Trelissick plant and garden centre

A bee collects nectar from a Penstemon 'Laura' at Trelissick's plant centre

Tucked into part of the former fruit garden on the side of the shop is the plant and gardening centre. There's a range of seasonal plants and everything for the green-fingered, from tools and ornaments to decorations and garden furniture.

The plant centre boasts a range of products for the ambitious gardener to help prepare for the coming year. Pop in to browse our regularly refreshed stock of seasonal plants.

You'll find a large range of pots from classic terracotta and rustic zinc through to Eco pots made sustainably from recycled plastic. Working with Thomas Etty, we also have a large National Trust branded seed collection with a range of twine and wooden accessories made from FSC wood and sourced from the UK.

With a strong focus on gardens being a space for wildlife this spring and summer we have worked with Wildlife World to create an exclusive range of wildlife houses and habitats. Award winning Peat Free compost, endorsed by the RHS is now available. It is suitable for a wide range of uses around the garden including potting on, patio gardening, container growing and tree and shrub planting.

Whenever you buy from the plant and garden centre you are helping to preserve this special place for future generations.  

Plant of the month: Agapanthus - The Flower of Love

The name Agapanthus is derived from the Greek ‘agape’, meaning ‘love’ and ‘anthos’, meaning ‘flower’.

Depending on the variety, stems range in size from 40cm tall to an impressive 1.5m tall to create stunning displays throughout July and August. They flourish in soils that have good drainage, are resistant to strong winds, and enjoy the scorching hot sunshine

Agapanthus beginning to bloom in Trelissick's plant sales

Staff favourite

“At the end of a summer's evening when the light is slowly starting to fade, these beautiful flowers come to life. Rich purples and blue hues can be seen, it’s as if they are glowing” - Hannah, Retail Manager

What is Peat Free?

At an AGM in 1999, the National Trust voted to stop using peat to grow plants. Peatland habitats absorb a lot of water, making them a key part of natural flood defences with the added advantage of maintaining diverse ecosystems. Mining peat destroys these habitats, and as peat regenerates so slowly, peat bogs and marshes can take many of our lifetimes to return to the way they were. For a charity dedicated to the environment, the choice to divest from peat use was a natural one.

Peat has been popular because it is relatively cheap to produce and (because it's lightweight) it is cheap to transport. It's something that a lot of growers are familiar with and, as a result, some are reluctant to change to a different medium.

However there are very few plants that really need to be grown in peaty soil, and quite a few that will do better without it. As a National Trust garden centre, we've been working with our suppliers to make sure that the plants we sell at Trelissick are peat-free.

You can help by buying peat-free compost for use in your own garden and allotment.

“As a grower, I wouldn’t want to go back to peat again." 
- Kenneth Harris, Nursery Manager, Lanhydrock