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.
University of East Anglia Norwich, Norfolk
Sole Gardener – Wiltshire (near Hungerford)
Private Estate in Marlborough (near Hungerford) Wiltshire Wiltshire
Technical Area Sales Manager - East of England
Everris East of England
Plant Area Department Head
Squires Garden Centre Woking, Surrey
Squires Garden Centre West Horsley, Leatherhead
Showy flowers and striking colour are helping these 'shooting stars' to grow in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.
There are plants thoroughly associated with winter: the Christmas tree, of course; the Poinsettia and Hippeastrum, given as presents at Christmas; and after Christmas the heralds of the coming of the spring, the snowdrop. One underrated evergreen, not the holly or the ivy, but the Sarcococca, needs to be more fully appreciated.
Frequently grown as a specimen tree, this genus is valued for its autumn leaf colour, attractive bark and winter flowers, Bethan Norris discovers.
This tough genus includes trees that can cope with pollution and poor soils but disease and leaf litter are challenges, says Miranda Kimberley.
These lesser-known summer-blooming bulbs feature elegant bell-shaped white and green flowers, says Miranda Kimberley.
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.