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Graham Rice

Garden writer and plantsman

Yes, you could say I am obsessed by plants. But where's the harm in that?!

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

Graham is a 'Transatlantic Gardener', who gardens in both Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania.




** Please note the contents of this blog reflect the views of its author and are not necessarily those of the RHS **

Graham's posts and conversations

  • New crab apple is perfect for small gardens

    Colourful and compact, this new crab apple was crowned Best in Show at the National Plant Show

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  • Grow your own cupcakes!

    A dreamy Californian cosmos - decades in the making - is finally available to home gardeners

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  • Sacre bleu!

    Bijou eucalyptus crosses the channel to make a splash in British gardens

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  • Fresh look for an old marigold

    A charming old calendula is refreshed and revived

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  • New sedums for ground cover

    Two new varieties from America mark an advance in the development of sedums

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  • Siberian iris as you've never seen them

    Exciting new iris from America's top breeders make it to Britain

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  • New miscanthus ain't misbehavin'

    With good manners and unusually rich red flowers, this new grass is a small garden special

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  • New iris lands in our gardens

    'Mars Landing' is the latest in a series of new irises for pots, raised beds and rock g

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  • New agapanthus from National Collection

    A new inky-blue, dwarf agapanthus has been launched by a Plant Heritage National Collection hol

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  • Sizzling new orange hibiscus

    The first hibiscus for patio containers is placed third in the Chelsea Plant of the Year award

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  • Crystal clear salvia colour break

    A new colour in perennial salvias was runner-up for the 2017 Chelsea Plant of the Year award

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  • Luscious mulberry wins Plant of The Year

    A patio mulberry developed in Japan has won the Chelsea Plant of the Year award for 2017

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  • Unique new yellow pelargonium

    A new pelargonium hybrid brings yellow flowers to this old favourite

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  • Marvellous new salvia

    Salvia 'Blue Marvel', winner of Best In Show at the 2016 New Plant Awards, is now avail

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  • Yorkshire senior discovers new weeping crab apple tree

    A retired chemist from Yorkshire has discovered an elegant new weeping crab apple

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  • Clematis as cut flowers

    They've been in demand from the florist; now we can grow these amazing new cutflower clemat

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  • A new twist on coneflowers

    This new seed-raised coneflower combines toughness, reliability and value with a tempting colou

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  • A shady marriage is set to cause a stir

    From America comes an exciting new shade-loving hybrid between a rarity and an old favourite

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  • Far-Eastern flower power in new primula

    One of the rarest of all primula species, and one of the most common, have come together to cre

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  • First year flowering Gold Medal perennial

    Penstemon ‘Twizzle Scarlet’ is a prolific new first-year flowering perennial

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  • New colour in super-scented climber

    Pretty in pink: a fashionable, fragrant favourite, star jasmine has an exciting colour break

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  • People's Choice award-winning coleus is hot for containers

    Coleus Campfire wins the RHS People's Choice award at Wisley

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  • Exciting new ornamental (and delicious) kales

    Try these three new British-bred kales that both look good and taste good

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  • Stellar geraniums enjoy a revival

    A new series of seed-raised stellar geraniums (zonal pelargoniums) is launched for 2017

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  • Super-scented bushy honeysuckle

    This new bushy honeysuckle grows well in a pot and has a fabulous fragrance

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  • Bowled over by a unique green clematis

    The first-ever double-flowered green clematis raises the bar

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  • Five shades of red in new charity sweet pea blend

    Five red-flowered sweet peas make up a long flowering, fragrant blend to raise money for the Ro

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  • Blast-off for a brilliant new cosmos

    A new British-bred cosmos was the star of this year's display of more than 80 varieties on

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  • Unsung Chelsea newcomers

    Three interesting plants that didn't quite make the Chelsea Plant Of The Year shortlist

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  • Breakthrough new plants for patio pots

    Perennial and annual daisies have been crossed to produce a colourful, floral fusion that bloom

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  • Unique new patio buddleia

    Super-scented 'Unique' is the first hybrid of the weeping buddleia

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  • Cool for cats - unique new nepeta

    Compact, good in pots and easy to grow; the first-ever pale blue catmint is sure to be a winner

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  • Prolific new scarlet geum from Scotland

    'Scarlet Tempest' looks set to whip up a storm with its large, vibrant blooms and long

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  • A new red-hot poker primula that's cool as ice

    A unique new form of a favourite primula was launched at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Sho

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  • Plant of The Year winners

    This year's Chelsea Plant of The Year winners - and where to buy them

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  • RHS Plant Finder

    Garden writer Graham Rice would be lost without his latest edition

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  • Super-scented new English Rose

    David Austin Roses launch a new climbing English Rose with good looks and an amazing scent

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  • Going for gold – new fuchsia for baskets

