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