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06/12/2013 at 10:33

Wonder if you can help - sorry if I'm duplicating previous threads. My local garden centre has sadly gone downhill both in terms of choice and plant quality. I'm not a massive online shopper but as there are few other plant sellers to support locally, I'm thinking I may have to bite the bullet and look at online/mail order retailers. 

I'm not a confident gardener but want to make an impact next year with some unusual, striking plants, as well (as the usual) - both in pots and borders. The garden is quite shady but I'm looking forward to the challenge!

I have no experience using online plant centres / nurseries and so am hoping you can recommend some from personal experiences? Somewhere that does great plants that could also offer advice to a relative garden novice like myself if needed would be ideal. Need guidance as there's so many! Thanks!

06/12/2013 at 11:20

Hi Lucy, as you guessed there is a thread about it already - here you are: http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/the-good-guys/175670.html 

06/12/2013 at 11:22

There are lots of Cornwall based nurseries on ebay as well as those mentioned above.

06/12/2013 at 11:30

Thanks, lots to digest on this thread, will work my way through it!

07/12/2013 at 00:34

Lucy, visit burncoose, cross common nurseries at the Lizard, fir tree farm near Constantine, church town nurseries at Gulval, ....all over Cornwall there are small gems of nurseries.  On line check out Woottens.

I agree about garden centres not being so good but our local wyevale does provide some nice plants occasionally.....when they're not selling dead trees for Xmas!  

10/12/2013 at 17:53

I've used Long Acre Nurseries (also know as Plants for Shade, on their website), who specialise in shade-lovers, but stock other stuff too.

Always reliable, always deliver next day, always excellent quality and well-packaged.

A pleasure.

 

I avoid Crocus like the plague!

 

12/12/2013 at 09:11

Not had as much time for online research as I'd like due to work (boo!) but think I'll take a trip around some of these nurseries at the weekend, get a feel for them etc - thanks Verdun. Also been told about trevena cross nurseries and Bodmin plant and herb through a friend so might make a day of it, tour the county! Long Acres now on the list to research too, thanks Jess in the Garden 

12/12/2013 at 11:38

You're welcome - it's a case of hit and miss with online companies. Some good, some terrible. 

Verdun  re dead trees.

21/04/2014 at 15:20

I here a lot about "Babyplants" from my friends, that's only if you wanted plug plants though.

21/04/2014 at 22:04

How about J P Parker, I don,t know if anyone has any experience of them as they always seem quite reasonable and have lots of offers ?

Sara

21/04/2014 at 22:17

Hi Lucy.  Over the years I have dealt with many nurseries and suppliers who now use the web.  As has been mentioned.  There are several threads on this forum about such.  To be honest.  I prefer to visit and buy, even then sad to say.  I have spent good money on rubbish.  I do find that Ebay often have some good outlets. Some sellers are big business others are like you and me trying to sell our produce. With these latter ones.  Usually a good sale is made, and the feedback is so important.  It can be difficult if you live miles from anywhere.

Jess.  I agree with you.

Sara.  I have dealt with Parkers since the 1960's  Great for bulbs, often many special offers.  Sad to say.  Plants!!! IMHO I steer clear.

21/04/2014 at 22:19

There are lots of excellent online suppliers and cheaper than supposed.  

Go to parkers, T & M, jersey plants etc etc for bulbs and to the seed experts for seeds but for plants go to the many listed on this thread and on the "good guys" thread.  

You can get most every plant you want online and delivered in perfect comdition.  I visited my local garden centre....it is a famous chain across uk....and could not get anything I wanted.  Their prices have gone through the roof....as I told their plant mamager......so I ordered online.  Plants arrived last week and even with postage were comparable to that of GC.  But, varieties not available locally.  

Online suppliers are eager to please, often their parcels can be tracked, and if bought over 6 plants usually much cheaper than GC.

If you have a good local nursery check them too out but often they are closed during the winter and early spring.  

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