Author Archives: Impact Plants

Instantly Impressive Ideas – July

1. July Species To bring some colour after a very rainy and miserable June, our species of the month is the lovely and bright Rhododendron. Popularly planted for their spectacular display of flowers, Rhododendrons are suited to most planting sites, preferring dappled shade. Rhododendron is a genus of shrubs and small to (rarely) large trees, the smallest species growing […]

Instantly Impressive Ivy

A hot topic at the minute, with Channel 4’s recent episode of Dispatches, is Ivy screens. On Monday 11th June, Dispatches completed a world-first experiment to reduce hundreds of primary school children’s exposure to toxic air. After visiting one of the most polluted primary schools in the country, Dispatches tested the air and found very […]

Instantly Impressive Ideas – June

1. June Species Our species of the month is grass! Not only the one grass but all from our amazing grasses range. Ornamental grass plants are a versatile addition to the gardenscape offering diverse colours, shapes and textures. Used traditionally along pathways and in borders, grasses have seen a resurgence in popularity, featuring extensively in modern […]

All About Lavender

Lavender is an extremely popular hedging shrub, whose distinctive look can be easily identified, bringing classical English essence to a garden. Famous for the wonderful spires of blue, purple and white flowers and the delightful fragrance that they produce, Lavender is grown around the world for its beauty, but also for the harvesting of its […]

Instantly Impressive Ideas- May

1. May Species Our species of the month is Ivy (Hedera Helix) which is most popularly used in our Living Screens. Hedera helix ‘Hibernica’, alternatively known as Atlantic or Irish Ivy, has a dark green, glossy leaf with defined lighter veining and a paler underside when mature. However, the new growth and flowering shoots are […]

Instantly Impressive Ideas – April

1. April Species Our hedging species for this month is no other than the versatile Box (Buxus Sempervirens). Buxus sempervirens, also known as ‘Boxwood’ is a native, shade tolerant plant that is suitable for most soil types and sites other than wet or windy sites. It is a versatile, classic hedge favoured by many people for […]

Cold Storing Bare Roots

What is cold storage and why do we use it? Cold storage is a safe technique used to extend the bare root season, which normally lasts until early April depending on the weather. Cold storage involves the use of large, cold containers, powered by solar panels in our case to reduce environmental impacts, and these stores […]

Instantly Impressive Ideas- March

  1. March Species Our hedging species of the month is Photinia Red Robin. The Photinia Red robin hedge plant (Photinia x fraseri) is a marvellous alternative choice for an evergreen hedge because of its brilliant red glossy young leaves, which give a spectacular display in spring and summer before maturing to dark green. It […]

Instantly Impressive Ideas- February

1. February Species Our plant of the month is evergreen shrub Choisya Ternata ‘Sundance’ also known as Golden Mexican Orange Blossom. This brightly coloured shrubs is the same in all respects as the green version (Mexican Orangle Blossom) but with bright yellow foliage, is fantastic for bringing some metaphorical sunshine into your planting scheme!  An evergreen […]