Star-shaped flowers or pendulous bells make these plants highly decorative, says Miranda Kimberley.
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These evergreen trees and shrubs can look like something from another world, says Miranda Kimberley.
These ever-popular ornamental onions range from giants to pot species, says Miranda Kimberley.
Attractive blooms and appealing bark ensure year-round interest, says Miranda Kimberley.
The pretty 'spring starflower' comes in a variety of attractive colours, says Miranda Kimberley.
These trees feature a mouth-watering aroma and colourful leaves, says Miranda Kimberley.
Nepeta Graniflora 'Summer Magic' is very free-flowering and blooms continuously from May to October. It has a compact and sturdy habit and is a robust garden performer.
Gaillardia 'Fanfare Blaze' has unique pinwheels of orange tubular blooms, flowering from early spring to autumn. The greyish-green foliage grows with a compact mounding habit.
Leucanthemum 'Real Neat' has pure white fluted blooms with contrasting yellow centres carried on very strong stems that grow in clumps. They bloom in early to midsummer and again in autumn.
A. 'Sweet and Sour' is a lax, trailing variety with peach/red flowers with a yellow flush in the centre.
Achimenantha 'Himalayan Sunrise' is a tall variety with flowers that are butter yellow with flecks of peach.
Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin de Monet' is upright with self-supporting stems and large flowers.
The Winter Catalogue from Dibleys Nurseries contains new achimenes and other varieties:
Lewisia cotyledon 'Elise' flowers in the first season without a cold period. It starts flowering four-to-five months after sowing.
Fleuroselect has announced three new varieties as its gold medal-winners for 2013:
Geranium 'Purple Passion' has plum-coloured foliage all year and bright-pink flowers in summer. It was bred by Naturally Native New Zealand Plants
Spiraea 'Double Play' has been bred to offer colour and interest throughout spring, summer and autumn months.
Bransford Webbs has a number of new varieties in its 2013 range:
Tomato Rainbow Blend is a mix of four baby plums - Katiebell, Lizziebell, Luciebell and Flamingo.
Sweet Pea 'Blue Shift' has flowers that change colour as they age, turning shades of purple, pink and blue.
Nasturtium 'Crimson Emperor', Thompson & Morgan's flower of the year for 2013, is available at £1.99 for 30 seeds.
Seaweed Kale is a curly variety that produces tender leaves resembling Chinese seaweed. It is hardy and can be harvested through winter. A packet of 100 seeds costs £1.49.
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