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Trio Pots – a simple solution to summer colour

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Trio Pots
Perfect for some simple, quick summer colour, with all the hard work of coordinating plants and colours done for you! Trio Pots combine three carefully chosen patio plants in one pot, so all you have to do is plant it out (a pot up to 15″ in diameter will probably suit best), for a great summer display. Larger planters/pots/baskets will take two,three or even more trios but, the combination of 6+ plants will create a magnificent spectacle for the season ahead.

Priced at £2.50 each when you buy four or more, or £3.00 when purchased individually, Trio Pots are also a really cost effective way of populating the patio with colour!…And they’re not just for novices – garden centre owner Graham uses them himself around a central focal point in pots outside his house.

Trio pots on bench

Find them in our undercover plant area next to the shop on your next visit! 

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New Herb Fusions at Trevena Cross

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NEW THIS YEAR!.. Attractive, unique ‘Herb Fusion’ pots – three cleverly combined herbs in one pot!

Herb Fusion poster

Similar to our Trio Pots but coordinating herbs instead of patio plants!…And available in a range of long lasting ‘fusions’ including ‘Versatile Mint’, ‘Mediterranean Twist’, ‘Mexican Medley’, ‘Just Oregano’, ‘Barbecue Blend’ and ‘Great with Grills’ – perfect for outdoor or indoor cooking, with the advantage of attractive, ornamental use too!

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£4.95 each – just look out for the summery bright yellow pots they’re planted in!

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Why choose Trevena Cross bedding plants?

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Every supermarket, convenience store, DIY chain and ‘discount’ shop seems to dabble in seasonal bedding plants these days… and you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re all offering the same product, so why not just go for the cheapest offer or multi-buy?! Well quite right, you don’t want to be ripped off, value for money is crucial, but just make sure what you’re buying really is giving you that.

BEDDING PLANTS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. We can’t explain exactly how the thousands of bedding packs come to be on trolleys in other shops in the area, but we can share a few facts about our own Trevena Cross bedding, which stands it apart from the competition.

Trailing Lobelia packs

The bedding plug varieties selected for our bedding packs are carefully cherry picked by Trevena Cross owner, and plant expert Graham, from specialist nurseries across the country, for incomparable quality and range. These plants are grown to display lasting colour and vigour throughout the season, and as such can be classed in a different league from bedding sold at other establishments, which is often grown from low grade seed abroad, and then shipped over in huge quantities for sale – climate shocked – en mass.

Bedding plant trolleys at Trevena Bedding trolleys

All Trevena Cross bedding plants are grown in highly recommended, premium Humax Multipurpose Compost to ensure superior, lasting growth, and are personally looked after and nurtured by the Trevena Cross nursery team until they become established enough to come down to the garden centre for sale. The range of bedding plants we are able to offer here far exceeds the ‘dabbling’ alternative shops have to settle for. Plants are our thing and we keep them the ‘stars’ of the show – not an insignificant sideline that only appears when the date is right or the sun starts shining!

Bedding tunnel in the nursery

Beyond this, the ‘plant people’ that we have here at Trevena are on hand to guide you/offer any assistance required regarding your bedding plant choices or potting up queries. Get the most from your spring and summer patio colour with advice from the experts!

Offering excellent value for money, all Trevena Cross bedding packs are priced at just £2.99 each.

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Treat Mum with something ‘Trevena Cross’ this Mother’s Day!

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It’s not too late to put mission ‘spoil mum’ into action ready for this Sunday 26th March… also to be known as Mother’s Day!

We have heaps of ‘pretty things’ in the shop – gorgeous gifts and keepsakes that will give mum that warm, fuzzy feeling this weekend and make her feel extra special! From jewellery to toiletries, tableware to kitchenware, there’s a whole host of options to choose from!

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We’ll also have Mother’s Day pots and houseplants available to treat mum with this weekend!… Or our Trevena Cross gift vouchers are always a great option if you just can’t make the decision for her!

The Garden Kitchen Cafe is booked to the rafters and gearing up to serve lots of wonderful mums and their families a delicious Sunday Roast this Sunday, but if you haven’t been lucky enough to get in with a booking for Sunday lunch you could always treat mum to a lazy all day breakfast on Saturday morning instead?…Or to tea and scummy cake Saturday afternoon? – Why not make it ‘mum’s weekend’… she deserves more than one day to be celebrated after all!

