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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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Lavandula intermedia Olympia (l) and Lavandula angustifolia Blue Ice

Lavandula x intermedia Olympia (left) and Lavandula angustifolia Blue Ice at Downderry Nursery, July 2015

Whilst sorting through our photo library, we found this beautiful reminder of summer – Lavandula x intermedia Olympia (left) with Lavandula angustifolia Blue Ice. This photo was taken at Downderry Nursery in July this year. Olympia is one of the earliest intermedia varieties to flower, whilst Blue Ice is one of the last angustifolia types – so they make splendid bed-fellows, particularly with the striking contrast in flower colour. What you can’t tell from this photo is the super scent coming from the foliage and the gentle hum of bees working – lavenders are amongst the best plants for pollinators.

Both of these lavenders are in the PFE portfolio – contact us today for details of young plant suppliers for these varieties.

You may be aware that the United States Plant Patent in Scabiosa Walberton’s® Pink Mist, bred by David Tristram, recently expired. This variety is managed in North America by our friends at PlantHaven International and questions about royalties in that market should be addressed to them.

In the European Union, this variety is managed by Plants For Europe. In the UK, it is protected by Plant Variety Rights (grant number – 4240) which is valid until May 2015. Therefore, propagation, marketing, sale, import and export of this variety in the UK is illegal without a licence from Plants For Europe Limited.

In the rest of the European Union, PFE collects a royalty on the “Walberton’s” Community Trade Mark (CTM) number 733196, which is valid until 2018 when it will be renewed. Marketing of this variety as Scabiosa Walberton’s Pink Mist anywhere in the European Union is illegal without a licence from Plants For Europe Limited.

Therefore, growers and licensees should be aware that we will continue to collect royalties on this variety in Europe and that any existing arrangements remain unchanged.