Here are some of our frequently asked questions but if you can't find what you're looking for please do contact our customer service team who will be able to help.

How do I contact customer services if I have any questions?

Please click here for our 'Contact Us' page. We're here to help 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday, including Bank Holidays) from 8.30am to 5pm.

Placing an Order

Can I have more than one delivery address on an order?

If you'd like to have items delivered to different addresses, a separate order will need to be placed for each address. A delivery charge will be made for each order.

Why do you need my email address and phone number?

We only use both email addresses and phone numbers for contacting you about your order. As part of the order process we will send order confirmations, despatch notifications and delivery updates.

Our delivery carrier will also send emails or SMS text messages on our behalf to update you on the delivery of your orders.

We will only use your email address for Marketing if you have specifically opted in to our Gardening Club/Email marketing.

Do you accept National Garden Gift Vouchers?

Sorry we're unable to accept these vouchers.

Can I combine Discount Codes?

Unfortunately you cannot add more than 1 discount code into the promotional box at checkout. 

Do you have any schemes for allotment groups and gardening clubs?

Yes, we offer bulk purchase programmes for both formal allotment groups, and informal gardening clubs. These discounts have to be applied over the phone. Please give us a call on 01480 774555. Please call us, so we can discuss appropriate offers.

After Ordering

I can't see my discount on my invoice despite using a code. Have I been charged full price?

No, we've applied your discount but sometimes this doesn't appear on your final invoice. We'll only charge your bank the discounted rate. We're working to fix this and apologise for any confusion in the short term.

Can I amend or add to an order after payment has been taken?

It is possible to make changes to your order, including cancellation of items or amendments to delivery address provided the order has not been sent to our warehouse for despatching.

Unfortunately, you cannot add or remove items once your order has been placed. If you need to do this, we advise that we cancel your order, and then place a new one with your chosen items (providing that the order has not been sent to our warehouse for despatching)

If you need to make changes to your order please contact Customer Services who will be able to talk through your options with you.

How can I check my orders?

You’ll find a summary of all your orders in the ‘My Account’ section of our website

What if I’m not happy with an order or have a query?

Please get in touch, we’ll do our best to resolve any issues you have. Please click here to view our 'Contact Us' page. We're here 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday, including bank Holidays) from 8.30am to 5pm


How much does delivery cost?

Full delivery information is available on our 'Delivery Information' section, please click here to take a look.

Are you able to deliver to Northern Ireland?

Yes, we are now delivering to Northern Ireland.There is a £3.00 surcharge on the Shipping costs which is applied at check out. 

Are you able to deliver Overseas?

We're unable to deliver any products to non-mainland GB delivery addresses. This includes Europe, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland, USA and Rest of World. We will update our website if this changes.

How will I know when my order is on it's way to me?

We'll send you a 'Despatch Confirmation' when your items are despatched. We may be despatch some items from different locations so your order may arrive in separate parcels and on different days. 

Your despatch confirmation will tell you which items have been despatched.

We also only send plants out when they are at their optimum growing time for that species, when the weather conditions are suitable and the plants have grown to their right size.

When will my order be delivered?

If your order was placed on the website you can go to ‘Your Account’, ‘My Recent Orders’ to check the progress of your order and the estimated delivery date.

All 'in stock' gardening accessories are sent within 24 hours of placing an order and all 'in stock' plants are sent within 3 days of placing an order. You can refer to more information here.

All of our delivery dates for plants, trees and live good are an estimate and they are subject to change depending on the weather and the growth of individual items/varieties. 

Will I receive a despatch note in my parcel?

We are paperless. All despatch notifications are sent via email to the email address provided on your order. We will only use your email address for order updates unless you've opted into marketing.

 My Account

How can I reset my password?

If you have a problem resetting your password, simply create a new account and let us know by emailing us at contact.us@marshallsgarden.com with your name and postal address. We’ll then merge your old account details with your new account, so you can view your order history.

Plant Information 

My plants have arrived, what should I do with them?

As soon as your plants arrive please carefully unpack them and check that the compost is moist. Should the compost be slightly dry then water carefully using a small watering can and allow to drain.

Stand the plants in a light, warm place. Provided they are kept moist they will happy like this for up to 3 days whilst you decide where to plant them.

For planting directly into the garden, ensure that the soil has been dug over and lumps broken down, then plant straight into their flowering position. In areas where the existing soil is poor, incorporate a good handful of compost into each area you are planting. 

