The ultra luxury of Hibiscus ‘Chiffon’: Plant of the Month

This month’s feature plant has a long story dating back to the 1970s and has a fascinating history. From boyhood dreams of plant creations to a very special plant that vanished, to the painstaking creation of 20,000 contending plants and the narrow 4 week crossing window to create just one star plant. Welcome to the…

The plant that was made for touching: Senecio ‘Angel Wings’

I’ve never been fishing. I don’t see the attraction. Sitting around for hours with very little action. Just not my scene. But, this month’s plant wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for one particular fishing trip back in 2002! It’s a plant you may have seen already, as it’s certainly created a stir in the horticultural…

Start a graffiti garden with Leucothoe ‘Burning Love’

There’s a new trend in gardening and it’s very close to art. Graffitiing your garden is all the rage, and it isn’t about spray paint in the slightest! There are a fantastic range of really quite well-behaved plants that are up to the job! For easy going, low maintenance planting schemes in the garden, we…

Is this the sexiest foliage plant ever?

Plants can evoke so many senses for us; from sound of rustling foliage to air-borne fragrances to textured touch.. However, ‘Little Angel’ Physocarpus goes one better, it will seduce you! The foliage colours of this incredible plant can only be described as ‘SEXY’, evoking thoughts of dark satin sheets, red PVC and other ‘unprintables’! The…

The chic Gaultheria ‘Gaulthier Pearl’: Plant of the month

How about growing something really different in your garden? Step forward Gaultheria ‘Gaulthier Pearl’ with it’s glossy, high fashion look and pearly white berries. I really think this is a ‘designer plant’, which is not just practical, but also ready to transform the look and feel of your garden and patio. However, ‘Gaulthier Pearl’ almost…

The Toughest Grass Carex ‘EverColor’: Plant of the Month

Some plants can be so fragile and need a lot of specialist care, and can put off beginner gardeners. That’s certainly not the case with the Carex EverColor® Series. Plants are evergreen, ‘tough as old boots’ and require very little maintenance; just a comb through once a year! Could this be the ultimate football-proof plant?…

Plant of the Month: the new Urban Clematis ‘Taiga’

We can always rely on Japanese plant breeders to bring us amazing plants, and ‘Taiga’ is a perfect example of their skills with the small and beautiful. ‘Taiga’ is a compact Clematis with intricate cool blue and green flowers. Here’s the story of how this beauty went from  small Japanese backyard to the garden centre benches…

Plant of the week: Daffodil ‘Replete Improved’

Everyone knows the unashamed brightness of the yellow daffodil, but there are also thousands of colourful hybrids out there vying for your attention too! Some are orange, some are peach. Sadly, none of them are in mythical red, but there are some that are PINK! Anyone that knows these ‘pink daffodils’ in real life will now be exclaiming ‘but,…

Plant of the Week: Delphinium ‘Flamenco’

Delphiniums? What do you think of them? They can be lovely, yet so delicate! Their tall stature and gently arranged blossoms can often mean they succumb to any wind! Well, ‘Flamenco’ is 200% more sexy than any Delphinium you’ve seen before, and I’ll tell you why.. ‘Flamenco’ is part of the Highlander Series, and is…

Plant of the Week: Patio Penstemon ‘Pentastic’

Every so often, a plant comes along that changes the way us plant geeks think… Penstemon ‘Pentastic’ is one such plant. In fact, I have even dubbed it the ‘patio penstemon’. Plants are short, branching and flower for months on end. They aren’t just a plant for using in cottage garden borders anymore, something has changed!…

Plant of the Week: Phlox ‘Popstars’

Can something so delicate be easy to grow…? When it comes to ‘Popstars’, the answer is YES! This Phlox is small and perfectly formed, with sparkly blossoms all summer! You may know Phlox as a tall border plant which often succumbs to dusty mildew.. However, that’s the perennial form, Phlox paniculata. ‘Popstars’ is actually an annual, and…