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Japanese maple in autumn colour

October 22nd, 2016

This year the autumn colours are stunning  and for a small garden a Japanese maple,of which there are numerous varieties and colours is an ideal choice. Jasper recommends buying and planting them now as you can see what the autumn colour is like and it`s the best time to plant them as they will establish […]

Euonymus europaeus ( Spindle Tree)

October 6th, 2016

As the weather starts to turn colder, the trees and shrubs start closing down for the winter giving us a final burst of colour in the Autumn months before winter exerts it`s icy influence. One of the best large shrubs for brilliant reds with red and orange seed capsules is our native Spindle tree (Euonymus […]

Clerodendron bungei

August 29th, 2016

An interesting, easy  shrub growing at Avery`s and of course being shown off by our resident gardening expert is Clerodendron bungei. It likes a sunny well drained position where it will produce large rosy-red, fragrant, flowers in Aug-Sept. It tends to sucker a lot which need to be kept in check or dug up to plant […]

Cornus kousa

June 11th, 2016

Growing at Averys Garden Centre is this young specimen of Cornus kousa showing of it`s white very showy bracts, which are followed by strawberry like fruits in the autumn and leaves which turn bronze and crimson. Not recommended for chalk soils. Introduced from Japan and Korea in 1875.

Killerton Gardens

May 22nd, 2016

Had a trip out to the National Trust gardens at Killerton ,near Exeter. The Rhododendrons and Azaleas where supper but the star of the show was the  Pocket Handkerchief  tree or sometimes called the Ghost tree (Davidia involucrata) .

Hellebores and Camellias

March 8th, 2016

Plant colour  combinations often happen by chance. Here we have Jasper showing off a pink display of Hellebores and Camellias ,flowering at the same time. Hellebores make stunning displays in the winter especially with snowdrops and the Camellias  coming into flower herald the fact that spring is about to spring .

Witch Hazel

March 2nd, 2016

This is a picture of a Witch Hazel  (Hamamelis) planted amongst the trees on the river bank at Avery`s. They are really interesting shrubs, small trees, as they flower in the winter and have these very unusual strop like petals. The flowers come in all shades from red to yellow depending on the variety planted. […]

Stourhead Gardens

October 11th, 2015

This is a great time of year to visit gardens and admire their autumn finery before the winter sets in. It is surprising the colour from the trees and the late flowers that are still there to be admired. Yesterday we visited Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire. A national trust garden and house open to the public. […]

Autumn Colour at Averys Garden Centre

October 8th, 2015

This year it looks like there are going to be some amazing displays of autumn colour, after the bumper crops of berries and fruit. When selecting a tree or a shrub for planting, it`s  always a good idea to consider what the expected autumn colour display could be, because the autumn display could be more striking […]

Poison Leaves

October 4th, 2015

Unfortunately are resident gardening expert, Jasper the English Bull terrier has been really ill, but seems  now  to making  a full recovery. The problem would seem to have stemmed from the fact that while he was in his daytime bed under the potting bench ,he  ate the leaves which fell on the  floor, from  the Accuba japonica shrub […]