Site Updated 28/07/2014 We are a family-run  retail plant nursery. We have been growing  & selling an extremely  wide selection of plants  here in the Scottish  Highlands since 1979. We have for sale Alpines Bedding Plants Bulbs Dwarf Conifers  Ferns Grasses Heathers Herbs  House Plants  Perennials Shrubs And a few Trees. The majority grown on  site with care & love by  Ben & Lesley  Rushbrooke. We are not a Garden  Centre, so no tea room  or gift shop, all our  effort goes into  producing top quality &  excellent value plants.  The Met Office Local  Weather forecast: Nursery View Opening Hours 10am to 6pm.  Monday to Saturday.  March to October or by appointment. We are near Poolewe in Wester Ross, in the remote & beautiful North West Highlands of Scotland and 2kms north of the world renowned Inverewe Gardens. See our directions page for details of how to get here. Echeveria 'Duchess of Nuremberg' Made with Xara © Garden Cottage Nursery, 2014 Welcome Tough and Beautiful plants grown in the Scottish Highlands. Our Stock reflects the prevailing conditions here, with lots of salty wind, high rainfall & fairly mild but  long winters, as well as lots of poor, shallow, highly acidic peaty soils.  As such  conditions make some forms of ‘conventional’ gardening difficult & there is little readily  available information on how to grow plants up here we have written several  informational pieces to help customers get the most from their gardens or just to know more about what make plants tick.  Stormy Loch Thurnaig Amongst Our Stock We have many Brachyglottis, Hebe, Olearia & Ozothamnus. We offer more varieties than anyone else of Olearia, a genus of great variety and utility. We also offer much else  besides that is rare & unusual as well as some of the more run-of-the-mill old favourites.  Other popular specialities include the bog loving ‘candelabra’ Primulas, Erythronium for  the spring through to Crocosmia for the autumn. Olearia 'Henry Travers' Visit Wester Ross Our nursery is located in a beautiful part of the country and is itself in a lovely sheltered  setting with the sales frames arranged around the garden. Surprisingly though we are  not all that is worth seeing hereabouts. When you are done here please follow this link to a useful site to make people aware of what’s going on and accommodation in our area. Loch Maree from Tollie Second Hand Books Founder of the nursery Ron Rushbrooke now sells second hand books through the  internet and from Ron’s Book Bothy upstairs in Poolewe Village Hall above his daughter  Alison’s Button Bothy jewellery studio.  Book Bothy Gallery Pictures speak a thousand words, and when it comes to describing plants those words  are mostly Latin jargon, so if you don’t know your cordate from your palmate having a  picture helps. Nearly every plant that goes through the nursery gets it’s photo taken, we  are uploading most of these plant portraits to the photo sharing site Flickr. We keep  adding more photos all the time and we regularly update the index here. If you would like some free cut-out & keep desktop backgrounds? Here are  some pretty pictures for you. We’ve just added a couple more backgrounds. Clematis montana var. wilsonii Flickr Slide show Click on play to see a seasonal selection of the images we have uploaded to the photo sharing site Flickr. Double click on a picture to see the photo on our Flickr photostream, clicking the “Show Info” bar shows the  name of the plant & a description.
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Garden Cottage Nursery On The Road Throughout the warmer months Lesley has a stall at various local markets: Poolewe Tuesday Market - Every Tuesday in Poolewe Hall (also with books). From soon Lesley will also return to: Ullapool Market - Generally Fortnightly, plus some extra weeks on Saturdays, in  front of the Seaforth Hotel near the Ferry Terminal. (9th August, 23rd August, 6th September...) See some photos Lochcarron Producers Day - in Lochcarron Village Hall the last Friday of each month.  Torridon Food and Craft Market - in Loch Torridon Community Centre Fridays (1st Aug, 8th Aug, 15th, 22nd Aug, but in Lochcarron on 29th) . If you want Lesley to bring you a particular plant e-mail or phone ahead on 01445781777

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Searchable Availability List Through much ham-fisted coding Ben has managed to make our regularly updated and  almost fully illustrated availability list searchable by name, cultural preferences and such,  so now you can see just what shrubs we have for windy wet and shady sites!  Please have a poke around and see what grabs you. Shrubs growing-on Every Olearia Known to Man... Ish July in Scotland sees a great many of the the large and diverse genus of Olearia, a race of Antipodean daisy-flowered shrubs, blooming. Many thrive in our mild and wild maritime climate and in our poor soils. Naturally we grow a vast array of species and hybrids of Olearia, some of which we’ve even select ourselves for their new and interesting traits. Those in flower now include: Olearia nummularifolia, O. x oleifolia, O. aglossoa and if you don’t like white flowers try the stunnig but more challanging O. ‘Henry Travers’. Olearia glandulosa Lesley’s Leaves in full swing We are growing lots of young leaf salads to sell in small bags at the Poolewe Tuesday  Markets. They are growing really well with a good mixture of colours, shapes and  flavours and no bulking with boring Iceburg lettuce either. Iris sibirica 'Tropic Night' Click To See Leaves