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…

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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…

Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'

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…

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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…

Budget-buster: yellow snowdrop sold for £725

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…

Impatiens walleriana

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…

Smartphone user Toby Buckland is putting QR codes on his Planting Powder

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…

New Dahlia 'XXXL'

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…

Busy Lizzies are being killed by downy mildew

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…