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Protea Heaven at Trevena Cross

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A couple of weeks ago a stunning assortment of the rare, exotic plants we’re historically renowned for, landed on Trevena Cross terra firma – a fantastic range of ‘rare plants’ including mini King Proteas, Leucadendrons, Leucospermums, Banksias and Grevillea are all stealing the limelight on benches in our two undercover plant areas. The specifically selected beauties, which have come all the way from Italy, have been chosen for their ability to withstand harsher temperatures (-5 to -10 degrees C depending on variety) than some of their counterparts.

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The key thing to remember with these plants is their LOVE of acidic soil and HATE for phosphates. Members of the Proteaceae family require an acidic, very well drained soil – or specially formulated protea compost, like our own here at Trevena Cross, which contains low/no phosphates. They should also be fed with a specifically formulated (no phosphate) fertiliser too, like our own Trevena Cross Protea Fertilisers – both slow release (12 month feed) and soluble (top-up boost in the spring).

These dramatic focal points enjoy a sunny position in the garden – just be sure to keep them well watered during the growing season.

Without doubt, the range of flowers/bracts/foliage displayed by different members of the Protea family are rarely matched by any other species when it comes to showiness!

Why not introduce a new talking point to your garden this spring?

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Exclusive: Gorgeous NEW Jewellery Range Now In

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As promised a couple of weeks ago, the gift team will be bringing you a feast of irresistible new delights in the gift department this year, following an insightful and very productive visit to the Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham earlier in the month.

Kicking off our new gift introductions  – JUST IN – is a delightful range of jewellery made with real flowers, that you simply won’t find elsewhere locally. The team were balled over by the level of interest shown in this range of jewellery at the Spring Fair, and set to be a popular customer favourite couldn’t resist finding a home for it in the department… and ultimately sharing it with you, our customers. The sterling silver adjustable rings (i.e. one size fits all) was also Gift of the Year Winner 2017, and when you look at them you can see why… only right that they get the special recognition they deserve.

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With Mothering Sunday little more than a month away, it also offers a perfect  – and unique – gift idea for mum!

Handcrafted with sterling silver and tiny flowers encapsulated in resin – the different ranges of rings, pendants, earrings, bangles and bracelets really are unique! We have four beautiful ranges in the shop to start with: Heather, Purple Haze, Mixed Flower, and Forget-Me-Nots (designs reflected inthe four rings illustrated above).

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Watch this space for more on this NEW jewellery range, and the chance to WIN one of the gorgeous rings for sale, in the first of a series of Trevena Cross videos set to run through the season! We’ll be bringing you snippets of everything Trevena Cross, from bedding plants to gifts, compost to hedging. Don’t miss it on our Facebook page!

(Rings priced at £29.99 each, with pieces across the ranges generally £24.99 – £44.99).

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Hedging versus Wooden Fencing

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The important thing to remember, without resigning yourself to unnecessary future upheaval, is that the decision you make about which screen or garden perimeter you choose for your garden is a really important decision and one for the long term, or even lifetime if you’re in your ‘forever home’. You therefore need to consider the lifetime value of the decision, not just the initial outlay or simple monetary implications.

The outlay for a six foot fence panel, cemented in with two eight foot wooden posts may be just £60 for the materials but if you were considering a professional install, the costs could soon stack up into the hundreds. A DIY approach to fence erection requires confidence and patience – accurate measuring and precise leveling, with time to wait for cement to set etc… The end result also requiring staining/weatherproofing, and annual maintenance to retain peak condition. A fence while robust, may also struggle in the harshest of winds/weather conditions, certainly when compared with a robust hedge, so unexpected maintenance issues should also be factored into the equation.

fencing panel

While we appreciate it’s not for everyone, our top pick without question would be a hardy planted natural hedge – something like the wonderful apple green Griselinia littoralis. The initial outlay for a few large 20ltr plants (used to cover the equivalent width of a 6ft fencing panel) may be more expensive in terms of initial outlay (our large, bushy 20ltr Griselinia plants are priced at £35.95 each, with quantity discounts in place for bulk buys), but the lifetime value of the finished hedge is priceless. Aesthetically, as an established hedge, it creates a very pleasing impression, and can be trimmed to any desired height  – unrestricted by the limits of a 6ft fencing panel. If you want a 7ft…8ft…9ft screen, you can. The choice is yours. The actual install can be handed over to a gardener/landscaper but is also perfectly manageable by a garden novice – with a bit of manpower behind you.

