Plant production at the nursery
Hardy's is a working nursery which means the bulk of our plants are grown on site. Many are produced from cutting material which we take from our own stock plants, or from seed which is either collected from our own plants or sourced from trusted seed suppliers. This of course impacts on when we have plants available to sell. In some years our stock plants may not produce enough seed for the following season or germination rates may be low - these are factors that are beyond our control. And of course the weather plays its part in either speeding up or slowing down plant growth, and impacts on how quickly we can produce sales stock. We endeavour to maintain good stock levels of the most popular lines of plants throughout the growing season (spring, summer and autumn).
We repot a large proportion of our stock over the winter months; these plants then have to root down in their pots prior to being offered for sale, so as we progress through spring our saleable stock levels increase dramatically.
You will find that some plants listed on the website are only available via Click and Collection from the Nursery Shop in Hampshire. This enables us to include plants that we only ever have in very small quantities or plants which are either just too delicate or too large to send via mail order courier, and allows customers who intend to visit the nursery to reserve them in advance. This also currently applies to MELCOURT SYLVAGROW® Compost and the ARS 300L Pointed Fruit Pruner listed under the Gifts & Sundries Section.
Available after the last of the spring frosts.
We sell some plants which are considered to be tender or which we treat as tender whilst in a pot and not growing in the ground where they will, once established, survive our cold wet winters. Generally we don't offer these plants for sale until after the last of the spring frosts. We have noted in the individual descriptions when these plants should be available, this is of course dependent upon the prevailing weather.
The following Genera once established should survive all but the worst of our British winters but may need to be mulched or planted in a sheltered spot.