T&M champions white marigold and wasabi rocket

A unique colour break in English pot Marigolds is being championed as Thompson & Morgan's Flower of the Year for 2017.

Wasabi Rocket is Thompson & Morgan’s vegetable of the year.

T&M vegetable expert Colin Randel said: "I’ve trialled and tasted countless rocket varieties in my career," he says. "They all have some degree of peppery heat, but to experience a totally new flavour from this popular salad crop was totally unexpected. All the warmth and flavour you would expect from wasabi but none of the painful nose burn that comes with it."

New Calendula ‘Snow Princess’ "is the closest to pure white you can get, with petals being strongly contrasted by either a dark or yellow centre".

Thompson & Morgan new product development manager Michael Perry said: "If gardeners only have the time to grow one flower from seed in 2017 it has to be Calendula ‘Snow Princess’. Pot marigolds are a very easy option, suiting all skill levels from total novice to skilled gardener. You can sow this frost-proof hardy annual outdoors in autumn or spring where you want it to flower – it really can be as easy as scatter and rake. Not only is it easy to grow, this modern calendula really works hard, repeat flowering through summer where older types might be likely to burn out and need replacing before the season is out."

Calendula ‘Snow Princess’ costs 99p for 50 seeds.

Autumn highlights for T&M include Clematis ‘Picotee Kiss’ at £13.99 for a 7cm potted plant, Stenocarpus sinuata (firewheel tree) at £12.99 for a 12.5cm potted plant, Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’ (Asiatic jasmine) at £12.99 (1 x 7cm potted plant), Coronilla ‘Citrina’ at £14.99 for a two litre potted plant, Viola ‘Bunny’s Ears’ at £13.99 for 36 plugs, Meconopsis ‘Union Jack’ Collection at £19.99 for a pack of three, Viola ‘Plums & Peaches’ at £12.99 for 36 plugs, Star Jasmine ‘Pink Showers’ at £12.99 for a 7cm potted plant, Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ at  £8.99 for 10 bulbs and Camellia ‘Night Rider’ at £24.99 for a two litre potted plant.

Top 10 veg are: 1. Pea Eddy £1.99 (300 seeds). 2. Pumpkin Evergold £2.69 (6 seeds). 3. Chinese Cabbage Natsuki F1  £2.99 (30 seeds). 4. Broad Bean Oscar £1.99 (60 beans). 5. Tomato Artisan Mix £2.99 (8 seeds). 6. Kale Duo Collection £2.99 (20 seeds)  7. Tomato Indigo Cherry Drops £2.99 (6 seeds).  8. Leek Northern Lights F1 £2.99 (45 seeds). 9. Climbing Bean Mamba  £2.49 (45 beans). 10. Tomato Goldkrone 99p (12 seeds).

Horticultural Director Paul Hansord said T&M is now fulfilling a demand for a mail order one-stop gardening shop.

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