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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.

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Lovely bicoloured phlox - new in the 2010/2011 PlantFinder

Posted by Graham Rice on 26 Apr 2010 at 09:16 PM

Bicoloured phlox,Jan Verschoor. Image: ©Luc KlinkhamerMany traditional border plants which have been favourites for a very long time are now receiving concentrated attention from plant breeders. New delphiniums, new perennial asters and new Shasta daisies are appearing. Now, in The Netherlands, border phlox are in focus.

Plant breeder Jan Verschoor has created many new varieties of border phlox in recent years, looking for new colours, shorter and bushier plants, good vase life when used as cut flowers and mildew resistance. He also introduced the unique Geranium pratense ‘Double Jewel’. The picture (above, click to enlarge) shows arange of his recently created new plants and some are now arriving in Britain. As is clear, bicolours are of special appeal.

‘Peppermint Twist’ (second in the left hand row) has been a great success and he has more exciting new varieties on the way. The double-flowered white ‘Tiara’, introduced last year, has also been a great success. New this year, with seven stockists in the new 2010/2011 RHS PlantFinder is Phlox paniculata‘Jade’.

Phlox paniculata 'Jade'. Image: ©Walters Gardens

‘Jade’ (left, click to enlarge) is a much more subtle bicolour than many with full heads of flowers in white with green tips to the petals. This cool colouring is best seen in close-up so cutting stems for the house has special appeal. The stems can be cut as early as when just two or three buds have opened, but be sure to leave a few inches of stem at the base to encourage a second crop. Use flower food in their water and be sure to keep their vase well away from bananas and other sources of ethylene gas which can greatly reduce their vase life.

And look out for more new bicoloured phlox in coming years.

Phlox paniculata 'Jade' is available from these seven RHS PlantFinder nurseries.

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