Avondale Nursery

Welcome to our 2019 Website

Our nursery and display garden, situated just outside Coventry (directions here), is full of rare and unusual plants from spring until autumn, with extensive collections of Geum, Geranium, Crocosmia, Agapanthus, Salvia, Eryngium and Helenium, and much more!

Our nursery is centrally located, easy to find, and plants on your wish-list can be seen growing in our Library Garden when you visit! We're happy to reserve plants for collection, or take them to plant fairs if they are closer to you than the nursery, but sorry, we don't offer a Mail Order service, much as we'd like to!

All Change!

At the end of this year, after 23 years of developing the nursery, it will be time for us to have a rest and ‘retire’ before we keel over, and hand over the reins to a younger, even more enthusiastic plantaholic! The plan is to work together at the nursery this year, aiming for a smooth transfer at the end of the year.

When we leave, our three National Collections will stay at the nursery for everyone to enjoy, and the extensive range of plants for sale and in the Library Garden will still be available!

So please come and see us this year, we plan to make it our best season ever! As always, a big thank you to all of our customers over the years, and a special thank you to our long-suffering helpers for keeping us going!

Check out our Library Garden Tour here.

Brian Ellis, Steph and the dogs.

Our Plant Collections

We are now National Collection Holders for three plant families, Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae, Anemone nemorosa and Sanguisorba. Our Wood Anemones are stunning when the nursery opens in March. Our Sanguisorbas are in flower throughout the summer, and over 50 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies are on show in our display garden in September. Most plants in the collections are available to buy in the nursery. Take a look at our Collections Page packed with information and photos dedicated to all of our collections.

Read All About It!

We've been lucky enough to feature in several magazine articles recently, and more to come this year! Take a look at our Press Page to see links to our magazine articles and a BBC 'Gardener's World' TV clip!

The Library Garden

Visitors often use our garden like a reference book, as all of our plants are clearly labelled (Slideshow here).

GERANIUM sanguineum 'Vision Violet'
RUDBECKIA laciniata 'Hortensia'

If you make a note of the plants you like which are not yet available in the nursery, we can send you a reminder next year along with our newsletter. Entrance to the garden is free, except on Charity Open Days and for group visits.

Garden Visits

We’re happy to arrange visits for garden clubs and societies. These include an introductory chat, viewing the garden and the opportunity to ask questions about the plants.

John Gillies, who grows and sells choice and rare shrubs, is right next door to our nursery; he offers a complimentary range of plants to our own, and well worth a visit while you are here! www.gilliesrareplants.com

We can offer tea/coffee and biscuits at no extra charge for group visits. Russell’s stunning Quarry Garden, on the same site, is also well worth a visit, especially in late spring, with a dazzling display of azaleas and rhododendrons.

For more details on garden visits, contact Di Cockcroft, telephone: 01788 561650 or email: avondalenurseryvisits@gmail.com

SALVIA 'Peach Parfait'
SALVIA 'African Sky'

New for 2019

There are many additions this year, including three brand new Asters! One of them is named after Steph’s mum, who’s 97 this year and still loves her garden. Also ‘Patricia’, given to us by a customer and named in memory of his wife, and another, intriguingly named ‘Black Ice’, has a description to match its name! We have a good range of Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) this year, which will feature in ‘Country Life’ magazine in the spring. Most of our plants are illustrated here on our website, and can be seen in the display garden.


Many of the descriptions in our catalogue include advice about the ideal position for a plant. If you need further advice, please ask at the nursery, but contact us first to check if Brian is here in person! He can also offer a design consultancy service if required.

ASTER amellus 'Veilchkonigen'
ANEMONE nemorosa 'Ploegers Plena'

Mail Order & Availability

Unfortunately we don’t offer mail order, but you can send us a list of plants, and if they’re available, we’ll put them together for you to collect at the nursery. If you’re visiting the nursery for a particular plant, it’s advisable to phone or email beforehand to avoid disappointment, especially later in the season.

Access & Opening Times

You can find directions to the nursery here.

We open every day from March to September.
Monday-Saturday 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-5pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm.

Open other times by appointment.

ANEMONE nemorosa 'Alba Plena'
POLYGONATUM odoratum 'Ussuriland'

Special Offers

Check our Special Offers Page regularly to see what bargains are to be had. Contact us first if making a special trip. Our special offer stock disappears very quickly!

Contact Us

Email: enquiries@avondalenursery.co.uk
Website: www.avondalenursery.co.uk
Telephone: 024 7667 3662
Daytime Mobile: 0797 909 3096
Nursery Address: Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AG
Postal Address: 3 Avondale Road, Coventry. CV5 6DZ

Directions to Avondale Nursery here.

FILIPENDULA vulgaris 'Devon Cream'

We hope to see you soon!

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Brian Ellis, Avondale Nursery, at Russell's Nursery, Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry CV8 3AG.

Office Telephone & Fax : 024 7667 3662. Daytime Mobile : 0797 909 3096.

Email : enquiries@avondalenursery.co.uk

We are unable to offer a mail order service.

Ordered plants can be collected from the nursery or plant sales (see Events).

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