Welcome to Rose Cottage Plants

IT BEGAN WITH A GARDEN.........

Our garden at Rose Cottage in the Essex village of Theydon Bois was where our love of the cottage garden really began. We designed, built and planted this modest (120’ x 35’) plot ourselves and, having put so much heart and soul into it, decided that we would share it with others. So, from 1996, we opened under the National Gardens Scheme and for some years welcomed an astonishing number of visitors, many returning time after time. The garden was photographed, it featured in magazines and it gave its name to an embryonic new venture – Rose Cottage Plants.

When we began to make the garden at Rose Cottage, one of our frustrations was the lack of availability of the plants we wanted to grow. There was no alternative but to grow them ourselves – and there was always a surplus. Our visitors liked what we were growing so all these extra plants quickly found new homes – and we discovered a real satisfaction in making our plants available to a wider audience. Our passion for bulbs led us to exciting new sources and, once again, we were able to share our ‘finds’ with the growing number of gardeners who were by now searching us out.

The new venture rapidly outgrew the capabilities of its site and so, with some heart-wrenching at leaving a much-loved garden behind, Rose Cottage Plants moved a few miles away to Bay Tree Farm. Here, we acquired acres of space to grow in – but no existing garden and the prospect of digging out a compacted farmyard to make one. After twenty years here, the garden is still very much a work in progress, with a prospering Rose Cottage Plants leaving little time to achieve all we would like to. Gardening has to be fitted in around the thriving mail order business, growing for the nursery and attendance at shows and plant fairs. But our love of plants and gardening is at the heart of everything we do. And we still experience a real thrill to discover something new and wonderful and to share it with fellow gardeners.

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Latest News and Upcoming Events
Dahlia Open Days

Come and visit us on our special Dahlia Open Days to see our extensive collection, which includes new and exclusive varieties. Plants will be available for sale and orders can be placed for next season's...

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Nursery Open Times in 2021

 During the Covid 19 epidemic the nursery will be open by appointment only, in order to ensure the safety of our customers. Please 'phone or email us for a time slot. 

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2021 Show Diary

ALL THE FOLLOWING DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CORONAVIRUS UPDATES.  IF YOU PLAN TO VISIT ANY OF THESE SHOWS, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU GO IN CASE THEY ARE CANCELLED. February 21st...

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Garden Club Talks

During our quieter months (late October through to January) we are happy to give talks to Gardening Clubs. Topics include 'Spring Bulbs' and 'Dahlias' and cover growing techniques and choosing varieties....

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Despatch of Spring Flowering Bulbs

Please note that we are currently dealing with a large backlog of orders and it will help us process orders more quickly if you check this page for despatch information before telephoning or emailing us...

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Gladiolus

Gladiolus

The tall spires of gladiolus make a wonderful contrast to the rounder forms of dahlias and are equally good for cutting

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Neon Nerines

Neon Nerines

For late season floral fireworks, nerines are sure fire winners.

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Glamorous Galtonias

Glamorous Galtonias

With their tiers of elegant pendant blooms, galtonias bring a touch of class to summer borders.

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