• Top 5 hints and tips for April in the garden

    • Prepare the soil for the growing season ahead by digging in plenty of well rotted manure or compost. You can also add a general fertiliser like blood, fish and bone.


    • Tidy and cut back any old dead foliage from perennial plants to encourage new growth.


    • Lift and divide any large clumps of perennial plants to improve their vigour and continue to plant new perennials and summer flowering bulbs.


    • Carry a small note pad with you when out visiting gardens or shows to keep notes of the bulbs and plants you like. Write down the names as well as the colours and heights of your favourites.


    • Buy the Yellow Book 2015 (National Garden Scheme) and find a huge variety of creative gardens tended by ordinary people to visit for inspiration for your own garden.
  • Peter Nyssen Scores Highest in Which? Best Spring Bulb Suppliers Survey

    At Peter Nyssen we have always been extremely proud of our service and quality. We are now delighted to say that Pete Nyssen has received the highest score in the Which? Best Spring-Bulb Suppliers survey (89%).

    Which? Gardening surveyed 19 companies based on their website, cost, packaging, delivery cost and time as well as whether the bulbs were true to variety. They tested popular favourites Narcissi “Tête à Tête” and “February Gold” and Tulips ”Queen of Night” and “Red Riding Hood”. They said this about Peter Nyssen "The bulbs were all good quality, uniform, firm and healthy". "...in the spring... we were given a good show of true-to-variety blooms" (Which?, August 2014).

    One of our customers sent us this lovely congratulatory note: “The bulbs all arrived yesterday....  Thank you so much for the speedy delivery. I was so delighted to see today in my Which? Gardening magazine that Peter Nyssen has come top of the Spring Bulb Sellers 'Best Buys' table. We already knew, of course, that Peter Nyssen was the best - but now everyone else knows too!!  Congratulations!”

    Karen, General Manager at Peter Nyssen said “I am so proud of all the effort everyone has made to keep our quality and service the best on the market.  We’re certainly going to work even harder to maintain our dedicated customer service, excellent quality and wide variety of products we offer”.

    We think the recommendations we receive from our customers coupled with the finding of this Which? survey are the best accolades available. As you probably know, Which? don't accept any advertising, freebies or sponsorship and execute all their own research completely independently.

    Peter Nyssen is a family run business established in 1958 with a long history in the bulb industry. This is the latest of the many accolades we are proud to have achieved on our long journey.

  • Garden thoughts

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    Here we are in January turning our thoughts to summer and the floral display’s that will be the backbone of our gardens; with a wide choice of bulbs, plants, corms, tubers, ferns, grasses and small shrubs and trees available to tempt and inspire the imagination. The weather may trap us inside and it may be a little early for most items but we can still plan ahead and order in advance so we are not disappointed if stocks run short.

    For me Dahlia Tubers are a must have; they flower from July until the first frost the more you cut them the more they flower, there is a Dahlia for every garden from the small Gallery Dahlia to the tall Decorative & Cactus Dahlias the Bishop Dahlias and Classic Dahlias have foliage in a remarkable shade of blackish green bringing another dimension to the Dahlia plants.

    Lilium with their glamorous flowers bring a little of the exotic to the garden. Oriental Lilies, Orienpet Lilies, Longiflorum Lilies and Trumpet lilies will bring perfume to the garden, the tall Specie Lilium are perfect for back of the border where they can be left to naturalise.

    Gladioli and Begonia corms like the Dahlias a few years ago; lost favour with gardeners but they are now starting to take their rightful place back in our gardens I’m so pleased they are, Gladioli bring structure and stately elegance to the border and like Begonia corms make excellent starter bulbs for children. Gladioli are perfect for cut flowers. Begonias come in many different colours the flowers range from the blousy to the delicate they provide flowers from July to the first frost perfect for growing in pots, widow boxes or the edge of the border. Trailing Begonias give the wow effect to your hanging baskets.