Once established a bushy hedge requires little maintenance – just an annual hedge cut as desired, and it can withstand harsh conditions, rarely succumbing to the sometimes brutal force of mother nature. In windy Cornwall, this point is particularly important, and all of our hedging options are not only the hardiest, but also able to withstand differing levels of salt-laden winds, whether suited to sheltered inlets near the coast (in the case of Griselinia) or the most exposed clifftop locations (as in the case of Olearia Laxifolia).

Newly planted 20ltr Griselinia hedge

If it’s a long term solution to screening that you’re after – an established hedge is definitely the way to go. And if you have time to wait for your hedge to grow and establish you can always opt for smaller plants at a cheaper cost (5ltr Griselinia £9.95 each), rather than buying an ‘instant hedge’ straight off.

Whatever the dilemma, don’t be afraid to take advice and take your time to make the right decision for you and your garden.

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Make your garden a peaceful, private haven

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As we all settle into the swing of 2017, goals for the home and garden this year creep onto the agenda, and we find one popular goal for the garden, before the main planting and ‘pretty’ seasons get underway, is ensuring quality garden boundaries are in place, that create the right level of privacy, screen out neighbours and any troublesome eyesores, and also provide great levels of protection for the rest of the garden, as windbreaks – particularly relevant at this time of year, when we often endure the worst of our annual weather!

Last year we assisted one customer, Mr S, who lived not far from Plymouth, with his urgent hedging requirements. Mr S had been away from home for a short while and when he returned was met with an unwelcome surprise. His neighbour had erected a boundary ‘fence’ out of different sized pallets. An eyesore to Mr S, he needed a solution and fast!

Pallet fence before hedging screen planted

After getting in touch with us, we quickly arranged for a pallet of our tall, bushy attractive 20ltr Griselinia plants to be delivered to him, in order to create a very natural and aesthetically pleasing screen in front of the pallets. Immediately planted, this ‘instant hedging’ option was able to provide an immediate solution to the problem. Its appearance will only improve over time too, as the newly planted hedge settles in, and bushes out even more to form a completely solid, natural screen and windbreak.

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Robust, quality, low maintenance hedging plants are often a much better option than man-made alternatives, for creating screens and barriers. They can work out a lot cheaper to install for one, but the fact that they are all natural, lends them to being a great complementary backdrop for other planting within the garden too – or as a great contrast to very colourful, bold planting statements in the garden. The point is, they’re very versatile, and they just ‘fit’ so well with a garden landscape. Man-made structures have to work a lot harder to try and achieve this same effect, and seldom ever do.

Check out our hedging options – like the highly recommended Griselinia littoralis, and see what might work for you in your garden!

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Trevena Cross Christmas Trees

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Our Christmas trees, cut and potted, will be landing on Trevena Cross soil shortly, and ready for sale the very end of November/beginning of December (watch for announcement for specific date!) …So we wanted to give you a heads-up as to what will be on offer this year… specifically drawing your attention to our EXCELLENT VALUE Norway Spruce and Nordmann Firs!

A massive number of Norway Spruces ranging from 5ft up to 7.4ft will be available for only £20!…And a massive range of Nordmann Firs ranging from 5ft up to 7.4ft will be available for only £25!

We will also have the lovely Alaskan Lodgepole Pine, which was a popular choice with many of you last year, and so has returned to the mix again this year!

Click on the images below for a full list of this year’s trees!

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Magic Grasses

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Grasses are looking magic at the moment! Great additions to the garden at this time of year, when many other plants aren’t looking their best. These gems really make the most of the autumn breeze as they rustle and wave…

We have  a great variety – 64 varieties to be exact! – to choose from, in an array of wonderful colours and sizes. From Pennisetum to Libertia, Stipa to Carex, Miscanthus to Ophiopogon… and it’s our plant of the month too – find out more here…

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