RHS Chelsea Best New Plant announced – HibisQs® Petit™ Orange takes third position

Thompson & Morgan is delighted to have been recognised in the prestigious Best New Plant 2017 category at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a newly developed and very different type of hibiscus, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange.

Chosen from an impressive list of finalists, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange had previously been awarded the ‘IPM Innovation Award 2017’ in the Flowering Pot Plant category at IPM Essen in January.

“Everyone at Thompson & Morgan is delighted that HibisQs® Petit™ Orange has been placed in the top three of the Best New Plant category. It’s great to see a stunning exotic plant such as this being given the recognition it deserves. Its flowers really have to be seen to be believed!” said Paul Hansord, Thompson & Morgan’s commercial director.

From new breeding and selected from tens of thousands of seedlings, HibisQs® Petit™ Orange differs from other traditional hibiscus with its smaller, vibrant orange, bicoloured flowers, its naturally compact habit and its small and shiny leaves. The plant is aimed at consumers who want a more minimalist, but still exotic product that is suitable for display in the home or on the patio or balcony during the summer months. Flowers are plentiful and long-lasting, blooming from May until the first frosts, while the shiny, dark green foliage provides the perfect backdrop and is an added decorative bonus.

‘HibisQs® Petit™ Orange produces twice as many flowers as traditional Hibiscus and its blooms last for twice as long’

Plants are available now from Thompson & Morgan for despatch by the end of June 2017. Go to www.thompson-morgan.com/hibisqs-petit-orange to order.

New & Exclusive ‘Victorian Violas’ Range

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the family run business based in Warwickshire, grow an abundance of over 3.5 million plants throughout the year. The team are proud to announce that they have a brand new and exclusive Victorian Violas range which has been added to their array of plants for 2017.

This superb collection of stunning violas comes from RHS Chelsea Gold medallist Rob Chapman.

Rob Chapman says “Our ongoing breeding programme has produced a range of stunning varieties, with a wonderful selection of colour and scent to grace your pots, patios and flower beds”

Available from Hawkesmill Nurseries this year, the range has a rainbow of colour options, with many varieties also being scented.  This abundant collection of flowers has superb ‘staying power’ from April through to September, and as hardy perennials, they will continue to flower year after year.

Available in 1litre pots from May, the ‘Victorian Violas’ will be supplied with branded labels and point of sale.

Garden Retailers can contact Hawkesmill Nurseries for more information about collections and general availability by contacting the company on 01676 532334 or by emailing sales@hawkesmillnurseries.co.uk

New Look & New Plants from Thorncroft Clematis

At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 Thorncroft Clematis will be creating a compact clematis garden packed with exciting plants and some exclusive new clematis too.
With our towns and villages becoming more densely built, gardens are inevitably becoming smaller and plants are expected to fight for the remaining space available. Clematis are ideally suited to give excellent flower colour, variety of shape and long flowering periods including year- round flower potential, without taking up huge amounts of ground space.
Our exhibit for 2017 will showcase some of the best ‘value for money’ and ‘value for space’ clematis.

Top of the bill is ‘Taiga’® a stunning new clematis from Japan. The name means river, you can imagine blue waters with the white caps of a rapid when you look at its striking blooms.
This stunning free flowering clematis has it’s official launch at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Thorncroft Clematis and it is entered for the Chelsea Plant of The Year Competition!

‘Taiga’® is a wonderful feature plant for a patio container
or against a sunny south facing wall and can reach a width
of 1 metre and a height of 2.5 metres.
When the flower first opens, it is very spikey, then it
becomes like a rosette with large outer tepals, before the final stage when the centre opens out to create a luxuriant fully double flower. Magnificent!! Available Now £19.50 for a 2 litre pot.

GREEN PASSION ‘Zo11050’PBR is the next of our introductions at Chelsea Flower Show.
We really love to have something different and in our opinion this is going to be a clematis that some gardeners will love and others will not!
Entered for the Chelsea Plant of The Year Competition we will be fascinated to hear what the judges make if it.
This extraordinary new clematis has a double green flower head with later tepals having white tips to them. Autumn flowers are double with more white than green in them.
You get a prolific display of flower whether grown in the ground or in a container and it is very hardy, great news for the gardener.
Flowering May-June & again in August-September.
Available Now £16.00 for a 2 litre pot.
SEA BREEZE ‘Zo09063’PBR – A Superb new viticella type clematis from J van Zoest nursery in Holland. Peter first admired this clematis in their nursery before it had even been given a name, so he was thrilled when J van Zoest nursery introduced the plant a year later.
It is a very refreshing colour which is going to be very useful in a dull corner and the plant flowers a long way up the stem so giving blooms from between 2 to 8 feet high and with a long flowering time of June -September it really is very impressive!
Available Now £16.00 for a 2 litre pot.

A New Look at Thorncroft
At the Chelsea Flower Show we will be introducing our new
brand logo to the public for the first time along with our new
full colour A4 catalogue.
We have had an update and what better place to show it off to our customers and the press than Chelsea Flower Show? Come along to see us for some refreshments and chat about the new clematis on the exhibit. Stand GPA 147

RHS and Mr Fothergill’s join forces to launch trusted AGM seed range for 2018

Mr Fothergill’s is delighted to announce that it has become the preferred partner for licensed seed and seed gifting products for the Royal Horticultural Society. The company has worked with the RHS to offer a new seed range built on the reputation of the Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit which is being offered to trade outlets now.

