Over 300 varieties of shrubs to choose from.
Beautiful magnolias.
A rose for every occasion.....

April .....

Now the daylight hours are getting longer, and the weather, hopefully warmer, it is time to venture out into the garden. Check plant and tree stakes are firmly in the ground. Make sure tools and lawnmowers are clean, sharp and serviced. Walk round the garden and plan or make a list of jobs to do for the coming months.

Plant of the Month..... Magnolia

leonard messelMagnolias are the true aristocrats of the tree and shrub world. Most are deciduous and produce spectacular displays of goblet or star-shaped flowers in spring before their leaves have emerged. An evergreen form, M. grandiflora, will flower intermittently throughout the summer and into autumn. Some smaller growing types, such as M. stellata, will happily grow in a container for many years. Magnolias are relatively trouble-free to grow. They respond well to rich living and generally these requirements are easily met; a good, moist, humus-rich, but well-drained soil that’s not too thin or too chalky. For alkaline soils try M. stellata, M. x leobneri, M. wilsonii or M. seiboldii. Plant in a sunny or semi-shaded position and mulch annually with composted bark and for the early flowering species, provide some protection from spring frosts. Pruning requirements are minimal and best done immediately after flowering. It is only required when the plants are young in order to give them shape or to thin congested branches on old specimens. 



Memories - Award winning Dianthus. Absolutely beautiful! Compact plant with outstanding spicy fragrance. Whetman Pinks version of the famous 'Mrs Siskins' introduced in 1863. Flowers repeatedly during April and September. Highly fragrant. 

HEIGHT: 28cm


NEW Cocktail Selection.....


Daiquiri - Single white flower with blackcurrant eye over grey-green foliage. Highly fragrant. Drought tolerant with long flowering season.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

HEIGHT: 35cm



Mojito - Single white flower with lime-green eye. Fragrant. Drought tolerant with long flowering season.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

HEIGHT: 35cm


Shirley Temple - Single pink flower with maroon eye over grey-green foliage. Highly fragrant. Drought tolerant, long flowering season.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

HEIGHT: 35cm



Tequila Sunrise - Single Peach flower with red edged, apricot eye over grey-green foliage. Fragrant. Drought tolerant with a long flowering season.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

HEIGHT: 35cm


Sweet Peas.....

Just 3 of the 14 varieties of Sweet Peas we have HOMEGROWN this year.....


Valerie Harrod - Well scented Spencer type of coral pink blooms on cream. Very elegant large flowers which make for a striking bloom.




Cream Eggs - NEW. Luxurious cream flowers with a fine purple edge. Highly scented.

HEIGHT: 1.8m approx.



Kingfisher - NEW.  Large, highly scented violet blue marbled flowers.

HEIGHT: 1.8m approx. 

New Mixed Viola.....


Teardrops - Profuse flowering, semi-trailing habit which cascades in baskets. Outstanding display of mixed colour.

HEIGHT: 15-20cm

Itoh Peonies.....

Named after the Japanese peony breeder, Toichi Itoh and also known as intersectional peonies, they are hybrids between tree peonies and herbaceous peonies. With large blooms over an extended period, off-set with attractive foliage they are highly sought after and make excellent cut flowers.

Callie's Memory - Highly sought after. Beautiful creamy-apricot flowers with maroon flares and light scent. Fertile soil in sun/partial shade. HEIGHT:70cm


                Bartzella -  Beautiful variety. Intense sulphur-yellow, double flowers and rich scent. Fertile soil in sun/partial shade. HEIGHT:75cm

                Cora Louise - Highly sought after. Semi-double white flowers with lavender centre, light fragrance. Fertile soil in sun/partial shade. HEIGHT:70cm


Striking flowering and foliage plants suitable for many different uses in the garden from ground-cover in shade to hot and dry borders. Valuable additions to garden plantings, they provide a range of colours acting as a perfect foil and contrast to their flowers. 

                    Euphorbia Portuguese Velvet (Spurge) - Velvety grey-green leaves with green bracts and chrome yellow flowers in spring. Plant in a well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. HEIGHT: 40cm

Two characteristiscs that make them stand out are their unique flower structure and the white sap they extrude when damaged.


We have doubled the size of the Rose area, giving us much needed space to show you our wide range of varieties. They have all been potted into containers. Its an ideal to buy them when they are in flower as you can see their colours and smell their scents. 


Scent from Heaven (Climber) ROSE OF THE YEAR 2017. Pale orange blooms in abundance. Fruity fragrance.


Trees, Shrubs and Perennials.....

Choose from over 170 varieties of trees, 170 varieties of hardy perennials and over 300 shrubs....

betula costata daleside                

Betula costata Daleside - A beautiful deciduous tree with creamy white bark, that peels in large flakes. Rich golden leaf colour in autumn. Suits all soils and aspects.  



Chaenomeles x superba Crimson & Gold - A dense shrub of blood-red flowers with gold anthers during early spring. Sun or semi-shade in good soil.

HEIGHT: 1.5m. SPREAD: 1.5m. 

What else is happening at the nursery.....

                Tomato Plants - Many varieties ready. We also stock a huge range of other vegetable plants and herbs.
                Erica Carnea - A nice range of heathers are available, use to add instant colour to your garden.
                Hanging Baskets - Suppliers to all Betty's branches, we can make you hanging baskets to your specific requirements or have a great selection ready to take away.

Seed Potatoes - Still a few varieties left.....not too late to plant!

International Kidney - Kidney shaped, shallow eyes, white flesh and skin. Ideal for salads and boiling.

Jobs for April..... 

  • Control weeds, before they get established.
  • If the conditions are good, start to feed lawns.
  • Feed trees, shrubs and roses with a quality general pupose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4.
  • Repot plants that are showing signs of being pot-bound.
  • Keep a close eye on any pests and diseases, they can quickly get out of hand during mild spells.
  • Plant potatoes.
  • Tie in climbing plants such as roses, clematis and honeysuckle.

For a more extensive list of gardening advice, have a look at the Daleside Garden Calendar for hints and tips, on what you could be doing in the garden at this time of year.  We regularly update the calendar with details of activities for the coming months.


Availability Lists - Regularly updated lists showing all the plants & trees we have in stock.  
It is well worth viewing our online Gallery, for anyone who appreciates the beauty of plants and flowers. All the photographs are taken by our in-house photographer and are available to purchase.  

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