Horticulture Week Podcast: Legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom

Adrian Bloom
Adrian Bloom

With more than half a century of plantsman's knowledge and a VMH in 1986, legendary plantsman Adrian Bloom has reissued his book Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses 10 years after its first publication.

He chooses 400 perennials and grasses and includes a 100-page directory. There are further timeless selections of 64 and 12 top plants which include a hellebore, bergenia, miscanthus, brunnera, hosta, sedum, crocosmia, rubeckia and 'plant of the millenium' Geranium 'Rozanne', which he was instrumental in introducing. Bloom discusses the value of these plants, and Bressingham introductions to the gardener and plantarea manager but warns that there are "far too many" new plants being introduced these days.

Bloom talks about plant launches, the history of Blooms at Bressingham, its 2026 centenary and a wide range of matters of horticulture interest, including his international perspective from his US experiences and his appeal for grafters to not be lost to gardening.

Podcast presenter: HW editor Matthew Appleby
Producer: HW digital content manager, Christina Taylor

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