Grow orchids – in the garden

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Nigel Wallis, general manager at Baytree Nurseries Ltd at Weston, has a really good idea for something different for the garden this year.

Orchids. Yes, you read correctly. Nigel hasn’t made a huge mistake.

Baytree Nurseries is selling hardy slipper orchids – or lady’s slipper orchids – for the garden for the first time this year.

Nigel says: “They come from North America, Russia, China and Japan so they are hardy varieties.

“They have been around for a while, but they were expensive, but now that they are a sensible price we feel we can have a go.”

Orchids have long been Britain’s favourite house plant, so it is good news for gardeners that there is now a hardy variety.

The 45cm (18 inch) hardy orchids are sold in a pot for £18.99 and will withstand temperatures up to minus 200C.

What’s more, they will give a beautiful floral display from now right through the summer months.

Nigel said: “Leave them out and they will over-winter after flowering and the root system continues to make it stronger for the following year. It will last for ever and they look exotic.”

This year, Baytree bought in three dozen or so of the plants, and Nigel says that they have already sold 20 of them, so if you are interested in something unusual for the garden it’s best to hurry along to the garden centre to avoid disappointment.

The orchids will look fabulous in pots on the patio.

To really make a patio statement though, take a look at the specimen palm trees that Baytree Nurseries has in this year.

And if you are short on garden space, no need to be disappointed. The garden centre always has a big selection of indoor orchids for sale.