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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

Plantagogo (Part Two): New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 09 Jul 2009 at 03:50 PM

When looking over the Gold Medal exhibit staged by Plantagogo at this week's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the new varieties are to be found on the sales table and not on the exhbit itself.

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'. Image: GardenPhotos.comPlantagogo's Vicky and Richard Fox specialise in bringing in new varieties from Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon (no retail) where breeder Dan Heims and his team work on a wide variety of perennials.

This year at the Show Plantagogo introduced eleven new plants, so let's take a look at three more.

Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade' is a limey coloured sport of ‘Marmalade' and is like a larger, chunkier and more vigorous version of the well known and widely grown ‘Lime Rickey'. The frilly foliage opens limey green and retains its colour as the foliage matures, eventually taking on yellow tones. It stands summer heat well, in fact Vicky Fox says it's better than the much touted ‘Citronelle' in this respect.

Heuchera 'Mysteria'. Image:‘Mysteria' is a very different creature and is one of the very latest to be released. It features a great combination of flowers and foliage. The leaves are slightly ruffled and beautifully silvered, with pink tinges as they unfurl. Then in spring and summer prolific spikes of coral flowers erupt making a vivid combination.

Finally in this batch of Plantagogo's new heucheras, comes Heuchera ‘Paris' which inherits its free-flowering habit from its parent ‘Hollywood'. The strongly silvered leaves have green veins and the unusually long season of deep pink flowers make this a fine plant to grow as a specimen in a pot. It gives great value over a long period.

You can buy these three heucheras at the show or online from the Plantagogo website.



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