Young Plants displays ranges

Young Plants allowed its staff to unleash their creative side at its recent summer open-day period.

Themed displays showed off the Warwickshire-based company's new and existing plant ranges including a theatre stand featuring the Celebrity Fuchsia range.

The highlight was a creation by production development manager Simon Crawford - a boat adorned with hanging baskets of the Calibrachoa Noa series.

The company has introduced over 60 new varieties to its existing range. A new series of fuchsias, named Mojo, is now available. British bred and made up of 10 varieties, the series is said to flower all summer long on well-branched, upright and compact plants.

Young Plants is introducing several new begonias including the Bada Bing and Bada Boom series from Goldsmith Europe, the 'Carmina' variety, bred by Fred Yates, and the double-flowered Doublet series.

Crawford was effusive about new introduction Rudbeckia 'Tiger Eye', which appeared in the show garden. It is the first F1 hybrid of the genus, produced by Benary for uniformity and vigour.

Trial plants that are performing well include a stand-out ivy-leaved Pelargonium series with short jointed flowers in red, hot pink and pale pink and the large, dark-leaved Begonia Big series from Benary. Crawford said the firm has major plans to expand its patio vegetable range. "There's lot of breeding work into patio salads, especially peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, leafy salads and bush cucumbers."


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