The Henley Arts Trail 2024

The Henley Arts Trail 2024

Twelve talented artists will be showcasing unique outdoor sculpture in a variety of sizes and materials. You will find inspiring metal and stone sculptures along with water features all designed to add impact, movement and style to your garden. Saturday 4th –...
APL Award 2024 Winners

APL Award 2024 Winners

We are thrilled to have won two APL Awards today for our design and build “A Private Residence in Berkhire” Design and build, project over £250,000 – best in category Maintenance – gold award A huge thank you to all the teams who worked on this ambitious...
Feeling Peachy

Feeling Peachy

The official Pantone colour of 2024 is ‘Peach Fuzz’. It’s a delicately warm orangey-pink hue that’s calming and reassuring. Geum ‘’Totally Tangerine’ in flower. It’s a colour reminiscent of sunrise or a nice summer’s day, says Lauren Labrecque, a marketing researcher...
Meet Lynda, Plant Sales Advisor

Meet Lynda, Plant Sales Advisor

Lynda joined The Big Plant Nursery team in October 2020 as a Plant Sales Advisor. She studied Garden Design and Horticulture at the Berkshire College of Agriculture and has combined a garden design and garden maintenance alongside a twenty year career in teaching. “An...
Magnificent Magnolia

Magnificent Magnolia

Magnolia, much more exciting than the well known shade of paint of the same name, Magnolia trees have goblet shaped flowers and are admired by some as the icons of spring. An iconic spring scene Dating back to the Cretaceous period (142 to 65 million years ago),...
Cyber Lime: Colour of the year 2024

Cyber Lime: Colour of the year 2024

Before spring bursts onto the scene, use this time to plan any changes to your garden and freshen up your beds / borders. Speaking of fresh, Cyber Lime has been predicted as the colour of 2024 by global trend and forecasting organisations. It’s a zesty lemon and...
Planting: What, why and where?

Planting: What, why and where?

As we approach March, the sunny days are a calling to you to get out in to the garden. They bring the promise of spring and a glimpse of warmer days to come. Using this time of year to get plants in the ground is invaluable. It is the perfect time to be planting,...
Mini gardeners: Encouraging children to garden

Mini gardeners: Encouraging children to garden

This half term, remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have fun together. There is entertainment and education to be found in your very own garden and it just so happens to be National Children’s Gardening week running from: 25th May –...
Fall in love this spring

Fall in love this spring

Have a spring romance with our flowering trees Who needs Paris in the spring or the Japanese sakura? From billowy, burgeoning blossoms to showy shrubs, we have it all here at The Big Plant Nursery. We can help you select the right tree for your garden. Trees are a...
Our favourite Valentine’s Day inspired plants

Our favourite Valentine’s Day inspired plants

A plant is very similar to a relationship; in order to flourish it requires nurturing, attention and commitment. Agapanthus ‘Flower of Love’ Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Cercis canadensis ‘Eternal Flame’ Cercis canadensis...
A planting case study

A planting case study

This journey began with our ‘At Home’ Consultancy service. The client desired a soft, contemporary and low maintenance planting scheme. The garden already benefited from some healthy shrubs but the planting wasn’t cohesive meaning it felt too fussy....
Create a Nordic style garden

Create a Nordic style garden

In the Nordic countries, the concept of “friluftsliv” (open-air living) is very popular despite freezing temperatures and little daylight. Widely regarded as vital to mental and physical well-being, and if you need more convincing, the Nordics are amongst...
The Bare Bones

The Bare Bones

Prepare to adjust your perspective on what makes the perfect winter garden. In recent years there has been a big shift in winter garden design. A reimagination of a wilder winter where wildlife, birds especially, are taken into account. There’s certainly nothing...
Keep it real this Christmas

Keep it real this Christmas

Long before Christianity, evergreen trees were celebrated during the winter months and brought into the home to ward off illness, evil spirits and as a symbol of hope that spring would return. The origins of the Christmas tree as we know it began in Germany however...
The history of the Christmas tree

The history of the Christmas tree

Have you ever wondered why we bring trees into our homes and decorate them at this time of year? It all started in the pine forest covered areas of Northern Europe. The earliest records of evergreen trees being brought inside and decorated around the winter solstice...
Our Christmas trees have arrived

Our Christmas trees have arrived

Our freshly cut Christmas trees have been delivered and our eager elves are waiting to help you choose one. Generally weekday mornings are quieter but we also offer a delivery service if you prefer. Buy online or visit the nursery to hand pick your own. We are proud...
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

To celebrate World Kindness Day on the 13th November, we are thinking about ways to show kindness to our plants and garden and the wildlife that inhabit it. Here are five things you can do this month that will make a big difference: Introduce new berrying / fruiting...
Meet Jemma

Meet Jemma

Jemma is the Marketing Manager for The Big Plant Nursery and Creative Landscape Co. She joined the company in 2018 after having gained experience in Marketing at a Law firm. After making the leap from law to horticulture, Jemma enjoys working with something tangible;...
Christmas gift ideas

Christmas gift ideas

Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Why not give the gift of green! Giving someone a plant symbolises good luck and hope for the future. The Romans gifted each other holly wreaths during the Winter Solstice, as a way to honour Saturn, the god of agriculture. Ivy...
Meet Alex, Nursery Plant and Sales Advisor

Meet Alex, Nursery Plant and Sales Advisor

Alex is a nursery plant and sales advisor. He is customer facing and part of the team responsible for creating and maintaining our inspiring plant displays. Alex has studied Zoology and has a Masters in Ecology which makes him our go to guy when it comes to...
Gothic Romance

Gothic Romance

Bring darker foliage into your planting schemes for a Gothic style garden . Whether you want to go full gothic romance like Kat Von D or create a slick contemporary garden, dark foliage and flowers are a great way to do this. If a whimsical cottage garden is more your...
Spooky Shrubs & Paranormal Plants

Spooky Shrubs & Paranormal Plants

Plants and trees have long been associated with legends and folklore. Whether it’s to craft into a wand, a talisman for protection to concoct a powerful potion or bubbling witches brew. There are many poisonous plants associated with Witches such as the more...
Your Autumn Checklist

Your Autumn Checklist

To create the perfect autumn garden you need to focus on foliage colour <CLICK HERE> Cosy up this autumn Autumn doesn’t mean your long lazy days in the garden have to come to an end. There are so many ways to continue to enjoy your garden well into the cooler...
What is a Medlar?

What is a Medlar?

Medlars (Mespilus germanica) are closely related to apples and are easy to grow, productive, generally problem-free and need little pruning. They are attractive trees, producing large white flowers in late spring, followed by small rounded fruits (about 5cm/2in...