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Our new winter opening times are 10.30am to 4pm  Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then we will close on the 19th of December and won't reopen again until the 4th of Feb. This is partly because both Cath and Andrew are unfortunately unwell at the moment and although both recovering will be off for some time. That only leaves myself, Rachel and Sam (who is with us 2 days a week), to cover the nursery and our planting, design and maintenance work. Mail order will continue as normal, if you are wanting any plants delivered.

If you would like to contact us on the days we are not open, you can email us on, which is checked on a daily basis or leave a message on our answering machine on 015395 61126 and we will get back to you.

If any of you are wanting planting designs doing for your gardens for spring please get in touch with us sooner rather than later as we have more time in the winter, to do the neccesary work.

Winter Tips
  • Protect planted pots and containers if the weather gets very frosty. If they freeze solid, the plants are likely to die. Please refer to Caths Tips and Advice section on the website (Planting plants for containers in winter) for further information.
  • Bare Root Planting - Trees. fruit trees and bushes and hedge plants can all be planted from the end of November until mid March bare rooted. Bare root plants are much cheaper than container plants and grow just as well. Please remember that the better quality plants tend to go early in the season so please order early. Planting earlier in the season, also gives the plants more time to settle in, before the growing season starts. In Caths Tips and advice section there is a bit on Autumn planting do's and don'ts if you would like more info.
  • Winter pruning - There are many deciduous plants which can be pruned in Winter providing the weather is not too cold. Don't prune in frosty weather or you risk damaging your plants. Remember any plants that flower before the end of June produce their flowers for next year on the previous seasons growth and should be pruned after flowering and not in the winter, otherwise you will prune off next years flowers.

Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'                                          Hamamelis Mollis                                 Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'  

There are plenty of winter flowering plants to keep an eye out for, if your garden is short of winter interest. such as Sarcococca 'Mahonia', Skimmia Rubella,  Hamamelis, Viburnum,Lonicera purpusii Winter Beauty, which flowers from December to April ,, also good foliage plants including Holly, Eleagnus, Variegated Griselinia, Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb', Arum italicum 'Marmoratum', Ophiopogon 'Nigrescens' and Evergreen ferns. There are also good plants with good bark like Betula jacquemontii, Prunus serrula, Cornus varieties, There are a number of perennials which will can flower during the winter months depending upon the weather one being Iris Lazica which has the ability to flower anytime between now and early May, Viola  odorata  can also flower on and off over the winter when the weather is mild and corydalis solida varieties start flowering in February . Then off course there are all the Helleborus varieties.

Arum italicum 'Marmoratum'       Viola odorata                         Iris lazica                                     Corydalis solida 'Beth Evans'

We would like to wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year from the team at Caths Garden Plants, if we don't see you before then, and that your gardens over winter well. 

Keep gardening and best wishes
Bob Sanderson