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New Pollinator Friendly Perennials

February 12th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

We are delighted to announce the launch of three new ranges of perennials, adding to our already comprehensive plant offering.

“We are always very interested in plants which attract pollinating insects to the garden and these new ranges of Echinacea, Monarda and Rudbeckia do just the job” says Emilia Merola, Mr Fothergill’s Brand Manager.

Echinacea from the Meadow Mama Series are incredibly prolific with bright and unusual coloured flowers which have perfectly flat petals and prominent central cones in shades of gold and russet brown – easily identifiable for bees and butterflies. The plants reach a height of around 60cm and have particularly strong and sturdy stems. Ideal for the border and quite striking in patio pots. “We are confident this new series is going to be very popular with our customers” comments Emilia. Five varieties are available; Fiery, Innocent, Laughing, Playful and Sweet Meadow Mama, all priced at £12.95 for 3 young plants. A collection of all 5 can be purchased for £18.95 with a collection of 10 (two of each) for £29.90, saving £8.









Monardas are much famed for attracting pollinators to the garden and plants from the Bee Series are no exception. Reaching a height of 45cm, plants are naturally bushy, well-branched and totally mildew free – often a problem with older varieties. “Bees and butterflies just can’t resist their sweet nectar and fragrance” says Emilia. “They performed brilliantly in our trials last summer with their strong and bold colours retaining their richness well into autumn”. Three varieties are being offered; Bee Free, Bee Happy and Bee Lieve, all priced at £9.95 for 3 young plants. A collection of all 3 can be bought for £10.95 and a saving of £5 can be made if ordering a collection of 6 (two of each) for £16.90.








Large flowered Rudbeckias are generally associated with annual types and are much loved for their bold colours and insect attracting qualities, whereas perennial varieties are smaller flowered and come in a more limited colour palette. Plants from the new Smiley Series, however, break this mould. Fully perennial, they are a hybrid between an Echinacea and an annual Rudbeckia resulting in plants which are capable of returning year on year with all the vigour, colour and long blooming time of annual types. “Our trials team just loved their bold colours and their ability to flower in just 8 weeks from propagation!” says Emilia. Reaching a height of 50cm, they are ideal for the mid-border and large patio pots. The company is offering three varieties; Blushing, Giggling and Lemon Smiley with 3 young plants priced at £13.95. A collection of all 3 can be purchased for £14.95 and a double collection (two of each) costs £22.90, a save of £7.










Getting the best from Nigella

July 25th, 2014 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Nigella, Digitalis and AlchemillaIt’s simple, really. There are some hardy annuals that are best sown in late summer instead of in spring and Nigella, Love-In-A-Mist, is one of them. Here’s why.

First of all, it’s what happens in the wild. The plants flower in the late spring and summer, the seed ripens and falls to the ground, and some of it germinates fairly quickly. Because it’s too late in the season for them to bloom, the plants then develop in two ways. In the run up to winter, they form attractive rosettes of prettily divided leaves and this foliage powers the creation of an extensive root system.

In spring, when you might usually be thinking about sowing seed, these plants are already well established and so are way ahead of the spring sown plants. They make larger plants which produce far more flowers and that well-developed root system carries the plants happily through dry spells when growth of shallow-rooted spring-sown plants grinds to a halt. So you can see it’s well worth trying.

Nigella 'Midnight', also known as Nigella papillosa. Nigella ‘Miss Jekyll’ is the old favourite, in a beautiful sky blue shade it’s lovely in the garden and invaluable in a vase with old roses. If you prefer a mixture, ‘Persian Jewels’ comes in blue, purple, mulberry and pink shades plus white. ‘Midnight’, the fancy name for the species N. papillosa, is dark purplish blue with a crown of deep purplish red, embryonic seed pods in the centre while ‘African Bride’ is the white form, but retaining that dark red centre.

Finally, look out for the rarely seen ‘Blue Stars’, a fancy name for the species N. bucharica. The flowers are definitely smaller than those of other varieties, but they come in huge numbers. And – I’ve no idea why – this plant is also known as Emir of Buchara!

You can sow all these nigellas over the next six weeks, see them on the Mr Fothergill’s website.