Littlehurst Nurseries, Coventry
Click the picture to enlarge it.
The entrance to Littlehurst Nurseries gives you
a clue to what's in store. It's well arranged, has good quality
plants and more.
Littlehurst Nurseries give you the best of both worlds.
Around 70% of the plants are grown on site but at the same time it has
all the facilities of a small to medium garden centre. As well as a good
range of plants, there are garden tools, patio furniture, plant feeds,
all of the items you would expect from a small to medium sized garden
The owner purchased the nurseries five years ago and it
is run as a family concern. Previous experience goes back over many
years in the wholesale side of gardening, including exhibiting at the
This was one of the best-kept garden centres we have seen and this is
also reflected in the layout of the under-cover and open plant sales
areas. There was no guarantee on plants, in common with all the other
small garden centres we have visited. However, walking round and
browsing gives the distinct feeling that the plants are high quality.
They definitely looked in peak condition, well-watered and in
appropriate pot size.
As well as offering a broad range of popular
plants, Littlehurst has specialised to a degree in some particular
One area is alpines. Click the picture to see some of the
plants on offer. All of the alpines are grown on site.
The picture on the left (click to enlarge it) show the range
of trees on offer at Littlehurst.
They were all well-kept and the varieties on offer were
extensive for a garden centre of this size. Also on sale in good
numbers were acers (Japanese maples) and roses.
Although not the size of a large garden centre, there were
still plenty of signs to help you locate specific plants.
Plants were also sometimes grouped by growing conditions. The
picture on the left shows plants for shade, and growing in shade
The indoor plant sales area is well laid out, very pleasant to
walk round and attractive.
A lot of thought has gone into the
design of this garden centre. That and the excellent quality of the
plants make this a very good garden centre.
The prices of plants and common gardener's needs were average for a
garden centre. Example prices are listed below:
Rose, 3 litre pot
Common shrub (e.g. potentilla)
Potted fruit tree (various rootstocks)
Growmore, branded 3.5kg
Growmore, branded 1.5kg
Miracle Gro, soluble plant food, 1kg
On the plants side, the prices were good compared to
other garden centres. On the accessories side the prices were average.
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