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Show Gardens at Trago Newton Abbot – Part 1 The Devon Scene

0 Comments Newton Abbot   (on 11-May-2018 02:53 AM)

As a county, Devon encompasses a huge variety of landscapes, from granite moorland to wooded river valleys, coombes leading down to dramatic coasts and shorelines and gently rolling hills with fields and rich red earth.


Along the south coast, the weather is similar to that of Cornwall, as it benefits from the Gulf Stream.  Therefore it is easy to grow a wide variety of plants, including palm trees and other plants more usually found in Mediterranean countries. Further inland, the habitat provides scope for hundreds of other varieties.


Multiple award-winning landscape gardener, Paul Stone, created The Devon Scene in The Garden Park at our Newton Abbot store. He said: “Trago’s Chairman, Bruce Robertson, rightly insisted that a tribute to Devon should take pride of place in the Garden Park! In my mind, this is a sun-drenched setting in the heart of summer. A lazy, shallow river ripples along a riverbank beside an old thatched country pub and there’s even a proper clapper bridge here as well so you’re in Devon for sure!”


The planting is a carpet of Narcissus in early Spring, with Bluebells popping up just a little later. In the summer, you’ll find wildflowers beneath swaying Willows and Lambs Tail Hazel. Outside the door of ‘The Dangling Dunce’ are tubs of flowers and there is additional Spring and Summer planting in the riverside bank garden. It’s the perfect spot for customers to sit and enjoy a quiet moment away from our busy retail areas.


We’ve got thousands of beautiful plants to choose from, plus a full range of composts, plant foods and garden pots/tubs – and below, you’ll find some suggestions for planting your own ‘Devon Scene’!


NATIVE TREES (For the larger garden!)

Hawthorn (Crataegus), Oak (Quercus), Birch (Betula), Beech (Fagus)

  • A wonderful edition to any larger garden and can be planted to create a lasting memory of a special occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday or wedding
  • Plant in April/May or September/October and plant away from buildings/walls to allow for root spread
  • When planting do not bury the crown (where the stem joins the roots) or leave any roots uncovered
  • Use a Multi-Purpose compost
  • Stake the tree if necessary for its first year but ensure stakes are tied loosely to the tree, to avoid cutting into the bark
  • Water each week, allowing water to reach the roots
  • Mulch annually, using 2” - 4” of organic material, keeping the mulch away from the stem



Common name: ‘Bluebell’

  • These beautiful bright blue flowering bulbs come out in late April making a thick carpet in any shaded area
  • Prefer dry, well-drained soil and best planted/grown en masse
  • Their rich nectar provides food for many butterflies and other insects
  • Plant in August/September and once planted try not to move or disturb them
  • Use a Multi-Purpose compost
  • Look stunning in a container or pot



  • An evergreen shrub which bears spectacular blousy flowers in late spring - purple, pink, white and red depending on varieties grown
  • Soil needs to be ‘Acid’ because these shrubs will not tolerate Lime
  • Prefers dappled shade, i.e. under trees
  • Can grow very large but responds well to pruning after flowering.
  • De-head after flowering so the new growth can develop for the following year
  • When planting ALWAYS use Lime- free compost  (J Arthur Bowers Ericacious) and feed with Sequestrene

Try: Rhododendron ‘Gomer Waterer’, ‘Sappho’ or ‘Pink Pearl’

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