Plants to buy now, new products for your garden, plus spring garden events to attend around the country.
GERBERA ‘SWEET SPICE’ is from the outdoor-tolerant Garvinea series which flowers from spring to autumn. The long-lasting flowers can also be picked for the vase. Look out for the orange-flowering Gerbera ‘Sweet Caroline’ too. From North Island garden centres.
SUNPATIENS ‘TROPICAL ROSE’ has large, eye-catching flowers above brightly variegated foliage. It’s a flowering powerhouse, blooming from spring to frost. SunPatiens are robust, sun-loving, heat-loving impatiens that thrive in full sun or part shade. From the Gardening Solutionz range and available from garden retailers nationwide.
COSMOS ‘LEMONADE’ is a striking yellow and white bicolour with masses of blooms on 60cm high stems. This new breed of yellow cosmos is much taller and earlier-flowering than other yellow cosmos on the market, flowering from late spring throughout summer. Seeds are available from Egmont Seeds.
PETUNIA ‘MISS MARVEL’ has striking deep plum flowers with crisp white edges. It grows well in containers thanks to its size, mounding habit and floriferous bloom set. Grown by Annton Nursery. From North Island garden centres.
LETTUCE ‘TENNIS BALL’ is a compact butterhead-style lettuce. Its loose rosette of light green leaves is easy to pick and excellent for small gardens or growing in tubs. Matures 60 days from direct sowing. From Kings Seeds.
COTTAGE BRACTEANTHA ‘PINK’ is an abundant flowering plant with prolific blooms from spring through summer and into autumn. With all-season durability, these new-fashioned strawflowers are great for patio pots and garden beds. From the Gardening Solutionz range and available from garden retailers nationwide.
PAK CHOI ‘TOY CHOY’ is a compact hybrid with broad, milky white petioles and glossy, dark leaves. It is tolerant to heat, so well suited for growing in summer. It’s quick growing too, maturing 30 days from sowing. Seeds from Egmont Seeds.
TOMATO ‘SUNRISE BUMBLEBEE’ is an organically grown cherry tomato with an attractive striped skin. The 3cm round fruit is delicious, with a sweet and fruity flavour. This indeterminate variety matures 75 days from transplant. From Kings Seeds.