Plants

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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Bedding group invites trial ideas

Bedding group invites trial ideas

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

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.

Take part in field research to improve skills, open day visitors advised

Take part in field research to improve skills, open day visitors advised

Being involved in field-level research can improve growers' skills as well as increasing understanding of particular issues, Soil Association head of horticulture Ben Raskin told the Rijk Zwaan UK organic open day.

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Plant Focus

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.

Astilbe

Astilbe

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

Actaea

Actaea

Interesting leaf structures help these plants to catch the eye even before they flower, says Kevin Line.

Eucryphia

Eucryphia

Grown for their abundant and showy white or pink flowers, these trees are great companion plants for varieties that love acid soil, says Bethan Norris.