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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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Rediscovered agapanthus and a new echinacea

Posted by Graham Rice on 24 Sep 2008 at 05:15 PM

The good people at Camolin Potting Shed in Co. Wexford in Ireland have been scouting for good new plants again – and they’ve updated me on their latest findings.

First of all they’ve rediscovered a lovely agapanthus in Holland. Called ‘Blue Stripe’, as you can see from the picture (click it to enlarge it) each palest blue petal has a dark blue stripe through the middle. Originally selected by plantsman Richard Fulcher and introduced in 1993 by Bicton College in Devon it’s great to have this distinctive variety back.

They’ve also picked up ‘Virgin’, the latest echinacea from Piet Oudolf. With their double row of rays, the large white flowers are very full and their striking green cone makes them especially striking. What’s more, they’re fragrant. Reaching about 60cm, they’re short enough not to need staking but not so short that they lose their elegance.

You can order these newcomers at the Camolin Potting Shed website.


Foxnfirefly said:

Great news!!  Thanks so much.  They're two of my preferred garden mainstays.

on 01 Oct 2008 at 03:09 AM

Graham Rice said:

Lots more new echinaceas, in particular, are on the way. Keep checking in here for more news.

on 23 Oct 2008 at 01:00 PM