Lidl bulbs and bare root perennials in stock.



  • GartenerGartener South EastPosts: 80
    I've given up on our local overpriced garden centre - only large plants with a starting price of £5.99 and as for advice!  I heard one member of staff recommending a laburnum tree to a couple with two young children.  I,ve never had a failure from Lidl and the quality is excellent.  If you want choice then we love Hayloft - good advice and excellent service for well grown plants.
    Totally agree. Most Garden Centers have stretched it a bit too much. Soon the Wyevales and Squires type GC’s will be finding it more difficult to survive. I rarely found any ‘expert’ working in there.

    Specialist nurseries are a different thing and do have a place for keen gardeners looking for particular plants. These indeed need to be supported even if it costs a penny or two extra.

  • Big Blue SkyBig Blue Sky Posts: 280
    Most garden centers don’t grow their plants, they are hust selling plants that were delivered from somewhere else, most likely from abroad. I don’t think they give their staff any horticultural training, at least not enough to be able to advise customers. 
    I normally just check the lables and if needed look plants up on the internet on my phone before making a decision to buy. 

  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 326
    edited 9 March
    Asda had clematis, honeysuckle and jasmine varities today for £2.

    They had some nice ones like Etoile Violette
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,641
    I have yet to find a so-called 'garden-centre' employing anyone who could possibly give 'expert advice ' !
    I have heard staff giving seriously wrong advice to gullible customers at several G/Cs over the years ; I avoid them now at all costs . Specialist nurseries YES ; Garden Centres NO!!
    Incidentally , bought a pack of Liatris spicata last Spring from Aldi ; £1-49 for thirty corms ; made a stunning show during the Summer .
  • lisabjlisabj Posts: 15
    Just to add my pennyworth against garden centres - last year I spotted pots of Herb Robin in a local one for around £5!  If anyone wants any for free just come and raid my garden!

    Now, small nurseries are another matter, support them!
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 1,746
    I agree, small local nursery owner really knows his stuff but the GC is just somewhere to go for a latte and Christmas decorations the staff there are completely clueless 
    Looking forward to Malvern show this year plenty of experts there and they often sell online. 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,641
    edited 10 March
    Our local G/C were selling pots of Spanish Bluebells @ 4.99 according to someone I know .
    One positive factor re:- Herb Robert , it pulls out easily ! ;)
  • NannaBooNannaBoo Posts: 834
    How disappointing. We have just been to what was once a lovely nursery  and sat outside waiting for it to open only to find it's more like B&Q it even sell sofa's and dinning room tables. Needless to say we didn't buy anything as they have cut back on the gardening section and couldn't find what we wanted. The footage stayed the same but not the plant, seed and gardening equipment area :'(. I'm off to sulk in the garden and plant some more seed.
  • yorkshireroseyorkshirerose North YorkshirePosts: 198
    Thank you all for your comments. I still think the Supermarkets should stick selling food, then maybe Garden Centres wouldn't have to diversify so much and  would sell more plants.

    Maybe you haven't found a decent Garden Centre yet. Keep looking,there are plenty around.
     Independently owned Centres are usually the best, and ones affiliated to The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)Their staff are knowledgeable in all areas. Plant knowledge is vital and experienced staff are usually on hand and if they don't know the answer they will find out. Also plants can be specially ordered, I've yet see a Supermarket offer to do that.

    No  most Garden Centres don't grow plants.They leave that to the specialist nurseries and order from them, that way the is a good range of plants to choose from.

    Not all bulbs come from Holland.
     Finally, if you live in Great Britain , please support British growers.

    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • GartenerGartener South EastPosts: 80
    Think you are in danger of triggering another round of GC hate campaign:)
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