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Pre-ordering now available for Christmas Roses and other Helleborus species plug plants

Helleborus niger ‘Havington Double Petticoat’ (Double Christmas Rose)

We have a selection of plug plants available to pre-order which include:

We are also offering a discount on some of these species that are pre-ordered. Save up to 50% when you purchase 5 or more.

We despatch these as plug plants from mid-May through to the end of June.  These are well rooted young plants that are ready for potting into a 1 or 2 litre pot. Each plug measures 10 cm (4 inches) root to foliage tip.

Pre-ordering allows you to select the plug plants you would like and take advantage of the discounts available. Payment will then be requested once the bulbs are ready to send. Click here if you need more details on Pre-ordering.

Happy shopping!

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Erythronium Bulbs – pre-order now for a discount of up to 25% on 3 or more bulbs!

A selection of Erythronium bulbs are now available to pre-order for despatch from the beginning of July. We are also offering a discount on each of these where 3 or more bulbs are purchased – save up to 25% on your order!

Erythronium are spring-flowering perennial plants with elegant pendant flowers and attractive mottled glossy leaves. Our collection has taken many years to develop.  The species and cultivars of Erythronium that we offer have been chosen because they are good garden plants and are hardy in the British Isles. They grow well in dappled shade and the bulbs should be kept damp and not left to dry out.   The best time to plant Erythronium bulbs is in July/August/September, because they will root down in the autumn while the soil is still warm. The attractive glossy leaves start to emerge towards the end of February, and flower from late March through April. 

We send these to you as dormant, freshly lifted, flowering size bulbs from July through to September ready for potting up or planting directly into the garden. 

Pre-ordering allows you to select the bulbs you would like and take advantage of the discounts available. Payment will then be requested once the bulbs are ready to send (from the beginning of July). Click here if you need more details on Pre-ordering.

Pre-order today to enjoy these delightful plants in your own garden!

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Harvington Roscoea tubers available to pre-order now!

Harvington Imperial

Roscoea are stunning yet robust herbaceous perennials with orchid-like flowers. Our Harvington Roscoea tubers are now available to pre-order and will be despatched from March 2022 onwards. We have ten to choose from, colours ranging from white and cream through pinks, brick reds and purples.

Roscoea are suitable for the front of borders, in a rock garden or grown in a container.  Early varieties such as R. cautleyoides flower in May, most flower in June but the later varieties such as R. ‘Summer Deep Purple’, R. ‘Harvington Imperial’ and R. ‘Wisley Amethyst’ flower in July and R. ‘Red Gurkha’ flowers in August and even into early September. They have tuberous, fleshy roots (similar in appearance to dahlia) that become dormant in late autumn, whilst new shoots will start to appear from April onwards. 

The Roscoea tubers that we offer include five with the prefix of ‘Harvington’. These are a set of distinctive plants bred by Hugh Nunn in the village of Harvington in the Vale of Evesham and selected for their beauty, vigour and garden worthiness.  Several have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of these characteristics.

Pre-order your Roscoea tubers now and look forward to a stunning display in your summer garden!

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ITV Alan Titchmarsh Love Your Weekend

ITV Alan Titchmarsh Love Your Weekend features our Harvington Hellebores! Take a look Sunday 16 January – view on catch up on the ITV Hub: Series 4 Episode 3.

We are so excited that a small British nursery like ours can produce plants that become famous! Thank you to the team at ITV Alan Titchmarsh Love Your Weekend, particularly Camilla Bassett-Smith for including our plants in their show.

Buy our Harvington Hellebore pot plants available now – delivered within 10 days of ordering.

Pre-order our Harvington Hellebores as plug plants for potting up and growing on – they will be delivered at the end of April. See our early bird discount offer for these.

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Our eco-credentials – plant miles, packaging and savings

We are certainly not perfect and have to attend confession sometimes, but we constantly review what we can do to improve our eco-credentials. When you buy plants from Twelve Nunns you should know the following:

Low plant miles: our plants are sent direct from the Twelve Nunns nursery right here in Lincolnshire, England. We pick and pack your plants within 100 metres of where they were propagated and grown.

Packaging you can reuse, compost or recycle: our plants are carefully packed so they arrive at your door in perfect condition. Since Twelve Nunns first started sending you plants in 2011, our eco-credentials have been important to us. We set out to find packaging solutions that had minimal impact on the environment and currently the materials we use are as follows:

  • Boxes made of unbleached brown cardboard
  • Gummed, compostable paper tape for sealing the boxes (no need to strip off vinyl tape before recycling or composting)
  • Biodegradable clear film waterproof address pockets
  • Brown corrugated card, wood wool and 100% recycled paper to secure the plants in transit
  • Hessian to wrap the plants which can be reused or composted
  • Waxed paper to wrap our bulbs and rhizomes (not plastic bags)
  • Reusable paper-wrapped thin wire to hold the hessian in position

Save money, save materials, save fuel: We supply our plants in small pots or as freshly lifted bare root rhizomes, bulbs and tubers. You save money by buying plants in smaller pots or as bare rooted specimens but not only that, you are saving our environment because you:

  • Save compost – each 9cm pot plant only uses 0.5 litres of compost, saving 1.5 litres if you would normally buy a 2 litre pot
  • Save plastic – the pot is smaller, so there is less plastic used in the first place (we are moving towards fawn-coloured pots that can by recycled in kerbside recycle bins, and we are also carrying out trials using biodegradable pots)
  • Save packaging – smaller plants go into smaller boxes meaning less material is used
  • Save weight – lighter, smaller boxes that weigh less and cost less to transport. Less fuel = less air pollution

We pride ourselves in supplying first class plants, with detailed planting advice to help you successfully grow our range of special plants.

