• Bide-A-Wee location

    Stanton, Morpeth
    Northumberland

    NE65 8PR
  • Bide-a-Wee Garden opening times

    Wednesday & Saturday
    Mid April-End August

    1.30pm to 5pm

Plants Catalogue Notes from Bide-a-Wee Nursery

Below are useful notes to explain the information presented and contained on the catalogue pages including:


Also see the Plant Nursery how to buy guide.

Plant heights

All heights are stated in feet and inches, as gardeners tell us they find it easier to visualize.

Soil conditions

Conditions described relate to those found here in the garden at Bide-A-Wee Cottage. They are extremely variable due to the sites varied topography and quarrying past. Soils range from dry running sand with quarry spoil to heavy clay.

Most of the garden consists of free draining open textured soil the consistency of soft brown sugar! I refer to this as rich fertile soil. All soils apart from where sharp drainage is required are heavily enriched with organic matter, and then subsequently bark mulched.

AGM plants

The Royal Horticultural Society awards plants that are of outstanding excellence for garden decoration, of good constitution, and those not requiring specialist care or difficult growing conditions. These worthy plants are marked in the catalogue with AGM.

Poisonous plants

Our plants are labeled in accordance with the Horticultural Trade Association’s list of toxic and potentially harmful plants. Caution should be exercised with all plants and young children, especially those with bright berries.

Plant taxonomy and origin

Botanical Latin an international language can be confusing. To help make the catalogue user friendly, I have included a common name where possible, however common names are locally variable and have no scientific basis.

Botanical Latin takes time to get used to. A book I find particular useful is The Collingridge Dictionary of Plant Names, by Allen J Combes, which assists in pronunciation and gives meaning to names.

Taxonomist’s habit of reassigning whole chunks of a Genus can be frustrating. Plants are classified as illustrated below, and this is reflected in the catalogue.

Family, e.g. ROSACEAE in red bold capitals
Genus, e.g. FILIPENDULA in green bold capitals
Species, e.g. ulmaria in bold lower case
Culivar, e.g. `Aurea`, in single quotation marks

Cultivars propagated by cuttings or division are listed in single quotes, whilst those plants raised from seed of the original plant are listed in brackets to indicate that although we expect them to reflect the parent plant there may be some variation.

I have included the family name, as good botanical practice. It may also encourage you to grow other plants from a different genus but from within a family containing a genus that you may already collect. They also help indicate physical and cultural similarities between genuses within the same families. Please note the family name is not needed for ordering.

Plants are named in accordance with the latest edition of the RHS Plant Finder, and reflect names supplied from other growers and collectors.

Below each plant description I have indicated either the geographical or garden origin of the plant. The geographical origin is particularly useful in establishing the correct growing conditions within the garden, and gives a clue to propagation requirements.