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Pelargonium ‘Hope Valley’ (Dw/C/d) AGM


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

‘Hope Valley’ is a very compact plant to 12cm, with yellow-green leaves and clusters of bright rose-red, semi-double flowers

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Hope Valley’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Pink and Red in Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Pelargonium ‘Bridal Veil’ (Min/C)


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowersColoured-leaved Miniature pelargoniums are particularly compact plants in the Zonal section, growing to about 12cm tall and most suitable for use in containers such as window-boxes

‘Bridal Veil’ is a miniature cactus-flowered pelargonium with small leaves and clusters of white flowers with narrow petals

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Bridal Veil’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: White in Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green and Pale Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings or cut back old plants by one third and lift for storage in frost-free place to repot in spring when growth resumes
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Pelargonium ‘Francis Parrett’ (Min/d) AGM


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Double-flowered Miniature pelargoniums are particularly compact plants in the Zonal section, growing to about 12cm tall and most suitable for use in containers such as window-boxes

‘Frances Parrett’ is a Miniature Zonal pelargonium to 12cm in height, with rounded leaves and clusters of single, vivid rose-pink flowers

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Francis Parrett’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings or cut back old plants by one third and lift for storage in frost-free place to repot in spring when growth resumes
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Helianthus annuus ‘Pastiche’


Helianthus can be tall, erect annuals, tuberous or rhizomatous perennials, with coarse simple leaves and large daisy-like flower-heads

‘Pastiche’ is a branching annual with single, dark-centred flowers 8-15cm across, in shades of light and deep yellow, orange-red and mahogany

Common Name: sunflower ‘Pastiche’
Family: Asteraceae
Color flower: Brown, Orange, Red and Yellow in Summer
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get slugs and snails
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Wildflower meadow

Cuphea hyssopifolia AGM


Cuphea can be annuals, perennials or evergreen shrubs, often with sticky hairs, opposite, simple leaves and tubular flowers with a showy calyx and small petals

C. hyssopifolia is a compact, bushy spreading evergreen shrub to 45cm in height, with small, lance-shaped dark green leaves and small clusters of light purple, pink or white flowers 1cm across

Common Name: false heather
Family: Lythraceae
Color flower: Pink, Purple or White in Autumn or Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Spreading / Branched
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Pruning group 10 in spring if needed
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Best grown in well-drained soil in a sheltered site in sun or partial shade but shade from hot sun. Alternatively grow in a pot under glass or as a houseplant
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants

Pelargonium ‘Spanish Angel’ (A) AGM


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Angel pelargoniums are compact, bushy perennials with small, rounded leaves, sometimes scented, and clusters of small single flowers in shades of pink, red purple or white

‘Spanish Angel’ grows to 30cm with flowers to 3.5cm across, upper petals deep blackish-red with bright magenta margins, lower petals pale lilac with deep red centre and dark veining near margins

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Spanish Angel’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Black, Purple, Pale Purple and Dark Red in Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Primula ‘Rainbow Blue Shades’ (Rainbow Series) (Pr/Poly) AGM


Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stem

‘Rainbow Blue Shades’ is a compact polyanthus to 25cm, with large, slightly fragrant flowers in shades of blue, with a large yellow eye

Common Name: polyanthus ‘Rainbow Blue Shades’
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Blue and Yellow in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, leafhoppers, vine weevil and slugs
Pruning: Cut back after flowering
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, do not allow to dry out in hot weather
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Calibrachoa Million Bells Series


Calibrachoa are tender woody-based perennials usually grown as annuals, mostly trailing in habit, with simple leaves and petunia-like, trumpet-shaped flowers over a long period

Million Bells Series are free-flowering, compact trailing annuals to 15cm in height, with yellow-throated, pink or blue flowers 2-3cm across, in summer and autumn

Common Name: petunia Million Bells Series
Family: Solanaceae
Color flower: Blue and Pink in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Trailing
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: A sunny, sheltered site is essential for the best flowers. Ideal for hanging baskets but can also be grown in any well-drained soil. The photo shows Million Bells Trailing Pink (‘Sunbelkupi’)
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants