We’re reminding Garden Centres to order new award winners
We’re reminding garden centresto get their orders in for our eight new 2023 varieties including four award-winners that we launched at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show last year.
The plants were entered by us for the New Plant Awards at the show in 2022 and four of them received top accolades.
Andy Johnson, our Managing Director, explains: “The New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show showcase the best in new plant introductions from UK plant suppliers. It’s seen in the industry as the place for retailers to find the next bestselling new plant to inspire their customers.
Key consumer trends for 2023
“Our entries, which are now available for garden centres and plant retailers to order for spring and summer delivery, depending on the variety, included some great ones for attracting pollinators and others that are perfect for anyone who has a smaller space, and wants to have something stunning in a pot on their patio. These are two key trends for 2023 that consumers will be looking for when making their purchasing decisions.
Gold and Silver Awards
“Among the plants we submitted for the awards was Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Magic Ball’, which scooped a Best in Show and a Gold in the Shrubs and Climbers’ category.
“Also, we entered the new thornless Rosa ‘Cutie Pie’, which won Gold in the Shrubs and Climbers’ category and the bee magnet Delphinium ‘Red Lark’, which was awarded Silver in the Herbaceous section.”
Our eight new plants for 2023 are:
Rosa ‘Cutie Pie’
A wonderful new rose to hit the market, that’s dwarf and completely thornless!
Sarcococca ‘Purple Gem’
The new accompaniment to bestselling Winter Gem, Purple Gem boasts deep purple/red stems, which stand out clearly against its dark glossy foliage.
Chionochloa ‘Taupo Lights’
Hailing from New Zealand, this new variegated grass is compact and the perfect architectural garden plant.
Olearia phlogopappa ‘Spring Bling’
This aromatic shrub, commonly known as the Daisy Bush provides a literal haven for pollinators as the evergreen silver foliage becomes engulfed in masses of white daisy-like flowers from April to June.
Lomandra longifolia ‘Arctic Frost’
Lomandra Arctic Frost is an evergreen grass-like perennial that thrives in sun or part shade. Hardy down to -10°c, this plant provides shelter for insects and other invertebrates as the foliage expands.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Magic Ball’
Physocarpus Magic Ball is a stunning new shrub to hit the market offering nearly year-round interest. Pink flowers erupt in July until September.
Escallonia hybrid ‘Showstopper’
A beautiful, full hardy down to -8°c, shrub reaching a max height of 1.2m and spread of 80cm.
Delphinium ‘Red Lark’
The best new herbaceous plant to enter the market! Stunning red plumes of flowers from April-June. The ultimate pot plant but striking grown at the back of borders too. Attracts bees in particular.