The Greenhouse

Belleisle Gardens is very proud of the selection that we are able to provide to our clientele.  We are even more proud of the quality and value we can offer our customers because we grow our own products at our farm in Belleisle so you know that you are supporting a local grower.

In the winter of 2010, the greenhouse at our Sussex location was crushed so we built a bigger show greenhouse in which to display all of our plants.  We carry hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, planted containers and the best selection of hanging baskets in the area!  We have become a favorite destination spot for Mother’s Day – our hanging baskets are absolutely stunning!

What You Can Find In Our Greenhouse

Annuals

Annuals provide fun colour and excitement for your garden or container.

What Is An Annual?

An annual is a plant that completes its lifecyle in a single season.  They provide instant colour for the entire season and allow you to change your landscaping ideas every year or even midseason.

They can be grown in patio containers, pots, baskets, window boxes, on trellises and almost anywhere you want to add some colour and excitement.

In order to get the best out of annuals, you need to know what plants are good for sun, shade, hot or dry spots in your garden.  You can usually find this information on the plant tags but our knowledgeable staff is more than happy to assist you and offer suggestions.

Sun Annuals

Some areas of the garden are extremely warm, such as those near heat-radiating brick walls or those on the sunny side of reflective surfaces.  Sunny areas of the garden may also be very dry, so choose plants with excellent drought tolerance.  Remember that young plants must be well watered until their root systems are developed to the point that they can sustain themselves through periods of drought.  Once established, you only need to water them occasionally.

Some common sun-loving annuals include:

  • Ageratum
  • Angelonia
  • Argyranthemum
  • Bacopa
  • Calibrachoa
  • Celosia
  • Cosmos
  • Dracaena
  • Gazania
  • Geranium
  • Marigold
  • Petunia
  • Portulaca
  • Salvia
  • Strawflower
  • Verbena

Shade Annuals

These are annuals we have found grow well in the shade:

  • Asparagus Fern
  • Begonia
  • Browallia
  • Coleus
  • Dracaena
  • Dusty Miller
  • Fuchsia
  • Impatiens
  • Lobelia
  • Mimulus
  • Nicotiana
  • Pansy
  • Salvia
  • Torenia
  • Viola

 Hanging Baskets and Planted Containers

We have, by far, the best selection of hanging baskets and planted containers available for purchase.  If you’re more of a “DIYourselfer”, our staff would be more than happy to assist you pick your own plants so you can plant your own pots, baskets and/or window boxes.  You also have the option of bringing in your empty containers into the “Potting Shed” and our staff will plant them for you for a small fee.

Perennials

Perennials are plants with a life cycle of more than 2 years…simply put, they are plants that come back year after year.

Like annuals, there are perennials that are suited to sun, shade, wet and dry soil.  Even though our specialty is annuals, we try to carry an assortment of all-time favorite perennials.  If we don’t have what you are looking for, we will do our best to source it out and bring it in for you.  Normally we carry our perennials in 4.5″ pots (smaller plants) and 1&2 Gallon Pots (bigger, older more established perennials).

The following is a list of long-blooming perennials:

  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Alchemilla (Ladys Mantle)
  • Amsonia
  • Armeria (Sea Thrift)
  • Bergenia (Pig Squeak)
  • Campanula (Bellflower)
  • Centranthus (Red Valerian)
  • Coreopsis (Tickseed)
  • Corydalis
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Euphorbia
  • Gallardia (Blanket Flower)
  • Geranium (Cranesbill)
  • Gypsophila (Babys Breath)
  • Heliopsis (False Sunflower)
  • Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
  • Liatris (Blazing Star)
  • Limonium (German Statice)
  • Lysimachia (Loosestrife)
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Nepeta (Catmint)
  • Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Phlox (Garden Phlox)
  • Physostegia Virginiana (Obedient Plant)
  • Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)
  • Salvia (Sage)
  • Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)
  • Thalictrum (Meadow Rue)
  • Tradescantia (Spiderwort)
  • Veronica (Speedwell)

 Vegetables and Herbs

In the last few years, more and more people are growing their own vegetables and herbs, in part, out of concern about the use of pesticides and the increased cost of food.

Most herbs and vegetables require full sun, meaning at least 6 hours of direct sun, and loose, well-drained soil at least 8 inches deep. To improve your soil, dig in organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure in the fall and the following spring. Top dress your plot with 4 to 5 inches of organic material and let nature do the rest.

Here are some of the vegetable plants (and some fruit) that you will find at Belleisle Gardens:

  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peppers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon
  • Pumpkin

If you’re interested in planting your own herb garden, we carry an assortment of herbs grown by Sweet Valley Herbs which include culinary, fragrant, ornamental and tea herbs.  Please check in-store for availability.