Van Meuwen launches New Guinea impatiens and begonias

Thompson & Morgan-owned Van Meuwen is promoting itself as the "saviour of busy lizzies" thanks to "divine intervention for your garden" - from New Guinea impatiens and begonias.

The company's new catalogue features New Guinea Busy Lizzy 'Divine' and has new begonias on the cover - both of which are alternatives to downy mildew-hit impatiens.

T&M has named the begonia as flower of the year as it aims to recoup sales lost after it withdrew impatiens in 2011.

Some companies have started selling impatiens again despite the risk of disease, but T&M say they will not until a cure is found.


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