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Grown as summer bedding or cut flowers, these plants are appealing primarily for their showy flower heads in a variety of colours and forms, says Bethan Norris.
Garden retailers needing to source new suppliers following the loss of Solus helped to bring new buoyancy to this year's garden trade show, says Matthew Appleby.
Consultation, science and technology are all essential when developing new products, Sally Drury reports.
Plasmodiophora brassicae can be a problem for all brassica varieties, Professor Geoffrey Dixon warns.
Plants can benefit from foliar uptake of nutrients, Sally Drury explains.
Investing in the right structure can improve growers' crops and prices, Sally Drury explains.
Construction recovery has led to a record year for many growers but project cost and other pressures are changing the types of stock specified, Jonathan Tilley reports.
These hardy plants offer year-round interest thanks to their changing leaf colour, bright berries and corymbs of flowers, says Bethan Norris.
These plants are commonly used as bedding in hanging baskets and summer containers as well as making a colourful addition to summer planting schemes, says Bethan Norris.
Bright-blue flowers and contrasting foliage help to ensure a long season of interest, says Kevin Line.
A tolerance to waterlogged conditions, dense foliage and feathery plumes of flowers make this an ideal plant for damp gardens and pond sides, writes Bethan Norris
Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
- Lakeside Conference Centre Fera, Sand Hutton York, North Yorkshire YO41 1LZ
- Leythorne Nursery (Hall Hunter Partnership), Chichester