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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

Dibleys: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 11 Jul 2009 at 08:23 PM

Kohleria 'Sunshine'. Image: GardenPhotos.comDibleys are best known for their wonderful displays of Streptocarpus here at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and at Chelsea, but some of their other specialities are also on display. There's a spectacular display of begonias with, in a most prominent position right at the front, one of the most captivating new plants in the whole show - a new Kohleria. Kohleria is related to Streptocarpus and generally features velvety leaves and tall stems carrying bright flowers with contrasting spots.

As you can see from the picture, the flowers of Kohleria ‘Sunshine' are white but evenly covered with bright red spots creating a captivating look. Plants are robust, upright in growth and lined with these gorgeous flowers over a long period.

Plants need a minimum winter temperature of 15C/60F and a bright site to discourage leggy growth and foster prolific flowering. Allow the compost - fibre-based compost works well - to partially dry out between waterings and give a regular high potash liquid feed.

Sometimes sold as ‘Sunrise', this has been available in the USA for a few years but this is its first outing in Britain.

Kohleria 'Sunshine' is on sale at the Show. It's also available - at just £2.80 - from the Dibleys website.



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