Cosmos are increasingly popular annuals and for good reason. They flower their socks off from May until Autumn. This makes them ideal for containers as well as flower borders or cutting beds in larger gardens. When cut, cosmos last for up to a week indoors and the more you cut them the more they flower. They are easy to grow, reaching 60-90 cms tall and are pretty much disease and pest free.
Cosmos in Summary
Uses: Annual flowering bedding
Good Points: Free flowering from May to September, plain and variegated pastel colours, wonderful cutting flower
Position: Likes a sunny spot with decent soil that retains a bit of moisture
Growth: Up to 90 cms
Choosing, Planting and Growing Cosmos
The best Cosmos are sown in early spring, under cover, as "plugs" so that they have a well-developed root system by the time they are despatched from early May onwards at which point they are ready to be planted out into their final flowering positions. We grow our plants from the best quality seed we can find as there is no doubt that seed quality significantly affects plant quality. With an eye on the environment, they are germinated in peat-free compost with a slow release fertiliser to keep those roots going until they are planted out. And they are germinated in ideal conditions; frost-free tunnels with steady watering to ensure good growth. We just try to produce the best...
Planting holes should be deep enough to accommodate the plug and to allow you to cover it over with about 1-2cms of soil. Our seedlings are well enough developed for you to be able to plant them straight into their final positions, with no need to thin them later and therefore no wastage. When fully grown, Cosmos like to grow with about 25-35 cms (8-14") between plants so use that spacing when you are setting them out. If you are staking them individually, use a bamboo cane about 5 cm from the plant. You can also support them by putting a few canes around the planting area and stretching some pea or bean netting between them about 30 cms above soil level. Your Cosmos will grow through and hide the netting very quickly and it saves a lot of fiddly tying with twine.
Ideally, Cosmos like a well-worked bed with a bit of organic matter added, but they flower best on soil that is not too rich. However, their principal requirements are sun and water. Cosmos grow very quickly indeed so they need moisture in dry spells. To help them bush out and so produce as many flowers as possible the tips should be pinched out when they are about 20-30 cms tall.
As the flowers develop cut them for indoors or if you want to leave them on the plant, deadhead when they are finished to extend the flowering period. To maximise flower size and colour, feed with a high potash and phosphate fertiliser during the growing season. Home-made comfrey liquid or Tomorite both work well.
Our Cosmos are grown as maxi-plugs which give them a bigger rootball than is generally available elsewhere. They are sold in packs of five with quantity discounts as you buy more of any one variety. Delivery is when the plants are ready and the weather permits but is generally from the beginning of May onwards. We will, of course, email you twhen your order is posted to let you know your Cosmos are on their way.
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I just wanted to tell you how delighted I am with the Victoria plum tree you delivered today. It arrived in perfect condition and is a fine specimen. I enjoyed planting it this afternoon. It replaces a rather poor one, from one of your competitors, which never thrived for eight years and died this yearMr. K
Thank you Ashridge Trees, my order delivered Wednesday 9th in excellent condition, great rooting system a prime example of this product, well pleased.I will shop again.Doug Sainsbury
Thank you for my order of Lavender (Munstead and Hidcote) to replant two borders in lavender hedging which arrived safely and in good condition. It's the first time I've ordered plants online and it's been a good experience. Your website is clear, informative and straightforward to navigate with good advice too. When I called your company to discuss delivery dates I found your staff very helpful and friendly. I have recommended Ashridge to friends already! Many thanksJune Inglis
My order has arrived safely and I would like to say that the plants were all in great condition.
Planting is now complete today(Sunday) and look great in situ.
Thank you for your efficient and high quality service.
Many thanks,Helen (Orrell)
Just a short note of thanks. I had not ordered from you previously and, looking for options to order hedge plants on-line, I found your website easy to navigate and informative. The ordering process was straight forward and I appreciated the way you kept me informed, including letting me know the day you had dug my plants. When the plants arrived (in two packaged bundles) they were clearly labelled and very healthy looking. I look forward to seeing them grow! Thank you.Mr. Hesketh
I just wanted to thank you for the way you have dealt with my order. The plants are of a very high quality and arrived in excellent packaging and as planned, the whole transaction has been first class from ordering to delivery . I just wanted to acknowledge this and thank you again for the excellent way it's been dealt with.Chris Gardner
I just wanted to thank you for my order. The beech hedging arrived in good condition and looks healthy. Your service was very efficient and you have been a pleasure to deal with. I am looking forward to watching my new hedge thrive! Many thanks, Claire Claire
Thank you, Ms Young. I received the order last Thursday (7 April), as scheduled. Everything was included and arrived in perfect condition. The plants have already been planted. I am grateful for your help.Elemer Szabadi
Docton Mill Gardens, Devon
Narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhodos, azaleas, bluebells and twenty-five varieties of magnolia promise a spectacular display.
