Plant of the Week: Dahlia

Plant of the Week: Dahlia

After a spell in the fashion wilderness, we've rediscovered the delights of exotic-looking Mexican dahlias – and now we can't get enough of them. The sheer variety is mind-boggling, from the charm and simplicity of single-flowered 'Bishop of Llandaff' to spiky cactus flowers, tight pompoms or romantic waterlily types, in every shade from palest cream to sultry deep purples.

Now is the time to drop established plants into your borders, filling gaps and adding a look-at-me splash of colour. Discover a few new varieties each year and you'll soon build up a collection of spectacular colour to jazz up your borders from midsummer till the first frosts.

Keeping up the harvest

Planting a veg garden really kicks off the year. By the end of March you'll have bought new potatoes and onion sets from our Ripley garden centre and tucked them into their new homes, and with a bit of luck you'll be getting out those seed packets you chose from our extensive range of fru…

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Sow bluebells

Bluebell bulbs are raised very well from seed. Sow some English bluebell (not Spanish ones!) seeds now into trays of seed and cutting compost or a nursery beds.

A. Luff & Sons Ltd

Welcomes you to Ripley Nurseries - Garden Centre and Farm Shop we are located on the Old Portsmouth Road coaching route between Cobham and Guildford just 2 miles from RHS Wisley in the Village of Ripley. Our Farm Shop is full of fresh produce and local products with a dedicated Florist and Garden Sundries department. We have been serving the local community since 1895 see our history page and among our patrons we served Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwell and Wimbeldon Tennis grounds.