Camellias in Britain – an informal history

Camellias in Britain – an informal history
Camellias in Britain – an informal history

Now that spring is in full flight and Camellias are in bloom all around us, it is natural to wonder how these exotic beauties first came to British shores. While in its native China and Japan, stories of the camellia plant and its use in society go back many thousands of years, the history of the camellia in Britain dates back only to the 1700s. Its introduction owes much to the East India Company, as it was then known, and its many ships which brought back new discoveries and exotic treasures from far flung lands. The camellia genus originates from Eastern Asia, China and Japan mainly, where they grow wild in abundance. Read more Camellias in Britain – an informal history

BBC Gardeners World on this year’s trending shrubs 2016

Trending shrubs 2016 - Cryptomeria Japonica or Japanese Cedar, a plant for instant impact
Trending shrubs 2016 – Cryptomeria Japonica or Japanese Cedar, a plant for instant impact

 

Now that the Easter weekend has been and gone, the gardening season begins in earnest, says Rachel de Thame in her BBC Gardeners World piece over the Easter weekend on what plants are trending this season.

Shrubs is the operative word it seems! Expect a huge emphasis on shrubs that give structure and form to the garden. In addition, more mature plants for instant impact are much in demand, with gardeners buying the largest sized plant their budget permits in order to achieve an instant colour and form impact in the garden. Read more BBC Gardeners World on this year’s trending shrubs 2016

Rhododendrons

Rhododendron Tree in London's Holland
Rhododendron Tree in London’s Holland Park, just beginning to flower now in mid-March


Rhododendrons
are surprisingly straight forward and accommodating plants to grow once a few basic conditions are met. They prefer acidic soil (which can be addressed by using an ericaceous compost), good drainage and moisture. Apart from this, Rhododendrons are low maintenance and do not need feeding or clipping and shaping. Being evergreen, they provide year round structure to the garden and when in full flower, few plants can match their splendour. Read more Rhododendrons

Paramount Plants – Spring Promo Codes!

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Paramount Plants – Spring Promo Codes
Spring is in the air – kick start your garden and avail of the new Paramount Plants Promo Codes

 

Looks like spring is here and so are the new Paramount Plants Promo Codes! That’s great news for gardeners! Why? Because in addition to our various ongoing offers like our ever popular Buy 1 Get 1 Free on selected plants, we are awarding up to 20% discount on online orders over £250 – limited time offer! Read more Paramount Plants – Spring Promo Codes!