a little in the breeze (even seedlings) - fighting against this is what builds up their "muscles" and makes them better, stronger plants. We went with using single stakes, put in diagonally.
Our most problematic winds come from roughly the direction of the BT Tower at Martlesham, so that is the direction the tops of the stakes face (think of when you lean yourself into the wind when walking along the seafront!).
For the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers we encourage everyone to make use of our home delivery service.
We have added a large number of items to our online shop but if you do not see the plants you want please use the Request Plants listing.
Below are lists covering some of our current stock. We have many more varieties which are not on these lists, either because they are in small quantities or because they are still small in their pots.
We will be updating lists, so please keep checking back.
Hedges are best planted before March so the clock is ticking to order your plants.
Help the birds and other wildlife with bareroot native hedging, and create screens, windbreaks and privacy with our selection of evergreens.
Prices start at just £1.50 for bareroot hedging, up to £45 for premium ‘instant effect’ plants.
We are practising what we preach, and have made a start on our very own hedge on site, which will provide a windbreak for our new garden area and a touch of privacy for our neighbours.