Plants in Focus: The garland Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

The Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now in it’s 9th year, and the contest has seen some amazing introductions- from tropical hardy Foxgloves to patio Mulberry trees. However, 2018 was the year of the Hydrangea, as ‘Runaway Bride’ clinched the title of Plant of the Year. This new breakthrough…

3 plants that look after themselves!

It’s super important to know you’re growing a plant that will perform. However, you can be utterly sure of that with Tesselaar Plants! I have never known a company run such extensive trials- worldwide- and put so much into their decision to sell a plant to you. This means the plants they release are suitable for…

39 amazing new plants in the USA right now!

I have had an a.mazing few days at the Cultivate Show in Columbus, Ohio. This was my first USA trade show visit, and I was overwhelmed by how many people already recognised me, and would throw themselves at me as I walked the aisles. Thank you, America, I love you back. But, right now, let’s…

Find out how the world of new plants works!

The FlowerTrials is an event you’ll have no doubt heard of, if you work anywhere along the plant sales chain. However, if you’re a home gardener, then you may not know what it is! The FlowerTrials is basically a 4 day event, spread across locations in The Netherlands and West Germany, with 59 plant companies…

10 of the most exciting plants from this week’s National Plant Show

The National Plant Show has rapidly become the essential visit that should be in every plant growers diary, thanks to it’s laid back atmosphere, spacious layout and excellent portfolio of suppliers and plants. The Midlands location in the UK is also rather handy too! Here are the 10 most exciting plants from the day! The 2018…

June flower hunting journey: the best bits

Every year, 59 plant companies open their greenhouse doors to a thirsty throng of plant buyers, retailers, product developers and growers. The ‘Flower Trials’ stretch from the The Netherlands to Germany, and offer the platform to showcase new plants, new marketing concepts and ideas, and to entertain guests and offer a meeting space for plants…

Introducing people-proof plants (Part One)

Hmm, a few of my Facebook fans got me thinking the other day. There are lots of listings and advice for slug-proof plants, rabbit-proof plants, and so on. But, how about PEOPLE-proof plants. Plants that don’t fail, even when you and your garden do.. I have used my experience and knowledge to choose 10 plants that I…

How to find private gardens to visit when you’re on holiday

Honoured to have guest blogger Alexander Campbell here advising us how to use social media to find hidden gardens: Would you like to see private gardens while you’re on holiday? Open gardens schemes all over the world – and social media – mean that you can! I recently went to Australia to visit family. Before I left…

‘Life at no. 27’ tells us why she began ‘growing her own’

Mr Plant Geek recently asked me ‘What is it that gets you going?’ Don’t worry, I thought the same thing, then quickly realised he meant about gardening… my smut-free answer was: “It has to be the magic of growing my own produce from a tiny inconspicuous seed, it gets me ridiculously excited every time I…

Is Iris-mania about to sweep the nation? Here are 5 of the best!

If anyone ever asks me my favourite flower (which is my least favourite question..), I usually mumble Iris. But, I think it actually IS my favourite. I have fond memories of painting an Iris on a stone for my Nana when I was at school. I also used to marvel over her Bearded Iris patch,…

5 very different Fuchsias you need to try in your garden

If you’re struggling to find a summer-flowering plant for a shady corner, then let me remind you about the dangling beauty of Fuchsias! Everyone knows someone that has grown a Fuchsia, such is their popularity up and down the UK. However they’re usually just pink and bushy. But, perhaps you’ll allow me to blow your flowery…

5 of the coolest plants in the new Thompson & Morgan catalogue!

Having spent much of my working life at Thompson and Morgan, the largest mail order plant company in the UK, I couldn’t help but go total plant geek when I received their latest catalogue. It was a particularly poignant moment, as the catalogue includes some of the varieties that I was working on prior to my departure. In this article,…