Julie Parker
My interest in gardening & wildlife stemmed from childhood days spent working in the garden with my parents & reading books on anything from robins to giraffes. As time has moved on these influences have stayed with me inspiring the creation my own garden & leading to interests in fish keeping & the natural world around me. I still love to read & hope that the knowledge I gain will make topical reading through these articles.

Garden & Indoor Plants In Stock Now

We have a Wonderful Selection of Garden & Indoor Plants in Stock Now

Hayes Garden World have one of the finest plant areas in the Country with an excellent range of outdoor plants. Our plants are sourced from all over Europe by our team of experienced plant buyers who's brief is to find tried and tested varieties with quality and interest, as well as new introductions, ensuring that all plants offered are value for money. We are so confident that our hardy plants will perform that we offer a 5 year plant guarantee.

Chilli Festival Plants

This new range of chilli plants from Suttons are all UK grown & offer you the chance to grow something a little more exotic. There is a choice of 12 dufferent varieties which maximise on flavour & range from meek & mild to super-hot - choose a variety to suit your space whether it is on a windowsill or balcony, patio pot or greenhouse. Chillis contain more Vitamin C than oranges & more Vitamin A than carrots & can be used fresh in a variety of dishes, chutneys, cakes or dried for use later on. All the plants come with full growing details & a 'hotness' rating which runs from mild Jalapenos to the extremely hot Bhut Jolokia which has a Scoville Rating (Heat) of 1,000,000+.

Or try Chilli Cherry Bomb which is a fairly mild, bush variety which grows to about 70-80cm & is best grown in a greenhouse but can also be grown on a sunny, sheltered patio. Its cherry type fruits grow to about 4.5cm wide & are ideal for stuffing with soft cheese. Whichever variety you go for it will certainly be a talking point when friends come round.

Hardy Garden Orchids

If you have had a go at growing indoor orchids or fancy something a little more exotic for your garden, we have a lovely range of Hardy Garden Orchids coming into the garden centre this week from Bransford Webbs (9th April 2014).

They are a winter hardy perennial from the Cypripedium family which originates from North America, Russia, China & Japan. Their top growth dies down overwinter which helps protect them from the cold so that they are able to withstand temperatures down to about -20°C & it is these cold temperatures which trigger the plant into producing flower shoots for the following year. They prefer to grow in a shaded or semi-shaded position where they only get the early morning sunshine & can keep cool, a northern exposure is ideal or somewhere they are shaded by small shrubs that will not compete for water, nutrients & root run. Plant in autumn as they are becoming dormant or in spring after the worst of the frosts is over - although they are hardy when established they are vulnerable in their first year so need a little tender care. If you have planted your orchid & hard or moderate frosts are forecast it would be better to supply some extra protection overnight by covering with fleece or an upturned bucket. They prefer a moist but not wet, well-drained soil. A loamy soil will need extra grit added before planting & a sandy soil would benefit from the addition of perlite to increase water retention, they do not like an unmixed peat soil or potting compost. The roots need to be handled carefully as any damage or bruising may result in the plant dying suddenly in the next few weeks. Carefully remove from the pot & plant immediately in a large hole with the plant at the same level as it had been in the pot then backfill carefully & water well, keep watering through the year whilst the plant establishes itself.

Garden Orchid ‘Pueblo’

They produce hosta-like leaves in spring followed by pouched flowers with trailing side petals which resemble the Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) to which they are related. They flower between May & June in a range of colours including white, pink & yellow & depending on the variety, will reach up to 85cm (34”) tall. After flowering they put all their energy into bulking the plant up underground which offers the promise of more blooms to come the following year. They don’t need much aftercare from the second year onwards, a quarter dose of a low nitrogen/higher magnesium, slow-release fertiliser once a year in spring is sufficient for strong growth & the leaves will give you some indication if the plant is happy. If the leaves are yellow the plant is in need of feeding or is getting too much sun, aim for a nice bright green colour. Once the leaves start to appear you will need to start whatever method of slug control you usually use as slugs will demolish a plant overnight. After flowering just leave the plant to its own devices, ensuring that it doesn’t dry out during the summer, the leaves & old flowering shoots can be tidied up in autumn when the plant has trapped all their nutrients in its roots.

