Placing an order at plant nurseries

At The Plant Nursery
Choosing the plants for your site
We stock a comprehensive range of plants across our two sites. From this range we can help you select plants to suit your planting scheme and ground conditions, either at the nurseries, by phone or e-mail. If you have a list of plants suggested by an architect, designer or a list you have seen or read about, we can check that these are suitable for your site and tailor a selection of plants from our stocks to suit your needs and to create the effect you are seeking within a set budget.
Making an enquiry



Cistus CypriusPlease e-mail us with a list of the plants you require , and we shall reply, once we have checked our stocks, stating quantities and sizes available. Details of the range of plants that we have at each location can be found in our plants lists. Plants stocked primarily in Kent are marked with RHS nursery code SEND – South East NorthDown, and MMuck for Midlands -Mucklestone. We are regularly travelling between the two so can make up orders from both Nurseries. As we are constantly propagating , stocks may vary throughout the season. As we have over 3000 varieties/species we only stock limited ‘retail’ quantities of each item. Larger quantities of plants of a specific variety can be propagated to order given enough advanced warning – we have done this for customers including Kew Gardens and Staffordshire County Council. Please supply us with your full contact details – including delivery address and day time phone number – as these are required by the carrier in due course.

Order Confirmation    On confirmation of availability of your order, we recommend, in the first instance, visiting to make your final selection, collection and payment. We can also dispatch by carrier, or deliver personally. We have recently started with a new carrier at competitive rates for small parcels.


Payments can be by cheque payable to William Friend, posted to either nursery as directed. We also accept payments by BACS, Please ask for our bank details when emailing your enquiry if you wish to use this payment method. We can now accept credit and debit card payments at both Nurseries, in person or over the phone.

Please note that our catalogue shows the usual pot size in which each variety is likely to be available, and the price. Many shrubs / trees can also be available in larger specimen sizes, or smaller ‘liner’ sizes. Prices shown on this web site may not always be entirely up to date and are posted there as a guide only. Set out below is our typical price scale.

Centranthus Rubia Alba

POT SIZE Cost Information
Vegetable plugs £1.90 pack of 10
veg transplants
Six packs £2.95 bedding plants
7cm £1.50 patio plants
9cm £2.95 /£3.95 Alpines, Rock Plants 
1Litre £4.95 Small Perennials
2 Litre £6.95 Perennials,
Ferns, Small shrubs
3 Litre £8.95/£12.95  Shrubs
5 or 7 Litre £12.95/£19.95 Shrubs
10 Litre £29.95 Trees, Specimen
15 Litre + £39.95+ Larger specimen
trees and shrubs

Please Note

Some lines which are slow growing or difficult to propagate are one level more expensive or individually priced , whilst items such as hedging are often one level cheaper. Discounts are available on larger orders where we are asked to select suitable plants from our range of available stocks. Where this is local to one of our nurseries we can also layout the plants for planting and or carry out the planting work at little additional cost.

Cost of Delivery

Church Farm in SpringWe endeavour to keep these ‘at cost’ to us , as a guide:-
Thanet and Market Drayton areas Free
Small parcels less than 1.5 kg £4
1-3 3ltr shrubs £6
up to 20kg by carrier £15
larger parcels pro rata
Large trees are difficult to send
Where timing of delivery is not critical we can usually combine several orders and deliver personally in London, Kent and the M25, M11, M4, M1 and M6 corridors.

Church Farm in Spring


Our plants may not have the instant ‘eye appeal’ of an imported greenhouse grown plant, but should prove hardy and develop and thrive over the years in a suitable location. We ask customers to visit the nurseries to view their plants before purchase where possible. If any plants supplied by us are not as anticipated we would ask that they are returned immeadiately. A full refund will be given for the returned plants (but not carriage or other costs).