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Plants, shrubs and trees in general
  • Institute of Horticulture -the authoritative organisation representing all those professionally engaged in Horticulture in the UK & Ireland.
  • Growing Native -a simple guide to growing indigenous trees and wild flowers, provided by The Friends of Priors Hill Copse, an ancient woodland in Butlocks Heath.
  • Postcode Plants Database -find tailor-made lists of local plants, hospitable to wildlife and suitable for gardens within your postal district. You can then drill down into the list to get full details on each ondividual plant.
  • Plants for a future -charitable company providing a resource on rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. Originally set up to support the work of Ken and Addy Fern on their experimental site in Cornwall, where they carried out research and provided information on plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate, the database currently consists of some 7000 species of plants.
  • Royal Horticultural Society -the world's leading horticultural organisation, founded in 1804.
  • Thomas Jefferson Centre for Historic Plants -established at Monticello in 1987, it collects, preserves, and distributes historic plant varieties and strives to promote greater appreciation for the origins and evolution of garden plants.
  • International Aroid Society -site feature plants from the Araceae family.

Plant types:


  • Alpine Garden Society -founded in 1929 with the aim of promoting an interest in all aspects of alpine plants, their cultivation in rock gardens and plant conservation in their natural habitats. Based in Pershore, they are one of the largest specialist garden societies in the world.
  • Potterton & Martin -family run specialist hursery selling alpines, dwarf bulbs and woodland plants from their base in Licolnshire and by mail order.
  • Scottish Rock Garden Club -enthusiasts for alpine and rock garden plants. With over 4500 members they are the largest horticultural society in Scotland.
  • The Alpine Garden -originally established as the electronic homepage for the East Lancashire Group of the Alpine Garden Society, it has since developed into a free, non-profit international resource for lovers of alpine and rock garden plants.


  • Bonsai4me - information by Harry Harrington on the subject of Bonsai, including the basics of bonsai, species guide and other articles.
  • Bonsai information -Craig Coussins personal website on the subject.
  • Heron's Bonsai -Seven acres of Bonsai and Japanese Garden trees in every shape, size and style.
  • Fern Express -supply a range of top quality Tree Ferns by mail order throughout the UK.

Flowering Plants

  • Avon Bulbs. Online ordering of flower bulbs from Chelsea gold medal winners. Allso offer bed and breakfast at their farm in Somerset.
  • Broadleigh bulbs -specialists in bulbs and small perennials -download their catalogue and order online.
  • Colesbourne Park -describes itself as England's Greatest Snowdrop Garden -special snowdrop weekends in February.
  • Orchard Nurseries -specialist bulb growers based in Wisbech Cambridgeshire -mail order or online ordering for snowdrops, bluebells, aconites and spring bulbs.
  • Paul Christian Rare Plants -huge list of bulbs from their farm in Wrexham.
  • Camellias Online -Imberhorne Lane nursery specialise in Camelias, Rhododendrum and Tree Peonies . Allso suppliers to retail and the trade of Eco Friendly Composts, Mulches and Soil Improvers.
  • Peony Passions -mail order nursery that specialises in Chinese Tree Peonies.
  • Glendoick -established 1953, Glendoick are Europe's leading rhododendron, azalea and acid plant specialists.

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Gardeners Kitchen - Specialising in the supply of Vegetable and Herb plants to Garden Centres.
  • Brogdale -home of the national fruit collection., the farm is located near Faversham in Kent and operates under the curatorship of the University of Reading. The National Fruit Collection website holds a database of over 3,500 named Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, Bush fruit, Vine and Cob Nut cultivars.
  • Herb Society -the UK's leading society for increasing the understanding, use and appreciation of herbs and their benefits to health.
  • Poyntzfieldherbs -located in Ross & Cromarty, Scotland, they specialise in the cultivation of herb plants and seeds using organic and biodynamic principles, with over 400 varieties for sale.
  • Tullens Fruit Farm -specialist supliers of traditional English apples and pears, based in Pulborough, West Sussex.
  • Vegetable Gardening Club -Hints and tips on vegetable gardening.
Grasses and Lawns
  • Evergreens Artificial Grass UK -artificial grass from Evergreens UK is ideal for artificial lawns, displays, patios and roof gardens.
  • Jubilee Seeds UK -UK based grass seed and turf suppliers, offering varieties of grass seed and turf for sports grounds, gardens landscaping and meadows.
  • Just Bamboo -information on Bamboo and you can order on-line.
  • Knoll Gardens -award winning show garden and nursery by Neil Lucas, known nationally and internationally for its expertise in ornamental grasses, along with many other plants and perennials.
  • Lawn care tips -everything from seeding to maintenance.
  • Smartedge - brand new flexible lawn edging system. 5m and 50m rolls. Easy to install, handles curves, corners etc, Looks good and reduces lawn-edge maintenance to zero.
  • British Trees -guide to native trees by Bill Unsworth.
  • Growing Native -a simple guide to growing indigenous trees and wild flowers, provided by The Friends of Priors Hill Copse, an ancient woodland in Butlocks Heath.
  • Impact Plants -suppliers of large trees and hedges -based in Bath, Somerset.
  • Standard Trees Nurseries -growers of heavy standard amenity trees and conifers, and importers of fully matures trees up to 40ft tall, for instant effect in landscape or garden.
Tropical, Succuelents and Cacti
  • BCSS -British Cactus and Succulent Society.
  • Cactus Plaza -online cactus nursery specialized in Lophophora, Trichocereus, Selenicereus and Pereskiopsis. Good information on cactus propagation.
  • East of Eden - Mediterranean and tropical garden design specialists. Plants from their own private Cornish nursery and top European plant nurseries, with on-line shop for garden accessories.
  • Glenhirst -nursery specialising in cacti, succulents and exotic hardy/half-hardy plants, based in Boston, Lincolnshire.
  • Nothing but Seeds -seeds collection for the tropical enthusiast, Bonsai, Palm and Cacti specialist.
  • The Succulent Plant Page - Resource for those interested in growing, showing, propagating and conserving succulent plants including cacti.
  • Urban Jungle - Exotic and unusual plants including cannas, gingers, bananas, tree ferns, palms, bamboos, aroids and unusual perennials. Easter Island figures, driftwood sculptors and hammocks.

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