    Unwins launch a lush, golden-leaved basket fuchsia with bright pink-red flowers

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  • Out of India - best exotic new marigolds

    Suttons and Dobies introduce new rain-resistant marigolds from India that will keep on going in

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  • New golden maple launched at Chelsea

    Hillier Nurseries launch a fiery, golden-leaved maple

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  • New pink-flowered choisya

    A British-bred choisya - small and colourful - is set to delight gardeners

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  • Brand new varieties of chocolate cosmos

    A long-awaited breakthrough means that exciting new varieties of this much-loved plant are now

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  • New British-bred fragrant begonias

    Three new fragrant begonias from British breeder David Kerley are released

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  • Unique new variegated columbine from Plant World

    Three new columbines to add to our bedding repertoire with unique new features

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  • Unique new petunia for baskets and borders

    Glorious new cultivar changes colour with the seasons

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  • New generation of perennial wallflowers

    A new series of colourful perennial wallflowers for containers and borders

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  • New foxgloves with flower power

    Two new long-flowering foxglove hybrids from The Netherlands are launched

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  • Demure new begonias in fashionable colours

    Three new shades for a fiery old favourite; perfect for patios and hanging baskets

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  • A harmonious hibiscus

    The first variegated hibiscus with prolific flowers is introduced

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  • New and improved Sweet William

    Beautiful new Sweet Williams with all the traditional characteristics we know and love

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  • Revolutionary new yellow cosmos

    News of a prolific new yellow-flowered cosmos, which is a huge improvement on existing varietie

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  • Get your kicks from two bicolour introductions

    Sweet pea cultivars developed by a top New Zealand breeder are now available

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  • An old favourite - bettered

    Clematis ‘Venosa Violacea’ has been improved after more than a hundred and

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  • Precious salvia arrives

    A shining example of a shrubby sage with unique colouring reaches market

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  • Abelia 'Sunny Charms'

    With its spicy scent and peachy pink flowers, a new introduction can warm up your late summer b

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  • New hot shot astilbe

    News of an impressive black and white astilbe filters in

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  • Agastache Kudos Series: colourful and drought tolerant

    Four colourful new drought-tolerant agastache hybrids are now available

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  • In the pink: choice new plants from Chelsea 2015

    New and unusual snapdragon and dianthus from this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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  • New plants at Chelsea 2015

    Colourful French irises and a new upright fuchsia make a splash at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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  • Four popular new entries in the 2015 RHS Plant Finder

    News of four varied and popular new entries in the 2015 RHS Plant Finder

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  • Popular new plants in this year's RHS Plant Finder

    News of two of the most popular new additions to the 2015 edition of the RHS Plant Finder

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  • Prolific new campanula

    The prolific bellflower Iridescent Bells is the new introduction listed by the largest number o

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  • 'Black Truffle': a superb new dark-leaved perennial lobelia

    Colourful and very hardy, 'Black Truffle' knocks the socks off older lobelia cultivars

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  • Most popular new plants in the 2015 RHS Plant Finder

    The 2015 RHS Plant Finder is out, these are the ten new plants available from the most differen

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  • Heavenly hardy begonias

    Two new foliage begonias from Thompson & Morgan are hardier than almost all other begonias

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  • A star is born

    Astra Nova is a dramatic, easy-to-grow new clematis with heavenly purple blooms

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  • A new bicoloured brunnera proves worth the wait

    Now available - a sparkling new bicoloured form of Siberian bugloss with reversed colouration

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  • New bicoloured brunnera is worth the wait

    A sparkling new bicoloured form of Siberian bugloss is now available

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  • New double-flowered Christmas rose

    The first double-flowered Christmas rose that will flower reliably at Christmas is now availabl

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  • The first golden-leaved pyracantha

    Coblands Nurseries introduce the first ever golden-leaved pyracantha, which is proving as heave

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  • Nandina Blush Pink: new for its colourful foliage

    A new heavenly bamboo with brightly-coloured leaves over an unusually long season

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  • World’s first 100% blight resistant tomato: from Suttons Seeds

    Suttons introduce what is claimed to be the first completely blight-resistant tomato

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  • Unique new pastel French marigold

    Thompson & Morgan and Plants Of Distinction introduce 'Alumia Vanilla Cream', the f

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  • The first ever dwarf patio raspberry variety is launched

    The first thornless dwarf patio raspberry: new from Thompson & Morgan

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  • Three new dwarf patio peonies

    New peonies, suitable for growing in pots, are now available

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  • A new generation of tasty, healthy, space-saving apples

    The Starline apples have slender, upright growth combined with disease resistance and a fine fl

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  • New giant sunflower from Suttons

    RHS committee member Victoria Wakefield has bred a new sunflower that will grow 17ft (5m+) tall

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  • Three new roses from David Austin

    Three new fragrant and disease-resistant roses for 2015 introduced by David Austin

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  • Ligularia 'Dragon Wings': new for foliage and flowers

    Newly introduced Ligularia 'Dragon Wings' is valuable for both its foliage and its flow

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  • ‘Avondale’: A lovely new Irish primrose

    'Avondale' is the latest of the hardy and prolific Kennedy Irish Primroses.

