Ashbourne’s display is being organised by the town council, with the hanging baskets installed all around the town, accompanied by two floor-standing three-tier planters, a metre-square planter and a host of window boxes.
The Derby order was placed by the city’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts, which had asked for the baskets to be installed onto lampposts lining the Derby’s main shopping street right through the city.All of the hanging baskets have been planted in a bright mixture of flowers, including surfinia, geraniums and begonia, and will be installed earlier this month. They will be removed at the end of September. Plantscape, which will deliver some 12,000 planters to councils and businesses all over the UK this year, already supplies floral displays to around a dozen Derbyshire towns and villages, including Matlock, Melbourne, Clay Cross, Wirksworth and Cromford.
Mark Stone, managing director of Plantscape, said: "We are a proud Derbyshire company and although we have supplied planters to cities hosting the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games over the years, we still get a lot of satisfaction from seeing our products spreading summer colour around the county.
"It means a lot for us to decorate Derby and Ashbourne as well this year because they are so local to us and because their livelihoods rely on making sure their streets look attractive and welcoming for visitors and shoppers."
"We hope everyone in Derby and Ashbourne will enjoy as much as they do elsewhere in the county."
Ashbourne Town Councillor Ann Smith said: "We host a series of high profile events in the summer and always attract plenty of visitors to the town, so it’s vital that we create a good impression. The town is decorated with the annual bunting, which looks fabulous, and the floral features will be the icing on the cake.
"We have worked with Plantscape before and we welcome the opportunity to work with them again.
"I am sure that everyone in the town will be pleased and proud that the flowers have been grown just a few miles away by a local company."
Martin Langsdale is chair of Cathedral Quarter Board, which drives forward activities under the area’s BID programme, and Stephen Jeffery is Board chair of St Peters Quarter, which is the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby shopping centre.
They explained: "The hanging baskets were re-introduced to the area last summer and were well received by businesses and visitors alike.