Some Good Reasons To Visit Your Local Garden Centre In January

Beat those January cold weather blues with a trip to your local Park Garden Centre.

Come in for a coffee and cake or a warming lunch and then take a look at our plant departments as it will not be too long till spring!

Our new seasons supply of seed potatoes are in, so you will have the whole range to choose from, all the old favourite varieties and some new star performers. Also available now are soft fruit bushes and raspberry canes which can be planted now as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Staying on an edible theme, onion sets are also in stock now, and garlic will be coming in shortly. A great idea for some veg to grow if you don’t fancy being out -doors, is mushrooms. We have boxes costing £5.99, and £9.99 for a larger one, that are ready to use and you should have your first crop in 4 – 6 weeks, it is quite exciting seeing the first ones breaking through the surface of the compost.

Now is the ideal time to be thinking what seeds to buy for your spring and summer displays and also choosing summer bulbs – we are expecting to take delivery of our full range any day now. The summer bulbs include some of the most colourful and glamorous of garden flowers, such as Dahlias, Gladiolus and Lilies.

If you are considering planting a hedge then now is the best time to buy traditional hedging plants. A bundle of ten plants costs only £11.99 which is incredible value, choose from Beech, Hornbeam, Hazel, Hawthorn, Privet and Rosa Rugosa.

If you can’t get out in the garden at this time of year then bring the garden inside with some new house plants. There are so many varied ones to choose from and there is one for most places in the house. Exotic Phalaenopsis Orchids are beautiful and long-lasting. Kalanchoes are cheerful little plants that brighten up any room and are easy to care for. Anthuriums lend a tropical look with their glossy leaves and sail-shaped flowers in red, pink or white. As well as flowering plants there are also many fantastic foliage plants that add to the decor of the home.

A useful job at this time of year is redesigning any overgrown or tired areas of the garden. Remove or prune old shrubs that are not performing as well any  more and plan what new ones to replace them with. During the winter, before the garden centres get busy again, is the ideal time to come in for a chat with our plant area staff who have more time to help you make your choices and advise on your ideas. Bring in any plans or photos that may help with making the right decisions of what plant would suit.

One last thing to remember at the garden centre is to stock up on feed for the wild birds, who are struggling in the cold weather.

All the best,
Judy

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