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The varied range of fine plants offered at Marchants Nursery are virtually all propagated on site.  Most are propagated from stock plants grown in the Gardens, a rare thing nowadays, hence the Marchants team know intimately both the provenance and growing preferences of all the plants sold on the Nursery.

Marchants Hardy Plants is now closed for the Winter.  We look forward to seeing you again mid-March 2024 (exact date TBC).  

Marchants NEWS:

10 March: Plant-led Spring Propagation workshop with Marchant’s own propagation expert, Hannah Fox. West Dean College & Gardens (nr Chichester).  Presentation on propagation throughout the year at Marchants Garden & Nursery, followed by a stroll round West Dean Gardens, looking closely for signs of plants that are ready to propagate.  Then the fun begins! This will be a hands-on experience looking at how to divide a plant, take different kinds of cuttings and how to sow seed. We will look at the different array of tools and methods that can be used. Any plants you make are yours to take home at the end of the day!

14 April: if you’re in London visit the Spring Plant Fair at the Garden Museum. From shade specialists to plants for pollinators, meet the growers and pick their brains on what will flourish in your garden, balcony or allotment.  Marchants Hardy Plants will be there, alongside the Great Dixter Nursery, Beth Chatto Plants, and others, selling a great range of hardy perennials and grasses.

2023 PLANT LIST

To VIEW and/or PRINT our 2023 PLANT LIST – CLICK HERE

Please note, prices may change according to the pot size.

We do not offer mail order. 

All Marchants plants are home-grown, so please note that it is NOT possible to have ALL plants listed ready early in the season.

Also plants are grown in various pot sizes to suit the plant and stage of growth, therefore throughout the season plants are sometimes potted on, and prices may change accordingly.

We are not able to offer Mail Order – we encourage customers to visit the Nursery, or to collect by arrangement.  If you wish to check availability before visiting, do please email:  marchantshardyplants@gmail.com

Visiting the Nursery

You will find expertise and advice aplenty when you visit this exciting Nursery.  Marchants, founded almost 25 years ago, has over the years built a fantastic horticultural reputation. Having taken over the day-to-day management of the Nursery and Gardens from Graham Gough in 2022, Hannah Fox and the skilled Marchants team aim to enhance this reputation further by developing Marchants as a home of learning, skill-sharing and plant knowledge.

Too few places get to know the plants they sell.  At Marchants almost everything is propagated from stock plants grown in the garden, hence the team knows intimately both the provenance and preferences of the many rare, unusual and familiar plants grown for the Nursery.

CLICK HERE for MAP, PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY info

Pots, Peat and Pest Control

On your visit you may notice our taupe coloured recyclable pots  (please feel free to return these to us – as long as they are clean, not broken and from Marchants, we will be happy to accept them).

We are now using peat-free compost.  The transition has been challenging, but we continue to carefully monitor to ensure we continue to deliver the same level of quality that you have come to expect here at Marchants.

Knowing the difference between beneficial insects and pests is an essential part of horticulture, using one to combat the other, and this is exactly what we are doing by using nematodes to treat any pests we find on the Nursery.  The live bacteria are kept in the fridge until the conditions are right to set them free among the plants (as long as we don’t confuse them with the porridge oats!).

“The nursery is one of the most distinguished in the country with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Genuinely enthusiastic people help you out with a real understanding about each species. The horticultural equivalent of a Savile Row suit fitting.”

Jinny Blom, What Makes a Garden