We’re pleased to announce that we will be entering eight plants this month (June, 2016) in to the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show’s New Plant Awards.
We have submitted a range of plants including Hydrangea Magical Four Seasons ‘Ruby Tuesday’, Hydrangea ‘Wedding Gown’, Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ and Lupin ‘Purple Emperor’ to the awards, which take place on June 21 and 22 in Warwickshire.
Ben Gregory, our Product Development Coordinator, said: “We have also entered a range of Dahlias in to the awards including Dahlia ‘Lemon Sherbet’, Dahlia ‘Rhubarb & Custard’, Dahlia ‘Strawberry Bon Bon’ and Dahlia ‘White Cockatoo’.
“Three of the Dahlias – ‘Lemon Sherbet’, ‘Strawberry Bon Bon’ and ‘Rhubarb & Custard’ are part of a series we have named Dahlia Sweet Candy.
“All of the Dahlias, including Dahlia ‘White Cockatoo’, are brand new to the market and are exclusive to us. They have also all been produced by New World Plants in Herefordshire.
“The New Plant Awards are at the heart of the show as they showcase the best in new plant introductions from UK suppliers. We’re looking forward to seeing how our plants fair and what the industry experts have to say about them. Fingers crossed we come back with a win.”
The Dahlia Sweet Candy Series have a uniform height across the whole series and are very floriferous. They have sturdy stems and are strong, vigorous plants. The Dahlias have a long flowering time across the summer until the first frosts and as they are tall growing are ideal for mid-back borders.
Dahlia ‘White Cockatoo’ has very large ivory white flowers that contrast against dark, almost black foliage. It is compact in habit, only 60cm tall with flowers held tightly just above the foliage.
Ben added: “Hydrangea Magical Four Seasons ‘Ruby Tuesday’ is also naturally compact and ideal for pots. It grows up to 80cm tall and has good mildew and disease resistance. Its large, tough flower heads develop colour throughout the season offering a long sales window.
“It is a great garden plant and will guarantee a summer full of colour on the patio or balcony and will continue to flower well into the autumn.
“Hydrangea ‘Wedding Gown’ has a large number of early fully double white flowers, which develop on strong stems. These flower heads explode in early spring as ivory white mopheads and develop into lacecap as the flower rings grow. ‘Wedding Gown’ is also a repeat flowering Hydrangea, with the first flush of flowers in the spring and will continue to flower on same season growth throughout the rest of the year until autumn.”
Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ is a low-growing hedge that doesn’t bloom. It is quick growing but compact in size and performs best in full sun to obtain the best yellow colour and does not scorch. Ligustrum ‘Sunshine’ is very hardy and responds very well to trimming and can be used to create an array of topiary.
Lupin ‘Purple Emperor’ is a vigourous grower with multi spike flower heads. It is a high impact plant with thick flower spikes of rich purple and cream. This Lupin has a long flowering time from early summer onwards and tolerant of a wide range of soils.
To view the plants, please visit our stand at the show, which is 152/161.
Hydrangea ‘Wedding Gown’.
Lupin ‘Purple Emperor’.