Welcome to Bumbles

Your local independent Garden Centre on the A229 near Cranbrook, Kent.

We have a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor plants, shrubs, trees and all your outdoor living needs.

Look forward to seeing you soon at Bumbles.

Spring Bulbs

It’s the perfect time for planting Spring Bulbs and to look forward to all the wonderful colours to come in Spring. We’ve also got a good range of compost plus there’s always lots of advice on offer if you need it!

How to Build a Rockery Planter

A great alternative to traditional planters, Ross takes us through a step by step process of setting up a rockery planter.

Glasshouse expansion - now even more choice!

During August, we have opened up an additional area of our glasshouse to expand our offerings of exotic and indoor plants, which have been really popular this year! Come and have browse and let us know what you think.

Bird feed at Bumbles

New additions to our bird feed range, including chunky dumplings and fat ball feeders.  Helping to keep our local birds happy and healthy this spring!

New Perennials for shade, semi shade, dry beds and full sun at Bumbles Plant Centre


Birdcare at Bumbles


Furniture for outdoor spaces at Bumbles Plant Centre


Enjoy afternoon tea at Bumbles Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

We are an independent garden centre situated between Cranbrook and Staplehurst on the A229 in Kent. At Bumbles, we feel gardens are like outdoor rooms with huge potential for many uses depending on your lifestyle and we cater for a garden enthusiast’s every possible desire.

Visit us for garden inspiration, take a step back and relax whilst you browse through our large range of plants, including bedding plants, vegetables, grasses, alpines, perennials, shrubs and trees, along with garden products such as troughs and trowels, tubs and trellis, tags, tools and everything else you need for your garden.

We’ve helpful knowledgeable staff on hand to assist you on every visit and because we aren’t part of a chain we stock what we like, we think you’ll like it too!

Opening Times

Main store

Monday – Saturday: 9 – 5
Sunday: 10 – 4

Coffee Shop

Open daily

Welcome to November at Bumbles

Welcome to November, cold crisp days and the possibility of frosty mornings. Take advantage of the dry days and get your Spring bulbs in the ground and there’s still time to do something with your patio pots and plants, plus get planting shrubs and trees. 

Ross has put together some advice on a building a rocker planter, with step by step instructions – read the post here. And don’t forget to please ask a member of Bumbles’ staff if you’d like some advice or if you are looking for some planting ideas.

Look forward to seeing you soon at Bumbles and remember to please call us if you are looking for something in particular – we’d love to help!

Ross's Rambles... Autumn

As Autumn beckons we felt it was time for another one of Ross's Rambles....

Posted by Bumbles Plant Centre on Thursday, 12 September 2019

Watch Ross’s latest Ramble around Bumbles, see what’s in stock and ready for autumn planting!

Brighten up your living spaces with a houseplant!

Houseplants have seen a revivial this year at home and in the office, and we have been expanding our range in the glasshouse with lots of traditional and some more slightly unsual varieties. If you are looking for something to ‘cleanse the air’, then go for a Peace Lily which is good a removing pollutants from the air, and ferns are perfect for shady areas. We’ve picked out a few of our current favourites but come and visit our extended glasshouse to view the full range and be spoilt for choice!

Calathea 'Tasmania' Eternal Flame at Bumbles Plant Centre

Calathea ‘Tasmania’ (Eternal Flame)

An exotic tropical plant with lush green leaves and vibrant orange flowers. Leaves open in the morning to catch the light and close in the evening.
Likes semi-shade or filtered sunlight.
This plant symbolises a new beginning, which is derived from the expression ‘turn over a new leaf’ which the plant does in morning and evening.

Tradescantia Zebrina 'Wandering Jew' trailing houseplant available at Bumbles

Tradescantia Zebrina (Wandering Jew)

An exotic tropical plant with lush green leaves and vibrand orange flowers. Leaves open in the morning to catch the light and close in the evening.
Likes semi-shade or filtered sunlight.
This plant symbolises a new beginning, which is derived from the expression ‘turn over a new leaf’ which the plant does in morning and evening.

Beaucarnea 'Ponytail Palm' at Bumbles Plant Centre

Beaucarnea (Ponytail Palm)

Evergreen perennial with a trunk-like stem bearing a dense rosette of sword-shaped leaves. Mature plants produce small white flowers. Likes a light spot but not in direct sunlight.
This plant symbolises strength and imperturbability, which refers to the primeval power of the plant, which almost always manages to recover.

What’s New

The festive season is just around the corner….

With the cold nights drawing in and the fun and festive time of year just around the corner... we have a few promotions and returning favourites to...

Winter colours at Bumbles

Lots of colour delivered this morning to brighten up the garden for the autumn and winter ahead at Bumbles, including cyclamen coums, pansies,...

Spring Bulbs special offer!

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about and planting spring flowering bulbs. As always at Bumbles we are offering a HUGE range of...

Indoor and Exotic Plants

Bright and beautiful indoor colour today in our indoor and exotic plant glasshouse!

All about Box Hedging

The Box hedge plant (Buxus sempervirens) is the ideal species for formal low hedges or borders as well as being a classic topiary plant. Buxus...

All about Cherry Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' The Common or Cherry Laurel is a vigorous, dense evergreen shrub with large, glossy, bright green leaves, which...

Seasonal Top Tips from the Bumbles Team

Plants for autumn tubs & baskets at Bumbles Plant Centre
Planting ideas for autumn at Bumbles Plant Centre
Autumn plants at Bumbles Plant Centre
Shrubs, roses, climbers & trees at Bumbles Plant Centre
Climbers ready to plant at Bumbles Plant Centre

Get your autumn tubs and baskets planted up now to colour up your patios and outdoor areas, make the most of the milder autumn days!

It’s a good time for planting trees and shrubs, as we still have some sunshine and it’s not too cold. This includes fruit trees – we have some great varieties here at Bumbles and can give you guidance on how and where to plant for the best crops.

Joining the Bumbles Grow Your Own Army? This is the time to prepare your vegetable calendar for next year. Plant Brasicas now for spring produce. You can also dig a trench in preparation for next year’s runner beans, fill it with organic waste over winter ready for spring planting.

We have a great range of Clematis and other climbers, now is the time to plant for spring flowers.

Just a few tips from the team – please ask us if you have any questions or need some advice on what to plant where and when, we’re very happy to help!

Hydrangeas at Bumbles Plant Centre
Shrubs in the plant area at Bumbles
Trees in the polytunnel at Bumbles Plant Centre
Acers in tranquillity corner at Bumbles Plant Centre
Climbers ready to plant at Bumbles Plant Centre

Come to Bumbles and see what a difference being independent makes!


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