To achieve a stunning display, please make sure that you regularly check your plants to ensure that they have adequate water, and feed regularly. When planting containers, mix a slow release plant food into the compost.

Watering below the foliage canopy of the plants will reduce marking and damage to the flowers. Removing the dead and damaged flower heads will not only improve the appearance of the plants, but will also prevent the plant putting energy into seed production and ensure that more flowers are produced.

What do I do when I get a bare rooted item and how do I plant them?

Please use our growing guides, available by clicking here

What is the expected length of time for germination of seeds?

Typically, it takes up to 14 days for seeds to germinate.

Are potatoes hardy?

No, they need protection in frosts.

Do you need a greenhouse to grow seeds?

No. You can grow seeds on windowsills or propagators.

What should you do with a tree when it arrives and the ground is frozen?

You can take it out of the packaging and place the tree in some moist compost until the ground is thawed.

When is the best time to plant fruit bushes?

You can plant all through the winter.

Can you plant the same crop in the same place every year?

It's recommended to rotate crops every year so that diseases don't develop in the soil.

Website Information

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Acid soil 
This is suitable for most plants and necessary for Rhododendrons and a number of other “ericaceous” plants. The pH is below 7.

Alkaline soil
Has a pH above 7 and most plants except those described as “ericaceous” will grow well in it.

Term used to describe small plants suitable for growing in rock gardens.

A plant that germinates, grows, flowers, sets seed and dies within one growing season.

A plant that grows in water, either submerged or with its flowers and leaves floating on the surface.

Bedding plants
Generally annual or tender plants used in quantity for a temporary garden display in summer and autumn/winter.

A plant survives for just two growing season. It germinates and forms leaves during its first year and produces flowers and sets seeds in its second year before dying.

Refers to a plant that contains male and female parts within the same flower.

Excluding light from certain vegetables, including the stems of celery and leeks, and the leaves of chicory, in order to maximise tenderness and flavour.

Bog garden
An area where the soil is waterlogged either naturally or artificially, creating a suitable environment for growing plants that thrive in moist soil

Some plants flower or produce seed prematurely before they have put on sufficient growth and reached maturity. This is often caused by poor soil or lack of water.

A modified leaf at the base of a flower stalk. It may be brightly coloured as in the case of Poinsettias.

To sow seeds evenly over a wide area of soil rather than in rows.

A condensed shoot, protected by overlapping scales, from which leaves or flowers develop.

A storage organ, usually underground, made up of fleshy scales wrapped around each other from which flowers and leaves are produced.

Bulb fibre
A mixture of peat, oyster shells and charcoal in which bulbs are grown for indoor decoration.

A small immature bulb often formed at the base of mature bulbs or, as in some lilies, on stems above ground.

A woody plant with no obvious main shoot and with branches forming near ground level.

The name for the outer protective covering of a flower.

A thin but tough woody stem that often has a pithy or hollow centre, as in the case of the stems of bamboo and raspberry.

Catch crop
A fast growing crop planted between slower maturing crops, or grown in the interval between harvesting one crop and planting another.

A pendulous or erect flower spike made up of bracts, each of which contains a single sex, stalkless flower.

Certified stock
Plants which DEFFRA (Department of Fisheries, Food & Rural Affairs) has checked are free from certain pests and diseases.

A soft type of limestone which when finely ground can be used to reduce soil acidity.

The loss or poor production of chlorophyll in a plants leaves, resulting in them losing their green colour.

Describes a soil made up of minute mineral particles, which give the soil a sticky texture. Clay soils are particularly heavy and need to be drained or lightened by adding organic matter to make it easier to cultivate.

A plant that produces long shoots requiring support. They generally produce aerial roots, tendrils, leaf stalks, suckers or twining stems to attach themselves to supports such as walls, fences or trellis.

A structure used to protect early crops outdoors or to warm up the soil prior to planting.

One of a group of identical plants all raised from a single parent by means of vegetative propagation.

Usually applied to one of the small sections that make up a garlic or shallot bulb.

Processed coconut fibre often used in potting compost as a partial of complete substitute for peat.

A plant which is a member of the compositae (daisy) family, in which the flowers appear to be single but are in fact made up of many small florets.

A term used to describe two different materials: - Seed and potting composts are specifically formulated mixtures used for raising seedlings and young plants in containers. - Garden compost is formed by rotting down vegetable matter and is used to improve the soil.

The fruit of a conifer composed of a woody central stem hard overlapping seed-bearing scales.

