Award winning flowers now in your garden centre

October 27th, 2017 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

What separates the good plants, the very best of all varieties, from the rest? Well, it could be any number of things from flavour, to disease resistance to sheer flower power. But it’s all summed up in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

This award has been given to over six and a half thousand ornamental and edible plants which the RHS has determined are the cream of the crop. And if the RHS can’t be trusted, who can.

These are varieties to choose if you don’t want to take any chances, the varieties that are guaranteed to perform. Of course, you have to give them the conditions they prefer and look after them as you would any other plant. But they’re more like to give you tasty food or beautiful flowers – in very generous quantities.

And this season sees a collaboration between Mr F and the RHS to offer an elite selection of seed-raised AGM varieties, the best of the best, if you like. You can read more about it all here.

There are two ranges, sixty one AGM flowers and fifty six AGM vegetables but here at Plant Talk it’s mainly the flowers that take precedence and six of the best are illustrated above.

Amaranthus ‘Velvet Curtains’ is a hardy annual with bronze-tinted red foliage and long lasting red plumes. California poppy ‘Apricot Chiffon’ is the best of the dwarf and bushy types with silvery foliage and attractive rippled flowers. Delphinium ‘Centurion Sky Blue’ has flowers to match the types propagated by division while the biennial Eryngium ‘Silver Ghost’ seems to thrive in sun or shade. ‘Valentine’ sunflower is appealingly pale compared with most varieties and if you need a vigorous and prolific annual climber look no further than Mina lobata. And that’s just six out of sixty one! Plus all those vegetables.

You’ll find the RHS range on the Mr Fothergill seed racks in garden centres or you can choose online from the AGM flowers or choose online from the vegetables. Why not take a look?

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