Become a Garden Circle member!

If you're looking to get the most out of your garden this year, you'll love our Garden Circle membership! It's FREE to join and there are some excellent benefits, including:

  • Receive a membership card for 10% off ALL plants
  • Earn up to 2.5% reward points on all purchases*
  • Special offers & regular newsletters
  • Be first to find out about exclusive tours round our high tech nursery and the Christmas Poinsettia walk
  • Receive invites to demonstrations and workshops

To join and take advantage of the benefits straight away, simply fill in a form at the counter at the garden centre.

 

*Excluding gift vouchers. See website for full terms & conditions

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Job vacancies

We have three exciting job vacancies at Pentland just now. If you feel that you have all of the skills required for either, then we'd love to hear from you! Please send your CV to c.spray@pentlandplants.co.uk

(Please note we can only reply to applicants we require in for an interview)

Pastry Chef (Daytime hours) 

We are looking for a talented and creative pastry chef to join our team. We bake nearly everything from scratch including, traybakes, scones, cakes and desserts! 

If you want to show off your talent and skills to a new audience then this is the job for you! 

The position is full time and will include at least one day at the weekend. 

We offer a competitive rate of pay, free parking, Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Day off and 28 days annual leave plus a share of the tips. 

Start date immediate 

Barista/Cafe Assistant

We are looking for an experienced and talented barista to join our friendly team. You must be able to make excellent lattes and cappuccinos etc and be great with customers. Latte art would be an advantage. 
You would make and serve coffees and teas, take hot food orders, use the till and when quieter take food out. 

We offer a competitive rate of pay as well as snacks and drinks whilst at work. 

You also get a staff discount throughout the cafe and shop. 

We require someone 5 days a week including weekends 

You must have an excellent understanding of English 
start date: Mid may 

Garden Centre Assistant
Do you enjoy gardening and have an interest in beautiful plants? Are you looking to take the next step in your retail career?
We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly person to join our garden centre team. 

Duties include: 
Serving at the tills 
collecting plants 
Helping customers 
Helping price and display stock 

You would need to have retail experience and be great with customers. Any plant knowledge, especially bedding plants, would be an advantage, as would knowledge on the chemicals and fertilizers and other general garden centre goods. 

We offer a competitive rate of pay. 
start immediate 




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New plants just in

We're really excited here at Pentland as Spring is here, which can only mean one thing - beautiful new plants! Carolyn and David have recently returned from Holland, where they personally selected a huge range of exciting new varieties, which are now available at Pentland. 

Here's a peak at what plants you can expect to see when you come in:

Paeonies
Magnolias
Lavender
Forsythia
Clematis Montana
Chaenomeles
Buxus of all shapes and sizes
Pieris
Prunus triloba
Lilacs 
Wisteria
Dicentra 
Plus, our very own homegrown plants

We pride ourselves on our expert knowledge from years of experience as growers. As well as the 50 million plants we grow on site each year, we work with Partners around Europe to offer our customers the very best quality plants season after season. 

Unlike the big garden centre chains, we're independent. We're not fixed to any particular supplier with contracts and red tape and a limited range. We work with a whole host of suppliers - cherry picking only the best new, exciting and much loved varieties of plants to then offer our customers.

You're always guarateed to find something that little bit special for your garden, from our local, Edinburgh based garden centre.   

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Our delicious coconut & cherry scone recipe

After many busy hours of hard work in the garden what better way to reward all your efforts than with a cup of tea and a freshly baked scone?

Our delicious coconut and cherry scones are a firm favourite with many of our customers, so we thought we'd share the recipe for everyone to enjoy.

Ingredients:

475g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting

Pinch of salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

80g diced butter

100g glace cherries

100g desiccated coconut

30g caster sugar

2 eggs

200 ml milk

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7

2. Put the flour, salt and baking powder into a processor. Add the butter and process, and then add the cherries, coconut and sugar.

3. Beat the eggs together and pour in the milk (put a little aside for glazing the scones later). Add the egg/milk mixture a little bit at a time to the ingredients to create a soft dough.

4. Place onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 3cm. Use a 6cm cutter to cut out the dough.

5. Place the scones on a baking sheet and lightly brush with the extra beaten egg/milk mixture. Bake in the oven for about 12–15 minutes or until the scones are risen and golden.

Leave to cool on a wire rack. To serve, cut in half and spread with strawberry jam and top with whipped cream.

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First Garden - our new gardening blog

Hazel lives in a new build half an hour from Edinburgh. The promise of a garden tempted her from the city, only she's never had a garden before and isn’t sure where to start. She does have a book called ‘Garden plants of Scotland’, a kitchen spoon and a pair of rubber gloves though. In the First Garden blog we’ll follow Hazel as she attempts to grow her first garden with the help of the team at Pentland Plants...

View all of hazel's wonderful blog posts here: 
Grow your own kitchen garden
https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/blog/just-nipping-out-to-the-garden-for-some-salad.html

Weed and pest control
https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/blog/weed-pest-control.html

Welcoming in the wild
https://www.pentlandplantsgardencentre.co.uk/blog/welcoming-in-the-wild.html

 

 

First Garden - Joy in a bucket

Last year we left the city centre trailing two small boys, a buggy, bikes and daydreams of space and a garden of our own. I literally danced down the tenement stair for the last time with a kid on each hip. Goodbye shared garden, no more pretending to give the kids trouble for lopping the heads off the communal daffodils and farewell to the fear that one of them would drop the paving slab they kept lifting to look for bugs on the other one’s head. Hello new build, a garage to stash our ‘fire hazard bikes’ and paving slabs held snug by concrete.

