Hillview Hardy Plants reaps sales benefits at French fair

Shropshire nursery Hillview Hardy Plants has reported successful sales at the autumn Fete Des Plantes, held each year in Saint Jean de Beauregard, France.

Hillview's Ingrid Millington said the nursery's new range of Summerinas sold well. "There was much interest in the three main colours; brown, orange and yellow."

The nursery's labels are produced in French including plant name, family, characteristics and lowest temperature tolerated. Prices are in euros. "This enhances our level of sales to some very knowledgeable visitors who are very keen to learn about the best options for the plants we sell," said Millington.

During the event, Millington said the nursery was delighted to discover the range of Perovskia Lacey Blue which is a dwarf Russian sage, originally plucked from a tray of ‘Blue Spire’ seedlings by British plant breeder, Peter Catt. 

"‘Lacey Blue’ is a superb long-lived selection that’s big on flowers and small in stature. This rugged and undemanding perennial appreciates a spring pruning and makes an exemplary candidate for hot dry, sharp draining spots, especially where space is scarce." 

Hillview will be making the plants available for Spring 2014."

A further new introduction from Hillview for 2014 is the Persicaria microcephala 'Purple Fantasy' (fleeceflower).

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