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Buying plants out of season

This feels like a basic question, sorry....I'd like to plant an ornamental grass, in time for autumn but they are not in the garden centres yet. How do I buy one? Can I get it from nurseries, or do I have to wait till they are in the garden centres in summer.


  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,998
    You can try a specialist grasses nursery such as Knoll
    Be warned, it's addictive  :)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,143
    My one proviso is that grasses really do not like being transplanted into cold soil, so if you get some I would wait until the soil had warmed up ... say June ... to plant them out. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Aaron 583Aaron 583 Posts: 95
    I bought some over the last couple months using a few sites. The weather has been so good that they have been in the ground a good 3 weeks or so but this is sunny Devon
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,143
    Still flippin' chilly here in Norfolk @Aaron 583 ... it's the wind straight off the North Sea ... nothing between us and Siberia Brrrr
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • KT53KT53 GloucestershirePosts: 7,531
    Not in direct answer to the question, but it's often worth checking for a 'bargain corner' at your local garden centre.  They often reduce the price of plants once they have finished flowering.  As long as you don't mind waiting to get the floral benefit you can save quite a bit of money.
  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 814
    I've just received my Knoll Gardens delivery (Pennisetum macrourum and Miscanthus 'Starlight') and they're cracking plants. Well rooted in their 2litre pots, good foliage and overall, superb quality plants that are well worth the money. If I put these in in the next week or so they will romp away.

    IMO it's definitely worth buying from a specialist such as Knoll as there's a huge selection to choose from rather than the limited offering you'll find in mainstream garden centres. 
  • Thanks to all for your really useful comments and thoughts. I'll check out Knoll and look at a few others too. 
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