Welcome to Chepstow Garden Centre
Welcome to Chepstow Garden Centre, a family owned and run independent business. Come and see us for a great selection of seasonal plants, gardening products, gifts and furniture, as well as trained and friendly staff who are always on hand to help. Visit our Farmshop for the freshest local produce or call into our restaurant for a relaxing coffee and a bite to eat. We hope to see you soon!
PLANT OF THE WEEK: RHODODENDRON
The shadiest corner of your garden becomes the highlight of your spring display when you plant a rhododendron – probably the most brilliantly-coloured of all the early-flowering shrubs with masses of sumptuous blooms in every hue from deepest scarlet to magenta pink.
All varieties of rhododendron like a moist, acidic soil and dappled shade, where they’ll make a sizeable and very showy shrub in time. If space is limited, or you garden on neutral or chalky soil, don’t worry: you can still enjoy rhodies. Just choose a compact variety bred to thrive in containers filled with ericaceous (acidic) compost for an equally spectacular display each spring.
Most half-hardy (or tender) annuals may be sown now ; if you have a greenhouse or conservatory in which to keep them. Sown too early, and the plant become leggy in their search for light, making them grow into poor specimens, and no good for planting out at the appropriate time (after the frosts in late May or early June). You can sow marigolds, ageratum, stocks, tobacco plants and masses of others ; see what's on the seed racks at the garden centre!
When space is really limited, gardening needs ingenuity. With a few clever tricks and some innovative gadgets, though, you can turn even a balcony into a productive garden overflowing with fruit, vegetables and herbs.
You'll find plenty of useful gear to help you build your balcony gard…Read more