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Lots of customers are asking us when to start sowing vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots and runner beans. We have a huge variety of seeds in store, and all of our seed packets have instructions on when to sow, how to maintain the plants and when to harvest. Don’t be bamboozled by all the choice on offer though – we have staff on hand to help you make your selection.
Here’s Paul’s pick of favourites that he likes to grow:
Custard white squash
This unusual Summer harvesting squash is not only great to look at but is very productive and has many uses in the kitchen. Best picked when very young, it is delicious in salads and stirfrys. Sow in mid-April and plant out in mid-May. Harvest from July onwards.
Fennel is one of those flavours that you either love or hate! It is not the easiest vegetable to grow since it does not like dry soil in the Summer, which will send it to seed without producing the edible bulb. It is a very decorative vegetable that is definitely worth the challenge! Sow directly into the ground in May and harvest in late Summer.
This easy-to-grow climbing/trailing plant is perfect for a sunny position injecting bright Summer colour. The variegated leaves clash beautifully with the yellow and orange flowers. Hugely prolific, it flowers all through Summer and Autumn. The flowers are edible too! Sow from April outdoors. The seeds are perfect for children to plant since they are large enough for little hand to handle.
Bunny tail grass
This dainty grass is an annual, but it is perfect for window boxes so the movement of the ‘tails’ in a breeze can be fully appreciated! It is great for softening more structured planting and looks fabulous in beds and borders. The seeds are extremely fine and should be sown in April into the ground.
For the love of our garden
Whatever outdoor space you call your own,
plants and gardening can be a natural part
of your city life.
Plants come in many different forms. Some plants like a bit of shade,
some enjoy of good dousing of water, and others will only bloom given full sun.
Some have thorns, some climb by tendrils, and others creep or trail along the
ground. You’d be surprised at the selection offered at N1.
Louise Alhadeff, outdoor plant director at N1 and W6 and her team of plant specialists, work in close collaboration with selected nurseries to ensure the quality of all plants. To make sure our customers get the quality they’ve come to expect, every plant delivery is checked upon arrival.
For the love of our house
Whatever space you call your home,
plants can be an essential part of urban life.
Paul Holt, Creative Director of N1 and W6 Garden Centres, has been a passionate advocate for the benefits of indoor plants for many years. Thanks to his expertise, N1 has become a well-known pit stop for anyone looking for high quality, stylish and unique houseplants.
In the indoor sections of N1 Garden Centre you will also find on-trend home accessories, pots and furniture. All items are handpicked by Paul, and selected from across the globe.
A story of passion and expertise
One Saturday afternoon in 1998, standing in a derelict button factory, Beryl Henderson made a decision. This was the place where she would create N1 – a truly life enhancing garden centre in the heart of London.
Beryl, a passionate gardener living in north London, had a vision for a new kind of garden centre. She wanted to create a life enhancing place that would transform the urban gardening experience. An urban garden centre with quality plants, grown by specialist growers, and friendly, knowledgeable staff.
19 years on, N1 continues to strive for excellence, winning several awards for outstanding customer service, and in 2013 and 2014 N1 was awarded best boutique garden centre at the industry’s Garden Retail Awards.
Connecting to the urban gardening movement, N1 continues to attract innovative suppliers within horticulture, design and home accessories, making urban gardening accessible and truly inspirational to both the knowledgeable and the beginner gardener alike.
Staying true to Beryl’s vision, N1 is a place where urban gardening is made possible every day, through passion and expertise.
N1 Garden Centre
25 Englefield Rd
London N1 4EU
Phone: 020 7923 3553
How can we help you?
Do you have a question about a specific plant or which compost to use? Would you like expert help in picking out the right mix of herbs for your window box? Do you need home delivery?
At N1, knowledgeable and passionate staff are a key feature and we are proud to provide outstanding customer service. Whatever the size of your outdoor space, or of your home, we are here to help you find what’s best for you, and to help you make plants and gardening a natural part of your city life.
So come and see us, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or send us an e-mail. You never know what new and exciting discoveries you will make…
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9.30am – 6pm including over the bank holiday weekend
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN
Beryl is widely recognised as an inspirational force within the garden centre industry. Through N1 and W6, she has been able to bring her two passions, gardening and business, together.
Fullfilling his dream to bring exciting plants to urban dwellers, Paul combines his great passion for indoor plants and on-trend home accessories with a degree in horticulture.
OUTDOOR PLANT MANAGER
Although Louise runs W6 Garden Centre, she still works closely with carefully chosen nurseries to ensure the quality of all our outdoor plants.