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Ready to purchase, the rare heralders of early spring, Narcissus cyclamineus AGM – as reviewed in The Telegraph (16 October 2021)

Towards the end of winter, the very pretty petite Narcissus cyclamineus emerges. Their tiny yellow trumpets and petals unfurl to fanfare the arrival of spring. Here at Twelve Nunns Nursery, we propagate and grow two Narcissi species, Narcissus cyclamineus AGM and Narcissus bulbocodium var. citrinus, both of which are rarely offered, and are early Spring risers, making an appearance from early February amongst snowdrops and our own Harvington Hellebores. Alice Vincent talks about our ‘exquisitely formed collection’ in The Telegraph (16 October 2021):-

The award-winning Narcissus cyclamineus is a delightfully petite daffodil, with vivid yellow petals that sweep fully back to reveal its long flower tube – it is cyclamen-like in appearance hence its name.  It has also been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Narcissus bulbocodium var.citrinus is also a dwarf Narcissi, producing exquisite funnel shaped pale lemon flowers surrounded by slender, bright green foliage.

They may be tiny but when left in the ground both of these plants will happily form clumps and self-seed and are perfect for naturalising in thin grassland or at the edge of borders. They also thrive in pots and troughs and provide a welcome splash of colour to any frozen patio or terrace.  

Our special Narcissi are now ready to buy, let them help you welcome Spring 2022! 

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Hacquetia epipactis (Sanicula epipactis) – one of the most endearing spring flowers available to order now!

We now have Hacquetia epipactis available to buy as 9cm pots. Also known as Sanicula epipactis, Hacquetia epipactis is a charming herbaceous perennial, the flowers of which can appear as early as January. It first produces clusters of minute flowers with golden centres surrounded by a lime green bract or ruff. These continue to appear well into the spring, alongside a dense expanse of glossy emerald-green leaves that will then provide a good foliage display throughout the growing season. It grows close to the ground providing a carpet of fresh green and yellow hues, and makes a perfect partner for your early spring bulbs and will continue to spread year on year.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded Sanicula epipactis an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which you can read more about here.

These endearing flowers are truly an uplifting sight at the end of a dreary winter, so now is the time to buy them to brighten up your spring garden!

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Blue Poppy – a taste of the Himalaya

It may have been a cooler start to the growing season than we would like, but it is good planting-out weather. If you fancy something a little different for your garden how about a Himalayan Blue Poppy? Just coming into bud are our Meconopsis sheldonii ‘Slieve Donard’ (AGM) – the best perennial Meconopsis for English gardens. It produces stunning blue flowers with contrasting yellow stamens upon upright stems, and they really make a statement. These are ready to send to you as flowering size plants in 1 litre pots.

Our ever popular Harvington Hellebores® continue to be available as plugs, with more stock in pots coming online in July.

How was your spring garden? If you feel that you need to add some fresh interest, now is the time to pre-order your Erythronium bulbs. Once planted in the warm summer soil, they will root down in the autumn and glossy green foliage will emerge next February with stunning flowers opening in April. We have a fabulous range to select from, and can start sending these to you from July (all lovingly packaged using recyclable materials, as always!).

Or what about our range of Trillium rhizomes? Our rhizomes are at least 4 years old and given the right situation and soil they should flower after 1 year of planting again during April and May. Trilliums are very special woodland plants that enjoy being in dappled shade. The varieties we offer make great garden plants.

Happy gardening everyone!


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Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air! Lawnmowers are being fired up, the bees are busy on the Hellebores and bulbs are fast emerging out of the soil.

Now is a great time to buy our Harvington Hellebores® as pot plants or to pre-order them as plug plants.

And why not give Roscoea a try?  They are available now and are great value for money – starting from just £4.99 each.  We would always recommend the ones with a ‘Harvington’ prefix because these have been selected for vigour and reliability.  They are hardy and perfect for filling in gaps in your border in semi-shade.  The earliest varieties flower in April, but the later ones flower in August – all of them offer colour in your garden for several weeks.  We are despatching them now as tubers ready for planting out direct into your garden or to pot up.

We have been growing the exotic looking, but hardy Arisaema candidissimum for a several years on the nursery and every year we are wowed by them.  The perennial corms stay dormant right through until May when their striking flowers start to emerge towards the end of the month and their large glossy architectural leaves unfurl thereafter.  They are straightforward to grow in well-drained semi-shade.

Click on any of the highlighted text above to link straight to the right page on our website to buy now.

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Christmas Delivery

If you would like an order to be delivered in time for Christmas, please order by 12 noon on Thursday 17 December.

Our plants are great for gifting – our attractive, recyclable packaging comes as standard.  In the week before Christmas we add a little bit of red ribbon to each parcel to add a festive feel.  If you would like us to write a message in a card for your friend, relative or loved one, please include it in the delivery notes – there is no charge for this.  Alternatively email us with your order reference/ message/ date for delivery.