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Plant Focus

A guide to species and cultivars of popular or useful plant genera, with supplier's tips on how to use or sell them plus the latest plant releases.

Latest Plant Focus

Ligularia

Ligularia

17 July 2014

These ideal water garden plants offer summer colour and year-round ground cover, says Bethan Norris.

 
 
Leucanthemum

Leucanthemum

02 July 2014

Prolific flowers and a long season make this an attractive addition to the garden, writes Bethan Norris.

 
 
Robinia

Robinia

19 June 2014

These highly attractive trees and shrubs remain popular among landscape gardeners, Miranda Kimberley reports.

 
 
Phlox

Phlox

05 June 2014

Fragrant flowers in many colours make these plants a favourite in borders, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Weigela

Weigela

30 May 2014

Showy flowers and variegated leaves make this a useful choice in borders, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Polemonium

Polemonium

08 May 2014

Attractive flowers and foliage have made Jacob's ladder a cottage garden favourite, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Olearia

Olearia

24 April 2014

Daisy bushes can make ideal evergreen shrubs for hedging or windbreaks in coastal gardens or landscapes, Miranda Kimberley explains.

 
 
Polygonatum

Polygonatum

10 April 2014

These shade-loving plants work well as features in woodland gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Amelanchier

Amelanchier

04 April 2014

These plants can fit in small gardens to provide many seasons of interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.

 
 
Pulsatilla

Pulsatilla

13 March 2014

Commonly known as the Pasque flower, this perennial is gaining in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Bamboo

Bamboo

28 February 2014

Fast-growing evergreen foliage makes these plants excellent garden features, says Miranda Kimberley

 
 
Bergenia

Bergenia

13 February 2014

The 'elephant's ears' provide good ground cover and bright spring flowers, notes Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Ribes

Ribes

30 January 2014

Ornamental types feature bright flowers and can have attractive foliage, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Daphne

Daphne

16 January 2014

The exquisite fragrance of these plants makes them valuable to gardeners, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Ficus

Ficus

16 December 2013

The figs make up a huge genus and, despite coming from tropical and subtropical regions, are well known to UK gardeners and houseowners because the common and edible fig is widely grown in greenhouses as well as outside in warmer areas - and many orn...

 
 

 

 

 

New Plants

UK breeders join plant contest

UK breeders join plant contest

11 July 2014

Entries put forward for next month's Plantarium nursery trade fair being held in the Netherlands.

 
 

Four Oaks Trade Show Awards 2014 open to entries

27 June 2014

The search has begun for the best of this year's ornamental plant introductions and professional products.

 
 
RHS to hold plant breeder 'enabler' event

RHS to hold plant breeder 'enabler' event

26 June 2014

RHS plant committee coordinator Lesley Whayman is organising an event on 6 November at Hillside Event Centre at Wisley to help British breeders "to fulfil their promise".

 
 

Lovania and Blackmoor Nurseries scoop awards at HTA National Plant Show

25 June 2014

Lovania Nurseries and Blackmoor Nurseries have won best plant display, and the visitor vote for best new plant respectively at the HTA National Plant Show.

 
 
Wyevale Nurseries launches new forsythia at National Plant Show

Wyevale Nurseries launches new forsythia at National Plant Show

24 June 2014

Following the launch of Forsythia 'Spring Show Off' in the USA, Wyevale Nurseries, which recently re-organised from three companies into one, is offering the plant in the UK.

 
 

Streptocarpus launched

13 June 2014

Dibleys Nurseries launched Streptocarpus 'Bella', 'Dee' and 'Supernova' at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is now selling plugs in six-packs.

 
 
Trend is for bigger specimen plants says Coblands

Trend is for bigger specimen plants says Coblands

11 June 2014

Trade clients are moving away from buying lots of smaller plants to buying bigger, but fewer, specimen plants, according to Coblands.

 
 
Gardening Scotland sees new plant launches

Gardening Scotland sees new plant launches

01 June 2014

Dibley's Streptocarpus 'Bella' has won Gardening Scotland's improved plant of the show competition which also featured Rumbling Bridge's Primula aurantiaca x P. pulverulenta and Glendoick's new Ben series of azaleas.