Just to let you know my order of 2 x thornless blackberries and a rose
arrived on Saturday,looking really good.Planted on Sunday.
The reason for the blackberry plants is that we have stick Insects in our garden,
They love roses,and my roses have been munched this summer.They also like brambles
hence the thornless blackberry plants!!JC
Dear Ashbridge, I want to thank you for your excellent service. Both my recent orders arrived when you said they would and the plants were in top condition. The information on your ordering webpages was very helpful and my email questions were answered efficiently and were again very helpful. Well done. I will recommend you to other gardeners. Nicola
Dear Ashridge Nurseries
I have always been impressed with your service and all the goods I have bought have been great. But I am absolutely thrilled with my Rowan tree planted in my front border recently. It looks wonderful and I can't wait to see the leaves, blossom and fruit come out.
Many, many thanksBarbara Thurston
Thank you for our Victoria plumb tree; as usual it was packaged perfectly to protect the excellent shaped tree within > we planted it this afternoon!Nikki
Dear All at Ashridge Trees
Thank you so much for supplying us with our 5 trees as ordered.
They were packaged with such care and clearly by people who adore their job and love their trees !
We took great delight in unwrapping and planting them. All the family helped dig the planting holes and fill them again. Wishing each tree welcome in its new home. Petitioning them for ‘delicious eating apples’, ‘ crumble apples’, ‘pears for supper’ and ‘plums and gages for puddings’.
We will take care of our new charges and reap the fruits of their labours for years to come.
With kind regardsThe Tompkins family.
I have received my plants and trees and I must say that I am extremely pleased they are in an amazing condition and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ashridge for confidence in buying on line for quality and delivery, well done !!!Ann Race
Can I just say a huge thank you for the Christmas trees that arrived on Tuesday. By a mile the best we have ever had - fresh as a daisy and excellent shape. Coupled with which they were great value for money compared with some of the trees being offered locally.Simon
I am absolutely delighted with the trees which arrived yesterday. The Lime Tree is a lovely shape and nice big size, I can't wait for Spring!E Elliott
Dear Ashridge Nurseries
Many thanks for the cotoneaster simonsii delivered today in excellent order with really good root systems – much appreciated.
With kind regardsPenny
Just to say your sweet peas are the best we have ever grown. Many thanks. See you next year!
I have now received the plants as ordered and want to say how impressed with the 50 Dwarf Box plants ordered. The speed of delivery was truly amazing !
In addition, the telephone advice which was given was 'second to none ; and I will not hesitate to deal with you again.
Very Many Thanks for sending me these 'quality plants' and here's hoping we can look after and endure them for may years to come.Joseph
The beech hedging arrived safely and was planted within the hour of delivery. The root system is absolutely fantastic and I'm really impressed with the quality of the plants.
I just want to say a big thank you to Vikki and the whole team for ensuring my order of apple trees were delivered safely after all my faffing about. They are lovely examples and will make a lovely mini orchard. Hope to order again from you soon(if you allow me to).V Parker
Dear Mary, Mae and Sarah
In response to your email below I would like to tell you that we very happy with our 4 trees (3 x Himalayan Birch and 1 Common Alder) that we ordered from you.
The trees are all happily tucked up in the soil of our paddock.
In particular I'd like to praise your website and the email contact that you kept up while we were waiting for all our order to be available (the common alder delayed things quite a bit - not a problem for us though). The video on help with planting a tree was really good, although I was extremely jealous of your soil - ours is heavy clay!
The other important point I'd like to praise with your service concerns the way the trees had been packaged, not a single bud was damaged. You'd also sent us great specimens. The latter is a very important point as when ordering on-line, its not as though we can pick and choose the actual tree ourselves.
