The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • Ivy League

    The warmth of September has kept the soil temperatures at a perfect pitch for planting potted perennials and shrubs. Autumn is quite the time to settle in fickle plants that like to bed their roots in before they have to do anything exceptional or enervating like flowering. However there is...
  • Hips and Haws

    Rosa rugosa makes a truly decorative hedge on its own or mixed with other hedge plants, especially if the plants are in the sun so that they flower well. Choose vibrant pink or purest white flowers for your summer interest and then enjoy the enormous orange gobstoppers of hips that...
  • Thorny issues

    More and more frequently communities are gated, electric gates installed, and iron railings sharpened. All no doubt sensible security measures but how about considering a much cheaper alternative to all of this hardware? We suggest a thorny hedge, alive with prickles and scratchy bits so that no self-respecting intruder (unless...
  • EnGage this autumn

    It took a trip to an Italian supermarket to fully appreciate the merit of greengages. To wit, a house full of sixteen hungry (and often hungover) souls presented with an array of nectarines, white peaches and  melons first thing in the morning and guess which fruit disappeared fastest? Yes...
  • July Bee Blog (2016)

    Bee Blog July 2016 The swarming season is all but over here in the south, but as the season is still running quite late, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still bees thinking of setting up a new home, in the north. I’ve heard of some good swarms this...
  • May Bee Blog

    Bee Blog  May 2016 The BC weather site is already issuing pollen warnings along with their forecasts and all those who suffer from hay fever will be diving for the nasal spray and various others of the manifold reliefs for the menace of pollen. It’s called hay fever because the...
  • British native trees & climate change - The controversy!

    How much do you love the native woodlands of Britain? Nurseries like ours sell more native trees than anything else, so you'd probably think that I'd be one of their biggest fans. And I am. For now. We get asked about native plants for woodland & gardens a lot. I'm...
  • Trees for Clay Soils

    This is a reasonably long list of the trees that like growing on heavy clay soil. We don't grow all of them, this is intended to be a reference for garden projects big & small - don't say we never treat you! But id any are of interest, please do look...
  • Planting trees beyond your lifetime...

    How to make money when you are Dead Mature trees can be worth money. Lots of money. A 50-60 year old walnut or oak tree is worth a good sum of pounds now and will be worth even more in the future. If you have the space to plant a...
  • The Ashridge Nurseries customer promise

      Quality plants with expert advice Buying plants online can seem a little strange. You don't get to see the plants before they arrive, you can't get advice face-to-face, and what happens if your plants aren't up to scratch? Ashridge Nurseries has sold quality plants online since 2003. During that...

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