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Mr Fothergill’s Joins Forces with BBC Children in Need

August 9th, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill’s is delighted to announce its new partnership with BBC Children in Need, to launch two seed packets for children – Sunflower Pudsey and Pumpkin Pudsey. 30p from each packet sold will benefit BBC Children in Need, to help make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

The bright and fun packets have an RRP of £1.99 each and feature the familiar Pudsey Bear character. Why not have a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower or scariest pumpkin!

About BBC Children in Need
BBC Children in Need believe that every child in the UK should have a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential. To help achieve their vision, they provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They currently support 2,400 of these projects. Since 1980, over £800 million has been raised in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Mr Fothergill’s Children in Need seed packets are available to buy now from selected garden retailers.

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Sunflowers in new and exciting colours

March 20th, 2015 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Sunflower 'Solar Flash'

Last week, in honour of this being The Year Of The Sunflower, I focused on the wonderful array of sunflowers in traditional yellow and gold shades. But there’s far more to sunflowers than that. Just take a look at all the other colours.

Now, I know, not everyone takes to sunflowers in pink or chocolate brown. But it’s my suspicion that that’s because we expect sunflowers to be yellow. If we threw out our preconceptions, we’d all love them. I certainly do. And they come in just as much variety as traditional types: tall and short, branched and single stemmed, for pots and for cutting.

First, a small step from traditional colours: plants with bicoloured flowers, yellow and another colour. And top of the list must be ‘Solar Flash’ (above, click to enlarge). Relatively short, about 60-90cm (2-3ft), the stems branch to hold the flowers above the dark foliage and, as you can see, the yellow petals change to coppery red around the black eye. The stems are even long enough to cut, and the flowers make no irritating pollen.

In the same style, but a big step up in height, is the more vivid ‘Magic Roundabout’ in a range of shades with cream or yellow petal tips and a bright red or crimson ring around the eye. This is a 1.8m (6ft) multiheaded plant for the back of the border, and almost pollen free.

Sunflower 'Black Magic'Three more tall varieties take a step further from traditional colours. Pollen-free ‘Evening Sun’ comes in a range of bronze, rusty, burgundy and crimson shades, some with yellow tips to the petals. ‘Sunburst’ is similar but with more yellow in the mix. ‘Infrared’, again, no pollen, focuses on a wide range of red shades, from blood red to fiery colours.

Then there are those with no yellow or gold at all. Two pollen-free varieties top the list – Pollen free ‘Copper Queen’, 2m (6ft) in vivid coppery orange, is a small step away from gold, and the sumptuous ‘Black Magic’ (left, click to enlarge), while not actually black, is deep and sultry crimson maroon with a big black centre. Both are best against a background of silver foliage. And surely The Year Of The Sunflower is the time give them a try. You can take a look at all Mr Fothergill’s sunflowers here.


Sunny Babes and Buttercream lead Mr Fothergill’s Year of the Sunflower in 2015

September 7th, 2014 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Sunny Babe Sunflower SeedsMr Fothergill’s is putting its weight behind a Europe-wide celebration of the once-humble, but now trendy sunflower by introducing nine new varieties, including brand new Sunny Babe and Buttercream F1, to its mail order range of these bright, bold annuals for 2015.

The initiative comes from the home gardening division of Fleuroselect, the organisation which assesses new flower varieties from around the world to determine their suitability for European conditions.  Mr Fothergill’s Tracy Collacott is the sole UK seed company representative on the Fleuroselect Home Gardening committee.

2015 has been declared the Year of the Sunflower by the organisation, which hopes to see them grown in gardens everywhere.  Easy to grow, great favourites with children and now available in so many different colours and plant forms, sunflowers are really versatile subjects for modern gardens.

Buttercream F1 sunflower seedsSunny Babe is a multi-stemmed variety, producing an abundance of golden orange 3-4in wide single heads on plants which grow up to 5ft.  Buttercream F1, has soft, butter-yellow heads which are pollen-free.  Again multi-stemmed and reaching around 5ft, its blooms are slightly larger at around 6in across.  Both varieties are great for garden display and for cutting.

Other F1 hybrid sunflowers being introduced by Mr Fothergill’s include Infrared in a range of rich bicolour shades, Summer Breeze with unusually green centres and Copper Queen, a superior ‘take’ on the traditional sunflower and pollen-free. All the above varieties and many more are featured in Mr Fothergill’s Seed, Plant and Bulb Catalogue 2015 and at retail stockists throughout the UK.

To request a catalogue, go online at,, telephone 0845 371 0518 or write to Mr Fothergill’s, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.