Our Garden Centre Is Now Open

Social distancing measures are in place and our priority is to ensure the safety of customers and staff alike, and therefore you will notice some changes on your next visit including:
• Limited numbers of customers in the centre at any time with queuing 2m apart to entre.
• A sanitiser station is located at the entrance for customer use.
• 2m Social distancing markers will be seen throughout the centre.
• Our Cafe and toilets will remain closed.
• We have a newly located Farm shop In the Cafe which will be open.
• We are only able to accept card payments. No cash or gift cards please.
• We will not be allowing family groups to enter, only one parent with children and no dogs except for service dogs will be permitted to enter.
• Under government guidelines, we unfortunately will not be able to offer assistance to customers in our usual way so please be aware that we may not be able to load your car with heavy items during this period of social distancing.

Please respect staff and fellow customers and maintain a safe distance when shopping.
We appreciate that under normal circumstances our Garden Centre is a leisurely place to shop and browse. In this initial stage of opening please do think about your fellow customers and the length of the queue to help us to give everyone an opportunity to shop.

Sussex Country Gardener Online Shop
Our Online Shop will also continue to be available for ordering top-quality plants, garden furniture and garden sundries online for delivery to your home. Visit Our Online Shop.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding, we look forward to seeing you safely soon.
Our opening times: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm / Sunday 10am-4.30pm

Order Online

We have a large selection of items available to buy online.
Click on the boxes below to order online:

Garden Furniture
Garden Care & Compost
Plants & Flowers

Fantastic Fuchsias!

Mrs Popple in full flower Fuchsias are versatile plants with a long flowering season that can grow successfully in a wide range of soils and situations. They can grow in containers, be part of a larger planting in a hanging basket, a garden shrub or even a hedge.

Fuchsias can be broadly split into hardy and non-hardy types. The hardy varieties contain all the smaller flowered varieties commonly seen as hedges, particularly in the West Country. They also include a few larger flowering varieties like Mrs Popple and dwarf varieties like Tom Thumb. They will survive in containers outside during the winter, however severe cold may kill their roots and thus the plant, whereas those in the ground will be fine year on year. Those left in the ground don't like water logged ground, and it is best to leave pruning until the frosts are abating towards the end of March or early April for assured success.

The non-hardy varieties can again be split into two groups, trailing and upright. The trailing varieties are commonly used in hanging baskets and other containers where the branches can hang over the edge dripping with blossom

The uprights are used as centre pieces in containers, dot plants in bedding schemes or even trained into standards.

Fuchsias are easy to keep with no real health issues providing they are kept actively growing. They benefit from plenty of water and regular feeding. The huge quantity of flower they produce requires plenty of food and drink to be spectacular!