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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

Top plants in the new RHS Plantfinder

Posted by Graham Rice on 24 Mar 2012 at 01:08 PM

Daphne odora Marianni ('Rogbret') - new in the 2012/2013 Plantfinder
The new edition of the RHS PlantFinder will be out very soon and this year the most useful plant reference book of them all includes some very appealing new introductions.

Here’s a quick look at the most popular of the new plants appearing in the RHS Plantfinder for the first time this year, these four new plants are each being introduced by seven nurseries.

Anemone 'Wild Swan'
This is the Chelsea Flower Show Plant of The Year for 2011 but it’s been available only in very limited quantities for most of the time since then. It’s a lovely hybrid anemone which was a very popular winner. I wrote up Anemone 'Wild Swan' last May.

Clematis Alaina ('Evipo 056') (below, click to enlarge)
The latest in the Boulevard Collection from Raymond Evison, this short variety is ideal for containers. The rich pink flowers fade to pale rose.

Daphne odora Marianni ('Rogbret') (above, click to enlarge)
A colourful variegated daphne with fragrant pink and white flowers. It looks to be a fine small garden shrub.

Pulmonaria 'Blake's Silver'
From Ireland comes this pink pulmonaria noted in particular for the fact that the pink flowers have hardly a hint of blue.

Next most popular are five plants which are available from six suppliers: another clematis from Raymond Evison, a geum, a yellow Shasta daisy, a shrubby potentilla and a rose from David Austin.

The eleven plants being listed by five suppliers include three more roses from David Austin, the two Irish primroses I wrote up here recently, two heucheras and a heucherella, and epimedium and a hydrangea.

I’ll be looking at all these plants in more detail over the next few months.

You can order the 2012/2013 RHS Plantfinder now for delivery as soon as it’s available, it’s published on April 11. The updated online version of the Plantfinder goes live soon. I’ll let you know when, check back here or follow me on Twitter.
Clematis Alaina ('Evipo 056') - new in the 2012/2013 RHS Plantfinder


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