Plant Heritage

The new Shoot Marketplace features Plant Heritage collection holders’ plants for sale.

Plant Heritage is the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity.  The charity’s mission is to encourage the conservation of cultivated plants in the British Isles and educate the public in the importance of cultivated plant conservation.  Plant Heritage manages the National Plant Collection Scheme which houses over 630 Collections in Britain, each representing a ‘living plant library’, dedicated to a specific genus. Almost half are in private ownership and others are maintained by local authorities, academic institutions, botanic gardens and commercial nurseries.

Plant Heritage’s Collections represent an internationally significant biodiversity resource. Plants from these collections are an asset to our gardens, and by purchasing these plants you are doing your bit to help safeguard the future of British gardens as we know them.  For more information on Plant Heritage please visit: plantheritage.com.

* Please note that that whilst National Collection holders are selling on the site not all the plants listed are necessarily part of a National Collection. For more details of plants available from a National Collection please contact the Collection Holder.

Living Wall

Episode 13 of BBC Gardeners World recently featured a living wall of plants which visitors could add their own plants to. The Living Wall feature shows the types of plants suited to growing vertically in a sunny position, a shady spot and those plants perfect for attracting bees and butterflies into a garden.

Inspired by this feature we have put some useful plant lists together on our Pinterest board:

Watch the feature by clicking below.

At the end of the show each wall is being dismantled, transported to a local school and re-assembled where each will grow on and fully develop.

March Plant of the Month

Choisya ternata AGM or Mexican Orange Blossom is our plant of the month for March. It is an evergreen shrub which hails from Mexico and prefers the warmest position in the garden.

See all Choisya listed in Shoot.
Add Choisya ternata to your Plants I want list
Read more about the plant of the month

Other cultivars to consider
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’: Brilliant golden yellow leaves
Choisya ternata ‘Aztec Pearl’: A more compact version of the type

January Plant of Month

Sarcococca confusa is our plant of the month for January. It is an evergreen shrub which can be planted in the border or in a container. The common names for this plant are Sweet box and Christmas Box.

The genus Sarcococca (Winter box) has sweetly scented pure white flowers. It flowers from December to March despite the inclement winter weather. The leaves are a lustrous dark green. This wonderful winter flowering, dense evergreen shrub is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden.

See all Sarcococca listed in Shoot.
Add Sarcococca confusa to your plants I want list.

Read more about the Plant of the Month.

More plants added to Shoot

Aquilegia

Shoot has almost 12,000 plants listed in the plant finder A-Z database. We are always adding new plants for our members and now we are working with plant nurseries to add even more unusual plants to the Shoot database!

Carrie Thomas of Touchwood Plants (the holder of two National Collections of Aquilegias in the UK for the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection) has worked with Shoot to add new Aquilegia vulgaris cultivars to Shoot!  Aquilegia ‘Elegance’ is one of the new plants added and has been developed at Touchwood over a number of years. There is now a range of flower colours available in the ‘Elegance’ range, all named after gems.  Aquilega ‘Flamboyant’ has also been introduced by Touchwood. Carrie Thomas of Touchwood explains:

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the Aquilega ‘Flamboyant’ hybrid is that it is SCENTED, with sweetly fragrant flowers

We are delighted to be working with Carrie to promote Aquilega to a wider audience and look forward to working with more plant specialists to promote their beautiful plants. See all the Aquilegia in Shoot.