Check out the nurseries for these new plant releases
New plants to look out for
1 BRACHYSCOME ‘FRESCO CANDY’
This new release from Doonholm Nursery is the perfect minimum-input, maximum-reward plant. Offering masses of attractive pink, yellow-centred blooms throughout the year, this annual performs well in both beds and containers. Planted in a sunny or partly shaded area, it requires very little care: no deadheading and only a moderate amount of water. For optimum f lowering, feed with slow-release fertiliser.
2 VINCA TATTOO ‘BLACK CHERRY’
This brand new vinca hybrid from Ball Straathof has petals that look as if they’re inked or brushed with soft black strokes. It’s particularly happy in hot, sunny positions, where it’ll bloom from late spring right through to early autumn. As it’s so new, plants will only be available in leading garden centres around the country from October.
3 COLEUS ‘FLAMETHROWER’
A low-maintenance, high-impact hybrid from Ball Straathof, it has uniquely coloured and shaped leaves. Coupled with its compact habit, it adds both texture and interest to gardens and containers. On top of that, it’s one of those rare plants that thrive in both sun and shade.
4 ROSA ‘FLOWER CARPET PINK SUPREME’
Winner of Germany’s coveted All Deutschland Rose award for disease resistance, this rose from Elands Nursery offers a non-stop summer show of vibrant, hot pink blooms with no deadheading, spraying and complex pruning required. Mass plant this heat and humidity-tolerant, low-growing shrub in f lower beds, large containers, on a gentle slope, or as groundcover. It even tolerates some shade, although it won’t produce as many f lowers.
5 AULAX CANCELLATA
As it was endangered in the wild, a breeding programme has resulted in a delightful new variety, Aulax cancellata, well suited to gardens, particularly at the coast. ‘Bronze Haze’ from Arnelia offers spectacular, deep bronze hues from autumn to winter, with yellow feathery f lowers making an appearance in spring and summer. Ideal for low-maintenance, low-water use gardens, these plants are suitable for a border or low hedge and the f lowers last well in the vase. Plant it in well-drained acidic/ neutral soil, mulch well, but don’t fertilise.
6 ALOE ‘CANDY STRIPES’
A new hybrid from The Aloe Farm, this vigorous, shrub-type aloe sports a profusion of striking bicoloured f lowers. Plant it in rich, well-drained soil, in full sun or light shade and give it a moderate amount of water. Plants grow about 150cm high and 100cm wide. Flowers appear in May, continuing to late July and it may even rebloom in summer.
7 HIBISCUS ROSA-SINENSIS GRANDIFLORA ‘BOREAS YELLOW’
This f loriferous hibiscus hybrid is ideally suited to gardens in warmer parts of the country. Specifically bred for its large, richly coloured, long-lasting f lowers, the plant is seldom without masses of blooms in the warm months. An evergreen shrub, it grows to about 2m high, with a girth of about 1,5m. Plant it in a sunny or semi-shaded position and keep it wellwatered during dry spells. It doesn’t like the cold, so in cooler areas, make sure that it gets plenty of protection in winter. Lightly prune after f lowering to maintain the shape and encourage fresh growth.
8 MUHLENBERGIA DUMOSA
A native of Arizona and California, this decorative grass from Bristle Cone Nursery is extremely drought and heat tolerant. It excels as a container plant where its bamboo-like stems and delicate, light-green leaves add an eastern ambience. It can be used as a screening plant and its soft, billowy texture provides a wonderful foil for bold succulents. It spreads slowly from underground stems, eventually forming a large clump. It likes full sun and is well adapted to a wide range of soils. It will tolerate some frost if kept dry.