Delamore highlights extended plant range

Delamore's first foray into the "summer trials" format -- really an open-day showcase for its product range -- showed the company expanding speciality lines such as herbs (sales of which have doubled this year), perennials and climbers, while also enhancing its well-established mainstream bedding lines.

The Cambridgeshire-based young-plants supplier did not leave any display possibilities unexplored, with huge floral pyramids and a specially constructed Gerainbow structure replete with its series of trailing geraniums of the same variety.

Company owner Wayne Eady said: "We have been frustrated with breeders doing a range of maybe six, of which only four were good enough, so we created our own mix of trailing varieties."

Indoors there was an extensive display of Fuchsia varieties old and new.

"We probably do more Fuchsia than anyone," Eady said. "However, it's difficult to find something different so we've gone back to some of the old varieties."

Scabius will also see a return, he explained, "once the nuclear stock has been cleaned up", with Nemesia and Argyranthemum lines also still in development.

Begonia 'Encanto' Dominating the entrance to the Delamore showground was a pyramid entirely composed of this trailing, large-flowered Begonia. Exclusive to Delamore in the UK, it offers a compact alternative to B. 'Bonfire'.

Dahlia 'Knockout' The variety carries large, vivid yellow flowers contrasting sharply with near-black foliage. Compact growing to 50cm, it is suited to smaller, modern gardens. More colours in the range are expected to follow.

Fuchsia 'Eruption' Within an entire section devoted to fuchsias old and new, F. 'Eruption' was among the most striking. Bred with hanging baskets in mind, this produces a dense mass of long, single-coloured, vivid pink flowers.

Osteospermum Sunbrella Delamore has high hopes for this unusual series of trailing Osteospermum. The five colours — 'White', 'Pink', 'Purple', 'Salmon' and 'Orange' — can be planted singly or in complementary schemes.

- Pelargonium Gerainbow Delamore's own trademarked series offers six colours with the unusual combination of large flowers, zonal ivy-leafed foliage and a trailing habit of up to 1.2m.

Petunia 'Ann Wood' Sales of this vivid pink, Danziger-bred Petunia, named after the late wife of Delamore's former owner Peter Wood, will raise money for research into ovarian cancer.

Petunia Littletunia Sold in support of Greenfingers' 10th anniversary, Delamore has named each of this "neat and tidy" 10-strong series after one of the charity's children's hospice gardens.

Verbena 'Seabrook's Lavender' This, along with V. 'Strawberry Kiss', is a trailing Verbena with a distinct, mild scent. It was unveiled at the show by garden writer Peter Seabrook.

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