The RHS has recently won the coveted “Best Licensed Heritage or Institution” section in the 2017 Brand & Lifestyle Awards. Mr Fothergill’s bright new seed range will add further to the strong RHS licensed gardening offer.

Split into vegetable and flower offerings across a two-stand display, both selections include a balance of top performing modern strains and traditional favourites that have all received the famous Award of Garden Merit. With no cross over with existing lines the range can be treated as a stand-alone display or integrated into a larger offering of Mr Fothergill’s seeds.

Clean and elegant packet fronts carry the widely recognised RHS emblem and the trusted AGM insignia alongside the Mr Fothergill’s logo, creating immediate brand recognition and consumer confidence as soon as the range is displayed in store. Quality plant photography, and soft pastel shades add a premium feel to the range, making it the jewel in the crown of the 2018 seed season launches.

David Carey, Mr Fothergill’s Joint Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be working as the preferred seed partner of the RHS. The packaging and display that we have developed together will really lift this range in-store and will perfectly complement our existing offer. We look forward to seeing the Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit range enter stores in August and we are already working with the RHS to develop exciting product concepts for future release.”

Not only will gardeners be guaranteed excellent performance from the new range, they will also be doing their bit for local wildlife and the charitable work of the RHS. The flower varieties in the collection have, wherever possible, been selected from the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list, maintained by RHS entomologists and beekeepers.

Orders are already being taken for delivery to stores and garden centres in August. For more information visit www.mr-fothergills-trade.com or call 01638 751161 to be put in touch with your local territory sales manager.

Introducing a new English Rose for 2017

‘Vanessa Bell’ is a rose of delicate beauty with an alluring freshness and grace. Rounded, pink-tinged buds open to reveal deep, medium-sized cups held in large, open clusters. Soft lemon-yellow, paling to white at the edges, the delicate texture of the outer petals is such that the light runs through them creating a pleasing, almost luminous effect. The inner petals frame a rich yellow eye deep in the centre of each bloom. It is very free-flowering, producing blooms almost continuously throughout the summer months. There is a lovely medium strength fragrance, which is best described as green tea with aspects of lemon and, at times, honey.

It forms a bushy and upright shrub, which complements both formal and informal plantings. Being extremely floriferous, it also makes a wonderful hedge.

Named for the artist, designer and founder member of the Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell – sister of the writer, Virginia Woolf. 10% from the sale of each rose will be donated to The Charleston Trust. Charleston, the home of Vanessa Bell, is managed and conserved by the charity for the benefit of the public.

Have A Happy Fathers Day With Redlove Apples

Hmmmmm Fathers Day is here again in a month, so…….say NO to more ties, BE GONE ‘Best Of Prog Rock’ cd’s, and ADIOS to craft beer!  And HELLO to the Redlove Apple range…barbecue, bake or make it into cocktails, your dad will say thank you, we promise!

Does you dad like gardening? We’ve got the perfect apple tree range … red and delicious

Does your dad like delicious healthy juice? This juice is juicier than any juice from Juicyville

Yes banish your Fathers Day gift blues with something bright RED……

Redlove Apple Range
We have six varieties within the Redlove apple range, all produce bright pink blooms and fruit which is richly red all the way through from skin to flesh…including:

Redlove ‘Circe’ – 1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Calypso’ – 1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Era’1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Odysso’1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £17.40
Redlove ‘Lollipop’ – BRAND NEW Last year1 year old tree in 5 litre pot £19.90
Redlove ‘Kohlhaas’ – BRAND NEW for 2017 – Available from August this year

Redlove Juice

  • It is exclusive
  • It has a beautiful colour
  • It is different and those who serve it will be wowed!
  • It is 100% natural and pure
  • It has a flavour that you, your guests or the recipient of your gift will remember for a long time
  • It has no alcohol, but can be the perfect basis for exciting cocktails
  • It is healthy; the anthocyanins are responsible for the red colour and have an antioxidant effect
  • 5 L Redlove juice; Bag in Box  £17.40

Redlove Cocktail
(for 6 people)
1 Redlove apple
400 ml Redlove® juice, chilled
200 ml gin
2 tablespoons Calvados
2 tablespoons dry vermouth
12 ice cubes
Redlove apple for garnish:
Cut three rings from the apple, halve and cut out the core. Pour Redlove® juice, gin, Calvados, dry vermouth and 6 ice cubes into a pitcher. Mix well. Prepare the glasses with the apple rings. Pour the Redlove juice mixture into the glasses


Common sense says you need to check that your barbecue is in good working order, on a flat site away from a hedge or shed and not a magnet for unsupervised children and pets. Never leave it unattended.

If using a charcoal barbecue, invest in an Outback Charcoal Starter to get it going, never have petrol anywhere near, and put only cold ashes in the bin.