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  • A range of new nerine varieties is now available from Hayloft Plants

    New nerines from Hayloft Plants

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  • 'Dancing Flame': new award-winning globeflower from Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants

    Trollius 'Dancing Flame' is a new, long-flowering, self-supporting, moisture-l

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  • A new multicoloured rose set to illuminate gardens

    The Sweet Spot Calypso rose is a new, long-flowering multicoloured variety created using a rare

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  • British-bred lavenders for British gardeners

    Three new lavenders come from a collaboration involving two award-winning Kentish nurseries

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  • Alstroemeria 'Inca Smile': New from Thompson & Morgan

    Thompson & Morgan introduce an alstroemeria with the largest flowers yet

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  • Coprosma ‘Inferno’: New from Hillier

    Coprosmas are best known as foliage evergreens from New Zealand; recently more and more attract

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  • Latest RHS Plant Finder published

    It's that time again – time to pick up your copy of Read more

  • Latest RHS Plant Finder published

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

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  • Geum 'Cosmopolitan': the most popular new entry in the 2014 Plant Finder

    Of all hundreds of new entries in the 2014 edition of the RHS Plant Finder two stand out, fine

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  • Coreopsis ‘Solanna Golden Sphere’: New from Mr Fothergill’s

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  • Veronica 'Blue Bomb': New from Parkers

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  • Colourful new fragrant antirrhinums

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  • Agastache ‘Arcado Pink’: New from Plants of Distinction

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  • Begonia 'Fragrant Falls Improved': Scented trailing begonias from T&M

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  • Pelargonium ‘Angel’s Perfume’: Colourful flowers, fragrant foliage

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  • Three new Barnhaven double primroses

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  • Skimmia japonica ‘Pabella’: Vigorous and prolific

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  • Helleborus x sahinii ‘Winterbells’: A lovely new hellebore hybrid

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  • Forsythia Gold Mine (‘Mindor’): Compact and prolific

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  • ‘Gold Dust’ rosemary: New from Norfolk Herbs

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  • Carrot ‘Dara’: Lovely new cut flower

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  • Scabious ‘Little Cracker’: New from Binny Plants

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  • Choisya ‘Royal Lace’: New for containers

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  • Viola ‘Teardrops’: New fragrant blend from You Garden

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  • Colourful new heleniums from Special Perennials

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  • Lavatera ‘Dwarf Pink Blush’: new colour from Thompson & Morgan

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  • New sweet peas to sow this autumn

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  • Sweet Pea 'Sir Henry Cecil': New from Mr Fothergill's Seeds

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  • Rose Lady Marmalade: Rose Of The Year for 2014

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  • Clematis ‘Prince George’: Named for the Royal baby

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  • New Plant Award winners at the National Plant Show

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  • Rose Dunham Massey: New shrub rose from Peter Beales

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  • New echinaceas on the way

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  • Chelsea Plant Of The Year - Where to buy the contenders

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  • Chelsea Plant Of The Year – 2013 winners

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  • Two brand new crocosmias

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  • New plants in the 2013 Plant Finder

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  • Digitalis ‘Illumination Raspberry’: Latest in the popular series

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  • 2013 RHS Plant Finder is out – with over 4,000 new plants

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  • Impatiens ‘Sun Harmony’: Mildew resistant sun lover

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  • Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’: New dark foliage form

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  • Cosmos ‘Pink Popsocks’: New from Nicky’s Nursery

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  • Weigela Magical Rainbow: New from Hayloft Plants

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  • ‘Candy Love’ hellebore: New from Cotswold Garden Flowers

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  • Alpine clematis in new colours and styles

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  • Two new self fertile runner beans set pods in all weathers

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  • Gerbera Spider Series: New from Hayloft Plants

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  • Begonia ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’: Prolific trailing begonia from seed

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  • Dianthus Diadoble Series: New from Hayloft Plants

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  • Tomato ‘Tastyno’: Plenty of flavour, disease resistant

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  • Digitalis ‘Illumination Chelsea Gold’: Follow-up to Plant Of The Year Winner

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  • Peach 'Crimson Bonfire': For flowers, foliage and fruits

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  • Monarda ‘Bergamo’: Perfect for Pollinators

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  • Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Midnight: New from Plantify

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  • Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’: Evergreen perennial for inside and out

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  • Petunia Martha Washington: Unique new double petunia

