Cell Grown Plants
Every year our nursery in the Scottish Borders produces millions of cell grown broadleaves, conifers, shrubs, hedging plants and a range of other species for environmental planting. Our species range is extensive and we have species to suit all planting objectives.
Cell grown plants can be planted almost all year round and offer excellent survivability as they are supplied with a complete and intact fibrous root system.
- Categories: Grasses
Phragmites australis - Common Reed is a vigorous reed able to grow to 3m in height. A fast growing plant able to form an extensive colony of erect stems. It forms extensive, yellow-brown reedbeds in wetlands across the UK which are important habitats for birds, including rare and threatened species. It grows from creeping underground stems and flowers from August to October.
The common reed is also one of the main wetland plants used in phytoremediation water treatment. This process filters water through the root system to remove toxic substances or excess nutrients. This process is often used to clean up contaminated ground water through planting directly in the contaminated site or through removing the contaminated water and providing it to these plants in an off-site location.
Typha latifolia - Common Reed Mace, also known as Bulrush is a native marginal plant that has long sword like leaves and distinctive dark brown seed heads that are cylindrical in shape. It is very prolific so requires plenty of space!
We are specialist growers of Ammophila arenaria - Marram Grass plants from British seed for coastal erosion projects.
Marram Grass is our native coastal grass and it does a fantastic job of helping to stabilise sand dunes protecting coastal defences.
It grows from a network of underground rhizomes which give it a sturdy anchor to the sand and allow it to spread upwards.
Growing in stiff, hardy clumps the foliage is grey green in colour and it produces light brown flowerheads.
Suggested planting density: 5 plants per square metre.
Eriophorum angustifolium - Cottongrass (often referred to as bog cotton) is an evergreen perennial that forms vigorously spreading clumps. It enjoys the harshest of environments - boggy, open, peat areas where there is little other competition.
Pure white silky haired seed heads form after flowering. Cottongrass seeds and stems are edible and can used for medicinal purposes. The fluffy seed heads have also been used as a substitute to stuffing pillows.
It provides an excellent habituate for wildlife and is a pond essential.