Garden Orchid C. ‘Kentucky’

Garden Orchid 'Kentucky'

This variety grows between 40-85cm (16-34”) & flowers between May & June. The flowers are rated as extra-large with a pronounced white pouched lip offset by a yellow staminode, reddish brown striped dorsal sepal & side petals. The staminode attracts pollinators & provides protection for the sexual parts of the flower which are involved in pollination.

Garden Orchid C. ‘Kentucky Pink’

This variety is similar in habit to C. ‘Kentucky’ but is slightly shorter, growing to about 60cm (24”). However it is a much showier example with deep pink flowers which really stand out against its lush green foliage. (Main image)

Garden Orchid ‘Pueblo’

This variety grows to about 60cm (24”) but flowers in April to May, slightly earlier than those already mentioned. The flowers are medium sized but pack a punch with their bright yellow lip & staminode with contrasting green wavy sepal & petals which have rust coloured striations.

These delicate & exotic plants will do well planted in a border with small hosta’s, slow growing ferns & other plants requiring the same type of conditions like epimedium & lily of the valley. They will make an eye-catching display in early summer with the promise of more flowers in years to come. (Yellow orchid above).

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Succulent Sedums

If you have read our article on Gardening for the Bees you will see that we used Sedum 'Rose Carpet' in our Bee Garden, this is just one of the varieties we have available this summer. Sedums are easy to grow & fit well into a mixed border, providing summer and autumn interest from their succulent leaves & star shaped flowers forming domed flower heads. They produce an interesting display for the front of the border whilst many are a ready supply of nectar for bees & butterflies alike.

Some of the varieties available:

  • Abbeydore has pink - red flowers above green foliage.
  • Autumn Joy has green foliage with salmon pink flowers which turn coppery red.
  • Coral Reef has green foliage which turns red - bronze in autumn & has yellow flowers.
  • Frosted Fire has variegated foliage which sets off the rosy pink flowers which turn salmon bronze, then copper red over time.
  • Gooseberry Fool has green foliage offset by creamy green flowers.
  • Red Cauli has ruby red flowers with deep purple stems and blue - green leaves.
  • Red Globe has blue grey foliage & deep pink flowers.
  • Purple Emperor is stunning with dark glossy foliage & rose red flowers

Sedums are hardy perennials which prefer well drained soil in light shade to full sun. Their height and spread varies according to the variety but is approximately 30-60cm (12-24"), many dying back to a small clump over winter. They not only look good in the border but also make a great display in pots & with other succulents.

Raymond Evison Clematis

We have two new clematis in stock at present which were originally bred by the famous Raymond Evison Nursery.

Clematis 'Giselle'

This multi-flowering clematis has six pointed dusky purple pink sepals and a contrasting red-purple centre with purple pink anthers which gives the flower a very distinct look. It produces a mass of flowers from late spring until late autumn & makes a great combination with cream, pink or yellow climbing roses or when grown through grey foliaged plants and shrubs. Its flower colour blends perfectly with golden or silver coloured evergreen wall trained shrubs and is a must for growing with blue flowered shrubs such as ceanothus. It can also be grown on its own up tripods in the border.

Flower size: 4 - 5 inches (10 to 12cm)
Aspect: Any, but best out of full sun
Height: 4 - 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5m)
Pruning: Hard each spring
Clematis 'Samaritan Jo'

Another multi-flowering clematis with a distinctly different flower and flowering habit. The six or more pointed sepals on each flower have a silvery pink central part and light purple margins with yellow central anthers standing on purple filaments which gives the flower its distinct appearance. An ideal plant to grow with grey foliaged plants and other hosts with pastel coloured flowers. It also looks good with pale green foliage shrubs and with purple foliage shrubs such as berberis, sambucus and purple hazel & would mix well with cream or light yellow climbing or shrub roses on archways or pergolas.

