29 August 2016 by Dr Jane Bingham
Exciting Extension News
Building work is due to start soon on our new extension here at The Mains of Drum. We will have a beautiful new state of the art canopy for the Plant Area and this means that we need to reduce our stock of plants temporarily while the work is carried out. As such we are pleased to announce our biggest ever sale!
40% Off All Outdoor Plants
(Only the new season bedding and vegetables are excluded)
Starting on Saturday 3 rd September and lasting all the way through to Sunday 25th September, so get ready, steady, grow!
This is an excellent, not to be missed opportunity, to buy trees, hedging plants, shrubs, roses and climbers. Why not plan ahead for next year and stock up your borders with colourful herbaceous and rockery plants. Maybe there’s that favourite acer, weeping conifer or topiary that you’ve had your eye on – now’s your chance to get it. Shop early as our shelves will empty quickly – have fun!
We have a huge selection of many different types and sizes of broad-leaved trees, conifers and fruit trees.
Trees For A Small Garden
Fruit trees are perfect for a small garden or patio. We have a large selection of apple trees and there are plums, cherries and more.
Birch (Betula) is an excellent and popular choice and there are many beautiful forms here at The Mains of Drum. There’s the quirky ‘Spider Alley’ with its twisted trunk and branches, and silver bark. Then there’s Red Panda with its stunning copper/pink peeling bark or Polar Bear with snow-white bark, and it’s hard to resist the allure of the multi-stemmed birches.
Rowan (Sorbus) are neat trees with elegant branches and dainty leaves. Clusters of flowers in spring are followed by berries in autumn and the leaves have vibrant autumn colours.
Maples (Acer) are grown for their graceful shape, beautiful foliage and bark, and stunning leaf colours, which change through the season.
Ornamental cherries (Prunus) are attractive trees with beautiful flowers in spring/early summer.
Crab apple (Malus) have lovely blossom followed by attractive fruits and autumn foliage. Many varieties have fruit that is great for making delicious crab apple jelly. For example, the vivid, shocking pink fruits of Malus ‘Pink Glow’ or the large yellow/pink fruits of Malus ‘Jelly King’.
Other good choices are:
Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’
Small or potted conifers
We have graceful weeping/pendulous forms of the following trees: Cedrus, Ornamental cherries, Beech (e.g. Fagus Purple Fountain), Birch (e.g. Betula pendula ‘Youngii’), Willow (Salix), Ornamental pear and Weeping laburnum.
Many trees and shrubs make excellent hedges. Favourites include Leylandii (Cupressocyparis leylandii), Yew (Taxus), Thuja, Beech (Betula), Berberis, Box (Buxus), Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), Holly (Ilex), Privet (Ligustrum), Rosa rugosa, Cotoneaster lacteus and Hornbeam (Carpinus).
We have many large specimens in stock which are perfect for making an instant hedge – use large conifers or large specimens of Red Robin or Pink Marble (Photinia), Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), Eleagnus or Euonymus. For a low hedge choose box (Buxus) or Lavender.
There are still some beautiful blooms to enjoy on Hydrangeas, Roses, Sedums, Michaelmas daisies (Aster), Japanese anemones, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Helenium, Coreopsis and Crocosmia.
Many grasses are grabbing our attention just now with their decorative plumes of flowers and seed heads.
Acers and other non-evergreen trees and shrubs with leaves that are starting to show off their dazzling autumn colours.
Shrubs and trees with bright and glossy berries – if the birds leave some behind!
Evergreens look good all year round – a tapestry of heathers looks particularly spectacular in autumn, winter and spring.
The Veg Plot
Enjoy fresh vegetables and salads from your garden during the coldest months of the year. Young plants for growing on are available now at The Mains of Drum.
Try spring cabbage, leek, kale, carrot, lettuce, parsley, spinach and chard. For best results outdoors, protect your winter crops against the wintery weather and hungry pigeons by covering them with polythene cloches. Alternatively plant them into pots or beds in an unheated greenhouse or polytunnel. Give it a go!