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Plants For Europe is delighted to be working with Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants to launch two new plants at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show.

Gaillardia Apricot Honey is a new summer flowering perennial bred by Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.

Gaillardia Apricot Honey

It produces a long display of large warm apricot daisies from May onwards. It has been bred for use as a border perennial or for growing in a larger container. Full details can be found at


Salvia Kisses and Wishes is the fourth in the Wish series of Salvias and was selected by Sarah Knott of Southwater in West Sussex. It brings a bright pink to the series and follows the successful launches of Wendy’s Wish, Embers Wish and award-winning Love and Wishes.

Salvia Kisses and Wishes

It makes an excellent container plant for a sunny patio, producing flowers continuously from May until frost. More information can be found at

Both new varieties have been longlisted for the Chelsea Plant of the Year Award.

We’re delighted to be working with Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants again. Over the last few years, we have worked with them to successfully launch several new plants at Chelsea, including Geum Totally Tangerine, Eryngium Neptune’s Gold, Nepeta Summer Magic and many more. This year is a special year for Hardy’s as they celebrate 30 years of trading and the 30th wedding anniversary of nursery owners Rob and Rosy Hardy.

Ranunculus Rococo acid yellow

Ranunculus Rococo acid yellow

We are absolutely delighted to announced our first open house event to showcase the launch of our exciting new Rococo Ranunculus product line.

The Open House will be held on Tuesday 2nd May from 1pm to 7pm. We are very grateful to the National Cut Flower Centre in Holbeach St Johns, near Spalding, for hosting this event.

The Rococo Ranunculus are an exciting new line of hardy Ranunculus that are suitable for cut flower production, container production for garden centre sales and for mail order sales.

The Open House will feature the first four varieties in the programme – peach, pink, orange-red and acid yellow. Many more colours are in development.

The Rococo Ranunculus offer stem length of 60cm to 70cm. Each stem carries several flowers with a diameter of 6cm to 7cm. Vase life for cut flowers is 10 to 14 days.

The Open House will offer the opportunity to meet with the breeder, John Fielding, who has spent many years working with Ranunculus to develop this excellent new product line that can be grown in normal British garden conditions. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with John about future developments in the programme as well as the first four varieties on display.

Graham will also be on hand to discuss licensing, promotion and young plant supplies.

We are very pleased to be launching the Rococo Ranunculus after many years of development. They have been extensively trialled, both in the UK and in other countries, under a range of conditions, so we have a good understanding of their robust nature and the best way to produce a successful crop. We have also established the first four varieties in tissue culture and have a young plant supply chain in place and ready to go. There is significant interest in this programme and we will be selecting high quality growers and retailers to join with us in making this project a success.

Address details:

The National Cut Flower Centre
Rookery Farm, Joy’s Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding PE12 8SG

Tuesday 2nd May
Open times: 1pm to 7pm

Light refreshments will be provided for visitors.

Please let us know if you plan to attend using the contact form or by direct email to

Ranunculus Rococo peach

Ranunculus Rococo peach

Ranunculus Rococo pink

Ranunculus Rococo pink

Ranunculus Rococo orange-red

Ranunculus Rococo orange-red

We’re really excited to be working with Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants again to launch two new plants at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Cirsium rivulare Frosted Magic (=LOWCIR) was bred in the UK by Lowaters Nursery in Hampshire. Frosted Magic makes a great companion to the well-known Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum – it is the world’s first white flowered form of Cirsium rivulare.

Cirsium are sturdy, easy to grow perennials for sunny positions, reaching 120cm tall. They have a long flowering season from mid May until late summer and are great for garden or landscape use. Cirsium are perfect plants for contemporary “prairie style” planting. They also make a good cut flower and are popular with bees.

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Nepeta x faassenii Crystal Cloud is an exciting new variety of catmint. Bred by Sonia Wright, a specialist nurserywoman from Wiltshire, Nepeta Crystal Cloud has very beautiful pale lilac flowers – a new colour in catmint. The foliage is grey-green and the plant has a tidy, upright habit with good branching, reaching 45cm.

Nepeta are popular plants for sunny spots in a border or container. They are easy to grow, flower for a long period throughout summer and are a favourite with bees. This variety makes a great companion for darker flowered varieties.

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We are crazy with preparations for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, which starts next week.

We will be launching three new varieties at the show. In alphabetical order, these are:

Pyracantha Golden Paradise in flower

Pyracantha Golden Paradise in flower

Pyracantha Golden Paradise – bred by Andy Parker from Essex, this is the world’s first golden-leaved fire thorn. We are launching this in conjunction with Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants and plants will be available from them and from Coblands Nurseries. Wholesale supplies of young plants will be from Seiont Nurseries.

We’ve set up  a dedicated web site at

There is also a Facebook page at and we’re using a Twitter hashtag #goldenparadise


Rehmannia Walberton's Magic Dragon

Rehmannia Walberton’s Magic Dragon

Second in the list is Rehmannia Walberton’s Magic Dragon – bred by David Tristram at Walberton Nurseries, West Sussex. This is a splendid garden plant, a sterile hybrid between R.elata and R.glutinosa (another world first). This is also being launched by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Plants are also being supplied to selected garden centres and retailers by the Farplants Group.



Twitter: #magicdragon


Salvia Love and Wishes individual flower

Salvia Love and Wishes individual flower

Last, but certainly not least, is Salvia Love and Wishes – bred by John Fisher in New South Wales, Australia. This is the third in the Wish Collection series of Salvia and has wonderful claret red flowers. It is a perfect partner for the existing varieties, Salvia Wendy’s Wish and Salvia Ember’s Wish (PDF files). This launch is in conjunction with William Dyson of Dyson’s Nurseries, who is returning to Chelsea after a long absence. Plants will also be available from J Parker’s and from garden centres and nurseries nationwide. Wholesale supplies will be by Delamore and Florensis.



Twitter: #loveandwishes


All three of these plants have been entered in the new plant competition at the show. We will find out the winner on Monday…

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

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