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Take a look at our exclusive new blue verbena plants, dispatching from mid-April

March 13th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 1 Comment


Mr Fothergill’s plant manager Tom Stimpson spends a considerable amount of time visiting breeders in the UK and in mainland Europe, and is constantly on the look-out for new and improved forms of ornamental plants to offer the company’s customers.  

Tom says, “Every so often I come across a potential superstar, which makes it all worthwhile.”  Such a newcomer was a blue verbena plant with a trailing habit that he noticed in the summer of 2013.  It is being offered exclusively by Mr Fothergill’s in spring 2014 as Verbena Italian Blue.

Tom recalls “I discovered it last July.  After looking at the grower’s main trial, I was given a ‘secret’ tour of varieties yet to be shown to anyone else.  One special plant stood out for me – a trailing verbena with the most delightful blue flowers.  I was hugely impressed by it, not only because of its abundant, large flowers, but also by its vigour and habit.  It was as though it had been bred to be grown in a hanging basket because its shape was perfect.

“Another surprise was its sweet perfume, especially fragrant on that warm and sunny day.  I brought one of the hanging baskets back to our trial garden so it could be monitored for the rest of the summer.  It performed brilliantly and didn’t show any signs of mildew, which can sometimes be a problem with verbenas.  As it was bred in northern Italy we felt the name Italian Blue was appropriate”, says Tom.

Verbena Italian Blue is available from the company’s 2014 plant catalogue or online at, with five young plants priced at £7.95.  Despatch is from mid April 2014 onwards.