Gordale Garden & Home Centre

Lifestyle | May 15, 2017

SHOPPING FOR BALCONY PLANTS – BRITISH STYLE

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I’m so happy that we finally went shopping for balcony plants. Gordale is a great garden and home centre on the Wirral and we only heard the greatest things about it. While we were living in Heswall, the centre was just around the corner but buying summer plants a month ago would have been a little early. The garden centre has a huge collection and the plants a second-to-none quality so driving all the way from Wales was well worth it. shopping for balcony plants

 

At the cottage we only have very few plants, there are some roses and a hydrangea shrub but that’s about it. I’ve always loved the planting season and used to look forward to decorating our front porch and the big terrace with pretty blooms. We had a lot more plants in our former house in Germany so it’s probably no surprise that all the shrubs kept attracting me because if I’m honest, I can’t wait until we have our very own little garden again with someting blooming all year round. And you guessed right: I’m very passionate about English cottage gardens! If you ask me there’s nothing more beautiful. I do love a formal garden as well especially when we visit all of these manor houses. Boxwood that is cut into shape is something I really love and it looks great when combined with some informal elements. An English cottage garden is playful and romantic; colours add a lot of charm to it. One of the essential plants in a cottage garden are hollyhocks, clematis, peonies, carnations, daisies, lavender or larkspur. Of course, rhododendron and azaleas are not to be forgotten. shopping for balcony plants

 
 

When it comes to balcony plants, nobody does hanging baskets better than the British. I noticed that you can buy ready-made sets to plant into your hanging basket. The only thing you have to do is decide which colour scheme you like best. We went for pink colours for our baskets and I’m excited how they will turn out once the plants have grown well. Meanwhile Pinterest has become my greatest source of inspiration and I saved some photos on my phone before we went shopping. I also have to mention lobelia here because we buy it buy every year and I couldn’t be without these pretty blooms. So alongside our hanging baskets, we prepare some containers for the terrace to make it more lively and because we can take them with us when we’re leaving again. shopping for balcony plants

 
 

My biggest dream would be to buy a house with a wisteria in front. You see them a lot in the UK and funnily enough photos that have wisteria in them are the most liked on Instagram at this time of year. I totally get that though. Who knows, maybe we’ll be lucky – chances to find something like this around here are much bigger than they were in Germany.

 

My outfit:

Maeve Colourblock Skirt, H & M Espadrilles (old; currently loving these and these ones), Fatface Striped Shirt (similar style here and I love this one too), Chloé Marcie Bag
 
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Maeve Colourblock Skirt, H & M Espadrilles (old; currently loving these and these ones), Fatface Striped Shirt (similar style here and I love this one too), Chloé Marcie Bag

Comments

Kate

I’d love to have a balcony for plants but alas, all I can commit to is indoor succulents and cacti. Look forward to seeing your new plants in bloom on your balcony soon!

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thelifbissue43

Oh I’m so bad with indoor plants, I don’t know what it is but I’m usually very lucky outdoors. Love succulents, and though everybody keeps saying they are low maintenance I manage to let them die, so so bad.

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Valerie

Have enjoyed looking through your gorgeous photos and being inspired Kirsen! Hoping to go plant buying this weekend (don’t have a garden, only window boxes). Agree that wisteria themed photos are very popular on Instagram!

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thelifbissue43

I’m so happy to hear that Valerie, thank so much. I do love window boxes and always admire them when we’re out and about.xx

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