Gardening at moss and moor

Our horticultural team


Alex is our horticultural manager at Moss & Moor and has worked in horticulture retail for the past 26 years since leaving college. He studied at Askham Bryan college near York where he obtained a HND in Horticulture.

Ask Alex


Kerstin is originally from Malta and moved to England almost 5 years ago where she has since completed her theory and practical level 2 diploma in horticulture with the RHS and is currently working towards her level 3.

Meet the Horticultural Team - Kerstin


Jenny has worked in high street retail for 20 years before starting her career with Moss & Moor. Her qualifications including RHS Level 2 diploma in principles and practices of horticulture and RHS Level 3 certificate in practical horticulture has allowed Jenny to thrive within the plant area, taking pride in the houseplants section.

Meet the Horticultural Team - Jenny

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Summer hanging baskets

Learn how to make a summer hanging basket.

Summer containers

Learn how to make a summer container.

Jobs to do in the garden this july!

Keep your garden flourishing this July with our essential tips:

  • Revitalize Summer Bedding Plants: Apply a liquid feed and regularly deadhead to keep your summer bedding plants looking fresh and vibrant.
  • Maintain Bird Baths: Top up water in bird baths during hot, dry weather to provide a refreshing oasis for our feathered friends.
  • Feed Your Lawn: Encourage healthy, green growth by applying a lawn fertiliser.
  • Water New Plantings: Regularly water newly planted flowers and shrubs to help their roots establish in the soil.
  • Pest Patrol: Check for common pests such as vine weevil, lily beetle, slugs, and snails to protect your plants.
  • Pond Care: Remove blanket weed from ponds. Leave the removed pile beside the pond for a while to allow wildlife to return to the water.
  • Sow Salad Seeds: Plant fast-growing salad leaves for a quick and fresh summer harvest.
  • Tomato Care: Water tomatoes daily to prevent issues like blossom end rot.
  • Support Tall Plants: Use plant supports to protect and support tall and delicate plants from wind and rain.
  • Protect Brassicas: Cover brassica plants with insect repellent mesh fabric to prevent cabbage white butterflies from laying eggs.
  • Follow these tips to keep your garden thriving all summer long!

July Plants of the Month

Plants of the month

Dahlias are a stunning addition to any UK garden, offering vibrant blooms throughout the summer. Here’s how to grow them successfully:

  • Choose the Right Spot: Select a sunny location with well-drained, fertile soil for your dahlias.
  • Planting Time: Plant tubers in late spring, spacing them about 60cm apart and 10-15cm deep. Insert stakes at planting time to provide support as they grow.
  • Watering: Water thoroughly after planting and keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Feeding: Use a balanced fertiliser as the plants grow, then switch to a high-potassium fertiliser during the blooming period for best results.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Pinching and Deadheading: Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushier plants and regularly deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous blooming.
  • Pest and Disease Prevention: Protect your dahlias from pests like slugs and aphids, and ensure good air circulation to prevent mildew.
  • Overwintering: In autumn, after the first frost, lift the tubers, dry them thoroughly, and store them in a cool, dry place until the next planting season.

Follow these tips to enjoy a spectacular display of dahlias in your garden!


Houseplant of the month

Calathea Sanderiana

Calathea Sanderiana

Welcome the elegant Pinstripe Calathea, renowned for its striking pink pinstripe pattern, into your home.

Key Features:

  • Pet and child-friendly
  • Excellent air purifier

Light Conditions: This beauty thrives in bright, indirect light but can handle a bit of shade. If you notice the pink stripes turning white, it’s a sign of too much sunlight. Simply move your plant to a shadier spot.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently damp, but avoid waterlogging. Never let it dry out completely; your Calathea prefers a moist environment.

Humidity: High humidity is essential for the Calathea Sanderiana. Mist regularly or place it in a humid area, such as a bathroom, to keep it happy.

Height: With proper care, this plant can reach a height of approximately 1.5 meters, adding a touch of tropical elegance to your space.

Invite the Calathea Sanderiana into your home for a touch of natural beauty and serenity.

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patio roses moss and moor

Our new collection of patio roses has arrived! These fresh plants are brimming with buds and flowers, ready to add a splash of colour to your garden. We offer them in bush form, which will grow between 30 and 60cm tall, as well as in a mini standard variety. Both types are perfect for pots or can be planted in borders, providing vibrant blooms until autumn.

With plenty of varieties to choose from, there’s something for every garden style. Visit us to explore the collection and get expert advice from our friendly staff.

special offers

  • Summer Flowering Alpines: 3 for £12 or £4.99 each.
  • Cottage Garden Perennial Collection: 3 for £30 or £12.99 each.
  • Herbs: 3 for £12 or £4.99 each.
  • Summer Flowering Bedding Plants: 3 for £12 or £4.99 each.
  • Westland Boost Liquid Plant Feed: Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) at £7.99 each.
  • Tomorite Plant Food: 2 for £10 or £6.99 each.
  • Resolver Weed and Bug Killer: Buy 2 bottles and get a third bottle free.
  • Organic Slug Stop: Our price £5.99 (RRP £8.99).
  • Lawn Feed 80m² Box: Our price £6.99 (RRP £9.99).
  • Kent and Stowe Hand Fork and Trowel: 2 for £12 or £9.99 each.
  • Westland Multi-Purpose Compost with Added John Innes (50L Bag): 2 for £14 or £7.99 each.

Visit us to take advantage of these great deals and keep your garden thriving this summer!

Help us go PEAT FREE !

As we continue to work with the ENVIRONMENTAL campaign group Climate Action Ilkley to educate our customers on the choices available, shop our range of peat-free and organic composts. Play your part and switch to peat free for healthy plants while protecting the planet too!

We worked really hard in 2023 to move away from peat based composts and as we currently stand at the start of 2024 we are 97% there.

Peat Free Planting

The Best of British Plants

With our passion for plants, we champion the very best of British Growers, selecting and nurturing an exciting range of trees, outdoor plants and shrubs that will help you create a home and garden you love.

British Growers

Lifetime Plant Guarantee

We are so confident in the quality of our hardy plants that we offer a Lifetime Guarantee on all our hardy outdoor garden plants. We offer a free replacement or credit note providing the plant hasn’t died as a result of neglect of care, for example watering. All we ask is you return your plant with a receipt or garden centre label as proof of purchase.  Hardy plants do not include seasonal bedding plants or Houseplants.

Plant Promise Lifetime guarantee


If you have houseplant dilemma, a garden question or need expert advice from our horticultural team then ASK ALEX! and send it to