A tree or shrub, usually evergreen which bears its seeds in cones.

A trained fruit tree or bush whose growth is restricted by pruning to a single stem.

The rounded underground storage organ and stem of plants such as crocus that resemble a bulb.

Broken pieces of clay flowerpots often used to cover the drainage holes in other pots and containers.

Crop rotation
A system of growing different vegetable crops on the same plot in consecutive years so that no one vegetable is grown in exactly the same spot more often that once in every 3 or 4 years.

The part of an herbaceous perennial that is just at soil level, from which roots and shoots grow.

The official name given to a plant variety that originated in cultivation.

A portion of leaf, bud, stem or root taken from a plant and used to propagate a clone of that plant.

Damping down
Watering the floor and staging of a greenhouse or cold frame to increase the humidity and lower temperature in warm weather.

Damping off
The collapse and death of seedlings cause by excessive moisture and disease.

Removing dead or faded flowers from a plant to improve its appearance prevent seed production and encourage further flowering.

A plant that sheds its leaves in winter.

A pointed stick used for making holes in soil when transplanting seedlings.

Removing all but one bud on a stem to direct a plant’s energy into the remaining bud, which will produce a large bloom as a result.

Teasing, pulling or cutting apart clumps of herbaceous perennials and suckering shrubs in order to produce more plants.

The phase when a plants growth slows or stops completely, usually in autumn or winter.

A flower with more than the usual number of petals.

The term used for plants or seedlings that have grown long, thin and weak as result of overcrowding or insufficient light.

The shallow, straight and narrow furrow in which seeds are sown outdoors.

Earthing up
Drawing up of soil round plants to protect them from frost, sun or disease, or to blanch their stems.

A fruit tree or shrub that is trained by pruning and tying to grow flat against a wall or fence. Branches are trained horizontally to form matching pairs on either side of a main stem.

A plant that retains its leaves throughout the year.

A plant introduced from another country.

A fruit tree or shrub trained and tied flat against wall or fence in the shape of a fan.

A material that provides plants with one or more or the main plant nutrients that help them grow.

A very small flower, especially one that is part of a flower head as in plants of the daisy family.

A plant’s reproductive structure, containing female ovaries, which bear the seeds and anthers which produce pollen or male cells. Most plants carry the ovaries and anthers in the same flower, others on separate flowers or separate plants.

Encouraging plants to grow, flower or fruit before their natural time by placing them in darkness or a heated greenhouse.

A feathery leaf of a fern or palm.

A group of closely related plants e.g. Birch are grouped in the genus Betula.

The stage at which a seed first begins to sprout.

Joining the stem or bud of one plant onto the root or stem of another to form a new plant.

Term used for plants that can generally only be grown outdoors during the summer but which may survive mild winters outdoor in a sheltered position.

Hardening off
Gradually accustoming tender and half-hardy plants that have been raised in a protected environment to outdoor conditions.

Term applied to plants that are able to survive outside in normal winter conditions.

A plant that does not form a woody stem. Most herbaceous plants usually die down each winter and grow again in the spring.

The fleshy, berry-like red or orange fruit of a rose.

The amount of water vapour present in the atmosphere.

Decayed vegetable matter that is usually sweet smelling, brown and crumbly.

The name given to a plant that is produced from crossing two different species or varieties, often of the same genus which inherit some of the important characteristics of each parent.

A chemical compound that does not contain carbon. Inorganic fertilisers are produced chemically and are not naturally occurring.

A substance that is used to kill garden insect pests.

Used to describe a young leaf shape which is different to that when mature.

A side shoot or stem growing from a bud on a larger stem.

Compost made from dead or decaying leaves.

Calcium is the chief chemical element of lime which is an essential plant food and soil conditioner that is used to neutralize acid soil and to improve the texture of heavy clay soils.

A soil that contains a blend of clay, sand, humus and silt and is well aerated and free-draining.

Organic substance that is added to the soil to increase its fertility. They are usually of animal origin containing dung and straw.

A plant that requires a constantly damp or wet soil.

The central vein of a leaf, which divides it into two halves.

Any material applied to the top of soil around plants which help conserve moisture, enrich the soil, suppress weeds or warm the ground.

The growing of plants and bulbs in a simulated natural environment in the garden, usually in grass.

A sweet liquid, secreted by some flowers that attracts pollinating insects.

Describes a soil that is neither acid nor alkaline and has a pH of about 7.

