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    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
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    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Latest RHS Plant Finder published

It's that time again – time to pick up your copy of this year’s RHS Plant Finder.

I’m sure you don't really need me to tell you all about it: it lists more than 70,000 different plants (71,677 in all) and the nurseries that stock each one. And of course it updates all their names so we all know exactly which plant we mean.

This year there are 3.826 new plants - there seem to be about the same number of newcomers each year - Leucanthemum x superbum 'Shapcott Summer Clouds' is listed by eight nurseries in the 2014 RHS Plant Finder.and 66 new nurseries making a total of 578.

The two new plants listed by the most nurseries are Geum 'Cosmopolitan' and Leucanthemum x superbum 'Shapcott Summer Clouds' (right, click to enlarge), both listed by eight suppliers. The geum is one of the Cocktail Series, in seven colours, developed in Illinois; ‘Cosmopolitan’ is a pretty pink and white bicolour. The frilly flowered white 'Shapcott Summer Clouds' was developed in Devon.

Coming next are six plants that are listed by six nurseries. I discussed Clematis 'Prince George' here when it was first available a few months ago, it’s white and flowers from July to autumn. 'Banana Daiquiri' is another from the Cocktail Series of geums, this one is primrose yellow. From Cambridgeshire comes Primula Belarina Valentine ('Kerbelred') was developed in Cambridgeshire.the double flowered primrose Belarina Valentine ('Kerbelred') (left, click to enlarge) in deep red. The Asian pea hybrid Benita ('Rafzas') I discussed last summer when it won an award at the National Plant Show.

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry' is a short version of the 2m tall ‘Henry Eliers’ with yellow fluted petals and Thomas à Becket ('Auswinston') is one of the latest David Austin Roses, with deep red heavily scented flowers.

I’ll be taking a closer look at some of these new RHS Plant Finder entries over the coming months. You can find a list of suppliers by clinking on the names above. You can also buy the new RHS Plant Finder direct from the RHS and access the newly combined RHS Plant Finder and RHS Plant Selector on the RHS website.

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