Plant Of The Month – Magnolia Stellata

Most gardeners will be familiar with the merits of the deciduous Magnolia Soulangiana and Magnolia Stellata.

These beautiful trees and shrubs welcome in the Spring every year with their stunning, architectural ‘fuzzy buds’. These buds open out to produce feminine yet strong floral displays accentuated by their presence on bare, foliage free branches. The striking lime green foliage appears after the flowers have unashamedly showed themselves off to the fullest.

There is a Magnolia stellata hybrid which can stop you in your tracks. The floral colour is rich and looks from a distance as if it were swirled out of silk.

Magnolia stellata ‘Susan’ is a compact, upright, scented Magnolia producing remarkable,goblet-shaped fragrant purple flowers around March.

The Magnolia is fully hardy and not a difficult tree to care for. They prefer a rich, moist soil with a good depth. Magnolia also prefer an ericaceous soil and are extremely tolerant of heavy clay.

Another joy of this tree is that it is slow-growing and easy to maintain, living happily in both large or small gardens.

Magnolia stellata Susan can help to provide the structure for a bed or border but equally can stand independently as a specimen within your garden.

The scent and colour of ‘Susan’s’ flower is absolutely glorious in its richness and it can totally transfix you with its sensory charm.

It is not subtle in colour for those gardeners preferring a subtle palette but it is also not loud and brassy.

I feel it would sit very well within gardens of all colour and if your garden has a quieter palette, then magnolia stellata Susan’ could certainly punctuate your scheme with a swatch of purple.

Please check out our Specimen Plant Catalogue for available sizes and prices.
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Garden Furniture For Hire

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Metal Garden Furniture for Hire

We have teamed up with Outside Edge Garden Furniture who supply a fantastic range of metal garden furniture. Go to their website and any garden furniture items including complete sets that you see are available for hire through us. We have the rights for the whole of Wales.

The B2B contract market is difficult, especially for a retailer like us. We find it easy to define the house owner and know our customer base, but the B2B market is more diverse, with fewer customers in very different sizes, looking to make a very informed decision.

This does not mean that the owner does not do this, of course, they make informed decisions. Nevertheless, while the homeowner might purchase some pieces of garden furniture at best, with a business client the contract may work in the 100’s. Add to this the fact is that there could be multiple decision makers, budgets, etc., things start to be a bit more complicated.

On the other hand, this is a great opportunity for us, our hire products are perfect for weddings, golf clubs, hotels, basically any business that has a need for short term use of outdoor furniture.

Decorated in classic style, solid construction and materials that have been designed to withstand the inclement weather. We know that  Outside’s Edge products have the look and feel that sets them apart from many of today’s commercial suppliers, material that will withstand up to, if outdo other materials such as wood.

Their outdoor furniture can sit in the hotel patio, without the need for employees to bring it indoors if there is a downpour. This requires very little in the way of maintenance, washing it with warm water and soap, once in a while will suffice. There is no need to paint. And in the worst case, you may have to adjust the leftover tab on the bottom of a chair leg with our touch up kit.

We must emphasize that Outside Edge has been supplying the trade for years.

Patio Furniture for Wedding ceremony Venues

The elegance and quality of our outdoor furniture provides itself perfectly to the wedding.

Patio furniture for sporting centres.

The Maintenance-free look of our garden furniture has proven to be popular with a number of golf courses and sports fields.

The metal garden chairs are an excellent choice for the contract market, as they are both lightweight but very sturdy. Additional stacking factor makes them easy to store without taking up too much space.

Garden furniture for care homes.

Garden and patio furniture for a house or birthday party.


Dyffryn Nurseries Gift Tokens

We are extremely pleased to introduce our new Dyffryn Nurseries Gift Tokens.

When you cannot decide on an ideal gift for your family & friends, we can offer a Dyffryn Nurseries Gift Token.

Starting from £10.00, our tokens are presented in a beautifully designed gift card, giving your loved ones the luxury of browsing for their own choice of trees, shrubs & pots.

We have also started a Dyffryn Nurseries Wedding Registry. Your guests can purchase your wedding gift tokens from us & if they do not live within the local area, we can send the gift tokens out to them. Then when you have honeymooned & everything has settled down, you can come along & we can help you choose plants or pots for your garden.

This is an ideal opportunity for newlyweds who already own their own home to create a fantastic outdoor living space, perfect for parties & entertaining.

Please contact Dyffryn Nurseries to purchase our gift tokens

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