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Can anyone recommend a company for buying perennials online please?


  • gjautosgjautos Posts: 379
    It depends what perennials you want. I've had decent plugs from Hayloft, secret gardening club, you garden, mr fothergills.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,262
    Your budget will also dictate.
    Ballyrobert is excellent. Good info and advice from them too. 

    There are lots of good, reliable outlets, but I'd steer clear of the 'special offer' types unless you're confident about growing on plugs and tiny plants. Equally, the very expensive outlets who aren't nurseries, but retail suppliers. Crocus for example. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,144
    I've had a lot of good plants from Secret Gardening Club at very reasonable prices, they're usually young ones in 3" pots, but what's available varies a lot from time to time. Sign up for their email notifications, and check every week to see what they've got. I've also had good plants from Sarah Raven but they're not cheap, even for 3 inch pots.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,740
    I find Woottens really good for perennials. Highly recommended
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  • I can recommend the following:
    Claire Austin
    Beth Chatto
    Edrom (specialist, woodlanders, mostly acid-lovers)
    Plants for Shade (aka Longacre; shade plants)
    The Plantsman's Preference

    I have used some less expensive places like The Farmyard Nursery with good results, but it does depend on what you're looking for.

    Some companies specialise in particular genera, e.g. Binnys for paeonies, Bali Hai for Agapanthus.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,170
    Hardys for excellent quality, but they aren't cheap. They have also started selling seeds.
    Also Plantsman's Preference  :)
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,038
    I got  a lot from Claire Austin, not that impressed. Small plants and not very healthy. Not sure how many have survived so far either.
    Ballyrobert's prices have really increased since last Spring too.
  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,130
    I buy from Dorset perennials , Beth Chetto, and Plantsmans preference as well as several of the ones also mentioned above. I can also second what Annie D said about Hardysplants, the service is exceptional and the plants of a good size and healthy so IMO worth paying the extra for plants that you know will thrive.
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • That's great, thanks everyone for your replies - most helpful.
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