The green stars for 2019:
- January: Sleeping Beauties (Dogwood, Viburnum, Enkianthus)
- February: Spring Surprises (Hazel, Aubrieta, Perennial Candytuft)
- March: Blossom Trees (Apple, Peach and Plum tree)
- April: Colour bearers (Begonia, Verbana, African Daisy, Bougainvillea)
- May: Fragrant feature plants (Lilac Palibin, Broom, Lantana, Garden Rose, Photinia)
- June: Honeysuckle (Honeysuckle)
- July: Bee friends (Yarrow, Anise Hyssop, Hollyhock, Astrantia, Anemone)
- August: Carefree Summer (Agave, Allium, Eucalyptus, Aeonium, Crassula)
- September: Indian Summer Plants (Trumpet Vine, Spindle Tree, Japanese Andromeda, Beautyberry, Smoke Tree)
- October: Green covering (Rockfoil, Sempervivum, Stonecrop)
- November: Red garden plants (Holly, Skimmia, Leucothoe)
- December: Festive pines (Spruce, Fir Tree)
The aim of the Garden Plant of the Month is to tempt consumers to buy garden plants. The selection also offers the media a hook for incorporating garden plants into their own content at the right time. And for growers, nurseries and sales outlets the list offers a year-round guide that they can link up with. The Garden Plant of the Month is communicated through press releases and the national websites of Thejoyofplants.co.uk, with extra emphasis on the Netherlands and Germany.
The Flower Council of Holland ensures wide promotion of the Garden Plant of the Month with attractive images and strong content for both consumers and the trade press. To be able to generate as much publicity as possible, the promotion will no longer always be linked to one month; instead multiple products clustered over a longer period. This means that the dossiers will be more seasonal, so that aspects such as trends can also be added. A good example of this is July, when the Bee friends group coincides with the Dutch promotion of the Bee Campaign, and in the UK, this is also a key topic in the media.
You can download free photographic material, press releases, posters and banners from flowercouncil.co.uk. This will enable you to draw extra attention to the Garden Plant of the Month on the shop floor. You can also use the images for your own promotional material, such as on your social media, website and newsletters. The first materials will be available from the website in September.
Flower Council of Holland