Flowering period: Late spring to late autumn
Flower size: 4 - 5 inches (10-12cm)
Aspect: Any (would fade in direct sun)
Height: 4 - 5 feet (1.2 – 1.5m)
Pruning: Hard each spring

Grafted Vegetables

Our new stock of grafted vegetable plants are now in store, these easy to grow veg produce high crop yields & are ideal for the patio or balcony. If you need some convincing why not read our Grafted Veg article?

Drimys Aromatica

If you are a plant hunter who craves the unusual we have a treat for you in the nursery this spring! Drimys Aromatica or 'Mountain pepper' is an attractive green leaved plant with stunning red stems which is native to Australia. It has a compact habit & is fully-half hardy, prefering acid to neutral well-drained soil in part shade.

It produces small clusters of fragrant, pink-white flowers in April/May & black fruits in autumn that can be used as a pepper substitute. The plant is not self-fertile so you will need more than one if you want it to fruit.

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Mahonia 'Soft Caress'

if you have been put off by Mahonia's in the past because of their brutish behaviour, now is the time to reconsider! Mahonia 'Soft Caress' is a new introduction in this country & is the first Mahonia to have spineless leaves. It still has the lovely fragrant yellow flowers, which bloom between August & October, but its soft palm-like foliage means it does not have to be relegated to a corner of the garden. Combined with its diminutive size (eventual height & spread 1m) it is ideal for the front of the border or in containers near the front door or on the patio.

It is fully hardy & prefers a position in full sun to full shade in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. It can be left to develop or pruned every second year after flowering, followed by a generous mulch of compost. This will delay flowering but promote bushy growth; it can even be pruned hard to just above ground level & used as ground cover, making a delicate foil for taller flowers to grow through.


If you are looking for some colour in the garden at the moment & would like to turn up the heat, why not try planting some Crocosmias? They are in the garden centre at the moment & are a versatile & easy to grow perennial which would look good in a border or make a spectacular statement in patio pots.

Crocosmia are perennial plants which grow from corms, producing neat clumps in borders or pots. They flower in late summer to early autumn & their long strappy leaves give graceful height to a border before dying down over winter. They prefer moist but well drained soil in full sun or part shade & many are hardy in winter so long as they don’t get too wet. There are many Crocosmia varieties available coming in a range of heights and flowering in warm colours from yellow to deep orange-red on arching stems.

One of the most vigorous is Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (AGM) whose sprays of vivid red flowers on stems to 1.2m in height, sway over its pleated leaves. Being quite tall, this variety may need staking to stop it swamping other plants as its leaves droop. Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Emily Mckenzie' is a smaller, yet also stunning variety. It has narrow mid-green leaves with arching panicles of crimson splashed, orange flowers that resemble freesias because they are quite open. They grow to 60cm & are slightly less hardy in some areas, needing mulching for protection over winter. If you are looking for a yellow flowering variety, try Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Solfatare' (AGM). It has erect, narrow, bronze tinted leaves with sprays of apricot-yellow flowers on stems to 60cm. This variety may also need winter protection.

Anemone Pretty Lady Series

This series of Japanese Anemones have been bred as part of a large development programme in Japan. The series includes 4 beautiful varieties - Pretty Lady Emily, Pretty Lady Diana,Pretty Lady Julia & Pretty Lady Susan. They have a wonderful compact dwarf habit with large flowers. They flower in late season offering great colour in a sunny or semi-shaded spot in well-drained soil. Their compact growth habit means that they are ideal for the front of the border, or excellent in pots and containers. Height and Spread: 60cm(24in) x 45cm(18in), hardy to -15C. Cut down flower stalks after flowering & remove dead leaves in March.

