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Plants For Sale

I supply a small, carefully chosen range of plants of consistent quality: all are propagated by me, here in South Oxfordshire, and all are strong young plants, which are accustomed to our local climate. No polytunnel-protected plants here!

Most plants are either in small pots - 9cm (3½"), or in 2 litre pots: that's about 5" (13cms) across the top. They are well established, well rooted, and can either be planted out straight away, or can be left in their pots until you are ready to plant, but as with all pots, you must remember to water them, even if it rains..

Payment by Paypal, UK only: and don't worry if you don't have a Paypal account, you can use it as a "guest" using your credit card. No fees to you (I get to pay all of those!) and it's dead easy!


Plants currently for sale (scroll down for pics, details and prices):

Auricula
Snake's Head Fritillery (Fritillery meleagris)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Hepatica nobilis  
Hart's Tongue Ferns (Asplenium scolopendrium)
Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

Hydrangea quercifolia
Heuchera 'Palace Purple'



Auricula

Fully hardy, outdoor perennial Auricula.


Sturdy, well-rooted, pot-grown plants, in 3½" pots (9cm).

Flat open flowers held on stiffly upright stems.

These ones live in my cold, east-facing front garden all year round: too much direct sun will fade the flowers.

If you've never tried growing Auricula before, these are ideal ones to start on: they are fully hardy, so they don't need cosseting in greenhouses: they have much-reduced “meal” on the leaves so they look quite normal: and several of them are already producing baby plants at the base of the stem, so you can practice propagating.

Photo shows plants for sale, taken yesterday: I am selling gold flowered ones, pale lilac, and purple flowered.Please note the yellow ones are not yellow, they are more of an "old gold" colour!


Auriculas are often grown as “show” plants, each individual plant in a small terracotta pot (preferably a hand-made one), displayed on shelves. All you need to do is pick of dead leaves from time to time, and remove the flowering stem once the flowers have died back.

£8 per pot.


Snake's Head Fritillery (Fritillery meleagris)


Classic meadow flower for late spring into early summer: elegant nodding heads which are usually a purple chequerboard pattern, but which are sometimes clear white.

Ideal for naturalising into grass which can be left unmown through the summer.



£5 per pot









Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)


Tall, rather lax hardy perennial, worthy of a place in any cottage garden planting: pink flowers in dense clusters through the summer.


I have several small well-rooted plants for sale: don't be fooled by the size, they quick spread by underground runners, and next year will be 4' tall.

It's called Soapwort because it was used for washing hands and clothes: yes, you can grow your own soap!

I have several small well-rooted plants for sale: don't be fooled by the size, they quick spread by underground runners, and next year will be 4' tall.

Small pots £5
Large pots £8






Hepatica nobilis (rather cruelly called Liverwort, horrible name)

 It's hard to capture the true beauty of this small, blue flower: so nice in spring when we are (say it quietly) getting a bit sick and tired of yellow!

Small woodland plant, happy to grow in shady conditions where, for most of the year, it's just a dome of foliage.



But in early Spring, the beautiful clear blue flowers appear, often when there are no leaves to be seen.

Rarely found for sale: slow to spread but will eventually make clumps a foot across.

£10













Hart's Tongue Ferns (Asplenium scolopendrium)


Small plants in 5cm (2") pots, perfect for cramming into crevices in old walls, or for that shady spot in your woodland garden.


£3 each








Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

Vigorous hardy climber, semi-evergreen with very attractive five-lobed leaves. Dark purple flowers appear in spring, and in hot summers, they are followed by sausage-shaped fruits.

Climbs by way of twining tendrils, so if you give it a little support when small, it will soon get the idea and head for the heavens.

Well rooted in 11cm  (4½") pots £8 each.







I also have the white-flowered variety for sale.



Hydrangea quercifolia

This lovely shrub makes a change from the usual mop-headed Hydreangea!

Fully hardy, grows into a good-sized bush, really unusual triangular panicles of creamy-white flowers.

Strong young plants, well rooted, some single stemmed, some multi stemmed, in 2litre pots.

£10 each










Heuchera 'Palace Purple'

 Strong young plants, taken as cuttings from one of my own plants.

One of the nicest Heucheras: strongly coloured, looks fab in the rain: fully hardy and very easy to grow.

They do flower, but you grow them mainly for the lovely purple foliage.

3½" pots (9cm) £4




















Postage/collection: if you live in South Oxfordshire, you are most welcome to view and collect. Please contact me by email at Inquiries@rachel-the-gardener.co.uk, and we can arrange an appointment.

For postage, email me at Inquiries@rachel-the-gardener.co.uk with a list of the plants you want, and I will confirm back a price for postage. As guidance, P&P is normally £4 up to one kg, which usually covers 3 small plants or one large, £5.50 for up to 2kg, and that's courier delivery.

The plants below are not currently for sale, but I leave the details here because they will be available again later. Usually this means that either it's the "wrong" time of year to sell them as they are looking sad and bedraggled: or I've only recently potted them on, and I don't like to sell plants just after repotting. But if there's something here  below that you really, really want, email me at Inquiries@Rachel-the-gardener.co.uk and I'll give you an honest assessment of their condition.