Buckland Nurseries

Buckland Nurseries was established as a family run garden centre business over 150 years ago.  David and Linda Hogg

The business was founded by Thomas Hogg in 1865 and has continued through six generations of the Hogg family into the hands of David and Linda Hogg (pictured alongside). 

Buckland Nurseries stocks a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, roses, herbs, garden sundries, tools, turf, seeds, paving and gravels and the friendly team looks forward to giving you a lovely welcome when you next visit their traditional Garden Centre. 

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July Garden Notes

With the main holiday season now upon us, this coincides (we hope!) with warm and dry summer weather.   For recently planted trees and shrubs, take care if you go away for a week or two that they are not neglected.   Link up a simple timer to a leaky pipe irrigation system.   For pots, hanging baskets and grow-bags, various drips and sprayers are available.   A few minutes of gentle watering each day will suffice to ensure lush growth.

Summer pruning would be useful now.   Cut back early summer flowering shrubs such as spiraea, philadelphus and weigelia.   A gentle maintenance prune of hedges will tidy up straggly spring growth – for hard pruning wait until later in the year.   At any time, always check carefully for nesting birds.  Thin out apple and fruit trees where they are overburdened to ensure larger and better quality fruit.  Espalier, cordons and fans should be pruned at the end of July to maintain their shape.

Many herbaceous perennials will now be giving their best show of the year.   Provide supports where they are tall and delicate, or overhanging borders.   Although many are quite thuggish and can overwhelm smaller plants, they are useful for crowding out weeds.   Try alchemilla mollis, lysimachia  and hardy geraniums such as rozanne or wargrave’s pink if you are prepared to be invaded by foliage and colour

Dead-heading and feeding is crucial to prolong the flowering season of bedding plants. Many will continue well into September.   Fuchsias in particular tend to look better and better as the season progresses : from the small and compact tom thumb to the hardy shrubby riccartonnii and pure white hawkshead. Stunning!

David Hogg
Buckland Nurseries