In summary its a big thank you from usNikki
Great Roses , I have bought from you in the past . Always good communication and the plants always arrive on time and in perfect condition thanksPaul
What a fantastic service guys!
Incredibly lush,healthy looking plants,sensibly packaged,good planting and advice instructions and informative communication emails at every step.
Well done to the whole teamB McCarthy
This was a gift from my sister. I just wanted you to know that these are the best quality plants ever delivered to me .....and I regularly order good quality online stock from Crocus, Sarah Raven and others.
Thank you very much. Planted today!S Lewis
Our order arrived on time Tuesday & was found to be all in good condition & correct when opened on Saturday, it is now all well planted & waiting for Spring....Many thanks to the teams again for a first rate delivery of good quality plants, selected from native hedgingPeter A
Well packed, great communication throughout, impressed. First time I’ve bought from you, but will certainly do so again.Rob
I wanted to tell you how fabulous the sweet peas are that I ordered from you this year and how thrilled I am to know that I will have the same again next year...thank you very much!
Thank you so much, plants are perfect, beautifully packed,
Arrived as stated, could not be more pleased.
This is the 3rd year I have ordered my Christmas tree through you and I realised, when I was placing my order, that in the past I used to think my Christmas planning started when I ordered my cards on line - now it starts when I order my tree from you.
Just thought I’d let you know we are very pleased with the tree, it was delivered on time and is of top quality.Mr. Johnson
Thank you for my sweet peas, they are in excellent condition,
The plants are well presented, carefully wrapped to protect the tender stems and I would highly recommend you.
My beech trees are also appearing to do quite well. A little early to see if they have survived the winter but certainly looking good at the moment.
all the hedge plants arrived safely and the great packaging meant that their roots were still damp. They're all in and we're watering regularly - looking forward to seeing first leaves. This is the 4th time I've ordered hedge plants from you and I laid the hedge we planted at our allotment site last year - great plants have now made a lovely hedge... here's a photo!Miranda
In response to your email checking the safe delivery of my order, may I thank you for the superb secure packaging and the excellent quality of the plants.Richard
The rose tree arrived at the right place at the right time and in very good order. Thank you very much.M
This is just to say that we have been very pleased with the trees we have bought from you. They are all of excellent quality and were delivered on time. We would unreservedly recommend Ashridge Nurseries Trevor and Susan Parr
Your/our tree arrived in perfect condition this morning and was planted, fed, watered, staked, rabbit-guarded within a couple of hours. It looks really lovely and we are delighted with it: looking forward to enjoying it for many years. Thank you very much.Gill
just felt I needed to thank you for the trees which arrived safely, healthy and are now planted and stood to attention down our driveway! You even arranged the rain to come for the last two weeks to water them : )
I wanted to say how much I appreciated each communication I had with your staff - all helpful and pleasant. I wouldnt have any hesitation in recommending you to anyone.
Thank you for a great service and easy, informative website.Ruth W
Thank you for the efficient handling of my order. The yew and beech hedging plants are of excellent quality and I'm really pleased that I bought them from Ashridge! Thank you
We are in our fiftieth year of marriage and I don't often write reviews but I wanted to take the time to tell you that our beautiful Christmas tree was the best we have ever had. Thank you.
Mr. & Mrs. Robinson
The plants were well packed and the quality and condition of all plants was excellent. Thank you, I should have ordered more! R Lewis
I'm emailing to saying thank you for your excellent customer service. I received this tree this afternoon as a replacement for a damaged one I phoned you about last week. Thank you for your no quibble response and the speedy dispatch of a replacement. This one is looking good. If I have room for another tree I will definitely order from you again!Anne
It came a lot quicker than I had expected and I'd like to congratulate you on your excellent packaging.
It was easy to handle and the plants were held firm. A change from other plant orders I've received from some suppliers.Lorraine
Thank you once again for excellent service. You delivered our well packed trees early Friday morning as promised and in between the showers we were able to get them planted.Brian Knowles
Beautifully packed. Now planted and looking very well.Myra Brown
Received recent order and as usual it arrive in excellent packaging.Plants in superb condition.I know I can always rely on you. Many thanks.Mike
Just a short note to say what a superb Christmas Tree you supplied me with – actually better than the last one. It looked wonderful.
And I’m more than delighted with the bare root fruit trees you supplied me with recently, all of which have gone in and are showing bud.
