Trees, shrubs, climbers, topiary, herbaceous plants, grasses, bamboo, herbs, bedding and vegetables
Damhead Nursery, which is located 6 miles south of Edinburgh, was established in 2005 by Sue Gray. Sue is a qualified Landscape Architect with a wealth of experience, a passion for plants and a flair for design. She therefore understands the needs of the landscape industry and appreciates the importance of supplying quality stock to all customers. The team at the nursery concentrates on providing a personal service to the public whether they are online, via mail-order or at local farmers markets. Access to the nursery is now available for both trade customers and the public.
Damhead offers a wide range of beautiful trees, shrubs, climbers, fruit, topiary and herbaceous plants, ranging from 1 to 110 litre size pots in either amenity or retail grade. Bare root plants are available from late October to March. They also have a range of vegetable and bedding plants which are grown peat free with organic seed, although they are not yet certified as an organic nursery.
The majority of the nursery’s plants are grown without winter protection, making them suited to Scotland’s weather, as well as other parts of Britain. They encourage customers to discuss their planting sites as they are keen to ensure their plants are going to the right location, whether it’s wild, wet and windy for the north of Scotland or requires certain drought tolerance for more southern customers.
Sue enjoys working in conjunction with many landscape architects and garden designers, assisting with a practical approach on how to achieve their ambitions for their planting design work. The nursery also offers its own garden design service for private or commercial customers, including maintenance work.
Various courses are run throughout the year, including landscape management and maintenance programmes, training fruit and growing your own vegetables.
Near Edinburgh, Scotland
Just minutes from the Lothianburn junction on the A720 Edinburgh city bypass and only six miles from the city centre.
Gardening Scotland, Edinburgh
Farmers markets: Howgate, Carlops, Peebles, Kelso.
Opening times and Visitor Information
Monday -Friday 8am–4.30pm
Saturday 9am–12 noon
Ways to buy
At Nursery - Yes
Mail order – Yes
Online - Yes
Shows – Yes
Top five plants
Plant 1: Nepeta six hills giant ‘Catmint’
Grey-green aromatic foliage, covered all summer in masses of short spikes of lavender-like flowers which attract lots of bees.
Plant 2: Tropaeolum speciosum ‘Flame flower’
A beautiful climber that produces scrambling annual stems, which are covered in stunning flame-red flowers in late summer and early autumn.
Plant 3: Echinacea purpurea magnus ‘Purple Coneflower’
Strong daisy shapes and large flowers, up to 15cm (6in) across, are features of this North American prairie plant which flowers from mid summer to early autumn.
Plant 4: Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Shapely rounded shrub which has deep maroon purple leaves that turn bright orange before falling in the autumn. In summer it is covered with a smoky haze of soft open pinkish flower plumes, giving it a smoke-like appearance.
Plant 5: Onopordum acanthium ‘Scotch Thistle’
The tall stems of this native Scotch thistle are clad in silvery spiny foliage and topped with a huge pink thistle.
Prices are for an indication only. We cannot guarantee that these plants will be available.
Please contact the nursery directly for current prices and to check stock availability.