    Then you have the stalwarts of the garden most of these come under the Miscellaneous category. Acidanthera “Callianthus” beautiful white elegance with a distinctive carmine purple blotch and soft fragrance. I can always find a place for Brodiaea an excellent bulb I think really overlooked, not too tall at 20/30 cm a distinctive blue flower in June/July try mixing with Alchemilla or any low growing plant especially lime green, yellow, orange or white. Crocosmia with their long arching spikes perfect for the middle to back of the border, their light airy habit are perfect in the middle of the border when you want to see what is planted behind they bring excellent composition to the border.

    Eucomis lush green leaves surround a thick stem of flowers often called the pineapple flower perfect for ground cover not to tall and exotic. Galtonia a back of the border bulb tall impressive spikes with white or green bell shaped flowers. Nerine also known as the Guernsey Lily planted just at the surface or they will never flower bring colour to the autumn garden. Ornithogalum excellent in the garden they make perfect long lasting cut flowers. Polianthes “Tuberosa” ideal for the garden border or pots they have a lovely strong perfume and for the woodland garden Trillium are perfect if you are north facing.

    The Perennials are the back bone of the garden they work hard providing colour, shape and foliage over the summer months they need little attention except for a little pruning to keep the shape improve the foliage and promote further flowering, every few years dig them up and split the plant to encourage better growth.

    There is an endless choice in perennials and mixed together they can bring a great effect a few examples are Alchemilla and Nepeta the lime green and lavender work well planted together plant Allium in the autumn then over plant with Hosta the wide leaves of the Hostas hide the Allium foliage and are an excellent foil for the allium flowers. Camassia planted in the autumn with Euphorbia planted in the spring are an excellent colour combination giving a fresh planting scheme. Pink Tulips planted in the autumn mixed with Dicentra pink and white, Tulip Flaming spring Green or Happy Generation planted with Aquilegia Nora Barlow

    Plant Hosta Patriot and intersperse them with Paeonies and red Pulmonaria mix in some deep red Monarda for a rich textured effect or mix complimenting shades of Hostas with lavender, purple and lilac flowers to bring a cool elegant look to the garden.

    Perennial plants have a limitless ability to fit into any garden from a small window box a city garden, suburban or woodland garden. Perennials have an excellent colour pallet to experiment with from cool whites, blues and pinks to the jewel shades of deep purple, red, orange with a touch of deep pink.

    Which ones to choose and recommend hmm like a box of chocolates it’s hard to know where to start you love them all?

  • The beauty that is Fritillaria

    IMG_1555Fritillaria are a member of the “Lillaceae” family, there are around 100 species, and most of the Fritillaria’s have bell shaped pendant flowers. Fritillaria originate from the Northern Hemisphere, Mediterranean, parts of Asia and America. Excellent bulbs for the rock garden, woodland, raised beds and garden borders most are easy to grow and will last in flower for a few weeks n the right conditions.

    Fritillaria Meleagris (Snakes’s Head) with their lovely checker board effect flowers in shades of purple and sometimes white are seen less and less in the wild which is a great shame, to see them planted on mass glinting in the sun is a sight to behold. Fritillaria thrive in damp grassland and meadows with are prone to flooding in winter. Meleagris are hermaphrodite they are pollinated by bees, they also self fertilize.

    Crown Imperials have a some what unattractive smell but there graceful beauty in the middle to the back of the border makes it easy to live with; the flowers are borne at the top of the stem with a crown of fresh green leave above. Plant Fritillaria Crown Imperials almost on their side this will prevent water from sitting in the bulb causing them to rot. Plant in full sun well drained sandy soil and you crown imperials will provide years of colour.

    Persica is an excellent for the middle to back of the border with around 20 deep plum purple bells shaped flowers they bring a little drama to the garden. Ivory Bells has flower of pale ivory green, Fritillaria Persica and Ivory Bells needs plenty of sun to develop they like well drained sandy soil, grit will also help with drainage, they like to be planted deep around 15-20 cm deep almost on their side to prevent the bulb from rotting.

    Elwesii is a graceful of Fritillaria only 20cm high they have greyish green leaves with up to three or more flowers the narrow bells are a lovely shade of rich plum purple almost with a black tone, with contrasting olive green stripe, provide good drainage in a light soil add a little humus when planting, this lovely little variety will take dappled shade.

