Colourful new container plants

April 28th, 2017 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Argyranthemum 'GranDaisy Pink Halo'

There are more people around the world working to develop new plants for containers and patios than on any other kind of garden flowers. Most of these are intended to be raised from cuttings as cuttings-raised plants give a better return to the breeder and this funds continuing developments.

Some of the best of these newcomers are available now, but it pays to get your order in as soon as possible. Sooner or later they’ll sell out.

One plant stands out as the star this spring and is an unexpected hybrid between an Argyranthemum (marguerite), a slightly tender woody perennial, and a hardy annual chrysanthemum, C. carinatum.

The result is ‘Grandaisy Pink Halo’ which has masses of rose pink daisy flowers with a neat red ring around the eye. The blood of annual chrysanthemums adds the pretty colour rings into the long flowering argyranthemums. Plants develop in to rounded specimens about 45cm wide and high which are ideal as specimens in 38-45cm pots.

I saw this in two or three different places last summer and it was superb.

The other plants that I’m very pleased to see offered are a type of Ipomoea with which you may not be familiar. The Ipomoea most of us grow is the exquisite ‘Heavenly Blue’ with its sky blue trumpets. These newcomers are very different, they’re trailing foliage plants for pots and baskets: Ipomoea ‘Sweet Georgia Deep Purple’ and Ipomoea ‘Sweet Georgia Light Green’. In fact, these are colourful foliage varieties of the sweet potato! (Don’t worry, they come as bushy young plants, not as seed potatoes!)

The lobed foliage is held on compact, semi trailing plants ideal to plant at the edge of tubs and baskets and mingle with flowers. Ipomoea ‘Sweet Georgia Deep Purple’ has purple-black leaves, and would be good around the edge of pots of Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink Halo’, while Ipomoea ‘Sweet Georgia Light Green’ has lime green foliage.

Give them all a try.

Ipomoea 'Sweet Georgia Deep Purple' and 'Sweet Georgia Light Green'

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