20% Off All Plants
4th to 30th January
20% Off All Plants
To take advantage of our winter discounts just contact us as usual to plan your visit and book your appointment. If you are unable to make it to the nursery to select your plants, we can Whatsapp, video call or email you pictures to help you with your choice.
Christmas Gift Vouchers ~ Take The Cowards Way Out
If you’re after a planty sort of present for a friend or loved one, why not give them an Architectural Plants Gift Voucher? Present buying couldn’t be easier.
You can do it all on-line now. Choose one of our two options and we’ll email the voucher out or send it in the post.
Our vouchers are valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
If you would prefer, you can still call and we’ll sort it out over the phone.
Special Winter Sale Highlights
The canes emerge green from the ground and over a period of several weeks become black. You’ll be dying to cut away the lower foliage to expose the ‘almost’ glossy habit of the stems which, when the sun shines on them, reflect a little like polished ebony.
Evergreen, sometimes called ‘Zig-Zag Bamboo’ because of the behaviour of some of the canes at their bases. Very straight, neat, well organised looking plant with yellow canes with green stripes, growing to 6 or 7 metres.
Phyllostachys aurea: Evergreen, relatively well behaved bamboo with green canes (despite its latin name) and distinct knobbly bits at the base of the canes. Grows to about 5 metres.
Lyonothamnus floribundus aspleniifolius (Santa Cruz Ironwood) is remarkably tolerant of cold weather. When the old leaves drop, they tend to get stuck in the rest of the foliage. Look at a leaf and you’ll see why. They’re perfectly designed to do just that. Thus a windy site can be good – it blows all the old dead stuff away. Go further and pull off the peeling bark to reveal the beautiful colours beneath and you begin to understand Creative Maintenance.
Viburnum tinus is the perfect winter half-standard ‘lollypop’ with flowers you can admire in the warm from behind a pane of glass. It also makes a great hedge and topiary blob. Because the leaves are bigger than traditional for topiary, the effect of using this is less formal – slightly more shaggy. They are easy to clip with a pair of shears and we like to add to its shapeliness by revealing the trunk structure by thoughtful removal of lower branches.
Ilex perado is suprisingly tough and good in shade or sun. A rarity, it bears male and female flowers and produces green berries that turn red when ripe which are bigger than our native Holly. One of the most significant features of this little tree is its ability to grow in a pot and remain looking strong and sturdy for longer than any other woody plant we’ve ever encountered. Perfect for a roof garden as it doesn’t mind a bit of a blow either.
Prunus lusitanica myrtifolia, the narrow leafed form of Portuguese Laurel has a beauty and toughness – and liking for being clipped – making this one of our most important crops. We can go on and on about it. And frequently do. Very unfussy. Can be grown anywhere except waterlogged soil. It can be pruned and clipped very successfully into hedges or for topiary. If grown in pots, then prune to shape with secateurs regularly.
Euonymus microphyllus (Boxed Leaf Euonymus) is a terrific alternative to Box. In some ways nicer and greener with bright new foliage. This plant seems happy on any soil, sun or shade. It clips well, is hardy, grows slowly and is shade tolerant. You can always tell if a clipped plant is shade tolerant by parting the crown and peering inside. If there are masses of leaves within, it’s very shade tolerant.
Pseudopanax ferox (Ferocious Lancewood) pictured left, is considerably rare in its native New Zealand and goes through an extraordinary metamorphosis, from stick with strange brown narrow saws hanging off it, through to 14ft tall lollipop surmounted by a mass of shorter slightly greener leaves. In common with all Pseudopanax, it will survive happily in a pot for longer than most. To give it the full New Zealand treatment, grow in groves. It’s worth reading our write up on Pseudopanax crassifolius as there are many similarities between these two trees.
Pseudopanax laetus and Pseudopanax arboreous (Five Finger) occur naturally in forest margins and scrubland and will there grow to 15ft in height. In cultivation they will grow happily either in the open or in dappled shade achieving dimensions of 10ft in height and spread.