    Hermonis Amana is a fritillaria that should be more widely grown, it’s easy to grown and robust the beautiful emerald green flowers are tessellated with reddish brown, Hermonis likes well drained moist soil in full sun to dappled shade, plant around 10 cm deep.

    Pontica has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it’s a good reliable performer in the right conditions, full sun to dappled shade with moist well drained soil plant around 8-10 cm deep. The flowers of Fritillaria Pontica are slender bell shaped green on the outside with a hint of purple brown flushing, the inside is more citron-green a lovely variety with a light fragrance.

    Uva Vulpis “what a name” this fritillaria bears around three bell shaped flowers per stem thrives in moist well drained soil that does not dry out,

    Provide high potash fertilizer before planting and as an occasional top dressing, if planting Meleagris in grass it is important to leave the leaves fro at least six weeks before mowing. Like all bulbs in the Lillaceae family they are prone to attack from the Lily Beatle keep a watchful eye.

    There are some excellent varieties of Fritillaria they are worth hunting out; there is a space in every garden even for just one variety.http://bit.ly/17YBDJl

    Fritillaria will flower mostly in April/May give them a damp site that does not dry out, it is important you plant fritillaria on arrival. Crown Imperials have been know to keep moles at bay as the aroma of these fritillaria can penetrate into the ground.

  • Miscellaneous - N -Z part 3

    Ranunculus_asiaticus_1In our new catalogue you will find over 100 different varieties of Miscellaneous Bulbs from Anemone to Snowdrops, the bulbs in this section are ideal for all garden areas from pots to borders the woodland and meadow planting

    Nectaroscodum can be found under the Allium section in our catalogue and website.

    Ornithogalum “Star of Bethlehem” have stems of around 25 to 80 cms with star shaped white flowers. Arabicum make a good cut flower. Nutans and Umbellatum are good for woodland, meadow planting and the borders. Magnum produces an abundance of lovely starry white flowers. The prices start from as little as 11p a bulb to 80p a bulb for the taller Arabicum. http://bit.ly/17fPWX0

    Puschkinia excellent for naturalising in the rock garden or border around shrubs, producing masses of small star-shaped flowers on short stems at 8p per bulb.http://bit.ly/17fPXKq Ranunculus brightly coloured double flowers excellent in the border or pots; they make excellent long lasting cut flowers from as little as 12p per bulb, they like a little light soak before planting.http://bit.ly/1fIJs4y

    Scilla is a large group from the Squil and Spanish bluebell to the beautiful English bluebell Endymion Non Scriptus. They are excellent for the border, pots and woodland planting they will happily naturalize freely. Siberica and Siberica Spring Beauty are lovely planted with daffodils & narcissi, they start from as little as 11p a bulb and make a good garden investment. http://bit.ly/1fIJtpl

    Snowdrops a must for any spring garden with their pure white flowers and touch of green, they herald the arrival of spring. From the double form Flore Pleno to the natural single Nivalis Simplex excellent for naturalising in the woodland or garden border from as little as 15p per bulb or the lovelt Sam Arnott with its sweet fragrance, Snowdrops are best planted in September and October as dry bulbs or in the green from end of February. http://bit.ly/1af4erU

    Sparaxis are an inexpensive long lasting flower excellent for the border or pots with an extensive colour range from white, pink, yellow, reds and purples some have a black ring in the centre for as little as 6p a bulb. http://bit.ly/13seHyo

    Zantadeschia also called Calla Lily or Arum Lily, they bring an architectural elegance to the garden, the large foliage and pure white flowers bring a touch of elegance, ideal for the edge of the pond in damp soil or bog garden. Zantadeschia can be grown in the border, but like to be kept damp, they are moisture lovers. Provide a good mulch in winter. http://bit.ly/17YC9XJ

    Now the introduction to this years catalogue is done, sit back and plan your spring floral fireworks display.

