New Daphne Perfume Princess from T&M

The firm says that Daphne ‘Perfume Princess,’ new in its autumn 2014 catalogue, will overtake Daphne odora as gardeners most sought-after shrub for fragrance. ‘Perfume Princess,’ which took 10 years…

Bedding busy Lizzies are set to be in short supply for a second year running. Seed and young plant supplier Thompson & Morgan has decided not to re-introduce the border…

A novelty plant that prompted a buying frenzy among gardeners has won an industry Oscar. Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink,’ launched exclusively by Thompson & Morgan, picked up the title of Best…

The Potato Council has accused amateur gardeners of spreading potato blight – leading to poor harvests and price rises. Commercial growers say amateur gardeners often fail to identify blight outbreaks…

A new world record has been set for the most expensive snowdrop after a single bulb was sold for £725. The Galanthus woronowii ‘Elizabeth Harrison’ snowdrop bulb was snapped up…

Bitain’s biggest garden retailer is to stop selling the nation’s favourite bedding plant. B&Q, which has 357 stores, pulled the plug on busy Lizzies (Impatiens walleriana) after impatiens downy mildew…

A technology revolution will change the way gardeners shop for plants and products. Hi-tech barcodes, called ‘QR’ codes (quick response), are appearing on items from plant pots to fertiliser and…

Super-sized dahlias are proving that big is beautiful. Giant dahlia ‘XXXL Series,’ exclusive to Thompson & Morgan, has dinner plate-size flower heads from early summer into autumn. “These are the…

The busy Lizzie, one of gardeners’ favourite bedding plants, could be wiped out within five years as a virulent disease tightens its grip. Busy Lizzies (Impatiens) are being struck down…