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

Coping with Drought Conditions

This summer whilst beautiful, is turning into one of the dryest for many years, so as a result the garden is suffering. But we can help you make the most of any water you use on the garden by following our simple water guidelines and using the most appropriate products to make life in the garden easier.

  • Water in the evening - By watering in the evening, less of your precious water will simply evaporate and the plants have all night to take up the water and hydrate fully. Try and keep water off flowers, as sunlight is magnified through water droplets and can damage delicate flowers. Evening watering minimises this problem, but it is still good practice to avoid getting water on blooms.
  • Hand Water - Take time to water by hand so your water is targeted on the areas that really need it, keeping waste to a minimum. Make watering easier by investing in good quality equipment, like Hawes watering cans, that both balance in the hand when full of water, but also give an even fine spray of water that won't flatten your flowers!
  • Mulch - We have a range of fabric and bark mulches, which will both suppress germinating weeds but insulate the soil and keep moisture contained. Mulches follow the principle of it is always damp under a stone!
  • Compost - If you are still planting baskets and pots, use one of our excellent specialist container composts. These have both a wetting agent, to make dry compost easier to hydrate, and additives to retain any applied water.
  • Leaky hosepipes - Invest in a new hosepipe and spray lance. Direct the water where it is needed with spot watering, but don't be guilty of wasting water by letting it leak away where it won't be doing any good.
  • Planting - For those really difficult dry areas, perhaps near a building or under trees, consult our plantaria staff for guidance on plants and grasses that are specialised for living in arid areas.
  • Drip Irrigation - To make life easier, consider installing drip irrigation, where plants, tubs, baskets or grow-bags constantly dry out. A steady sream of water droplets are applied over time, allowing the compost to absorb it, keep run-off to a minimum and letting plants make full use of the water. If you're going away on holiday or are just plain lazy, consider adding a timer which will turn the water on and off automatically without you lifting a finger!