  • Miscellaneous - F-M part 2

    Frit_Lutea_9In our new catalogue you will find over 100 different varieties of Miscellaneous Bulbs from Anemone to Snowdrops, the bulbs in this section are ideal for all garden areas from pots to borders the woodland and meadow planting

    Freesias in the autumn are for indoor flowering, they have a heady perfume in a good range of mixed colours from single to double flowering from 11p per bulb.Excellent for cut flowers. http://bit.ly/1ar4Q1b

    Fritillaria come in a range of flowering types and heights from the stately Crown Imperials with their tall stems and large bells to Meleagris with their checked maroon bells at only 12p each. Fritillaria are a diverse group there is a bulb to suit every gardener in this section from colour to height most flowers are bell or cupped shaped. http://bit.ly/17YBDJl

    Gladioli in the autumn section are the early flowering types like Gladioli Byzantinus with its magenta flowers make a good woodland or medow plant at only 13p each the Gladioli Nanus are a mixture of the small flowering types of Gladioli excellent for cut flower at only 16p a bulb. Gladioli The Bride is pure white excellent for cut flower at only 20p a bulb. All these gladioli are good in the borders or pots.http://bit.ly/14A3ARy

    Ipheion this bulb should be more widely planted it is robust and hardy producing a mass of star shaped flowers from blue to white, they have a light fragrance and from only 11p a bulb worth planting for a long lasting display. http://bit.ly/13sedIz

    Ixias or African Corn Lily grow in clumps with starry flowers in a range of colours from white, pink, magenta, yellow and pink from tall slender stems at only 8p a bulb. http://bit.ly/1fIJd9H

    Leucojum “Summer Snowflake” resembles a large snowdrop, their beautiful flowers are produced on stems from around 30 to 50 cms, making them more easily seen than the smaller snowdrop. They will tolerate planting in damp moist soils from as little as 20p per bulb. http://bit.ly/1epdHzR

    Muscari “Grape Hyacinth” they are an undemanding and reliable group producing hyacinth type flowers on short stems. Leave to naturalize in the border, rockery or woodland. They come in many shades of blue or white and start from as little as 7p a bulb There are new Muscari which are more compact and produce more flower than leaf like White and Blue Magic, Cuipdo is a beautiful new Muscari with a lovely shade of sky blue. http://bit.ly/1fIJj17

  • Miscellaneous - A - E part 1

    Anemone_coronaria_De_Caen (1)In our new 2012-2013 catalogue you will find over 100 different varieties of Miscellaneous Bulbs from Anemone to Snowdrops, the bulbs in this section are ideal for all garden areas from pots to borders the woodland and meadow planting. Most Miscellaneous bulbs as excellent for layer planting for filling spaces and bringing extra colour to the based of the taller bulbs.

    Anemones come in a range of colour from single to double flowers they start at just 10p a bulb choose a selection and you can have them in flower from March to June http://bit.ly/15Cw8QC Arum Dracunculus are architectural with a distinctive odour. Italicum produces stems of orange berries starting from £1 a bulb.http://bit.ly/13kKO2Y

    Brodiaea (Triteleia) have a delicate, a cluster of star shaped flowers appear from slender stems, they make a good cut flower from 8p a bulb, their blue flowers are excellent in June/July. Plant in pots, the rockery or the border. http://bit.ly/14v0hef

    Camassia with their tall elegant spikes of blue or white flowers are from 90p a bulb make a real statement in the borders; Quamash (Esculenta) is a shorter Camassia for the front of the border or meadow planting at just 12p per bulb. http://bit.ly/162MBe6

    Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) very early spring flowering they are perfect for pots, the front of borders the lawn or near hedges or shrubs, plant generously for a carpet of colour in the spring and at just 8p a bulb. http://bit.ly/17HWgFy

    Cyclamen with their lovely marbled foliage and delicate blooms are ideal for woodland planting from £1 a corm choose from autumn to spring flowering types.http://bit.ly/14nOVy0 Eranthis (Winter Aconite) a spring must have one of the earliest bulbs to flower they will produce a carpet of buttercup like flowers ideal for the woodland and at just 16p a bulb. http://bit.ly/15CwkiO

