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 a dozen 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
2019 Show Diary

Please note we will be adding more dates over the next few weeks, so please check back regulary for updates. February 2019 Sunday 17th - Great Comp 'Snowdrop Event', Comp Lane, Platt, Borough...

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Nursery Open Times in 2019

The Nursery will be open on Friday 12th April, from 11am to 5pm.  We have an exciting range of perennials and also many potted bulbs (from our Autumn collection), plus a range of dahlias and other...

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Garden Club Talks

For several years, Anne has given talks to gardening clubs in the south-east of England, and a presentation at RHS Wisley on new trends in Dahlias.  As the owner of Rose Cottage Plants, Anne has been...

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Dahlia Open Days - commencing Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th August 2019

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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Awesome Alliums

Awesome Alliums

From the huge purple globes of 'Twinkling Stars' (above) to frothy lilac-pink 'Eros', alliums can be relied upon to add tiers of drama to borders.

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Cool Camassias

Cool Camassias

Easy-going and easy on the eye, camassias have it all going for them - and we have a great collection!

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Naturally narcissus

Naturally narcissus

For blooms from January ('Rijnfeld's Early Sensation' to May (poetics recurvus), the cheering flowers of narcissus are the stalwarts of spring. We have some charming new additions for the coming season.

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