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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

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‘Hot Papaya’ – an orange double echinacea

Posted by Graham Rice on 31 Jul 2008 at 04:04 PM

Some impressive new echinaceas (coneflowers) have arrived in nurseries this year, you can see some of them in my article entitled Rays of Light in the August issue of The Garden. Now I can bring you the latest echinacea news - a spectacular new variety for next year.

‘Hot Papaya' will be the next introduction from Dutch master breeder Arie Blom who specialises in double-flowered echinaceas. You can take a look at some of his earlier introductions here. This is the very first hybrid double bringing a wonderful fiery shade to double flowered echinaceas which were previously either pink or white. Click on the pictures to see larger versions. The flowers do not fade, are unusually uniform in colour and bloom from June to August on 80cm/32in well branched stems. I can't wait to grow this - it really looks spectacular.

But now the bad news... ‘Hot Papaya' will not be available to gardeners until the autumn of next year. As soon as I know which nurseries will be listing it I'll let you know. In the meantime, just enjoy the pictures - and wonder what else Arie has on the way...


Digger said:

Hi Graham Just read your article in the garden,I really must put a dry (ish) bed together,that way i may have some success.

on 31 Jul 2008 at 06:29 PM

Graham Rice said:

Simply creating a raised bed can provide enough improved drainage in some situations - but not everyone is able to build a raised bed on the necessary scale.

on 31 Jul 2008 at 08:24 PM

Digger said:

Yes I don't have the garden size that is required to re create the fantastic picture in your article :-(

on 01 Aug 2008 at 01:47 PM

Graham Rice said:

It's a wonderful shot, isn't it... But a single plant, grown as a specimen and left to mature into a colourful clump, can be very impressive.

on 01 Aug 2008 at 03:33 PM

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on 08 Aug 2008 at 02:21 PM