Gardening Express – Review

I think this has got to be one of my favourite review posts ever!

I was asked by Gardening Express if I’d like to order some plants and write about them on my blog and they asked at a time when I’d been doing research on how to create displays in pots for winter colour.

I went to the website and chose 6 trailing ivy plants, 3 cyclamen and 3 winter flowering heather.
I calmly waited for the plants to arrive and didn’t get at all excited *cough* when they did a couple of days later!


They were packaged in a way that kept them from moving about and getting damaged and the soil around each plant was moist.

I have to say I was extremely impressed with the health of all the plants. They looked stunning and I couldn’t wait to get them into the stone pots I’m going to be keeping them in over winter.

First I had to re-home a miniature rose my husband bought me a few years ago for Valentine’s Day and remove an old coriander plant that we never used because I don’t like coriander! I still felt a bit sad about it though because it was one of the first plants I ever successfully grew from seed and the ease with which it grew really helped increase my confidence as a new gardener 🙂

Anyway, back to the new plants!

I put three ivy plants, two heathers and one cyclamen in one of the pots

then three ivy, two cyclamen and the last heather in the other pot (one of the cyclamen in this pot is white and is behind the ivy so you can’t see it very well from this angle).

I put them next to the arch that is finally getting covered in jasmine after 2 years of it not growing. As a new gardener with little experience of jasmine I came to the conclusion that it must have needed a while to get itself settled before starting to climb away!

I love my new pots and I’m very pleased to finally have some heather in my garden because my grand mother was called Heather and Ella has it as one of her middle names 🙂

I’ve got lots more ideas for displays in pots and now I have a ‘go to’ place to get my plants online 🙂

Disclosure: I was sent the plants to review but receiving them didn’t guarantee a favourable review. This is my honest and accurate opinion of the products received.


    1. shelllouise 27th August 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you Mary 🙂 xx

  1. blueberetmum 27th August 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Lovely plants! Such a shame I tend to accidentally kill mine within seconds of receiving them…;-)

    1. shelllouise 27th August 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I used to be the same and even now I've not had much luck with an 'easy to grow' clematis that started off wonderfully and then died on me, reason totally unknown!
      I think it's more luck than judgement (and help from google!) that my garden is finally growing! 🙂

  2. Jaime Oliver 27th August 2013 at 8:56 am

    wow they look fantastic honey i have not heard of this website but i am looking for some winter plants so will have to check them out.

    1. shelllouise 27th August 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I'd definitely recommend them Jaime. I'll be getting more plants from them because I love filling pots with different displays 🙂

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