Two great names in French history made their mark with waterlilies, Monet through painting and his garden at Giverny, and Marliac with his nursery and pioneering waterlily breeding program at Temple-Sur-lot. Waterlily enthusiasts who wish to visit these historic centers can join a special tour arranged by Lilypons Water Gardens to France with well known American expert Charles Thomas, waterlily expert and co-owner of Lilypons. For details click here.
New Plants and Bulbs
The bright blue flowers of this Ageratum are about 1.5m (5/8in) in diameter and produced in closely packed clusters on stems that are held above soft downy foliage.
Australian Bedding Plants
Bedding Plants Australia (BPA), the body to whom gardeners in Australia look for recommendations for seasonal planting for the flower garden, have this year have an unfortunate admission to make.
Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Skyline’
A novelty house plant with grey-green leaves which are both grooved and striped.
Papaver nudicaule ‘Poppy Bussana’
A lovely new Iceland Poppy that was originally bred for cut flowers, but also makes a lovely free-flowering border plant.
This is a cultivar that has been bred for cutting, rather than as growing as a houseplant, although it can be used for both purposes.
An unusual cultivar that grows like any other hardy herbaceous Veronica, except that its spikes of dark blue blossoms end as a cockscomb.
The Gerrondo Gerbera is an entirely new type of flower which will be available during the next few months.
Bouvardia ‘Diamond Light Pink’
This is one of a new group of double-flowered Bouvardia called the Diamond series.
A new development in Vriesea. Unlike other species and cultivars of Vriesea , ‘Astrid’ forms a rosette of three to six shoots with the same number of flowers.
The recent cross-breeding of Oriental and Aurelium lilies has resulted in a completely new type, referred to in the horticultural trade as OT lilies.
Ranunculus asiaticus ‘Elegance Hot Pink’
This is the latest addition to the Elegance series of double-flowered Ranunculus
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