With our first own-front-door came the blank green space and bare paving of not one, but two gardens, front and back. Last summer it all lay empty as we scrabbled about organising the inside of the house. After watching our neighbours charge up and down with mowers and asking each other ‘how long do you think we can leave it before we have to cut it?’ my husband went as far as buying a lawnmower and figuring out how to cut the grass. Now it’s time to build a garden.

A blank canvas...
The front of the house faces north. It is cool and shady, the ideal place for a cup of tea on the bench when it’s roasting at the back. The south-facing back garden is scorched by the sun near the house and whipped by the wind where there is no shelter at the back. Both are blank canvases of grass turf waiting for flowers to bring colour and life. 

But under the turf lies a problem. The ground has been pounded by the forklifts and diggers used to move kit to build the house. Digging-in flower beds promises to be an exercise in excavating rocks and bits of roof tile and by the time the kids are fed and wrestled into bed we feel a bit too lazy.


The solution...

Our solution - bring in planters. They come in endless colour, size and finish combinations. You can move them about, plant bulbs or flowers, grow lettuce and herbs, even small trees will be happy in a planter. I began to linger by the lines of plants at the supermarket door then heard that Pentland Plants grows their stock so they are hardy enough for the Scottish climate. They have a stylish selection of planters too so off I went.

We’ve never had our own garden before. Until now we’ve spent our entire adult lives in flats. I once grew some nasturtiums on the shady windowsill of a damp basement and now believe nasturtiums will grow anywhere. Walking into Pentland Plants was a bit like my first trip to TopShop in Oxford Circus – stunned by rows of colour in shapes and cuts I couldn’t wait to grab, only this time it was plants not clothes. I was tempted to fill my trolley with bright flowers I’d never seen before nevermind knew the name of. I needed help – what to grow in the lovely planters I’d picked for the shade of the front garden.


My inspiration...

Then I met Fenella, one of Pentland Plant’s resident experts. She is wonderful. I showed her a photo on my phone of the gloomy spot I’d chosen for my planters and she gently explained that there is more than one type of shade. If there is no tree or roof overhanging a spot then it still counts as getting light even though it’s not direct sunlight. I had thought shade meant no direct sunlight but it turns out I have what is known as ‘light shade’.

Fenella guided me to the Ferns and their equally lovely neighbours the Hosta family in Pentland Plant’s outdoor section. The Hostas have long oval leaves stretched by stripes of colour or that glow a soft green-blue. There were so many options of Hosta leaf colour it was fun to mix and match them. I scooped up as many as I could carry. Fenella explained I should pop them in the pot with a bit of fertiliser. I admit I panicked a little, I was thinking put it in the pot, give it a bit of water now and then and it’ll be fine. Fertiliser, that’s leaning into technical, but it’s simply a case of mixing it with the soil before you put the plants in and they’ll be happy until next year.

Four Ferns and two Hostas each with leaves a different colour and shape made their way into my trolley. I asked Fenella for flowers. She helped me to choose one orange and one purple flowering Primula, tall pops of colour that complement the yellow tinge in one of the Hosta leaves. Primula like cool moist soil and should do well in the slate grey containers I chose because they match the roof tiles.

At home, it only took half an hour to transplant my green treasures into their new home and tuck them in with a bit of fertiliser. Even with the help of a toddler who carried the plants from the car, inspected each leaf for spiders and threw a bit of soil about. The end result makes me smile every time I turn the corner and see the house.

 

Here is my Pentland Plants before and after.

Before: Empty paving stones 


 

During: I arranged the plants in their own pots inside the planters first to decide where to put each one, then added more soil and re-potted them. I sprinkled a handful of fertiliser beads around the plants as I went. Gloves made this much easier. 

 

 

 

After: A beautiful green corner bursting with colour #myplanter.

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Spray who is one of the owners of Pentland Plants has made a video with tips on how to put a planter together that will guide you step by step. I hope you try it too and have as much fun as I did choosing flowers for a planter of your own. 

 

Fenella’s Top Tips

Water your flowers in the morning so that they take up the water with the light. If you give them water in the evening they’ll sit in it getting soggy all night.

Refresh your pots in March. Choose a day when there is a light breeze to help dry out the soil. Remove the top few inches of soil and replace with a fresh multi-purpose compost mixed with fertiliser. This should keep your plants happy throughout the summer.

Dead head flowers – as they begin to look a bit past it snip off the dead flowers and the stem before they make seeds so the plant tries again and makes a new flower. A bit mean for the plant but more flowers for you!

 

My plant list

Most plants have a common name and a botanical name to help identify exactly what they are. Labels often list both or just one. The botanical name is written in Latin. One of the Primula species I chose is called Primula capitata but you might see it shortened to P. capitata. Every known living thing has a name like this, you are a Homo sapiens, or H. sapiens for short.

I chose a mix of Hostas, Ferns and Primulas:

Primula capitate also known as Primula

Hosta tardiana also known as Halcyon

Hosta Stained Glass

Matteuccia struthiopteris also known as an Ostrich Fern

Dryopteris wallichiana also known as a Wood Fern

Asplenium scolopendirum also known as Hart’s Tongue Fern

 

Kit list

Three planters: I chose three different sizes and shapes so I can rearrange them later and create different heights for interest. I went for frost proof to prevent them shattering when it gets cold, there is often a sprinkling of ice on the north of the house all day here in Winter. The pots in the picture are from the Rustic Garden range by Woodlodge at Pentland Plants.

Fertiliser: I mixed a multipurpose, Miracle-Gro plant food by sprinkling the pellets into the soil and mixing it with my hands.

Soil: A bag of multipurpose compost.

 

Useful but not essential

A watering can: I use a jam jar.

Gloves: To keep the mud in the garden.

A trowel: I started out using a spoon from the kitchen drawer but that’s another story.

 

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