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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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