September 2014


Salvia Ember's Wish - silver medal at Plantarium

Salvia Ember’s Wish – silver medal at Plantarium

Salvia Ember’s Wish, bred by Plant Growers Australia Pty Ltd, has been awarded a Silver Medal at the 2014 Plantarium trade show in Boskoop, Netherlands.

Plantarium is the most important show in the Netherlands for garden plants. This year’s new plant competition had over 130 entries, covering perennials (tender and hardy), shrubs, climbers and trees, of which 99 entries were considered for the competition. It is the most important new plant competition in the Netherlands for these types of plants. It is judged by a jury panel from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society, consisting of plant experts, growers, botanists and consumers. This year, 3 gold medals were awarded, 14 silver medals and 22 bronze medals.

The show attracted 17000 visitors over four days from all across Europe and also from around the world. More than 300 companies from 12 countries were exhibiting. This year’s show was the 32nd annual event. In terms of reaching growers and retailers from across Europe, it is second only to IPM Essen in terms of impact.

The plant was submitted for the competition on our behalf by Florensis BV, our licensee. Thank you Florensis for your help and support and for growing great looking plants for the show!

Salvia Ember's Wish

Salvia Ember’s Wish

Phlox paniculata Becky Towe, an excellent variegated summer-flowering phlox variety, has been granted an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society after garden trials at the RHS Garden at Wisley.

Becky Towe was selected by the late June Towe, keen gardener and plantsperson, as a mutation from the well-known variety Windsor. She named it in honour of her dog, Becky.

The RHS only grants the AGM after an extensive garden trial in controlled conditions, in this case held in Portsmouth Field at the RHS Garden Wisley. The trial is judged by an expert panel including RHS staff and authoritative growers, nurserymen and experts from outside the Society. Judging is also an ongoing process over the three year period of the trial and reflects the performance of the plants in the trial as well as the panel’s knowledge of the candidate varieties from their own experience.

The Phlox trial consisted of 135 varieties of Phlox paniculata, Phlox maculata and Phlox x arendsii. Only 41 varieties were awarded AGM after the trial and, of those, only two have variegated foliage.

Growers interested in adding this variety to their catalogue should contact us. We have availability of young plants from clean stock via one of our licensed propagators in the Netherlands.

Phlox Becky Towe at RHS Wisley

Phlox Becky Towe at RHS Wisley