 
 
'Astana' - Cayeux Iris

'Astana' - Cayeux Iris

16 May 2014

A range of multiple irises, including 'Astana' - Cayeux Iris

 
 
Chrysanthemum 'Martin Bell'

Chrysanthemum 'Martin Bell'

16 May 2014

Chrysanthemum 'Martin Bell' from Chrysanthemums Direct.

 
 
Sarracenia 'Matt Johnson'

Sarracenia 'Matt Johnson'

16 May 2014

Sarracenia 'Matt Johnson' from Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.

 
 
Clematis Edda ('Evipo074')

Clematis Edda ('Evipo074')

16 May 2014

Clematis Edda ('Evipo074') from Raymond Evison Clematis.

 
 
Hosta 'Andy Murray'

Hosta 'Andy Murray'

16 May 2014

Hosta 'Andy Murray' is from Brookfield Plants.

 
 
Rosa Olivia Rose Austin

Rosa Olivia Rose Austin

16 May 2014

Roses including Rosa Olivia Rose Austin from David Austin Roses.

 
 
Lathyrus odoratus 'Helen Millar'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Helen Millar'

16 May 2014

Lathyrus odoratus 'Helen Millar' from Eagle Sweet Peas.

 
 

New plants

Zantedeschia 'Barcelona'

Zantedeschia 'Barcelona'

16 May 2014

Zantedeschia 'Barcelona' is from Brighter Blooms.

 
 
Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold'

Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold'

15 May 2014

Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold' from Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Blue Hour'

Iris 'Blue Hour'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Blue Hour'is new to the UK.

 
 
Iris 'Color Strokes'

Iris 'Color Strokes'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Color Strokes' is a variety from Schreiner and is new to the UK.

 
 
Iris 'Ice Capade'

Iris 'Ice Capade'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Ice Capade' is one of nine new irises introduced by Claire Austin Hardy Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Ink Pattern'

Iris 'Ink Pattern'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Ink Pattern' is one of nine new irises introduced by Claire Austin Hardy Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Lost in Love'

Iris 'Lost in Love'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Lost in Love' is one of nine new irises introduced by Claire Austin Hardy Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Out of the Dark'

Iris 'Out of the Dark'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Out of the Dark' is one of nine new irises introduced by Claire Austin Hardy Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Star in the Night'

Iris 'Star in the Night'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Star in the Night' is one of nine new irises introduced by Claire Austin Hardy Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Whee'

Iris 'Whee'

02 May 2014

Iris 'Whee' is one of nine new irises introduced by Claire Austin Hardy Plants.

 
 
Iris 'Better Together'

Iris 'Better Together'

02 May 2014

Claire Austin Hardy Plants has introduced nine new irises into the UK market after spotting the varieties in the USA.

 
 
Cotinus 'Ruby Glow'

Cotinus 'Ruby Glow'

18 April 2014

Cotinus 'Ruby Glow', selected by Alan Postill as having the star qualities of habit, abundant flowering and "sensational" autumn colour.

 
 
Cotinus 'Candy Floss'

Cotinus 'Candy Floss'

18 April 2014

Cotinus 'Candy Floss', a cross between C. 'Grace' and C. 'Daydream' made by Hillier plant propagators that grows up to 4m in height.

 
 
Weigela middendorffiana 'Mango'

Weigela middendorffiana 'Mango'

18 April 2014

Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres has introduced:

 
 
Bougainvillea Sun Villea

Bougainvillea Sun Villea

04 April 2014

Sun Villea, a compact bougainvillea, will also be on show along with a range of new-generation Surfinia varieties, including Heavenly Blue.

 
 
Lofos Compact

Lofos Compact

04 April 2014

The Suntory Collection Europe will be showcased at the European Spring Pack Trials on 29 April to 2 May at Moerheim New Plant in Leimuiderbrug, the Netherlands, featuring:

 
 
 

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 11 July 2014 NEWS: Industry co-working sparks engagement with Government

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Offering clients a glimpse behind the scenes of your work builds satisfaction and PR

KIT TESTS: Tractors

PLANT FOCUS: Leucanthemum

SHOW PREVIEW: Sector prepares for Fruit Focus