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December Flowers and Christmas Greetings from Downside Nurseries

Autumn Borders, Winter Bedding, Trees and Hedging

Autumn Borders

Asters – or Symphyotrichum (as we ought to call them now) are in full flower. We still have a good selection of the novae-anglia mildew resistant varieties, lovely shades of mauve, purple pink and white.  A nice change from the red and yellow autumn colours.

Salvias are looking good as well – autumn is their season. There is a huge variety to choose from – blues, reds,  pinks and purples.

The Schizostylis  Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’ (crimson flag lily ‘Major’)  are beginning to flower – spears of red, pink or white.  They look quite delicate but are really very tough.

Plenty more to choose from – Japanese anemones, Rudbeckias, heleniums.  Some of the hybrid Alstromerias have been flowering all summer and are still going strong. Plenty of things to brighten the autumn days.

Winter Bedding

We have an excellent selection of winter bedding. The pansies and violas are specially chosen for their winter performance.  The sooner you plant them out the better your winter show will be.  This is especially true of hanging baskets. We have some ready planted ones which we know will do well if you get too late to do your own.

The wallflowers are looking particularly good this year – they will flower in late spring in that awkward gap before the herbaceous borders get going. The scent is wonderful. We have plain colours as well as mixed.

It is foxglove time!  These come in inexpensive packs of six. Plant them out now for a stunning display next May.  The bees love them.  We have white, mixed and Suttons Apricot. The mixed are a special bargain this year, the open pollinated seed failed and we had to re-sow with an F₁ hybrid mixture.


We have had our first delivery of trees – most of the ornamental trees are here, and the trained fruit.  Some things are scarce and we only have in small numbers, so shop early for the best selection.


We will be having our usual selection of bare-root whips for hedging. Larger plants need to be ordered. If you are planning to plant an instant hedge, do not leave it until spring – the large stock sells out quickly and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

posted 14 October 2017

for our plant list posted at the beginning of the season please see here

Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’- (pineapple lily) and Heleniums web 849 Wallflowers at Downside Nursery web 840 Ready make baskets and planters for that perfect gift, and as a treat web 838

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