Nursery enters nine new plants for National Plant Show awards

Wyevale Nurseries has entered nine new plants for the New Plant Awards at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show this month.

Among the plants, Wyevale Nurseries has submitted are a new thornless rose, a sarcococca suitable for any soil and a new Festuca, which is hardy down to -20°c and drought tolerant.

Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, says:

“Our 2022 entries include some that are great for pollinators and some that are perfect for anyone who has a smaller space and wants to have something stunning in a pot on their patio."

The nine new plants are:

Rosa ‘Cutie Pie’
From May to late summer, this mound-forming rose erupts into hundreds of miniature pink/white flowers, which are adored by pollinators. Hardy to -25°c this shrub is wonderful in a pot on its own or dotted around borders, especially alpine borders. Cutie Pie requires no pruning, as the flowers fall off and its compact nature means it will stay short and rounded.

Sarcococca ‘Purple Gem’
For the garden, Purple Gem is ideal, as it will grow in any soil type and is hardy to -18°c. White flowers with purple tips smother it from February to April, meaning it’s one of the first plants to wake up in your garden. 

Chionochloa ‘Taupo Lights’
It grows to about 50cm in height but then puts out glorious plumes of flowers on 70cm stems. Hardy to -5°c. Plant Taupo Lights in a sheltered spot or keep it in a pot as a focal point for the patio.

Olearia phlogopappa ‘Spring Bling’
Boasting full hardiness this plant will thrive in a pot as a statement piece or on a border. Prefers a full sun position, in well-drained soil. Maximum height: 1.5m, maximum spread: 1.5m.

Lomandra longifolia ‘Arctic Frost’
Hardy down to -10°c, this plant provides shelter for insects and other invertebrates as the foliage expands. Flowering from April to June, it boasts multiple flower spikes, which protrude from the mass of variegated foliage. It can be kept in pots or weaved through borders for architectural interest. Maximum height: 60cm, maximum spread: 1m.

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Magic Ball’
Pink flowers erupt in July until September. Thrives in full sun or partial shade. This shrub has a compact habit with a maximum height and spread of 1.5m. It changes foliage colour numerous times throughout the growing season. Fully hardy to -20°c.

Festuca glauca ‘Sunrise’
Plumes of flowers erupt in June on stems of sunrise red, which, compared to the green/blue foliage, are striking. Small and compact, spread 25cm, height 70cm with flower spikes. Perfect in pots or borders. Grows in any soil conditions including very poor soil.

Escallonia hybrid ‘Showstopper’
This plant is compact and rounded in its nature, with stunning white-pink flowers erupting in masses in July-September, which are a favourite of bees. Grows in any well-drained soil, can be planted in a bed or is perfect in a patio pot for summer colour.

Delphinium ‘Red Lark’
The best new herbaceous plant to enter the market! Stunning red plumes of flowers from April-June. Grow in full sun. It’s a hardy perennial by nature. The ultimate pot plant, but striking grown at the back of borders too. Attracts bees in particular. Spread 50cm height, 70cm with flowers.

The HTA National Plant Show takes place on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22 in Halls 1 & 2 at NAEC Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

For more information:
British Association of Landscape Industries 


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