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New Introductions in Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit Seed Range

January 25th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

If you are thinking of what reliable and prolific plants to grow this upcoming spring, Mr Fothergill’s has got some great options to choose from in the RHS endorsed flower and vegetable seed ranges.

Among the top selling varieties are Courgette Defender F1, Runner Bean Firestorm, Lettuce Sioux and Erigeron Profusion.

RHS Onion (Spring) Matrix - A New Introduction in Mr Fothergill’s RHS Award of Garden Merit seed range

New to the range for next season, Mr Fothergill’s has introduced Onion (Spring) Matrix (RRP £2.50 for 350 seeds), a winter hardy variety which is slow to form bulbs and shows good disease resistance.

Sweet Corn Mirai Gold F1 (RRP £3.05 for 35 seeds) produces unbelievably sweet tasting cobs, up to 20cm in length and packed with extra-tender kernels.

Pea Starlight (RRP £2.75 for 300 seeds), is a top-quality variety producing generous, wilt resistant and extremely reliable crops. Pods are uniquely held above the canopy for easy picking and well filled with delicious, medium-sized peas.

Runner Bean Stardust (RRP £3.55 for 50 seeds), is a modern variety bred in the UK and ideally suited to our climate, giving maximum crop yields. The self-fertile white flowers give fantastic results as well as a sweeter tasting pod.RHS Sunflower Teddy Bear - A New Introduction to Mr Fothergill's RHS Garden Award of Merit Seed Range

Sunflower Teddy Bear (RRP £2.35 for 20 seeds) is a compact and bushy, well-branched variety producing lots of double, uniquely soft-to-the-touch blooms.

The RHS Award of Garden Merit is a mark of quality, awarded to garden plants with excellent garden performance. Each award is given only after a trial at an RHS garden and judged by a team of experts.

Visit your local garden centre, head over to mr-fothergills.co.uk to shop or request your copy of the latest Mr Fothergill’s seed catalogue here.

RHS Award of Garden Merit seed range Offers Sowing Success for Home Gardeners

February 13th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s marks its RHS preferred partner status with the launch of a trusted AGM seed range for 2018

Gardeners can make their selections for 2018 from a brand new flower and vegetable seed range, safe in the knowledge that the varieties have been tried, tested and recommended by experts at the Royal Horticultural Society.

The launch of our RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) seed range follows our appointment as preferred partner for licensed seed products for the RHS, a testament to the quality of Mr Fothergill’s seed. Ian Cross, retail marketing manager at Mr Fothergill’s, said: “We trial all varieties in UK conditions before releasing them into our general seed range, but we have gone even further in the search for trusted garden varieties with our new RHS AGM collection. We have worked closely with the RHS to develop a range that we all agree is the best it could possibly be for home gardeners.”

To carry the prestigious AGM logo, all plants in the range have been grown and tested in RHS Gardens and judged by a forum of industry experts. Plants only receive the award if they are proven to have excellent garden performance and are stable in form and colour. They also have to show reasonable resistance to garden pests and diseases.

Cathy Snow, RHS licensing manager, adds: “The AGM ‘seal of approval’ tells gardeners that the plant performs reliably in the garden and is the ultimate guarantee of quality. Mr Fothergill’s has a well-earned reputation for its passion to supply the very best quality gardening products and we are delighted to be partnering with such a highly respected company. Mr Fothergill’s seeds are the only RHS endorsed seed range available.”

Early sales show that Erigeron Profusion, a hardy perennial and Ammi majus, an easy to grow cut flower are the top choices from the flower seed range, whilst Broad Bean Imperial Green Longpod and Sweet Corn Lark F1 are favourites in the vegetable seed collection.

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Available now from selected garden retailers and on our website, the range comprises 61 top-performing flower varieties and 57 choice vegetables all winners of the RHS AGM award.

Not only will gardeners be guaranteed excellent performance from the new range, they will also be doing their bit for local wildlife and the charitable work of the RHS. The flower varieties in the collection have, wherever possible, been selected from the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list, maintained by RHS entomologists and beekeepers.

View the range at selected garden retailers or visit www.mr-fothergills.co.uk

New RHS award-winning shrubs

July 18th, 2014 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

The Award of Garden Merit (AGM) is the Royal Horticultural Society’s most prestigious accolade. It’s only given to outstanding plants, and only after they’ve been compared, side-by-side, to similar varieties or following extensive discussion by experienced experts. I’ve been involved with both aspects of choosing AGM plants, so I know how thorough the process is.

Cornus VenusI occasionally feature AGM plants offered by Mr Fothergill here on Plant Talk – I discussed AGM lettuce varieties back in the spring – but today I’m bringing you news of some shrubs that have recently received the award; you’ll find them in garden centres or listed by specialist shrub nurseries.

Cornus Venus (‘Kn30 8’) (left, click to enlarge) is a flowering dogwood launched at Chelsea in 2009, eventually reaching about 5m, and which features unusually large pure white flowers, prolifically produced in May and June. What’s more, unlike many older varieties, it has impressive disease resistance.

There’ve been many – probably too many – new hydrangeas over the last few years. But only two have been chosen for addition to the list of AGM plants. Hydrangea Early Sensation (‘Bulk’) is a H. paniculata type with rounded white heads which mature to deep pink and which are held on red stems for extra impact. Flowering from June to October, it reaches a modest 1.5m. The other hydrangea that’s new on the AGM list is H. macrophylla Great Star (‘Blanc Bleu’) which is a lovely lacecap hydrangea with large white florets surrounding a blue centre.

Two hollies that have been around for decades are also finally recognised. ‘Bacciflava’ produces a heavy crop of bright yellow berries while ‘Argentea Marginata Pendula’ is a weeping, variegated holly with red berries.

Skimmia 'Magic Marlot'The final two that I’ll pick from the twenty shrubs just added to the AGM list are Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Winter Gem’ and Skimmia japonica ‘Magic Marlot’ (right, click to enlarge). ‘Winter Gem’ is a superb form of the winter box, with highly fragrant white winter flowers opening from red buds, while ‘Magic Marlot’ is a variegated skimmia with white buds that turn red before opening to scented white flowers.

You can download the full lists of AGM ornamentals, and of edibles, here. And always look out for the Award of Garden Merit symbol when you’re shopping for plants. You won’t be disappointed.

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