Early Summer Colour

If your garden is lacking some colour now that the spring bulbs have finished flowering why not consider some Azaleas or Rhododendrons? They are lime haters but if your neighbours are growing them it is likely that you can too. Otherwise grow them in pots for a great patio display or sneak them in pots amongst your garden shrubs - nobody will be any the wiser! We have a lovely selection of perfect pastel shades in store at the moment.

Coastal Inspiration

Anyone who has a coastal garden will understand the difficulties that need to be overcome to maintain a healthy & inviting garden. The biting, salty winds on exposed coastal gardens means that the choice of plants that will survive is limited. Yvonne has designed & built this inspirational seaside garden to give you some ideas for planting & layout. If you want planting advice for your coastal garden, pop in & ask the experts!

Tree Ferns & Garden Ferns

We now have a lovely selection of Tree ferns of various sizes in stock as well as a range of garden ferns. Drop in to see our display and ask for planting advice.

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Citrus Delights

From Wednesday 21st September we will have a great choice of citrus trees available in store. Sandra, our indoor plant expert, says they are difficult to source so she is pleased to be offering such a good selection. They range in price from £15.99 to £54.99 and include a variety of shapes such as standard, half standard, espalier (on a frame) and bush. She has managed to get 4 varieties of lemon, 2 of orange plus kumquats, tangerines & limes.

If you haven’t tried growing citrus trees before the secret is to provide a constant environment. They will relish being outside during the summer but need to be brought back inside before any chance of frosts. Over winter they need to be kept as dry as possible with a minimum temperature of about 10°C in good light such as a conservatory or a sunny windowsill in a cool room. Alternatively they can be kept in a warm environment but humidity would need to be 80-90%. Misting the leaves occasionally with rainwater and standing the pot in a saucer filled with gravel, with the water level just below the gravel surface, will help.

Citrus trees not only produce tasty treats but each fruit is preceded by fragrant flowers which appear all year round, but are especially abundant in late winter; they often flower and fruit at the same time. We stock everything else you will need to look after your citrus trees including citrus compost and citrus feed so call in before they are all gone!

Raymond Evison OBE Clematis

Perfect for smaller gardens or large containers, the Evison and Poulsen Boulevard Collection is ideal. Growing to just 1-1.2m (3-4ft), these clematis will flower from May to mid-summer, then from late summer to autumn, they come in a range of colours and grow in sun or shade.

We have a number of clematis cultivars from this range in stock including 'Cezanne', 'Chantilly' & 'Picardy' & 'Fleuri'.

The strong flower colour of 'Fleuri' makes it ideal for a sunny location, where you can admire the velvety, deep purple-red blooms with a central red bar on the petals and red centres.

'Angelique' which is happy in sun or shade and has pale lilac-blue flowers with a light brown centre, set off among large leaves.

Launched at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, the latest new clematis cultivar to come from the Evison® and Poulsen® breeding programme is Clematis Abilene™. It is a delightful pink with 8 sepals and with contrasting yellow anthers. As the flower opens the tip of each sepal is very pointed and a dark pink in colour.  As the flowers mature the flower colour fades to show a deeper pink bar down the centre of each sepal. The combination of young deep pink flowers and the more mature paler pink flowers is very appealing.

Abilene™ grows to about 3-4ft (1-1.20m) and is ideal for growing in a container for the patio, terrace or deck garden.  It flowers very freely during early summer and late summer and can be grown with other wall trained shrubs or climbers.

Due to its pale colour it is an ideal clematis to be grown in a shady part of the garden and will brighten up a north facing wall when grown through other wall trained evergreen shrubs.

To grow in a container, choose a pot with drainage holes and a minimum diameter of 45cm (18") and a similar depth. Plant in a mix of John Innes No.3 compost and multi-purpose compost with a suitable plant support. Plant flowering annuals or low-growing perennials around the edge to shade the roots. Keep fed & watered through the growing season.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball'

A vigorous 'Annabelle' hydrangea which will grow in sun or semi-shade. It grows to 4-5' and the white flower heads are enormous, growing up to 12" & fading to green as they age. It blooms on new wood from early summer until the first frost & prefers moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil.

