Alpine plants need a free draining growing environment to cope with the sudden influx of water created by melting snow in the Spring.
We add bark to peat to create a free draining media, and add a control release fertiliser for longer term nutrition as well as a base fertiliser to give an initial nutrient boost at the point of planting.Available as 40-litre bag, Loose load or Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£108.00 retail).
There are a few shrubs which prefer a more acidic growing media (eg Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias etc).
We mix fine and coarse acidic peat with chipped pine bark and a base fertiliser to provide an nutrient rich ericaceous growing media in which your acid loving shrubs will thrive.Available as 40-litre bag or Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£108.00 retail).
We combine fine peat, for efficient water management and nutrient retention, with control release fertiliser. Geraniums benefit from a pH of around 6.5, nut no lower than 5.5. Peat is naturally acidic so we add an element of magnesium lime to create the optimum pH for Geranium growth.
Best planted in areas where they will be exposed to at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight per day. Geraniums favour moist, free draining soil. It is also best to mulch the plants to help retain water throughout the growing season.Available as 40-litre bag, Loose load or Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£114.00 retail).
Perennial and Herbaceous plants that are overwintered outdoors require good drainage. To achieve this we mix a blend of fine and coarse peat with pine bark.
Mixed in is a control release fertiliser for season long nutrition, as well as a base fertiliser to provide an initial nutrient boost.Available as Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£110.40 retail).
Roses are relatively easy to grow successfully as long as they receive sufficient direct sunlight and are planted in well drained and fertile soil. This is a blend of fine and coarse peat, with clay loam and grit.
We also add an element of lime to ensure that the growing media is at the best growing pH for roses which is between 5.5 – 6.Available as Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£93.60 retail).
We mix peat with a small percentage of clay loam and a control release fertiliser to provide the perfect growing medium for most shrubs, be they border or container based (NB for acid loving shrubs see our Ericaceous Shrub Mix).
Once established shrubs need relatively little watering, however they will benefit from being mulched as this will help with water retention, weed suppression and in boosting nutrient levels. Mulching is normally done in late winter after application of a general purpose fertiliser, although shrubs can be mulched any time from late Spring to early Autumn providing that the soil is damp.Available as Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£108.00 retail).
Succulents thrive in dry, arid growing conditions. Therefore they require a free draining potting soil. We use sandy loam, grit and a lightweight expanded clay aggregate to achieve the optimum growing environment.
To this mix we also add a control release fertiliser that provides months of nutrition, and a systemic insecticide which targets major soil and foliar pests. This is particularly appropriate for container grown plants.
The standard mix is suitable for seedlings and young plants, as well as more established succulents.Out of stock, normally available as Bulk bag (~1 m³) (£120.00 retail).