Our History

How Poly-morph plants came into existance, and our 30 years of history


Early Years

Having grown up with in a family of six, my father who loves to grow all our own vegetables for the family, growing things came naturally for me. Sowing lettuce, planting onion sets, digging up potatoes, eating fresh raw vegetables grown and just picked was always a great thing to be doing when growing up.

The first thing I grew from seed myself was Coleus. It amazed me with all the different colours and types that came from one small pack of seeds.

During a trip to the local Garden Centre, Springfields Nursery in Oakhanger I purchased my first fuchsia. The Dollar Princess Standard Fuchsia that I got with my pocket money had some shoots growing from the base. As an avid gardeners world viewer in the early 80’s I know to remove these shoots to maintain the standard shape, that the plant had been grown into. Once the short stems had been removed I couldn’t help but plant these up in their own pot and see what happened! I was hooked, the cuttings grew into small plants and flowered before long. On the next trip back to the Garden Centre I came back with more fuchsias, Annabelle, Swingtime, Marinka, Snow Cap White, Spider all became varieties I needed!


Arford Nursery

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Leaving School

This took a lot of time. I had just left school and started working immediately for my fathers building business. This left less time to grow the plants. Watering would sometimes take all day with the small water supply we had access to.

That year, through our success we had run out of Geraniums early and needed to source some more ready grown ones. This lead us to our first local wholesale nursery contact. Someone we still deal with over 30 years later.

In 1987 it was my time to do work experience. My favoured option was the local Springfirelds Nursery fuchsia place in Oakhanger. Unfortunately upon writing the letter and sending it in they didn’t associate my name with the person they knew and had been chatting to for a few years. My second option was to go to the fuchsia nursery in Ipswich where Edwin Goulding was hybridising fuchsias for many years on his small nursery called Gouldings Fuchsias. To my surprise he granted may wish! Edwin and his son Tim took time off their full time jobs to help out while I was there. Edwin arranged for me to stay at his aunts in Ipswich when I wasn’t at the nursery. They took lots of time explaining how their business worked, and what new technology they used to help run the business. i Had an amazing week in Ipswich and it was nice that a true fuchsia expert could make the time to encourage a young person. Gouldings Fuchsias closed in 2001. Edwin continues to keep his interest in the fuchsia world through hybradising and writing about fuchsias.

With me at work full time and doing what I could with my parents on evenings and weekends we came to the realisation that we just didn’t have enough time with the setup we had to continue growing plants. On the site where our poly-tunnels were had, and still has no mains electricity, or decent water supply. That with the continual theft we suffered hampered us continuing the growing business.

Even though my direct involvement with the original business ended when we stopped growing I was still able to buy and sell plants when I could. Working first full time as a builder, then working full time at Tesco time was at a premium.


The 90's

I returned to plants in the mid 90’s Buying from a large range of local wholesale growers and would sell at Farnborough Market, Brooklands Market, Kempton Market, nutshell fruit farm car boot sale, Calthorp School Car Boot sale, Braknell market and others. This was interrupted by a short spell at Forest Lodge Garden Centre where I was employed to work on stock control, something I had worked on at Tesco. Even though on paper this was a dream job it never worked out for me. having been self employed for some time I need to understand why I’m doing something. I don’t follow rules blindly.

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2020 & Lockdown

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After giving up Markets in 2001 I continued a building business my Father had started 30 years earlier, I never thought I’d return to the plant business. Having been involved in building for the last 20 plus years lockdown brought new challenges for that business. I was unable to buy materials so spent a few days reflecting.

Rather than look at what I couldn’t do I would focus on what I can do. I still had plenty of contacts in the horticultural world. They needed to sell their plants. I saw people walking past my house every day. Initially we considered an online only business, so we went out to our local nurseries taking pictures ready for our online store, this quickly grew into a pop up nursery right outside our house!


Poly-Morph Plants

This couldn’t last forever, so we started to look for a permeant location. Eventually we found a small unit with a courtyard behind North Lane Garage in Aldershot. We moved in in July, and we offer collection of orders placed on our website, we deliver orders received by phone or online, and we are open for browsing.

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Rating: 5

(11) Google Reviews

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No social distancing-no face masks-no waiting at check out necessary, just selecting beautiful shrub and unusual bulbs from comprehensive web site to be safely delivered to the door. How easy was this! My second experience and not my last! Keep up the good work, poly-morph team! Peter W , Bath
2 months ago
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Excellent choice of quality plants. I ordered online and collected, which worked seamlessly. My plants have thrived since my purchase. I would confidently recommend anyone to use this family run business.
2 months ago
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I received my delivery of lovely, healthy plants within an hour of placing an online order. Such an easy way to shop for plants in these difficult times. I would definitely recommend this great local company.
a month ago
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Great selection of plants. Very friendly and helpful staff! Good value for money!
2 months ago
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I have bought all my plants from Polymorph this year and have saved myself a fortune! Great advice, friendly people and great quality plants. Highly recommend.
3 months ago

Winter Opening Hours

Monday Closed

Tuesday 12-00 - Dusk

Wednesday 9-30 - Dusk

Thursday 9-30 - Dusk

Friday 9-30 - Dusk

Saturday 9-30 - Dusk

Sunday 11-00 - 4-00

Other Times through appointment

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How Poly-morph plants came into existance, and our 30 years of history

Leaving School