There are some interesting new (and not so new) plants at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
this year and I've done two reports on them for the RHS Show coverage on the website.
Firstly, I've done a five minute video on new and interesting plants
at the show 9scroll down and hit the link), there's also a slightly different companion slide show report
, and also a special slide show report on all the new roses including the Rose of The Year
One of the new introductions that I especially liked was Pennisetum macrourum
'Short Stuff (above, click to enlarge)'. At Knoll Gardens, Neil Lucas is developing new ornamental grasses especially suited to the British climate. Pennisetum macrourum 'Short Stuff' is his latest.
The wild species, from the mountains of South Africa, is lovely grass but tends to be too tall and flower too late in the year in our rather different British climate. 'Short Stuff' is starting to flower now, in early July, and will continue flowering through the summer. As the name implies it's also shorter, reaching only about 90cm/3ft high with its upright, blue-tinted leaves are topped with slender green tipped spikes in rusty pink.
'Short Stuff' enjoys a well drained soil in full sun, or it can be grown in a container. At the Show it looked especially good as a specimen plant in a square, rusty brown steel pot.Pennisetum macrourum
'Short Stuff' is available from Knoll Gardens either at the Show or by mail order