New plants

Plants to buy now, new prod­ucts for your gar­den, plus spring gar­den events to at­tend around the country.

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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.

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