There’s never been a better time to buy plants online or by mail order. The cancellation of this year’s flower shows has left nurseries with hundreds of thousands of plants to sell – many of them truly special, raised by experts especially for Cardiff, Malvern, Harrogate and Chelsea flower shows. And now they’re available online at a time when we’re all stuck at home on indefinite gardening leave with all the time in the world to perfect borders and planting schemes.
It’s an unmissable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so act now to get your hands on some real show-stoppers.
It’s not often you can get your hands on fully grown hostas, let alone those raised to the exacting standards of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. But that’s just what this National Collection holder and multiple gold medal-winner is offering. These are massive plants, the largest in 30-litre pots (about 40cm diameter); on offer are some of the finest blue-leaved forms around, including ‘Devon Blue’, bred by Roger Bowden, slate-blue ‘Halcyon’ and its sport, ‘Snowden’, a stately plant up to 5ft tall with elegant blue-green leaves.
Prices range from £20-£100: email for availability (; 01837 849367)
Four Chelsea roses for £50
2018国产亚洲精品免费视频Harkness has been bringing on roses under cover for its sumptuous Chelsea displays all spring – but now they’re no longer needed for the show, they’re hardening them off and selling them to the public. On offer (among others) are cluster-flowered shrub rose Keros, described as “washing powder” white with semi-double flowers; the lovely lemon-perfumed Virginia McKenna and richly scented Chandos Beauty.
2018国产亚洲精品免费视频There are also plans to launch two new varieties in what would have been Chelsea week, too – so watch this space.
You can buy four 4.5-litre roses, or three 7.5-litre specimens for £50 (; 01462 420402)
Four pelargoniums, £20
Mail-order pelargoniums are a new departure for Potash, known for its superb show displays of banked fuchsias and pelargoniums. But faced with surplus stock after all its spring shows were cancelled, it is now offering a box of four pellies for £20. Scented-leaf varieties include P. quercifolium with a dark, cedar-scented leaf and lilac flower; there’s also a small selection of very desirable species pelargoniums, including P. sidoides with petals the colour of mulberry jam, and exquisite two-tone red ‘Ardens’. At shows, these are usually sold at a premium but are now offered at the same price as the rest.
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Agapanthus, amarine and nerine, plus feed, £50
Hoyland Plant Centre
Family-run agapanthus specialist Hoylands is sticking to the offers it would have had on stand at Chelsea. So you can pick up superb agapanthus such as two-tone ‘Tornado’ and deep-blue ‘Stephanie’s Beauty’, supplied in 9cm pots and selling at six for £30; or go for a bundle offer at hugely reduced prices. Choose from the Chelsea Show offer of six agapanthus plants, four amarine bulbs and seven Nerine bowdenii, or the bulb bundle of 18 nerines for £19.95.
(; 01226 744466)
New and exclusive streptocarpus
Dibleys relies on the shows to launch its latest homebred varieties of felty-leaved streptocarpus: now it is releasing them online instead. These aren’t baby plugs: they’re good-sized plants in 12cm pots, with free delivery to UK addresses. Look out for ‘Lowri’ in white splashed with raspberry, and lilac-and-pink ‘Rachael’. Also available are bewitching ‘Super Rex’ begonias, plants at up to 50cm tall: ‘Green Gecko’ has spiky green spiral foliage, while ‘Dark Eyes’ is a swirl of silver and plum.
Both available as plug plants for £4.50 (; 01978 790677)
Large bearded iris – 25 per cent off
Mark Macdonald, owner of much-admired specialist nursery Todds Botanics, has been working since last August raising about 1,500 bearded irises for his Chelsea display: they’ve now reached maturity and are handsome garden-ready plants in two- and three-litre pots. Among them are beauties such as handsome near-black ‘Sable’ and ‘Apricot Silk’ in the most delicate of pinks.
Also on sale for the first time, but not at a discount, owing to their rarity, are the Benton series of irises bred by 20th-century artist plantsman Cedric Morris in watercolour shades from dreamy yellow ‘Benton Primrose’ to pure white ‘Benton Opal’.
(; 01376 561212)
Spring woodlanders – free plant with orders over £50
Kevock Garden Plants
This superb nursery (stand shown top left) was planning to travel down from the Scottish borders to put on its exquisite display of shade-loving woodlanders at the Harrogate Spring Show this year, but has now had to put stock up for sale online instead. On offer are some really choice little dainties, including unusual buttery-yellow candelabra primula Primula chungensis, and the divine pure white Pulsatilla vulgaris2018国产亚洲精品免费视频 ‘Alba’. There’s also a mouthwatering selection of trilliums and woodland anemones, all offered in sizeable one-litre pots; orders over £50 qualify for a free plant.
(; 0131 454 0660)
Foxgloves – large garden-ready plants for £8.50
The Botanic Nursery
Terry Baker says the foxgloves he was bringing to Chelsea would have been the best he had ever displayed – and now he’s offering them as large, garden-ready plants just on the point of flowering.
Choose from exclusive new varieties such as raspberry-pink Digitalis ‘Smoothie Cerise’, launched last year, or short-lived perennial forms D. x mertonensis2018国产亚洲精品免费视频, with particularly large flowers, and ‘Petra’, with the classic pink foxglove look.
2018国产亚洲精品免费视频Order before the end of April for garden-ready plants; there’s also a fine selection of plug plants, five for £10 (; 07850 328756)
Rare and unusual alpines, 40 per cent off
D’Arcy & Everest
The rarities grown by Cambridgeshire alpine specialist D’Arcy & Everest are produced in small batches to furnish its flawless gold medal-winning displays. Now they’re feeding a voracious mail order demand: the range has already doubled to more than 500 varieties, with more added daily.
Particularly irresistible are Iris pumila hybrids, just budding up now, and the diminutive Delphinium nudicaule2018国产亚洲精品免费视频 ‘Laurin’, 18in tall with brick-red flowers.
You can buy these and dozens more for the ridiculously low reduced price of £2.69 for a 9cm pot – there’s also free postage for orders over £30 (; 01480 497672)
Show garden annuals – 15 per cent off (Telegraph Gardening exclusive)
Show-garden plants are whisked away after Chelsea these days and it’s rare to get your hands on them for your own garden. But Crocus, master of the arcane art of growing for show gardens, has raised garden-ready plants to play a starring role in the M&G Garden designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg. This city garden majored on resilient shade lovers; highlights were drought- resistant smoky purple Salvia turkestanica, grassy evergreen Reineckea carnea and silvery white honesty (Lunaria annua var. alba), now “stonking” plants just on the point of flower.
Buy all three online and qualify for a 15 per cent discount ()
Clematis – 15 per cent discount on mail order (Telegraph Gardening exclusive)
Thorncroft’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival display planned to take us back to the oldest clematis, from wild species discovered in obscure bits of China by intrepid Victorian plant hunters, to classics such as ‘Ville de Lyon’, ‘Miss Bateman’ and ‘The President’, all well over a century old. Now you can buy a piece of gardening history: as large, garden-ready plants, they start at £11.25. Spend more than £25 online (on any clematis) before the end of May and enter the discount code Malv2020 at the checkout to get 15 per cent off your order.
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New ranunculus – plus half-price delivery
Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants
Rosy Hardy and her team can always be relied on to bring some of the most exciting new plants to early season shows, nestled among ravishing displays of cottage garden perennials. This year the star turn was going to be the new British-bred Rococo series of ranunculus, offered in orange, peach, pink and yellow with long, wiry stems which make them ideal for cutting gardens. A large, show-sized plant in a three-litre pot goes for £8.50; order £60 of plants before the end of April you’ll get half-price delivery, too.
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