    Eremurus the Foxtail Lily, stately dense spikes of flowers in June/July they will bring a little grandeur to your borders in a range of colours from £1.40 a bulb. http://bit.ly/1dKyqPE Erythronium (Dog’s Tooth Violet) likes to grow in a shady spot that is moist but well drained Erythronium are good for woodland planting they have a similar look to the turk’s-cap lilies at just 80p a bulb.http://bit.ly/17HWr3N

  • Alliums

    IMG_0311_1In the new catalogue we have over 30 varieties of Allium from the short Karataviense Ivory Queen at 20 cms to the tall 150 cms Giganteum; Allium have a distinction all of their own and will suit most gardens, starting from as little as 10p a bulb for Sphaerocephalon the drumstick allium.

    If you want an allium with a large head then Ambassador. Globemaster or Beau Regard are the one for you with heads around 20cms they will make a striking impression or if you prefer something tall with a more manageable head then Purple Sensation, Aflatunense, Violet Beauty, White Giant or Mount Everest are for you to, allium will bring structure height to your border

    The beautiful new Amplectens “Graceful” with its lovely pure white flowers with a hint of lilac pink; the stamens are a delicate shade of lilac. Plant in pots or the front to middle of the border they are bound to make a statement.

    Care should be taken when planting allium ursinum (Wild Garlic) it can be invasive which makes it ideal for woodland planting, some forms of allium are excellent for drying to use in flower arrangements you can spray the spent allium flowers for Christmas decoration with metalic paint.

    Allium provide colour and height in the garden after the spring bulbs have faded, try plating around Hosta to help hide the foliage which starts to die back early the taller varieties also work well with grasses.


  • Iris

    Iris_reticulata_Katharine_HodgkinIn our new 2013-2014 catalogue you will find a good selection of Iris from the dwarf to the tall, these iris are not to be confused with the Iris Germanica and Iris Siberica varieties which are in our spring section and sold as plants.

    Iris Reticulata and Species are the first to flower from February in the cold days of winter they produce their flowers on short stems. The colour range is mostly in shades of purples except for Iris Frank Elder, Katherine Hodgkin and Sheila Ann Germany with slightly larger flowers in muted shades of bluish green, purple and lilac blue with splashes of yellow.

    Iris Danfordiae is very early flowering canary yellow with dark grey spots and the lovely new Clairette sky blue with purple falls marked white. Reticulata/Species Iris are ideal for the rockery or in pots also planted close to the path where there flowers can be best seen; this group of Iris start at 10p per bulb.

    Dutch Iris are the taller iris ideal as cut flowers. Flowering in June in white, Bronze Queen has lovely muted shades of blue and amber yellow, Sapphire Beauty has petals of blue-bird blue with yellow stripe. Dutch Iris are upright and stately and provide colour and height in the garden, Dutch Iris are an ideal bulb at only 12p each.http://bit.ly/14Mpabh

  • Autumn Crocus

    Crocus_AitchisoniiIn the new catalogue in the Autumn Crocus, Colchicum sections you will find over 15 varieties that will flower from October through to November.

    As summer begins to fade the first of the autumn crocus appear bringing a hint of things to come in spring. For the cook amongst you autumn crocus Sativus the Saffron Crocus will give you a few sprigs of this lovely spice. The speciosus varieties in the autumn crocus section have colours from white to deep violet and at 13p a bulb autumn crocus will bring colour to the autumn garden.

    Colchicum or naked ladies as they are also known have large flowers which emerge from October the colchicum have large leaves that appear as the flowers fade. Colours range from the pure white of Autumnale Album to the dark Speciosum You could try planting colchicum amongst your other spring bulbs as they have a toxin that squirrels and rabbits do not like and will try to avoid.

    Sternbergia can also be found in this section with their lovely gleaming yellow flowers, they are bound to brighten a damp autumn day, plant in full sun to keep them happy and allow them to multiply over the years.

    This link will take you to our website where you will find all the Autumn Crocus, Colchicum and Sternbergia. http://bit.ly/17xZZUD

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