Award winning plants at Mires Beck. We propogate and grow many varieties of hardy plants for garden and trade customers.
We currently stock over 200 varieties which are suitable for growing in most conditions that you will find in this country. Visitors to the nursery are very welcome to browse our stock areas. Our sales area displays our plants to their best advantage to help you in your plant choices. If you are not sure about which plants to purchase our friendly and knowledgable sales staff are always willing to help.
We are also taking online retail orders for collection during lockdown. Please take a look at our order page. For online wholesale orders, please visit our wholesale page.
At Mires Beck we grow a wide selection of native wildflowers. All are of Yorkshire Provenance following the established codes of conduct by Flora Locale. Our wildflower plants are available in 9cm pots and 115cc Rootrainers, either at the nursery or by mail order.
We are happy to offer advice on species selection for any location or habitat and a suitable way to establish them. We have supplied large numbers of Rootrainers plugs to organisations including the RSPB, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, local authorities and the Environment Agency.
Mires Beck grows an extensive range of Yorkshire Provenance wildflowers holding a seed base for 100 varieties and is updated regularly.
Phragmites at Mires Beck Nursery
Phragmites australis, or the Common Reed, is a vigorous, perennial member of the grass family commonly found growing in damp and wet conditions often at the edge of ponds, lakes and rivers. It forms substantial stands which can cover large areas if left to establish naturally. The reeds can be cut to provide thatching material. This is still practiced in parts of East Anglia. The common reed grows to around 2 metres in height and produce purple coloured seedheads in the autumn which persist well into the winter. Growth dies back as the following year’s young shoots emerge in spring.
As Phragmites is such a vigorous plant which can become invasive, it is not recommended for the average garden situation.
Phragmites are often planted to create new reed-beds around lakes formed after quarrying activity. Reed-beds provide habitat for a number of birds including the Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier and the elusive Bittern. There is evidence that newly created reed-beds in North Yorkshire are encouraging the gradual migration of the Bittern further northwards.
Phragmites have the ability to remove pollutants from water and are used for small scale sewerage treatment schemes and also in industrial and commercial situations where there may be a level of contaminants in run-off (for example at Heathrow Airport).
Phragmites establish and grow strongly when temperatures are high. We recommend that plugs and plants should be planted before the middle of July to ensure suitable establishment before the first winter. Young plants are susceptible to frosts and will be killed by frost if not sufficiently established.
Young plants can also be drowned. Whilst mature plants will be quite happy growing in 30 – 100 cm of water it is very important not to cover young plants with water in the early stages of establishment.
We grow Phragmites mainly as ‘Rootrainer’ plugs which are available from early June. We also use a larger plug system for plants that will be supplied as 1 year old plants. Larger plants in a 1 litre pot are sometimes available.
We can usually supply small orders of up to 200 plugs from stock. Larger orders, especially over 1000 plugs will have to be grown to order and so suitable notice needs to be given. For plugs to be delivered in June, we need to receive an order by the middle of March.
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Our herb team grow and produce 50 varieties of herbs for the kitchen and the garden. Most can be used for culinary purposes, some are more for decorative uses. During the Spring and Summer we grow tender herbs such as Basil and similar annual species. Herbs are grown in 9cm pots £1.50 each and 2 litre pots £4.50 each.
We have lots of information about the herbs we grow and their uses, so please ask a member of the sales team if you need any assistance. The Friends of Mires Beck have produced a Herb Recipe Book including many of the varieties grown at the nursery for sale in the retail hut.
Shrubs are an important element in a garden providing year round interest and structure.
They can be planted alone or in a mixed border as a backdrop to other plants. We have chosen a range of shrubs to suite different sizes and styles of garden as well as a variety of foliage, flowers, fruits and stems.