From my point of view, it is very comforting to know that I will only ever get the best from Ashridge.A PEEL
This is to all the staff that run your company!!
WELL DONE! It makes a change to deal with a professional company, quality goods, well packaged, helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient staff. If only all companies were like yourself.
Yes the trees are in (touch wood!) this weather should help, let's hope they take Jo Peel
Thank you so much, the trees have just arrived in perfect order!
I’m really grateful you sorted out my delivery and look forward to planting the trees with the help of your excellent video.judith
Just to let you know my trees arrived today in Sutherland in good order. Absolutely fabulous service from yourselves and the couriers. We will plant our Christmas present trees as a family ASAP. Can’t thank you enough!I Paterson
I am writing to you in relation to the 'Ellen' daffodil bulbs we bought off of you. We would just like to thank you and compliment you on the bulbs. We are keen gardeners and these are best bulbs we have ever used. We will certainly be using you again.T Thornberry
Just a bit of feedback, my last order from you was the best quality and best packaged trees
I have received this year. They took a while to arrive, but when I opened them up was very impressed.
You produce quality trees and customer service is excellent.
I will be in touch next season.Richard
Many thanks for the Rosa glauca which were delivered this afternoon and which are now in the ground.
They look splendid plants.
Thank you for your good service. I am sure I will be dealing with you again.Mo Bennett
I would like to thank you for the beautiful tree you sent me. I was so pleased with your service from start to finish. The smoothest purchase of a Christmas Tree ever. It usually involves taking car seats out of car then hoovering up pine needles etc.
All my family were very impressed and we hope to be buying from you again next year.
Well done and Happy Christmas and New Year.Y Masters
I am delighted with the Pear tree. It is a lovely shape and in excellent condition, well packed and transported. It is already in the ground, looking perfect. Thank you for the advice and attention to detail.
Kind regards,Yvonne Gil
My order arrived on time today, all beautifully packaged, in tiptop condition - lovely plants!
Would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all concerned, am very grateful and will definitely be returning in the future for further orders.Diana Holdsworth
Can we just say a big thank you for your fabulous service and the quality of the produce? We will not hesitate to recommend you.Martyn and Sally Webb.
Just wanted to say how delighted we all were with the service, quality of the tree and prompt delivery. Thank-you!
We spent the weekend decorating the house for Christmas, and my wife and two you boys were so pleased and excited at putting the lights on the real tree outside!
We'll be using you again, next year and every year!
All the best for Christmas and the New Year!Marc
Just to let you know how pleased I am with my tree. It is a lovely specimen and arrived in very good condition on the date you gave me. I also found the planting video very helpful. The whole service couldn’t be better
All trees received, well packed and ready to plant, along with rootgrow.
Time to get digging!Mike
Hi thank you for my purging buckthorn, which came on time today and in great condition. Really nice root systems. They were unboxed and planted up within the hour.C JONES
Have just had our Christmas tree delivered, and have put it up-the reason for ordering our tree from you was because I have just had a major operation and cannot go out or drive until the new year-I saw your website, and your guarantee if not satisfied you will collect the tree free of charge-I was hoping it would be okay. It is the best tree we have ever purchased! Tall and bushy with lots of lovely branches, the stump cut nicely, it stands up nice and straight And smells absolutely wonderful-thank you so much for helping to make this Christmas very special for us all-we have decided to order our tree from you every year now. We are extremely satisfied customers. Wishing you All a very Happy Christmas.
Thank YouTina Langridge
Thought I’d drop you a line to thank you for the wonderful quince bushes that arrived yesterday. They are really top-notch trees and are already planted in a nice sunny spot. Purely, on the back of this I’ve now ordered these two apples from you, so hope sincerely that they will be similarly really great quality bushes.Mark Edwards
I want to say an enormous thank you for the tree you supplied. It exceeded all my expectations. It was an absolute pleasure buying from you and look forward to ordering from you again, in the future. To everyone at Ashridge...thank you...you are awesome. :-)DONNA BROWN
Thank you Ashridge! My trees arrived safely yesterday and I am delighted with both the quality and condition as well as the very efficient service and advice. I will certainly recommend you to others.Ian Oxfordshire
This is just to say what a really splendid tree you supplied. It is the best we have had for many many years and beautifully packed too. D Haley
Thank you, yes, I have received my order and am extremely pleased with everything you have sent and the way all the plants and trees were protected.
