Two new plants to be launched at Chelsea

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.

Happy birthday to us!

Today is Plants For Europe Limited’s fifteenth birthday! Niki has baked cakes to celebrate and brought in a bottle of champagne. We all extend our thanks to all the breeders and growers of our fantastic portfolio of plants for helping us to successfully reach our anniversary.

Fifteen years!

Christmas holidays

The PFE office will be closed from lunch time on Thursday 21 December and will reopen on Wednesday 3 January. During that time, calls and emails will be monitored but may not be answered until the office reopens.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful, prosperous and plant-filled 2018.

Graham, Hels and Niki

Helleborus Walberton's Rosemary WALHERO
Helleborus Walberton’s Rosemary WALHERO

Niki Cornell joins PFE

We’re delighted to announce that Niki Cornell has joined Plants For Europe.

Niki is now working in our office part-time to help us with contract and royalty administration. She will also be working on promotion of plants in the PFE portfolio to growers, retailers and the wider world.

When she isn’t in our office, you’ll find Niki enjoying the local countryside with her family and dogs, or getting to grips with her new-found hobby of gardening.

Welcome, Niki!

Niki Cornell

We’re recruiting…

Due to continued growth, we are looking for a part-time administrative assistant, with some bookkeeping. 10 to 12 hours per week worked flexibly (hours could be scheduled to fit around school times).
You will be a confident communicator with good computer skills, with database and Microsoft Office experience. An interest in plants and gardens will be considered an advantage.
Hourly rate will depend on experience.
Email your CV with a covering note to
For further information, contact Graham or Helen on 01825 731831.
Applications should be made by Friday 6 October 2017


UPDATE: we’ve found a great person for the role – more details to follow! Thank you to everyone who applied.

Rococo Ranunculus Open House

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

Brexit update

There have been few tangible examples of progress in the Brexit process since the referendum on June 23rd – we seem to be getting more heat than light from politicians. However, we have provided some assistance to civil servants at DEFRA in understanding the potential implications of Brexit for Plant Variety Rights. We have worked with other stakeholders to draw up a list of three possible options for the future and have passed this to DEFRA as well as to other stakeholders.

Of course, in the meantime and until the completion of the Brexit process, the UK remains a full member of the European Union. EU Plant Variety Rights continue in force in the UK.

We will keep our customers informed as things develop further. However, the CPVO has recently issued a statement on Brexit, which can be found by clicking here. We are pleased by the positive tone of the statement, which we hope augurs well for the discussions and outcome of Brexit.

After the Brexit Referendum

Plants For Europe actively campaigned for a Remain vote in last week’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. We cannot deny that we are disappointed by the outcome of the vote. However, we must accept the circumstances as they are and work to maintain and extend the success of our business by serving our customers and the plants that we represent in the best way possible.

At the moment, the UK remains a member of the European Union. European Union law continues to be in force in the UK, including all laws related to Plant Variety Rights. Holders of Plant Variety Rights can expect that royalties should continue to be paid, subject to the current economic volatility. EU Plant Variety Rights continue to be legally enforceable throughout the 28 member states of the EU, including all parts of the UK.

In the medium and long term, we should expect some changes to Plant Variety Rights, particularly in the UK. However, we do not yet know what those changes might be. Plants For Europe is already in contact with the Horticultural Trades Association and other important organisations in order to promote the interests of plant breeders and to devise the best lobbying position and strategy to try and secure the best possible outcome for plant breeders. Our customers can be sure that we will do what we can to protect their interests – in fact, we may, in time, ask our customers to assist in any lobbying that is required.

Plants For Europe had drawn up plans in advance for both possible outcomes of the referendum vote. We are already taking measures to ensure that we are still able to administer both EU Plant Variety Rights and UK Plant Breeders Rights for our customers, even if the UK does fully withdraw from the EU and is no longer part of the EU Plant Variety Rights jurisdiction. These measures do not need to be implemented immediately, as we are yet to see exactly what the British government’s policies will be. The timetable for withdrawal is unclear and, until withdrawal is completed, the UK remains within the EU Plant Variety Rights system. At the very least, we expect withdrawal will take two years and is unlikely to be completed before the end of 2018 – it may, in fact, take much longer.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

New plant launches at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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.

Click on any of the thumbnails below to download a full size image (once downloaded, simply right-click and select “save image as…” from the menu). Journalists are welcome to use these images provided their use is in connection with Cirsium rivulare Frosted Magic. Please credit the photo to “Plants For Europe Limited”.



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.

Click on any of the thumbnails below to download a full size image (once downloaded, simply right-click and select “save image as…” from the menu). Journalists are welcome to use these images provided their use is in connection with Cirsium rivulare Frosted Magic. Please credit the photo to “Plants For Europe Limited”.