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Ornamental Grasses – Kings amongst plants

Ornamental  Grasses Ornamental grasses are a large and complex group of plants. They grow in a wide range of habitats and have differing needs.  However, you don’t need to know their scientific and botanical differences to have them grow in your garden.  We don’t always know how grasses react and grow when left untouched. After all we normally use a lawn mower and keep them short. Why Grasses? Grasses are low maintenance.  Whatever the climate, soil condition, position and size of space available, there is a suitable grass.  Most grasses survive in ordinary soil. They originate from wide open spaces and poor soil.  Grasses are mostly untroubled by pests and diseases.  Some varieties grow close to woodland edges so are suitable for shaded areas. The appeal of ornamental grasses is quite different from most herbaceous garden perennials.  Instead of bright colourful flowers grasses offer texture.  They give movement in the garden, as they move in waves in the wind.  The colours change as the seasons evolve from spring through summer and into autumn. In fact, grasses look their best in late summer when most herbaceous plants are past their peak. They come in a wide range of

Plant Profile | Primulas- the others

Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem.

Llandysul Winter Gardening Weekend

For those of you that are new to this annual event this is a FREE show that we hold, with help from the local community council, to 'kick start' the gardening year. Held over three days we transform the local hall into a winter wonderland. It is always a challenge to create a new centre stage display, one that will rival the many we have done in previous years. The hall will be filled with vibrant dogwoods and willows - fragrant Viburnum, Lonicera, Sarcococca and Daphnes to mention but a few. Other early birds that will be making an appearance include snowdrops, narcissi and our fabulous hellebores. As well as all the plants there will be a range of gardening related stalls to tempt you. Cakes, sandwiches and a cuppa are also available so you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The snow scene 2015 Just up the road at our nursery we will be running guided tours of the Hellebore growing area (where our 20,000 hellebores are produced) and the general nursery. This will include a look at the parent plants and the plantings in our open garden. The nursery itself covers over 3 acres and specialises

Our Nursery

Farmyard Nurseries, Carmarthenshire A Nursery that prides itself on growing hardy plants at reasonable prices. Established 37 years ago, Farmyard Nurseries is a retail nursery growing a wide range of plants especially trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, alpines and bedding plants. The nursery covers an area of approximately 3 acres, stocking upwards of 2000 varieties of plants and is based just outside Llandysul. As many plants as possible are grown outside in open beds to promote hardy garden worthy plants that will survive the rigors of our Welsh climate, however  a large area is covered with polythene tunnels to protect young plants, add shade or generally coddle the more unusual bits and pieces.. As we grow most of the plants ourselves we carry huge stocks, upwards of 2000 varieties, and customers are encouraged to wander freely. We have a well stocked  sales area which holds a large proportion of what we sell, however the 'best bits' are usually tucked away in a corner of the 3 acre nursery somewhere and finding these has kept many an avid collector busy for many hours, gleefully routing through nearly 40 polytunnels. Customers are encouraged to 'wander' around the majority of


Visit us at our Carmarthenshire nursery RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner Get advice and inspiration GARDEN PLANTS PLANTS FOR AUTUMN PLANTING NEWS & INSPIRATION FROM OUR NURSERY WELCOME TO FARMYARD NURSERIES We are a retail nursery that pride ourselves on providing a wide range of hardy plants at affordable prices, alongside knowledgeable friendly advice. Established in 1982, we specialise in growing hardy plants including Hellebores, Schizostylis (Hesperantha), Primula Sieboldii, herbaceous perennials, alpines, bedding plants, shrubs, trees and more unusual and exotic plants such as Sarracenia. Our nursery in Carmarthenshire is approximately 3 acres in size, allowing us to stock upwards of 2000 varieties of plants, most of which are all grown by us. As many plants as possible are grown outside in open beds to promote hardy garden worthy plants that will survive the rigors of our british climate. We also have 40 polytunnels which are used to protect young plants, add shade or

November Nursery News

Well the weather is slightly better and there are still lots of things going on!. Nursery News What a month we’ve had! Although the weather has been poor we still seem to have found time to finish off the cleaning up and managed to put to bed all the plants that either need heat or frost protection. We have tentatively dipped our toes into the ‘slightly tender’ group of plants this year. These include some of the Salvias, Nematanthoides, Begonias, Impatiens and several others that are on the fringe of hardiness. I have to admit that it has been quite nice, however we’ll see what the winter brings – still nothing ventured as they say! We still have quite a few bulbs ready to plant, its not too late – there is nothing quite like the show they give as spring dawns. It is possible to plant Daffodils and Narcissus right through until February and still get a good show. As far as plants go we are approaching the bare root season, hedging and bare root trees will be here in the next couple of weeks so if you are planning a hedge and want some plants,

Plant Profile | Hardy Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum are at home in the traditional herbaceous border or any cottage garden. Preferring a sunny site in average to rich soil, they generally look after themselves. Most require no other attention, water when dry, feed occasionally. The range of Chrysanthemum colours, shapes, sizes and heights is almost infinite.

Talks for Gardening Clubs etc.

Horticultural Talks Are you looking for a speaker for your gardening club or organisation then we may be able to help. Richard offers a range of light hearted yet informative talks on a range of subjects. Most of these are done on powerpoint, with good quality pictures. However hands on practical demonstrations as well as question and answer sessions are often requested.  He is prepared to travel, just drop us a line and we will check his diary. Costs are variable, depending on size of club and location, but for local clubs he charges £40 plus 35p per mile. A good range of interesting plants will be brought for sale. Below is a list of the talks that Richard currently presents. Having been on the circuit, so as to speak, for twenty years or more nothing is too large or small. We encourage audience participation and it is usually followed by a question and answer session. The talks can be tailored to almost any length, the norm being about an hour but longer or shorter are both easily doable. Talks not listed can also be put together given a couple of weeks notice, so if what you are after

Plant Profile | Rhodohypoxis

Rhodohypoxis are small clump-forming herbaceous perennials with tufts of hairy, narrowly lance-shaped leaves and solitary star-shaped, white, pink, red or purple flowers in summer.

Plant Profile | Hosta – perfect plants for shady sites

Of all the plants that are grown for their leaves, Hostas must be amongst the most spectacular. Their leaves come in such a range that it would be impossible to have them all (even if we are trying!!). Pale lemons, bold blues, delicately edged greens and subtle combinations of all the leaf colours - the list goes on. We currently have about 200 varieties, most of which are for sale all through the year. Our miniature collection is growing day by day. These small Hosta are excellent for growing in ornate pots. From large plants reaching heights of 1m or more, to small, miniatures no more than a couple of centimetres tall. Add to this the colour range… every shade of gold, green and blue in all sorts of combinations variegations and shapes. These sturdy herbaceous plants are amazing. There really are so many that it may seem slightly bewildering to begin with. Why not start with one of our special collections. Several are available, all excellent value for money. What makes them so much more special is that they are totally tolerant of shade. They then go on to produce tall spires of attractive lilac, white or purple