New plants: Aster, Coreopsis, Gaura, Heuchera, Cimicifuga, Thalictrum aquilegifolium

Aster 'Ibiza' is a white addition to the Island series. The plants are compact and free flowering. Good mildew resistance has been bred into this variety. It is available from Fairweather's Nursery in Beaulieu, Hampshire.

Coreopsis 'Dream' features apricot-pink flowers that age to orange. The plant fills the pot and should be a good candidate for impulse summer sales. It was introduced by Blooms and is available from Fairweather's.

Gaura 'Vanilla' performed brilliantly in Fairweather's summer trials and the plants survived through the winter. The perennial variety features large white blooms all summer long and is mound forming. It is available from Fairweather's.

Heuchera 'Guardian Angel' features silvery-grey leaves, which have a purple sheen and darker veins. They take on a rich velvety look in the spring. The plants have a compact habit. It scored highly in Fairweather's Heuchera trial last summer.

Cimicifuga 'Pink Spike' is a dramatic, tall perennial, which bears rich dark foliage topped with long pink flowers. A useful plant for gardeners because it comes into its own late in the season. The plant's bottlebrush-like flowers emerge in September and deepen in colour as they age. It is available from Fairweather's.

Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Thundercloud' bears fluffy dark pink plumes on architectural fern-like foliage. Plants reach heights of 1m. It has an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Available from Fairweather's.


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