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Grasses | Structure, Movement, Form and Sound

Grasses can be planted together to form a spectacular textured border of different grass varieties or they can be mixed with complementary herbaceous perennials for a colourful mixed display of flower and foliage. The graceful leaves and delicate flowers shimmer and glow when backlit by...

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Going’s on at Greenshutters Garden Centre | Summer 2018

May was the hottest on record and after a cold April, we certainly had a dry May - that’s unless you caught one of those heavy thunderstorms. Everything is growing like mad and Greenshutters is looking at its best. Despite the cold start to spring,...

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Peonies | Beautiful flowers | Easy to Grow

Beautiful Peonies are easy to grow. Far from being hot house flowers steeped in the myth that they are fickle, they are entirely hardy and will happily move with you if you change address. Few creatures will eat them, being unpalatable to slugs, snails, rabbits...

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Lilac – Highly scented flowers in late spring

Lilac (Botanical name: Syringa) are large shrubs or small trees with highly scented flowers arranged in stunning cone-shaped spires in late spring. [caption id="attachment_53643" align="alignleft" width="300"] Lilac | Syringa Katherine Havermeyer[/caption] Lilac, despite the name, come in different colours including pink, white, purple, purple & white as...

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Growing Potatoes | Gardening Jargon Unravelled

Growing potatoes, especially new potatoes, can be very rewarding but there is a lot of jargon surrounding the practice. Here is our jargon-busting guide to growing potatoes.   Seed potatoes - These are potatoes that you plant in the ground in order to produce a crop of...

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March – Is it spring?

It is the 1st March, but as I sit here writing there is heavy snow all around and it definitely still feels like the depths of winter. We have been busy knocking snow off the polytunnels and water tank to prevent them collapsing. Hopefully in...

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Winter coloured stems and bark

Winter coloured stems are often over-looked for providing colour and structure in the garden. After the leaf colour of the autumn has gone and many plants have lost their leaves, there are several plants that shine out especially on a sunny winter’s day. Dogwood (Cornus) are...

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Holly bears a berry | Gardening Jargon No.5

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Christmas Trees for sale

Christmas trees are now available from Greenshutters Garden Centre at Fivehead near Taunton.  All our Christmas trees are British-grown and most prices are  the same as last year.  We have our usual top quality range of trees including the traditional Norway Spruce, the low-needle drop...

Garden Jargon Unravelled | No. 4 | Understanding Soil

Earth, Mud, Dirt, Ground, these are all terms for what a gardener calls Soil. Its properties change when it reacts with water, being a sticky nuisance on our boots when it’s too wet, or blowing as dust in our eyes if not enough water is...