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New plant news, plus our guides to species and cultivars of popular or useful plant genera, with supplier's tips on how to use or sell them.

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Vegetable seed trials - Variety showcase

Vegetable seed trials - Variety showcase

International seed breeders opened the gates at their trial grounds in North Holland to show growers their newest varieties, Gavin McEwan reports.

Wisley considers moving trial fields

Wisley considers moving trial fields

RHS trial grounds at Wisley could move to a new site at the Surrey garden from the current site where trials have been held for 60 years.

Bedding group invites trial ideas

Bedding group invites trial ideas

Pot & Bedding Centre committee holds first meeting at Baginton Nurseries base in Stoneleigh.

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Plant Focus

Platanus

Platanus

This tough genus includes trees that can cope with pollution and poor soils but disease and leaf litter are challenges, says Miranda Kimberley.

Galtonia

Galtonia

These lesser-known summer-blooming bulbs feature elegant bell-shaped white and green flowers, says Miranda Kimberley.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

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.

Sorbus

Sorbus

These hardy plants offer year-round interest thanks to their changing leaf colour, bright berries and corymbs of flowers, says Bethan Norris.

Diascia

Diascia

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.

Caryopteris

Caryopteris

Bright-blue flowers and contrasting foliage help to ensure a long season of interest, says Kevin Line.


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