With a gas barbecue, make sure the regulator tap is off before changing a cylinder, which should be done outdoors, and brush soapy water over pipe work and joints to check for bubbles from leaks.

Use a sharp knife to check juices are running clear and meat is done, while press fish flesh with a fork to check flakes come apart – indicating it’s ready.

Always allow a grilled steak or roasted joint to rest in foil on the top rack for about five minutes to keep it juicy and tender.

Unless you’ve invested in a piece of well-hung organic meat, which needs only a brushing of oil and some sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, then everything else will benefit from a marinade.

With the exception of shellfish, marinade overnight when possible, do not use salt, lemon or lime juice in a marinade for longer than two hours, and avoid pineapple juice.

To avoid a smoking barbecue avoid using extra virgin olive oil in the marinade – save it for the sauce and salad – and marinade in a strong plastic bag before emptying into a glass or stainless steel container.

Always use a separate container or plate for marinades and cooked dishes.

Peckish gets ready to ‘unlock’ birdcare

Peckish is getting ready to help retailers ‘unlock’ birdcare category this autumn.

With over 40 new products in the pipeline, Peckish is getting set to swoop in with a new offering of bird food, feeders and hardware ready to capture consumers’ imagination in store.

Enter into the Secret Garden 

A through the keyhole experience which will feature exclusive designs, antique features and a more decorative garden look and feel. Designed to appeal to ‘romantic’ gardeners, a new consumer category discovered through Peckish insight, this consumer wants to create an oasis of calm in their bustling world and a return to the simplicity and playfulness of days gone by. This key trend for autumn/winter 2017 will deliver feelings of wonderlust and leave consumers searching for more!

Expansion of Peckish Natural Balance range 

Our Peckish Natural Balance range will expand to include a variety of sizes and formats designed to appeal to entry level consumers. Designed to work with the natural balance of your garden and featuring 100% natural ingredients, this range has broad appeal and a quality look and feel.

Hardware and Accessories 

Driving ‘add on’ sales our new range of feeders, hardware and accessories will educate the consumer on how to get the best from their bird feeding experience.

A ‘must have’ product for Christmas 

Shh, we’re not releasing much about this one yet….except to say that everyone will want one of these in their Christmas stocking this year!

Rachael Dickinson, Senior Marketing Manager for Peckish said: “With over 40 new products coming this autumn/winter, we’re looking forward to driving your bird care category forward, tapping into the latest consumer insight and trends.

“We’ll be releasing more details, including a full product catalogue to retailers over the coming months, which will help unlock bird care over the next 12 months.”

Further details to be announced next month.

The Kiwi Marriage Made In Heaven!

Posh & Becks? PAH! They might be the perfect celeb couple, but even they cannot produce the tastiest Kiwi Fruits!

The ravishingly beautiful Kiwi ‘Hayward’, may be a stunner, but is not self-fertile.  But she has found her perfect partner in the VERY masculine Kiwi ‘Tomuri’, he has purely male flowers.

So perfect together are this dynamic duo of the fruit world, that even Lubera’s customers have noticed.  The feedback shows again and again that the classic kiwi couple Hayward and Tomuri works the best. Although the start of harvest may take a long time, there is a regular yield afterwards and every year there are large fruits.

So if you want quality and ease of growing, plant the classic couple!  And HOT OFF THE PRESS: thanks to the elaborate propagation by cuttings, our kiwis now start to bear fruit even earlier (after two to four years).

Kiwi ‘Hayward’
Note: A pollinator is necessary (Tomuri)
Maturity: From the end of October, early November
Fruits: Very large, drum-shaped fruits
Flavour: Better than from the store
Yield: Due to the high fertility, the kiwi plants should be thinned out; leave one fruit only every 20cm
Growth/health:  In the first years, a winter protection is advantageous
Botanical name: Actinidia chinensis / deliciosa

Price: On a bamboo stake in a 5 L pot, approx. 1.2 m:  £17.40

Kiwi ‘Tomuri’
Note: Tomuri is a pollinator! It does not develop  fruits, it only provides pollen for fertilisation; the female organs in Tomuri’s flowers only stunted

Growth/health: Medium strong, healthy growth
Care: Prune as little as possible in the early years; only when the pollinator plant has begun to bloom, then it can be kept somewhat smaller
Botanical name: Actinidia chinensis / deliciosa
Price: On a bamboo stake in a 5 L pot, approx. 1.2 m:  £17.40

BUXatrap® – the solution to Box Tree Moth

Box tree caterpillars, the larvae of box tree moths, can be devastating, defoliating box plants almost overnight.  Having first arrived in southern England in 2008, the moth has since been slowly creeping north.
Consumers who need a solution to this devastating pest can turn to BUXAtrap®, an effective all-in-one pheromone trap certified by the INRA institute.
With no water or glue band and just one charge of pheromone lasting three months, the resuable BUXatrap® offers season long biological control (up to three months) with little maintenance required.  Refils are available.
To break the lifecyle of the box tree moth BUXatrap® can be used between April and October.
BUXatrap® is a registered trademark of Koppert, France
Use plant protection safely.  Always read the label and product information before use. Pay attention to the risk indications and follow the safety precautions on the label.