I definitely will be a future customer and will recommend you to others.
Thank you again,Lori
Thank you for the subject order. Received in very good order. My compliments on your packaging regime. Outstanding.Abel
Thank you to everyone at Ashridge Nurseries for your prompt and efficient service from taking the order to delivery. I will not hesitate to either purchase from you again or recommend you to friends.Lesley Atkinson
Thanks for the great service. Tree delivered & delighted with quality - thanksJan
Thank you Ashridge for a beautiful tree delivered to my house. Fabulous service and lovely tree.
Hi - everything perfect with my order of snowdrops in the green - all now planted - some still flowering - sure to be back again - excellent service and plants - thank you
Thankyou, the trees have arrived safely and were left in our porch. They are in perfect condition.Ms T Fedden
Hedge planted - am delighted . Fingers crossed it springs into action!
Ashridge were terrific thank you - and hedge planting video on website .Laura Field
Order was delivered yesterday, just unpacked it all, everything is fine and dandy thank you for an excellent service.
Keep doing what yer doing!Tom Vowles
Just wanted to drop you a note to say how pleased we are with our tree. It's an excellent shape and you had packed it so carefully, we especially appreciated the bamboo cane to keep the top well protected.
"Bruce the Spruce" is installed, decorated and looking gorgeous in our hall.
Thank you very much indeed.
Hi all at Ashridge,
I just had to write and say thank you for the best Christmas tree I have ever had!! It has and is still stunning! It hasn’t dropped any needles despite being in a warm room. I have given it water regularly but I still can’t believe how amazing a tree it is!
For me the most wonderful thing about Christmas is having a tree indoors, I absolutely love a Christmas tree and this one takes the prize as the best ever. I can’t thank you enough for sending the most beautiful tree to grace my front room this Christmas, I won’t want to take it down!! And to think all I did was order it on line, no driving for miles to search out a tree, no hassle getting it in or on the car, then out at the other end. It just arrived one day in perfect condition and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, and everyone who has seen it over Christmas has remarked on just how beautiful it is, and been amazed that I got it in the post! So a big thank you to all of you at Ashridge for the most perfect of Christmas trees.
Best wishes for 2019.S Rothwell
Thank you for our delivery of two fruit trees. As usual they have arrived on time, beautifully packaged and in superb condition. They are now happily planted on the Red House Ramble. We would like to thank all involved for your outstanding service and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy and Proseprous New Year.C Savage
Just received your trees
Delighted with the quality
I just wanted to let you know that our Christmas tree was wonderful. I have only once previously bought a tree sight unseen and that was a disaster. Luckily for you I had forgotten this when I ordered my tree from you! I need not have worried as you delivered a beautiful tree, well pruned and healthy. It seems a shame to have to take it down but we will definitely be ordering one from you next year if we are at home.B Montgomery
Thank you for the excellent quality of the trees. They arrived at 12 pm and were planted and watered in by 3 30pm. The root balls ware so substantial that we had to make the trench wider in places.Pat Bailey
I have received all of my order with no issues.
I would just like to say how impressed me and my neighbours were with the whole process. Everything from the support to the delivery and packaging was excellent. I have passed on the website details to my neighbours who helped me with planting and choices.
Thank you for updating my order. I appreciate your high standard of customer service and hope to buy more trees from you in the future. I still have space for more!Julia
Thank you very much for the splendid Syringa Beauty of Moscow. It arrived in perfect condition and it was so lovely to have it within days of ordering.Hilary Catchpole
I would just like to say how pleased we are with the trees you supplied. Good strong healthy specimens and a first class delivery system.
All the best,Ian
Yes my order(s) has been received and just want to say many thanks for your excellent service and brilliant website, advice etc.
Just wanted to thank you for such a good service and especially the strong and healthy quality of the plants. Also, they arrived earlier than expected which was excellent. Your carrier Yodel kept me very well informed. Mr Booth
Received the order yesterday and planted today! Good quality trees and roses.
Hi good morning Bit delayed due to eye operation but our raspberries are all great - had to share as not one was less than perfect. Thank you so much, fantastic service, beautiful canes. Many thanks indeed. Penny
Our trees arrived safely yesterday, for which many thanks. We will be planting them tomorrow. We are most impressed with the quality of your customer service and will recommend you to others without hesitation.
