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.
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These shade-loving plants work well as features in woodland gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.
These plants can fit in small gardens to provide many seasons of interest, Miranda Kimberley finds.
Commonly known as the Pasque flower, this perennial is gaining in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.
Fast-growing evergreen foliage makes these plants excellent garden features, says Miranda Kimberley
The 'elephant's ears' provide good ground cover and bright spring flowers, notes Miranda Kimberley.
Ornamental types feature bright flowers and can have attractive foliage, says Miranda Kimberley.
The exquisite fragrance of these plants makes them valuable to gardeners, says Miranda Kimberley.
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...
These evergreen trees and shrubs feature distinctive foliage and ornate bark, says Miranda Kimberley.
Star-shaped flowers or pendulous bells make these plants highly decorative, says Miranda Kimberley.
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.
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', selected by Alan Postill as having the star qualities of habit, abundant flowering and "sensational" autumn colour.
Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres has introduced:
Sun Villea, a compact bougainvillea, will also be on show along with a range of new-generation Surfinia varieties, including Heavenly Blue.
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:
Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants and Kelways have released details of their new introductions for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Beekenkamp has launched its new outdoor trailing Begonia 'Waterfall' and Begonia 'Beauvilia' (pictured).
'Dee' is a violet variety that features a velvet-like appearance.
'Delia' is white streptocarpus that has hyacinth-blue veins.
'Full Moon' has large white flowers with a purple ring on their edges.
Dibleys Nurseries has released a new streptocarpus for 2014:
Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants: Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White' bred by Kieft Seed was among the winners.
Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Pelargonium 'Pinto Premium White to Rose' from Syngenta Flowers was among the winners.
Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Penstemon x Mexicali 'Carillo Red' bred by Kieft Seed was among the winners.
Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Petunia cultivar 'Sweet Sunshine Provence' by Selecta Klemm.
Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Zinnia marylandica Zahara Sunburst by Pan American Seed.
Fleuroselect has awarded gold medals some of its most innovative plants. Zinnia x hybrida Profusion Double Hot Cherry bred by Sakata.
Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants has launched Eryngium 'Neptune's Gold', Gaura Rosy Jane and Trollius Dancing Flame.
Jelitto has published its 2014-15 catalogue, including Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Rose Bells' and Vernonia noveboracensis 'White Lightning'.
Beekenkamp introduces Begonia 'Vermillion Red', Begonia 'Glory Lemon' and Begonia 'Waterfall Encanto Red' for 2014.
Pannebakker Plants, the Dutch grower, will showcase its 50-60cm Picea pungens 'Super Blue Seedling', which has attractive silvery blue foliage.
Moles Seeds will be showing two series of French Marigolds, the new vanilla-cream Anemone-type Alumia and the early flowering crested-type Cresta.
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'...
'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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Earley Ornamentals will introduce early-flowering Mecardonia 'Magic Carpet', which has continuous bright yellow flowers.
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