Yvonne’s Plants is a small company with a big passion for growing quality plants. We concentrate on growing edible plants, and have an extensive range of vegetable plants, herbs, fruit bushes, alongside a limited range of summer bedding plants. We've been selling for a number of years now, with things really 'going large' in 2013, with us attending our first Garden Shows, and the creation of our website and Facebook page.
All this originated from one little back garden in Gosport, with us selling direct to the public at garden shows and farmers markets in Hampshire. 2017 saw us expanding into a greenhouse facility near Bishops Waltham as there is only so much that can be grown in that one little garden! We also ventured into the Chilli Festival scene, where our fantastic range of chillies proved to be a huge success. So continuing on from this, 2018 will see us expand further in this arena, going further afield and attending even more prestigious events, such as the Blenheim Palace Food Festival (named in the top 10 best food festivals in the world in 2016).
The biggest thrill of our journey so far has been winning the 'Best Plant Stall' at the Bishops Waltham Garden show in 2016, where I was surprised to be ambushed by gardening guru Andy McIndoe and several ladies on the events organizing committee. It had been so busy on the stand that I had been unaware of the tannoy announcement until I was summoned to the front of the stand for the obligatory photo! It was a far cry from our first attendance at that show just 3 years previously when I had no idea just what I'd gotten us into and just about survived the day thanks to the above-mentioned ladies (and some fellow stallholders) kindly helping me finish getting ready on time! Since then, many lessons have been learned and I now have a small army of family and friends come and support me on the day, without whom none of this would have been possible.
We grow a huge variety of plants, and are specialist growers of Tomato, Chilli and Pepper plants, with over 270 tomato varieties and around 120 chilli and pepper varieties. Almost all of what we sell is grown from seeds or cuttings, and is carefully tended to at home in the garden and greenhouses, ensuring high quality, healthy plants for you.
The vegetables we offer are tomatoes, chillies, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines, broad beans, runner beans, dwarf French beans, peas, sweetcorn, cabbages, cauliflowers, kales, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, salad greens, chard, oriental greens, onions, leeks, squashes, pumpkins, giant pumpkins, ornamental gourds and various other more unusual vegetables like Florence fennel, kohl rabi and physalis. We grow a wide range of varieties within each category. If there is a vegetable (or herb) that doesn't yet appear on our list, please let us know as we are continually expanding our range, and most of these new plants come as a result of customers asking for them. We now offer a good range of fruit and olive trees, and usually bring these along to the larger events (I wish my trailer was as big as the tardis...), but they can also be collected via appointment from us.
We grow around 50 different varieties of herbs, from the familiar culinary herbs parsley, rosemary, thyme and coriander to the more unusual lemongrass, french tarragon and bergamot and other perennial herbs. Basil has always been a popular herb, but there are so many different varieties, and this year we are growing 15, as each have their own unique taste, from lemon to cinnamon.
Our fruit range includes red, white and black currants, red and green gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and tayberries, blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, grapes, cranberries and jostaberries (a very prolific gooseberry/blackcurrant hybrid) . For those of you lucky enough to have a greenhouse, we also sell melon and watermelon plants too. Many of our fruit plants have been nurtured in my own garden as cuttings or root divisions for up to 2 years before they reach you, and are all ready to be planted immediately.
We also grow a very limited range of bedding plants, including popular varieties such as French marigolds, calendula (aka pot marigolds), cosmos, tall and dwarf sunflowers, sweet peas and a selection of wildflowers.