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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August Garden Notes

With the drought conditions we experienced in early and mid-summer, here are a few tips to prepare your garden for future hot and dry weather.

Aim to avoid planting in the heat of the summer.  Shrubs and trees which are planted in the cold and wet of winter will be well established to cope with dry conditions by the time they arrive.  Early spring planting works well for less hardy specimens – particularly if we experience another “Beast from the East”.

Weeds not only compete for nutrients, but also for water.  So keep them well under control, especially around immature plants.  A layer of bark chips will also help enormously with both water retention and weed control.

–  Improving the texture and nutrients in your soil will make your plants more resilient.  If you are on sand, chalk or clay, try a mulch of mushroom compost, well-rotted horse manure, or composted bark.  Best of all, use your own garden compost.

Water butts are a very efficient and cost-effective way to preserve water.  A diverter can be attached to a down-pipe to prevent overflowing in wet conditions.

Turfing or seeding in hot weather is not advisable.  For best results, wait for cooler and more moist  conditions in September.

Choose plants carefully.  Established perennials will be much more resilient than bedding plants in drought conditions.  Grasses will love the sun, as will herbs such as lavender, rosemary and thyme.  Roses have been exceptional this year – the lack of moisture has reduced the incidence of blackspot and mildew, whilst the long hours of sunshine have produced repeated blooms where plants have been dead-headed.  Reserve hydrangeas and azaleas for cooler, shadier areas where they will flourish with little attention.

David Hogg
Buckland Nurseries