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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NEW - Hardy Perennials - Plants by Mail Order

We have an exciting range of hardy perennials that we were growing to bring to the shows we regularly attend in Spring and Summer. We really enjoy attending these shows as they allow us to meet so many...

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Coronavirus Delivery Update

We are currently despatching orders for perennial plants. Bulb despatches begin from late August (autumn flowering bulbs), with other bulbs being sent from September through to November. 

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2020 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. April 19th...

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Nursery Open Times in 2020

 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. We currently have a great range...

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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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Camassia

Camassia

Camassias bring great impact to the garden just as tulips are fading. We have a wide choice.

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Narcissus

Narcissus

For blooms from January ('Rijnfeld's Early Sensation') to May (poeticus recurvus), the cheering flowers of narcissus are the stalwarts of spring.

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Muscari

Muscari

Bees adore muscari and no garden should be without these early sources of nectar.

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