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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

New perennials from a new supplier

Posted by Graham Rice on 29 Dec 2011 at 05:34 PM

Five new perennials from Simply Perennials. Image ©Simply Seeds and Plants
A new supplier of hardy perennials has just launched, with a whole range of new varieties. Simply Perennials is the latest in a series of opportunities provided by Simply Seeds and Plants. They began with sweet pea plants, added fuchsias, continued with chrysanthemums and vegetable plants – and now they’ve added hardy perennials.

But instead of starting with perennials which are the popular favourites, the varieties we all know and which you can buy anywhere, they’ve partnered with the American supplier of new perennials, Terra Nova Nurseries, who create more new varieties of perennials each year than anyone else.

Almost half the initial batch of thirty four varieties are new to Britain. And this is just the start, there are more on the way. In fact I’ve just noticed that they’ve added more since I began writing this piece!

There are new echinaceas, new kniphofias, an impressive new hosta, bright new penstemon, rudbeckia, coreopsis….

Those in the picture (click to enlarge) are:
Corydalis curviflora ‘Blue Heron’ (left) has very dark blue flowers, on bright red stems with dusky blue-green foliage.
Echinacea ‘Quills and Thrills’ (centre, top) has pink rays, which are darker at the base and flatten out at the tip. Great for cutting.
Coreopsis ‘Ruby Frost’ (centre, bottom) has white tipped, deep red flowers on tall, prolific and bushy plants.
Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ (right, top) has these vivid spikes – this is one plant, not cut stems from three!
Viola ‘Heartthrob’ (right, bottom) has these beautifully marked flowers and small pink flowers in spring.

You can take a look the full range at Simply Perennials from Simply Seeds and Plants.

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