Rose Inspiration!

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Roses are starting to flush out again, so we thought it’s time to be inspired by this beautiful flower! Here’s a look at a few lovely roses &  gardens from near & far.


Roses at Sayre Mansion, Allentown NJ Photo credit:


Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy.     Photo credit: Shing Yoong from


Olivia Rose Austin Photo credit:


Roses at Hidcote Garde, Gloucestershire, UK Photo credit: Jonathon Buckley via


Roses at Monet’s Garden Giverny, France Photo credit:


Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, UK Photo credit: Derrick Knight


Support Your Local Grower

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We’re not sure you’re aware of this, but a lot of what you buy at Colonial Nursery is actually grown by us. Behind the greenhouse and nursery yards is the area we call our growing fields and at the moment it’s full of mums! I know it seems a little incongruous to be talking fall when you’re sitting on a beach in 90degree temperatures, but the reality is, as growers, we’re always working one or two seasons in advance. Its takes a huge amount of planning to sort out what to grow when. Dan’s been doing this for nearly 20 years and has next year’s planting schedule fully mapped out by September 30. This plan becomes our planting bible: we know what to plant, when and how much, so it’s ready for sale at the right time.

Growing at a commerical scale is second nature to us, but we know not all garden centers are growers. So we thought it would be fun to show you what goes on in our growing fields. Erin made this quick video yesterday morning. Take a walk with her to see how our mums, ornamental cabbage and kale and Montauk daisies are coming along.

In the greenhouse, we’ve also got stonecrop sedum, celosia and pansies growing on for fall. Check back in with us in early September what’s ready. Anytime, you’d like to come back and take a look at our growing fields, you’re most welcome! We have a whole bunch of really good looking perennials, grasses & shrubs there as well, all ready for sale.