At Oakington Garden Centre we have a good selection of hardy garden shrubs all the year round. There are plenty of familiar favourites such as Buddleia, Fuchsias, Hebes and Philadelphus, as well as some that are more unusual such as Kalmias and Dipelta. Our shrub beds are organised into those that are deciduous and those that are evergreen, with small displays of drought tolerant plants, shade tolerant plants, and those that are suitable for ground cover.
From early spring to early summer we have a large display of hardy perennials in smaller pots, enabling you to plant in larger clumps or drifts. We sell Delphiniums, Hollyhocks, Asters, Campanulas, Geraniums, Phlox, Verbenas and many more. During earlier summer the perennials really come in to their own, larger pots of these versatile plants become available, including a good range of Peonies (the Plant Managers favourite). We also have a good choice of shade loving perennials, such as Hostas, Heucheras, Ferns, Astrantias and Toad Lilies.
The more invasive varieties of bamboo can make you very unpopular with your neighbours so we tend to concentrate on the clump forming types such as Phyllostachys and Fargesia. Our range of grasses includes Acorus for moist soils, varieties of Carex, large flowered Miscanthus and Stipa varieties and colourful Ophiopogon and Uncinia.
Climbing plants are extremely versatile, they can scramble over a fence, pergola, shed or tree, add height to a border by being trained up an obelisk, or be used as colourful ground cover. We have a good selection of early, mid-season and late flowering Clematis, including patio varieties that are great for a pot or small space. We also have a large range of other climbers: Abutilons, Campsis, Ivies, Honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, Wisteria and many more, that will suit many situations.
According to popular belief, older rose varieties are disease prone and do not repeat flower. This is not always true, our large display of old fashioned roses include many that have extremely healthy foliage, and those that flower longer than modern hybrids, with the added benefit of superior scent. We display them according to type: damask, gallica, china, hybrid musk, alba, bourbon, wild, hybrid perpetual and moss for your information only. To pick your favourite during the summer months, simply follow your nose! There are also modern hybrid teas and floribundas, climbers and patio roses, many of which are now bred for fragrance.
After going out of fashion for a while, conifers are becoming more popular thanks to their evergreen and structural qualities and the fact that they are low maintenance. We tend to concentrate on the slow growing varieties that come in many different colours and textures, and are more suitable for small gardens or for ground cover. We also have a selection of pines which are architectural as well as being drought tolerant.
We have potted hedging plants such as holly, privet, laurels and conifers all year round, but also supply bare root hedging whips from autumn to early spring. This includes many native species, like hawthorn, hazel, hornbeam, beech and dog rose, and is a very cost effective way to plant a hedge.
Our large range of trees includes birches, flowering cherries, maples, crab apples and rowans. Among them they have many attractive qualities, colourful bark, stunning autumn leaf shades, fruit to attract birds or masses of flowers. We have more unusual trees such as Paulownia and Koelreuteria, also multi-stemmed specimens of silver birch and birch bark cherry. There is a display of trees that are especially good for small gardens, due to their smaller size or narrower habit. We also have a section of native species for those of you with a wilder garden. A good range of Japanese maples can be found in our shade area.
From autumn to late spring we have a good range of currants, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, gooseberries, grape vines and many others, most are grown in Cambridgeshire. We also have strawberry plants all year round.
The "grow your own" trend is continuing, with many people choosing to have a ready supply of delicious fruit growing in their own back garden. With many gardens and allotment plots getting smaller, varieties of fruit on a dwarf rootstock are especially popular. Most of our fruit trees can be supplied in a dwarf form, including apples, cherries, plums and gages. We also have apricots and peaches that are small enough to grow in a pot. There are also figs, quinces, mulberries, medlars and nuts on display. Autumn through to spring is the best time to see our full range, but we still have many trees available during the summer months.
From spring to autumn we have a good range of small plants suitable for rock, gardens, containers or the front of borders. In addition to flowering varieties, there are many sedums and houseleeks with year-round colour.
Most of our herbs are also grown locally, including angelica, lavender, mint, parsley and verbena, with larger pots of lavender, rosemary and thyme also available.
In spring and summer we have a small range of marginal and deep water plants including water lilies and more native species. Some are striking and architectural such as the Japanese horsetail and Arum lily, others are bright and colourful such as Kingcups and Marsh marigolds.
A large variety of locally grown bedding is available from spring to early summer, along with planted hanging baskets and tubs. You can also leave your empty baskets with us and we will plant them for you. In the autumn we have Pansies and Violas that will provide you with colour until the following spring.