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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

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.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

The new RHS Plant Finder is out!

Posted by Graham Rice on 28 Apr 2008 at 12:30 PM

Have you got your copy yet? Don't make do with last year's Plant Finder. Apart from anything else there are over four thousand new plants included this year - 4,183, to be precise. I know, some of these are returning after not being available last year - but still, that's an impressive number.

And these newcomers include thirty five new Agapanthus, forty five Aloe (almost all from Agave Nursery), forty new Clematis, too many dahlias to count, far far too many fuchsias (many from P & B Fuchsias), hemerocallis and hostas to count), forty three hardy geraniums... The list goes temptingly on. There's an intriguing range of Lachenalia species from Choice Landscapes and enough Primula sieboldii for any woodland garden... Not to mention a variegated dandelion (Taraxacum officinale 'Tapeley'), a lovely flowering plectranthus for containers (Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender'), a dramatic red-and-white bicoloured salvia (Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips') which you may have seen at shows last year and Raymond Evison's new clematis (REBECCA), not to be launched until Chelsea next month.

But don't let anyone tell you that the newly included Phlox paniculata ‘David's Lavender' is mildew resistant. Sorry, RHS Plant Centre, it's a lovely shade, and vigorous - but not at all mildew resistant. And neither, in spite of what you might read, is its parent ‘David'.

You can access the RHS Plant Finder online, or buy your own copy.



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