The latest news, events and tips from our team

September Gardening Checklist

September has crept up on us already. Years ago it marked the end of the gardening season, but with warmer temperatures there is still time to enjoy your outdoor space. Next week at Pentland Plant we will have a big delivery of fantastic new stock, so keep an eye on the benches for lots of exciting new varieties. In the meantime, here are are our top recomended gardening jobs to help you get the most from your garden this month. 

  • Keep deadheading your plants - including roses too! 
  • Keep on top of general cutting back and tidying throughout the garden
  • Now is a good time to apply an autumn lawn feed to keep your grass healthy throughout the year ahead
  • Clip your hedges 
  • Plant your spring flowering bulbs
  • Move tender plants under cover to protect them during the colder days
  • Replace your summer bedding as it comes to an end with plants for winter. Don't forget to keep these plants watered though! 

If you need a little help and inspiration with your garden please just ask one of our knowledgeable members of staff. It's sometimes hard to know what will grow well in exposed, bright or shady areas. How to plant a container with bulbs for a professional looking display in the spring. How to repair a lawn that has been well used by family and pets over the summer. Whatever questions you have - our team can offer some great tips and inspiration! 



Continue reading

We are currently recruiting for Baristas in our cafe!

Experienced Barista - Position 1:
Pentland plants - Loanhead EH20 
£8.21 - £8.50 an hour

We have a very busy cafe within our garden centre Pentland Plants in Loanhead Midlothian.

we are looking for an experienced Barista to make speciality coffees, hot chocolates and teas. The job also includes taking orders, serving customers and using the tills.

We require somebody Monday 10-5, Friday and Saturday 11-5.45, Sunday 10-4 and more than likely some other days to cover holidays etc

Start date 21st August but some training days before would be necessary

Drinks and snacks are included

We are just along the road from Ikea

Job Type: approx 26 hours but probably more with extra holiday cover etc

Salary: £8.21 to £9.00 /hour

Job Type: Permanent


Barista: 1 year (Required)
Hospitality: 1 year (Required)

Please send a covering letter and CV to:


Experienced Barista - Position 2:

Pentland plants - Loanhead EH20 

£8.21 - £8.50 an hour

We are looking for an experienced Barista to make speciality coffees, hot chocolates and teas. The job also includes taking orders, serving customers and using the tills.

We require somebody to work: Sundays - Wednesdays, 11am - 5.45pm.

Start date: Monday 2nd September

Training to take place 27th or 28th August 

Drinks and snacks are included

We are just along the road from Ikea

Job Type: Permanent

Salary: £8.21 to £8.50 /hour

Please send a covering letter and CV to:


Continue reading

The very best plants, home grown in our nursery


It's that wonderful time of year again when the garden has finally come back to life. This month is the very best time to plant bedding and basket plants. Give your plants a good start now and they will see you through all the way until Autumn!

You may have heard us say that our plants are home grown, but what does that really mean? The Spray family are passionate about growing plants and have been for nearly 100 years. Today we grow over 50 million plants on site in our nursery and supply garden centres and nurseries all over the country. 

Unlike other garden centres that buy in all of their plants, our bedding, basket and many of our perennials are home grown. No long journeys - they're just freshly picked in the nursery and then placed on the bench in the shop. Everything we grow has been carefully selected and nurtured by our nursery growers. We're not tied in to particular varieties and suppliers, so each year we travel to Europe to select the very best varieties from the world's greatest breeders to then grow here at Pentland Plants. We're 100% independent, which allows us to be flexible, reactive and offer our customers quality that can't be found elsewhere. 

We hope that when you are planting your garden this spring you will think of us. The garden centre is in full bloom just now with the most wonderful plants. We're open late weekdays until 6pm each night in May and June, and our knowledgeable team are always on hand to help with any questions or queries. 

We hope to see you soon,

Carolyn Spray

Continue reading

Garden Circle Shopping Event

Come along on Wednesday 5th June from 5pm - 8pm and enjoy a fantastic 20% off in store! Offer includes bedding, basket and perennials, tools, pots, gardening accessories, gifts, pets and clothing!* Don’t worry if you’re not a Garden Circle member - you can sign up on the night for FREE.
Why not have dinner too?! **BYOB**
To celebrate the occasion Cafe Panola will be open late and a special BYOB evening meal will be available at 6pm at a cost of only £14.95 per person for two courses.
Limited spaces for dinner are available, so please reserve your table online today:
Balmoral chicken served with peppercorn sauce, clapshot mash and crispy kale (gf)
Baked cod fillet with a slow roasted plum tomato stew, served with fondant potatoes and roast vegetables (gf)
Asparagus and pea risotto (Gf/veggie)
This can be made vegan if requested
Peach melba cheese cake with a raspberry coulis
Dark chocolate delice with creme anglaise
Scottish cheese and biscuits selection with pear and apple chutney
Continue reading

We're open late til 6pm weekdays in May and June!

It's the perfect time to plant for summer colour. Why not pop in on your way home from work to pick up some beautiful plants for your garden?! We are open until 6pm week nights throughout May and June! 



Continue reading

Subscribe for updates

Add yourself to our mailing list for regular news and updates

Please note that our mailing list is operated in line with our Privacy Policy.

Where to find us

Pentland Plants Garden Centre
Pentland Mains
EH20 9QG

0131 440 0895 

Get in touch

Opening hours

(May to June )

Monday - 9am to 6pm
Tuesday - 9am to 6pm
Wednesday - 9am to 6pm
Thursday - 9am to 6pm
Friday - 9am to 6pm

Saturday - 9am - 5pm
Sunday - 9am - 5pm

Christmas Opening Hours:
Closed: Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's Day

Get social