As many of you know, I used to work for Thompson and Morgan as their Plant Hunter of sorts! So it’s very exciting for me when I see the new introductions, and there’s plenty of lovely ones this year. I’ll be getting my sowing boots on!￼
The colour of this Cosmos is super lovely, almost glowing! With the different pigments of yellow and pink, black. Multi-branching plants, they’re perfect in the border, as well as in patio pots.￼￼￼
The flesh of this squash is really unique, it’s not just packed with goodness, but it has the texture of mashed potato too! Bake them, and then serve with your favourite topping, safe in the knowledge you’re reducing your calorie intake for sure!￼
Anything purple has more antioxidants in, so why not switch up your pea growing habits for this year. Eat them fresh, or steam lightly to keep that awesome colour too! Grow it in flower borders, it’s not worth hiding away on the veg plot!
There was a sad moment a few years ago when downy mildew began to affect Busy Lizzies. It’s taken a few years, but now we have a more resistant variety, and you can grow it from seed too. Busy Lizzies are perfect for those shady, awkward corners, adding a splash of rainbow!
I do love a tomato oddity! Not only is the colour different, but the flavour is more tangy too. A fun variety to grow, you may have to give the fruit a squeeze to tell when it’s ripe though￼!
A really comprehensive mix of Sweet Pea varieties, giving all sorts of heights, which ensures that blooms clothe the plants from the base to the very tip￼￼!
Want some more sweet pea ideas? Read about Sarah Raven’s new seeds here.
A tenderstem that you can grow at home! Easy to grow, takes up very little space, and the stems will be full of nutrients. Boil them, steam them, roast them, or whack them in a stir fry!￼
Here’s a Radish with a difference, these Asian varieties have a much more tame flavour too. Not only that, but they’re also super decorative!￼
We actually gave you a sneak preview of this variety a few months ago, it’s a brand-new dark foliage snapdragon with the most amazing cherry coloured blooms!
It’s time there was a new Marigold on the block, and ‘Daisywheel’ is super cool. The filigree petals look amazing, and the primrose yellow colour is just glowing￼ for them borders!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.