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


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.

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