Hydrangea arborescens 'Invincibelle Spirit'

The first pink Hydrangea arborescens available. It blooms on new wood from early summer until the first frost with the dark pink buds opening to reveal hot pink flowers which fade with age. It is very hardy & also heat tolerant, making an excellent addition to a mixed perennial border. Height is 3-4'.

Echinacea 'Mistral'

An excellent garden plant which will add a splash of colour to any patio pot or border. It has a fantastic compact and upright growth habit, producing masses of soft pink flowers with large bronze orange central cones. It will produce up to 80 flowers per plant in its second year and flowers from July - September, providing continued interest until late Autumn. It is frost hardy, low maintenance and suits sun or partial shade in well drained soil. Height and spread after 4 yrs 50cm x 50cm.

Primula  'Champagne'

Primula Champagne will add beautiful spring colour to any garden. Primula Champagne looks superb not only in pots but also at the front of borders and rockeries. From early spring it produces an eye catching display of beautiful pale peach flowers with pale orange - yellow hues complimented by gorgeous mid green leaves.

Primulas do best in neutral / slightly acid soil. They are essentially woodlanders and like a partially shaded position and large quantities of organic matter. They will survive on thin, alkaline soils as annual bedding plants if you grow them in partial shade and incorporate as much humus as possible but they will not form fat clumps. In this case, try them in pots or the conservatory.

Primula's like cool or even cold conditions, if you have plants indoors it is best to place them in the conservatory or on a cool windowsill. Make sure you do not over water your plants, remove any dead flowers regularly and a regular liquid feed will help promote more flowers.

Frost hardy, ‘Champagne' will flower year after year, suits sun or partial shade and the approximate height and spread is 20cm x 30cm.

Exclusive Rose for Hayes Garden World in 2013

The Lakeland Rose Harspiral

This pink, scented, climbing rose is exclusive to our garden centre and will be available from early March. Alternatively, buy a bare root Lakeland Rose which will be delivered between mid October and mid December.

Class: Compact Climber
Dimensions: Height: 200cm  x  Width: 100cm
Perfume: Medium

The great charm of ‘The Lakeland Rose' is to be found in the simplicity of its scented, apple-blossom blooms. In a sometimes over-elaborate world, simple things can offer much needed relief. The natural prettiness of ‘The Lakeland Rose' is a welcome change from the fat, indulgent flowers often seen in today's gardens, over-ornate with their preposterous crush of petals. In the garden we can choose to go back to basics, and grow plants that are not so obviously the product of a stylised world. The uncomplicated grace of simple flowers fits well into any garden, bringing a refreshing breath of fresh air with it.

Not that ‘The Lakeland Rose' is short of essential modern attributes such as easy-growing habit, healthy foliage and abundant blooming. These characteristics are all linked: good resistance to diseases of the foliage helps the plant to keep growing, and whilst it keeps growing it can continue to produce blooms. ‘The Lakeland Rose' normally produces two main flushes of blooms per season, once in early summer, and again in autumn.

‘The Lakeland Rose' is at its best grown in full sun or dappled shade. Its growth is compact but rapid; the whippy, basal shoots grow readily to a manageable size. They are easy to train into place against a trellis, or to fan out on a small space against a wall or fence. For best results when training on posts or pillars, aim for a maximum height of 6ft.

Besides excelling when planted directly in the soil, ‘The Lakeland Rose' is also an ideal rose for container gardening. For best long-term performance, use a container at least 2ft wide by 2ft deep. Choose a soil-base growing medium, and be sure to maintain constant moisture level during the growing season. All roses grown in pots will benefit from regular fertiliser applications, preferably using a product that contains the correct trace-elements for roses, such as ‘Toprose'.