May 2013


Nepeta grandiflora Summer Magic

We were absolutely delighted to go to the preview day of the 100th Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show today – what an experience!

And, to top off the day, we were able to see our fantastic new Nepeta grandiflora Summer Magic launched by our friends at Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.

Bred by Malcolm Spencer, Summer Magic is a robust, free-flowering catmint that has a very long season. It produces branching stems with wonderful lavender flowers over a very long season. It was shortlisted for the Chelsea New Plant Award, and whilst we didn’t get a prize, Summer Magic certainly got a lot of love from plantspeople, judges, journalists and the public at the show.

Our new information sheet for this variety can be downloaded here.

Philadelphus Starbright

Philadelphus Starbright, bred at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanic Garden in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has been given a Five Star Award by British consumer magazine Gardening Which?

Gardening Which? only gives such awards after garden trials at their test location in Enfield on the Hertfordshire/Essex borders. Their trials are totally independent and are not sponsored by growers or breeders.

Todd Boland of MUNBG said “We are delighted with the honour!”

Starbright has attractive foliage, especially the young growth and calyces which are very dark, nearly black, and highlight the pure white flowers. The flowers are not only beautiful, but are also highly fragranced. We are lucky enough to have a mature plant of Starbright by the PFE HQ, and the scent when this plant is in flower stops everyone in their tracks!

Plants are available from Darby Nursery Stock and we thank them for supplying the trial material to Gardening Which?

Plants For Europe works hard to get media coverage for our varieties – but also we like to get media coverage for ourselves too, so that growers and breeders are aware of the services and varieties that we offer.

Recently, following our tenth birthday, there has been a flurry of media activity. You can find us in:

If you would like an interview or product information for your journal, magazine or website, contact us today!

The Community Plant Variety Office is to reduce the annual fee for granted Community Plant Variety Rights from the current level of EUR 300 per annum to EUR 250 per annum, with effect from 1 January 2014.

This is partly the result of lobbying by our friends at CIOPORA, the organisation for breeders of ornamental and fruit plant varieties. Breeders should consider joining CIOPORA if not already members.