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 – 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 http://www.goldenparadise.info
There is also a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/goldenparadiseplant and we’re using a Twitter hashtag #goldenparadise
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.
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.
All three of these plants have been entered in the new plant competition at the show. We will find out the winner on Monday…