Bali-Hai Mail Order Nursery was set up in 2001
Situated in Carnlough, Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland. The main advantage of having a nursery here is the climate, being so close to the sea and situated in an enclosed bay surrounded by mountains, we find that our nursery is usually three degrees warmer than the rest of the North coast of Ireland. As we are a small firm more personal attention is given to the plants and how they are looked after. Visits to our nursery by the public is generally by appointment only, thus we do not have many casual callers which means we have more time to concentrate on growing plants.
Hostas is our passion and live there is so much diversity in the genus of Hosta from hostas no bigger than your thumb nail to extra large leaves up to 2 feet wide. The colours of the leaves are fast from plain green to blue to gold then you have all the different variegated leaf forms. The textures of leaves some shiny, matt and with a waxy surface to heavily puckered leaves and some with piecrust edges. Now in more recent times the stems of the hostas are putting on a show for us with varying shades of red to purple to white petioles. If this is not enough what about the unusual ghostly looking hostas with white yes "White" leaves that change to green as the season progresses this is what keeps the plant alive need some green in a plant to photosynthesis. Now the breeders are breeding for "Streaked" leaves and even more thicker leaves for better slug resistance. Added to all this Hostas has to be one of the hardiest plants in the garden the foliage dies away in late autumn and emerges new and fresh each spring goes into hibernation for the winter.
When I visited New Zealand in the 90's I saw a fast range of Agapanthus a common plant in New Zealand that grows very well here in the UK although some varieties are more tender and do need frost protection the fast majority of Agapanthus are frost hardy from evergreen to deciduous varieties. The Jewel Of The Nile as they are commonly referred to Agapanthus comes in varying shades of Blue, White and Purple flowerheads. Full sun is required to bring out the best colour in the flowers.
Crocosmia we are slowly building up a collection of these wonderful plants with such an array of flower colours you can have varieties in flower from June to October.
Dieramas we are slowly building up stock of this wonderful plant especially for gardens in Ireland that get so much rain.
Rhodohypoxis we have been collecting and selling these beauties since the 80's we have a good range now for sale and adding new varieties when they are released for resale.
We are always on the look out for garden worthy plants that we think are worth growing and that will last the pace of time in your gardens. I hope you enjoy looking through our website.
From all the family at Bali-Hai,