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  • Spiraea ‘Tor Gold’: New yellow-leaved shrub

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  • Two tasty new patio tomatoes

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  • Geranium Dreamland: New long flowering hardy geranium

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  • Petunia ‘Sparklers Mixed’: New style petunia

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  • Phlox Paparazzi Series: New from Hayloft Plants

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  • Kale ‘Black Magic’: An improved Cavalo Nero

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  • Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’: Sparkling new six colour mixture

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  • Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’: Dark foliage and fiery flowers

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  • Digitalis Dalmatian Series: gorgeous colours, quick to flower

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  • Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Lemon Slice’: Sparkling new bicolour

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  • Tomato ‘Black Opal’: New black cherry tomato from Dobies and Suttons

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  • Olearia ‘Moondance’: New variegated evergreen shrub

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  • Hosta ‘Purple Heart’: red leaf stems and colourful flowers

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  • Euonymus japonicus ‘Happiness’: Bright new colourful evergreen

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  • Agastache ‘Blue Boa’: colourful and drought tolerant

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  • Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’: Combines fragrance and colour

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  • Narcissus ‘Spoirot’: new award-winning miniature

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  • Verbena ‘Talman’s Fragrant Treasure’: New scented verbena from Mr Fothergill

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  • Mahonia 'Soft Caress': New spine-free Mahonia from Crocus

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  • Geranium ‘Blushing Turtle’: New ground cover hardy geranium

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  • Greigii tulips: New and returning from de Jager

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  • Narcissus ‘Jamestown’: An elegant Irish daffodil

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  • Bloomerang: New reblooming lilac

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  • Heucherella ‘Sunrise Falls’: New trailing and ground cover variety

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  • Three new double-flowered echinaceas

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  • Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’: New bushy aromatic autumn aster

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  • New clematis from Raymond Evison

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  • Blueberry 'Pink Lemonade': the first pink-fruited blueberry

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  • Two new heucheras from America

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  • Six new roses from Harkness Roses

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  • Strawberry ‘Sweetheart’: New from D T Brown

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  • New autumn and spring flowering wallflower

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  • Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream': New for 2012

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  • New plants at the 2012 Hampton Court Show

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  • Five new roses from Peter Beales

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  • Double laced polyanthus: New from Hayloft Plants

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  • David Austin Roses: Five new varieties

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  • Aeonium 'Cornish Tribute' and ‘Logan Rock’: Plant Of The Year finalists

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  • Heuchera ‘Circus’: Plant of The Year finalist

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  • Dianthus Memories: Plant of the Year runner-up

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  • Dianthus Green Trick: New from Thompson & Morgan

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  • Chelsea Plant of The Year 2012: The Winners

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  • Chelsea Plant of The Year 2012

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  • Geum ‘Fire Storm’: New in the 2012 Plantfinder

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  • Pelargonium ‘Skyscraper’: New from Vernon Geranium Nursery

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  • Daphne odora Marianni ('Rogbret'): New in the 2012/2013 Plantfinder

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  • Choisya ‘Aztec Gold’: New from Hillier

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  • Rose Wollerton Old Hall: New in the RHS Plantfinder

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  • Clematis Alaina: New in the 2012 Plantfinder

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  • The new RHS Plantfinder is out today

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  • Miscanthus ‘Starlight’: New from Knoll Gardens

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  • Runner bean ‘Firestorm’: New self-fertile bean from Marshalls

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  • Skimmia ‘Temptation': new self-fertile variety

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  • Top plants in the new RHS Plantfinder

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  • Name-the-new-plant competition winner

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  • Courgette 'Sunstripe': New attractive yellow striped variety

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  • Competition: Name this new plant

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  • Irish primroses: New from Cotswold Garden Flowers

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  • Strawberry Toscana: Colourful flowers and tasty fruit

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  • Hydrangea Beautensia™ Spike: New ruffled hydrangea from Crocus

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  • Ageratum: New cut flowers from seed or plants

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  • Hibiscus: New huge-flowered perennial varieties

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  • Alstroemeria Rock ‘n’ Roll: New from Thompson & Morgan

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  • Canna ‘Tropical Bronze Scarlet’: new from Plants of Distinction

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  • Magnolia Fairy Magnolia Blush: new evergreen spring magnolia

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  • Chilli pepper ‘Basket of Fire’: prolific container variety

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  • Physalis Halloween Series: New compact varieties

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  • Lettuce ‘Lettony’: New from Thompson & Morgan

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  • Scabiosa Dessert Series: New from Hayloft Plants

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  • Petunia 'Belinda': New from Mr Fothergill

    Tucked away behind a tall hedge in a village near Cambridge is the nursery that produces the be

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  • Digitalis 'Illumination': New from Thompson & Morgan

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  • Achimenes from Europe: New from Chiltern Seeds

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