Starting a Cornish garden!


Having found the perfect property, you may be about to embark on starting a Cornish garden all of your own. If you’re looking for inspiration on the best things to plant, how to make the most of the Cornish micro-climate, and local suppliers for all your horticultural needs, then help is at hand!

You may have heard of the sub-tropical micro-climate that blesses our Cornish landscapes, but what does this mean for planting and growing in the region? We spoke to Laura Morrison from Bloom magazine, who shared her tips for planning your own paradise plot.

Before you get stuck in…

Before you get your hands dirty, it’s important to assess your space. Find out how exposed is it, how much sun it gets and what the soil is like. All these factors will affect what you can grow. 

You can even use a sun tracking app to determine which areas of your garden will get the most light and which parts will be in shade – then plant accordingly.

How is gardening in Cornwall different?

If you’ve been a keen gardener elsewhere in the country, you may need to adjust to the Cornish climate. We’re lucky in Cornwall to have a fairly mild (and wet) climate, so plants love to grow here! 

If your plot is sheltered and sunny you could try more exotic plants like palms, agaves, echium or even dramatic, umbrella-like gunnera if you have the space. 

Some coastal gardens are a little more salt-sprayed and wind-swept. If you’re lucky enough to be by the sea, try plants like rock roses, sea thrift and sea lavender which have adapted to the conditions. 

Once you’re ready to get planting…

Cornwall has plenty of fantastic nurseries, so there’s no excuse not to buy local! 

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel has a wide range of interesting plants aimed at Cornish gardens, and Burncoose in Redruth sell plants grown in their lovely woodland. 

The Forest Garden in Falmouth provides edible forest garden consultation and sells fruit trees, shrubs and perennial veg. You can also order organic vegetable seed from Tamar Organics in Launceston. 

You’ll never be short of inspiration!

There are some incredible gardens so why not stop by on your house hunt and get some ideas? 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are as mysterious and romantic as they sound, and the plant-filled rocky terrain of St Michael’s Mount is a masterclass in gardening amongst the elements. 

Many of these gardens have small plant shops where you can buy the plants you’ve spotted. 

Keep growing your gardening knowledge with Bloom magazine…

Bloom magazine is great for people who are itching to get out into the garden and get growing but aren’t sure where to start. 

There are tons of projects, inspiration and advice for anyone with a love of plants and the natural world – however green your fingers. Issue 5 is out in March 2020.

If you’re searching for a property in Cornwall and the garden is a major factor, let us know – we’ll look out for the perfect plot for you!

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