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The Nursery

Yellow House Heritage Perennials is open by appointment most of the year

When you visit the nursery, you are welcome to wander around the garden and see many of the plants in our catalogue growing “in situ”.

I find it often helps to see them actually growing and appreciate their form, texture and colour (if you come when they are flowering).

Garden clubs and other groups are welcome; just give us some notice beforehand. You’re also welcome to picnic in the garden if you wish.

It’s a good but busy life. We’re enthusiastic to share with others through our plants, visits to our garden, talks on herbs, propagation techniques, perennials and the more unusual veggies and how to cook them

All our potting mixes are made on site, varying to suit the needs of individual species, no artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are ever used. Sometimes this leads to particular plant species being abandoned due to insect attack or fungal diseases. There are so many wonderful plants to discover and propagate that we have adopted a “shape up or ship out” policy.

Our climate is coastal (15 km from the sea)

frost free and our coldest winter temperature is about 5⁰ - summer temperatures occasionally in the 40s, usually in the 30s, with high summer humidity. Previously we lived in an area which was colder with some quite heavy frosts at times. Most of the plants we moved here have adapted very well with few losses, which reinforces my belief that plants really do want to live and will do their best to adapt to different soil and climatic conditions. You may find plants you have purchased from us or are familiar with grow quite differently in your locality. Sometimes I have read of one which reaches 2m, when for me it has never exceeded 50cm, while the reverse is also true. Gardening is certainly full of surprises.
Where plants are known by us to be frost tender, we have noted in our catalogue. Most will recover well if cut back – we recommend growing frost tender plants near a wall or protected location, mulch helps keep soil warm

We have just returned from the UK where there were many moments of disbelief that some perennials I have grown for years had totally different habits of growth. I also discovered that some botanical names we take for granted are completely wrong! It’s so rewarding to give a correct title to a particular plant. Nomenclature reminds me of a detective story with the grand finale of ‘who dun it’. Some plants have taken years to identify, for instance salvias are particularly challenging.

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