Seed companies are unveiling new varieties to help gardeners celebrate the Year of the Cosmos during 2016.

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Mr Fothergill’s, based in Newmarket, will exclusively launch Cosmos ‘Hummingbird Pink’ which is smaller than most cosmos, reaching just 18in (45cm) tall.

This makes it suitable for containers, as well as borders. A packet of seed sufficient for 20 plants costs £2.15. Visit Mr Fothergills for more details.

Thompson & Morgan of Ipswich sold more than 117,000 packets of cosmos across 40 varieties last season, proving that demand is strong for the popular garden plant.

T&M, along with other suppliers, will introduce Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ this spring.

Horticultural director Paul Hansord said: “We’re expecting big things from ‘Xanthos’ during 2016. Yellow is a much sought-after colour in the genus.”

T&M is offering ‘Xanthos’ at £2.49 for 30 seeds or £11.99 for 25 plug plants. The firm will run a ‘Cosmos Carnival’ campaign this season to promote cosmos to gardeners.

Go to www.thompson-morgan.com to find out more about what’s going on.