Packaging, Delivery & Pre-orders


We send small parcels by Royal Mail or larger parcels by courier. Please advise us of any days during the despatch periods when you may be away or unable to receive the delivery. Also, do tell us if you would like the parcel leaving in the porch or shed etc – we write this clearly in red on the box.

It is with sincere regret that since Brexit we can no longer send our plants outside of the UK.   We are very sorry not to be able to supply our customers in Europe for the time being but hope that in time we will find a way.


Our packaging is nearly all compostable so simply receive your plants, plant them and then walk to your compost bin and smile! You won’t have a heap of packaging for the dustbin lorry to pick up, just some extra food to keep the worms happy 🙂

Despatch Periods for Plant Material

We despatch plant material at the best time of year (in our experience) to ensure you receive it fresh and get the best results. This results in 4-6 week despatch periods for each group of plants, seeds, bulbs or rhizomes. We take orders in advance and during the despatch periods.

There may be some minor adjustments to the despatch periods given below because of seasonal variations.

Roscoea tubers:
March and April as bare root tubers, as potted plants at other times of the year.

Harvington Hellebore® Plug Plants:
Mid-April, through May and June

Harvington Hellebore® Seeds:
During July

Erythronium bulbs:
From July through August and September

Trillium rhizomes:
From September through to early November

Pot Plants

We aim to send out pot plants within 2 weeks of ordering.  The exception to this is during the month of August.  Orders received during August will be sent during the first week of September.


If you would like to order our plants outside of the despatch periods listed above we now use a pre-order system.

How to Place a Pre-order 

Add the plants you would like to the basket then proceed to the checkout in the normal way.  Payment for pre-orders is needed at the point of ordering, however your plants will then be despatched to you within 14 days after the ‘release date’, e.g.  after 24th March 2023 for Harvington Hellebore® Plug Plants.

You will receive 2 emails, 1 confirming your pre-order,  and another when your order has been despatched. 

Different groups of plants are ready to send at different times of the year and therefore will have different release dates. Please  therefore note the following when pre-ordering:-

  • Pre-orders cannot be added to a basket containing plants that are available for despatch now e.g. a product such as  a Hellebore Pot Plant that is available now has to be ordered separately.  
  • Pre-orders with different release dates cannot be added to the same basket e.g. Harvington Hellebore® Plug Plants (release date 24 April 2023) and Roscoea tubers (release date  6 March 2023) would need to be ordered separately.  So if, for example, you would like several different Hellebore Plug Plants then these can all be added to the same pre-order, but if you’d like some Roscoea tubers as well then you will need to raise a separate pre-order for these.  This is because we send Plug plants from mid-April to early June, and Roscoea tubers  from March.

We look forward to receiving your pre-orders!