Who are we?
Paddock Plants is a family-run ( Rob and Joanna with help from Joanna’s mum Deb) nursery near Southampton offering an interesting range of perennials, grasses, ferns and shrubs, including some more unusual varieties or plants new to the UK market, all at very affordable prices. As we are a nursery, not a garden centre, we focus on growing plants that will enhance your garden, and you won’t find any candles or barbecues in our sales area.
All our plants are grown peat free in 2 litre and some in 1 litre pots with 12-14 month slow-release fertiliser and, other than a few more tender specimens, are overwintered in the open. We offer friendly advice on all aspects of your garden and, even if we don’t grow a plant ourselves, we can probably find it for you at a price cheaper than you would pay elsewhere.
How it all started …..
On June 1st 2003, instead of bringing Joanna a champagne breakfast in bed to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, Rob got up at some unearthly hour of the morning and set off for the Bursledon car boot along with middle son Russell and an MPV-load of young plants in 9 cm pots. From two pasting tables they set about selling their wares at 25 or 50 pence a plant – sunflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and some perennials – and so Paddock Plants was born.
Over a decade on later the scale of things is rather different: we send plants all over the UK thanks to our website, and we grow and sell thousands of plants each year. Rather than the car boots at Bursledon or Shootash, we now spend most of our weekends from March to October at plant fairs and other gardening and country shows in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, West Sussex and Surrey. We are very grateful to all those regular customers who have supported us over the years in all those locations. As well as those from further afield.
This year’s plants
We think we have some really interesting new additions this year and, though some old favourites didn’t make the list this time, that’s not to say they won’t be back in the future. We have tried hard to keep prices as low as we can in spite of increasing costs to us and we will always try to offer the best value we can. We have as always tried to maintain the balance between offering traditional and popular garden plants and including some more unusual or rare varieties that you don’t find in the big garden centres. Whether you are a new or existing customer, we hope you will find something you fancy on our website.