A natural element occurring in the soil and air, which is absorbed by plants primarily to make leaves.

The part of a plants stem, which in some cases may be slightly swollen, from which leaves, buds and shoots grow.

A small, complete plant produced by many bulbous plants.

Used to describe substances that are derived from animal or vegetable matter such as manure and compost.

Organic matter that is formed when plant remains from bogs or heathland is prevented from decaying past a certain point through lack of oxygen.

A plant that lives for an indefinite period, which includes trees and shrubs although it is largely used to describe herbaceous plants which die down each winter and re-grow in the spring.

Two rows of uprights of wood, metal or brick that are crossed by beams at the top, Climbers are trained over the structure.

A modified leaf, usually coloured, which forms part of a flower.

A scale running from 1 to 14 and used to measure whether a soil is acid, (below pH 7) neutral (pH 7) or alkaline (above pH 7). Most garden soils are within the range of 4.5 to 8.

Pinching out
The removal of the growing point of a stem to promote branching or to induce bud formation. Also known as stopping.

The powder-like substance produced by a flowers anthers that fertilises the seeds.

Placing a plant in a container with compost.

Pricking out
Transplanting seedlings from their initial containers into larger ones.

The increase of plants, either by seeds or by means of cuttings, division, grafting or layering.

Controlled cutting back of plants, particularly those with woody stems to restrict size, train to shape, promote the growth of flower buds, or to remove dead or damaged wood.

Resting period
A period in the annual cycle of a plant when they are either dormant or making very little or no growth.

A thickened horizontal underground stem with roots and leaves or shoots.

A propagation term for a vigorous rooting plant upon which another (known as a scion) is grafted.

A stem which roots at the tip on contact with moist soil and forms a new plant.

The shoot or bud of a plant which is joined by grafting to the roots or stem of another. A scion transmits the flowering or fruiting characteristics of the variety from which it has been taken.

An area of soil that has been levelled and raked to produce a fine tilth for sowing seeds into.

A young, recently germinated plant that has a single unbranched stem.

A plant which sets fruit and seed when fertilised with its own pollen.

A term used in different ways to describe: - A small onion or shallot bulb that is planted to grow into a mature vegetable for eating. - Blossom that has been fertilised, especially on a fruit tree.

A woody multi-branched plant with no central stem and branches near to the ground.

Denotes a closely allied group of plants within a genus which have unique characteristics that breed true to type from seed.

The depth of a spade’s blade.

A microscopic, single-cell body by which ferns, fungi and mosses reproduce.

A part of a plant such as a shoot that is different from its parent (such as variegated leaves) and can be propagated to produce a totally new plant.

A short lateral branch of a tree which bears flower buds.

Supporting plants with canes or stakes.

The male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a pollen-bearing anther and a supporting filament.

A tree or shrub with a clear trunk or stem before the head of branches.

A plant that is unable to produce seed.

The seed of an apricot, cherry, peach, plum or other member of the genus Prunus.

See pinching out.

A distinct variation of an existing species or variety that is raised from seeds.

A shoot sprouting from below ground at the base of a plant. In the case of grafted plants, suckers grow from the rootstock and should be torn off at their point of origin.

The main anchoring root of a plant that descends vertically. It also describes the long root formed by vegetables such as carrots and parsnips.

Applied to plants that are vulnerable to frost damage.

A thin, curling stem-like growth produced on stems and leaf stalks that twines around supports, enabling the plants such as sweet peas to climb.

The shoot or bud that grows at the tip of a stem or branch.

A term used in different ways to describe: - The removal of seedlings in beds or containers to provide more space for those next to them to grow - The reduction of the number of flowers or fruit buds to prevent overcrowding and to improve fruit quality.

The fine crumbly surface layer of soil needed for a seedbed before sowing seed.

Trace elements
The name for certain minor chemical elements, such as iron, manganese, and copper, which are essential for plant growth.

Moving seedlings or plants from one place to another to give them more growing space.

A plant that has a tall central woody trunk or main stem before the branches arise.

The name for a loose cluster of flowers or fruit.

A thickened fleshy root (dahlia) or an underground stem (potato) which serves as a food store and produces shoots.

Growing small plants beneath and between large plants such as trees or shrubs.

Applied to leaves (and sometimes flowers) that are marked decoratively in a contrasting colour, usually yellow, cream or white.

A variant of a species which has arisen naturally.

Commonly used to describe vigorous non-ornamental plants which unless removed swamp cultivated plants.