Many thanks for our recent delivery of 40 lavender Blue Hidcote. I would like to thank you for the care you have taken over this order. The plants are very good quality and were well packaged. I also appreciated the post-delivery email to check all was well.Lygo Roberts
I just wanted to thank you for your continued support. We were initially warned to be wary buying any kind of trees of hedging from an online supplier, but you have proved any suspicions were totally unfounded. Not only were you very competitive on price, your continued support has been invaluable. Our first planting did not go strictly as planned, but your advice, professionalism and customer service has been second to none. You have been patient, courteous, always respond promptly and provided sound professional advice. I have found this level of service totally refreshing, and would have no hesitation in recommending Ashridge Trees to any future potential customers. Thank you once again. Sam Dey
I wanted to leave a message for Ashridge to thank you for delivering the most wonderful Christmas Tree. It is the best we have ever had. It is the perfect size and shape and I shall definitely order another next year. It’s such a success and I shall tell our son to do the same. It took all the angst out of choosing. Clare Pinsent
Dear Ashridgetrees, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your prompt attention to my order, received first thing this morning and only placed on 4th March. All your staff have been most helpful and courteous . I look forward to receiving my remaining 2 orders and watching them grow. I shall certainly use your company again and recommend you to my friends and colleaguesJane
I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much.
I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months.
Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
I have just completed a Feefo survey. Just thought I would let you know how great the lady who served me on the phone was. I needed some plants for my gardener the following day (and I rang quite late). The lady said it wasn't possible so I said OK. Shortly afterwards she rang me back...... She had arranged for next day delivery. I'm sorry I can't remember her name, she sounded quIte young but her service was outstanding, super helpful.
The plants turned up the following morning and I was really pleased with the quality, size and price of the plants and my gardener was very impressed too.
Will definitely order from you again
Just to let you know that we were very pleased with the quality of our recent orders (x2). We’ve now planted nearly a 90 trees this year. Everything you sent really was first rate and we look forward to watching everything start to grow. Your service and your helpful advice were terrific as well. We will back for more, larger orders at the end of the year. Now that we know what we are doing! Thanks again.WB
I Just wanted to say many thanks for my recent order the plants look excellent and I am very happy with them. Your service has been great too and I will be sure to order with you again.
Many thanks for the lovely Vilmorinii
Kind regards John
I know its probably an automated email but many thanks for the enquiry about my order and delivery.
I couldn't be happier, the bare root tree/standard I got delivered was much bigger, healthier and shapely than I expected. It was extremely well packed too.
I'll certainly be ordering from you guys again. Mark LEWIS
First rate plants and first rate service. The plants arrived within two days of placing the order so thanj you very muchCharles
order received in very good shape and we are very pleased with the quality of the plants and with the service we have received. So many thanks!Paul Medlicott
i just wanted to say how impressed I was with the quality of your service and plants. Delivery was efficient, the 12 Rosa Ragusa carefully packed and healthy. This was in contrast to some shrubs I ordered from another company which didn't match their online description. I will definitely choose Ashridge Nurseries again and have recommended you to other people. I wish I'd ordered the other shrubs from you too!Kathy
Thank you so much, my order has arrived - already. Now that really is good service, it just couldn't be better.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.Stephanie (Hibberd)
Thank you for my roses they were delivered today and are already in pots.
I am absolutely delighted with them and will look forward to the summer blooms.
I couldn't have wished for better, healthier plantsMerry
I was very impressed with the quality,health ,condition and size of the trees supplied with my order .An excellent reflection on your Company.John Turner
Thank you so much, Catherine & Co.!
The tree arrived this afternoon along with the rhubarb. It was so well-packed that it took me almost an hour to unravel all the tape, bubblewrap and such. The tree looks great. It has had some compost put around its roots in a breathable bag for this evening and the rhubarb root planted in a pot; I won't plant that out until Spring is around the corner. I find they don't like sitting in cold, damp soil over the Winter when establishing.
Thank you again for all your kind help and valued advice. I certainly know where to come next time!Ruth
Many thanks for delivering the damson tree and accessories before Christmas. It is now in the ground and looks to be a splendid tree. Also thank you for the refund of the postage and packaging it has now landed in my account. The Naked Wines Voucher was a welcome surprise.
