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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

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...

 
 
Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

10 December 2013

These evergreen trees and shrubs feature distinctive foliage and ornate bark, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Correa

Correa

22 November 2013

Star-shaped flowers or pendulous bells make these plants highly decorative, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Pseudopanax

Pseudopanax

08 November 2013

These evergreen trees and shrubs can look like something from another world, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Allium

Allium

17 October 2013

These ever-popular ornamental onions range from giants to pot species, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Stewartia

Stewartia

11 October 2013

Attractive blooms and appealing bark ensure year-round interest, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Ipheion

Ipheion

19 September 2013

The pretty 'spring starflower' comes in a variety of attractive colours, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 
Cercidiphyllum

Cercidiphyllum

05 September 2013

These trees feature a mouth-watering aroma and colourful leaves, says Miranda Kimberley.

 
 

 

 

 

New Plants

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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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:

 
 
Nursery exhibitors reveal RHS Chelsea Flower Show plans

Nursery exhibitors reveal RHS Chelsea Flower Show plans

26 March 2014

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants and Kelways have released details of their new introductions for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

 
 
Begonia 'Beauvilia'

Begonia 'Beauvilia'

21 March 2014

Beekenkamp has launched its new outdoor trailing Begonia 'Waterfall' and Begonia 'Beauvilia' (pictured).

 
 
Streptocarpus 'Dee'

Streptocarpus 'Dee'

21 February 2014

'Dee' is a violet variety that features a velvet-like appearance.

 
 
Streptocarpus 'Delia'

Streptocarpus 'Delia'

21 February 2014

'Delia' is white streptocarpus that has hyacinth-blue veins.

 
 
Streptocarpus 'Full Moon'

Streptocarpus 'Full Moon'

21 February 2014

'Full Moon' has large white flowers with a purple ring on their edges.

 
 
Streptocarpus 'Bella'

Streptocarpus 'Bella'

21 February 2014

Dibleys Nurseries has released a new streptocarpus for 2014:

 
 
Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White'

Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White'

07 February 2014

Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants: Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White' bred by Kieft Seed was among the winners.

 
 
Pelargonium 'Pinto Premium White to Rose'

Pelargonium 'Pinto Premium White to Rose'

07 February 2014

Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Pelargonium 'Pinto Premium White to Rose' from Syngenta Flowers was among the winners.

 
 
Penstemon x Mexicali 'Carillo Red'

Penstemon x Mexicali 'Carillo Red'

07 February 2014

Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Penstemon x Mexicali 'Carillo Red' bred by Kieft Seed was among the winners.

 
 
Petunia cultivar 'Sweet Sunshine Provence'

Petunia cultivar 'Sweet Sunshine Provence'

07 February 2014

Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Petunia cultivar 'Sweet Sunshine Provence' by Selecta Klemm.

 
 

New plants

Zinnia marylandica Zahara Sunburst

Zinnia marylandica Zahara Sunburst

07 February 2014

Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Zinnia marylandica Zahara Sunburst by Pan American Seed.

 
 
Zinnia x hybrida Profusion Double Hot Cherry

Zinnia x hybrida Profusion Double Hot Cherry

07 February 2014

Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Zinnia x hybrida Profusion Double Hot Cherry bred by Sakata.

 
 
Trollius Dancing Flame

Trollius Dancing Flame

24 January 2014

Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants has launched Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold', Gaura Rosy Jane and Trollius Dancing Flame.

 
 
Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Rose Bells'

Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Rose Bells'

24 January 2014

Jelitto has published its 2014-15 catalogue, including Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Rose Bells' and Vernonia noveboracensis 'White Lightning'.

 
 
Begonia 'Glory Lemon'

Begonia 'Glory Lemon'

30 August 2013

Beekenkamp introduces Begonia 'Vermillion Red', Begonia 'Glory Lemon' and Begonia 'Waterfall Encanto Red' for 2014.

 
 
Picea pungens 'Super Blue Seedling'

Picea pungens 'Super Blue Seedling'

30 August 2013

Pannebakker Plants, the Dutch grower, will showcase its 50-60cm Picea pungens 'Super Blue Seedling', which has attractive silvery blue foliage.

 
 
Marigold Alumia

Marigold Alumia

30 August 2013

Moles Seeds will be showing two series of French Marigolds, the new vanilla-cream Anemone-type Alumia and the early flowering crested-type Cresta.

 
 
Cosmos 'White Popsocks'

Cosmos 'White Popsocks'

30 August 2013

Thompson & Morgan Direct to Grower will be launching its new range for 2014, adding more than 30 new seed introductions to the range. New varieties from the Thompson & Morgan cutting raised breeding programme include the Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'...

 
 
Petunia 'Raphaella'

Petunia 'Raphaella'

30 August 2013

'Raphaella' is a new Tumbelina double, adding to the already wide range of colours in the series. It has the virtue of being early to flower and looks good as a young plant.

 
 
Lobularia 'Princess in Purple'

Lobularia 'Princess in Purple'

30 August 2013

Kernock Park Plants is introducing 50 new varieties to its catalogue for 2014, including the latest Calibrachoa in the Superbells collection, 'Pomegranate Punch'. It flowers from the beginning of summer to the end of October, and its crimson-red flow...

 
 
Petunia 'Summer Ray'

Petunia 'Summer Ray'

30 August 2013

Delamore's new varieties for 2014 include its Petunia 'Summer Ray' series, a mounding Petunia hybrida, along with Impatiens 'Sun Harmony Salmon', and Hydrangea 'Schloss Wackerbarth', which blooms red flowers with blue centres tipped with shades of li...

 
 
Pac 'Candy Flowers White'

Pac 'Candy Flowers White'

30 August 2013

German breeder Elsner Pac - whose plants are sold by Eagles - is set to introduce its first variety of Laurentia. Laurentia Pac 'Shooting Star Blue' is early flowering and has a long flowering period. The star-shaped blooms cover compact mounding pla...

 
 
Agapanthus 'Brilliant Blue'

Agapanthus 'Brilliant Blue'

30 August 2013

Fairweather's will be exhibiting the hardy and free-flowering Agapanthus 'Brilliant Blue', which was launched at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year. Agapanthus 'Goldstrike' is a new variegated-leaved plant with rich blue flowers.

 
 
Sweetunia 'Johnny Flame'

Sweetunia 'Johnny Flame'

30 August 2013

In its association with the Dummen Red Fox brand, Young Plants has added Sweetunia 'Johnny Flame' to its range, while plants that got the thumbs-up in its open days in June include the new Calibrachoa Hula range.

 
 
Sundaville 'Grand White'

Sundaville 'Grand White'

30 August 2013

Moerheim New Plant will show new annual bedding plants from the Suntory collection, including the spectacular Sundaville 'Grand White', which is rain-resistant and suited for trellis, baskets and landscaping.

 
 
Petunia 'Mini Blast Rose'

Petunia 'Mini Blast Rose'

30 August 2013

Earley Ornamentals will introduce early-flowering Mecardonia 'Magic Carpet', which has continuous bright yellow flowers.

 
 
 

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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 18 April 2014

NEWS: Garden centres look forward to late Easter sales bonanza

SARGENT'S SOLUTIONS: Why the Customer Rights Bill should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat

MARKET REPORT: Glasshouses

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: Government prospectus offers potential boost across disciplines

EDIBLES: Helping cut food waste - latest packaging addresses concerns over waste issues

PLANT FOCUS: Polygonatum