I hope to do business with you again in the New Year
Best Wishes and a Merry ChristmasMike
Your package arrived this morning all in perfect order. I wish all transactions were this good (PERFECT).
I hope that we do business again in the near future.David Spragg
Thank you so much for my trees they really are super specimensAnnie
I received the Cider Apple trees and the Discovery pollinator this morning in the rain. That has kept them nice and moist as I unwrapped the huge parcel. For maidens, I'd expected trees either 5ft or a bit shorter, similar to ones received from other suppliers in the past. Yours were over 6ft and all in blossom. All in exemplary condition and well-branched. I shall need to put them in deeper pots for the time being, having been doused in rootgrow gell and shakings of the dry rootgrow to give them head start before planting them properly, where they are intended to grow on.
I cannot thank you enough as these five trees will last a lifetime. Ashridge trees come highly recommended by me.
I now look forward to making my own cider in the years to come.Myra
Thank you for safe arrival of order. Beautiful healthy plants to add to previous orders. A really good service.
Best wishesJessica Crichton
I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your web site together the efficient service and advice I have received.Russ Mathieson
My lavender hedge has just arrived, beautifully packed and in perfect
condition. Many thanks - I'm looking forward to getting the plants into the
ground and watching them flourish!Kate
I just wanted to say how very pleased I am with the trees I ordered from you. They arrived on Thursday. Sue Coates
Just to say that the Christmas tree I bought from you for this Christmas is the best tree I have ever bought. Beautiful needles, lovely shape etc. I will definitely get my tree form you again next year.D Letham
Just a quick email to say how delighted I am with the plants, packaging, delivery etc. Will purchase from you again, when I can think of something edible I would like to grow.D Collard
Thank you. All arrived safe and look really good strong and healthy - they came this morning and all are planted now.
Excellent quality and service.J Joseph
Thank you for the speedy delivery. My personal plants are excellent. Two out of three now in my garden. Thank goodness for the mild spell. Each one full of promise and look forward to their fruits. Thank you for your care.
Dear Ashridge Just to say many thanks for your usual efficiency in despatch and careful packaging. I’m very pleased with the quality of the stock - it looks excellentR. McCall
Plants were received on Friday thank you.
Fantastic, the roots were almost as well developed as the rest of the plant.
I shall certainly recommend you and your service to anyone who is looking to buy hedging plants.
My partner and I spent most of today planting the yew.
Really pleased with the way they look now that they are in the ground.M Breen
I just wanted to drop a quick message across to say how pleased I am with the Bay Tree I received today. It’s beautiful - since your delivery driver knocked at the door, I basically spent the rest of the day admiring it! Thank you so much! L Groom
I bought a tall Christmas tree from you this year and it just had to be the best one I have ever, ever had. I usually buy 2-3 trees each Christmas for family in Somerset, London and Cheshire from various nurseries and shops but I have never had one that kept its needles,colour and shape - and looked as good waiting to go on the bonfire as it was when I first bought it some weeks before Christmas.
Thank you,Ursula Inglis-Jones
yes the plants arrived and have been planted. All had very good roots and were healthy. We are very pleased.
Bare Root vs Pot Grown
Bare-root Plants are only delivered in the winter season, from November to May. Pot grown plants can be delivered all year round
Ashridge Trees: Bareroot plants vs Pot-Grown Explained
Bare-root Plants are only delivered in the winter season, from November to May. Pot grown plants can be delivered all year round
Advantages of Bare-root plants:
You pay less for the same size plants.
You can carry and plant them easily.
You only plant them in winter, so they need less maintenance after planting. The ground is naturally wet for their first few months.
You get the biggest selection: Many trees are not sold pot-grown.
They are "asleep" in winter - this is the best time to transplant any tree.
They use fewer fertilisers & fungicides, less water and less packaging and fuel in their production & delivery.
Advantages of Pot Grown plants:
Pot grown plants can be delivered & planted all year round.
Plants with tender roots & larger specimens must be delivered in pots.
Plants in pots can be kept for months longer if there is a delay in planting.
Our Advice to You: If you can't wait to get planting, order Pot grown plants now. If you are not in a hurry, order bare-root plants for delivery this winter. In both cases it is usually a good idea to order early.