Nas­tur­tium ‘Orchid Flame’

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If you’re look­ing for a sum­mer stun­ner, this new nas­tur­tium won’t dis­ap­point. Its orchid-like flow­ers change colour as they ma­ture, emerg­ing as red with yel­low splashes and trans­form­ing to fully yel­low with age. The half-hardy an­nual is the work of Thomp­son & Mor­gan’s in-house breed­ing. Ex­clu­sive to the firm, it mounds up to 30cm (1ft) high and cas­cades 90-120cm (3-4ft), mak­ing it ideal for grow­ing in hang­ing bas­kets or scram­bling over trel­lis. T&M says the nas­tur­tium is fast-grow­ing and a mag­net for bees, and claims it’s ef­fec­tive at de­ter­ring pests when planted close to bras­si­cas, toma­toes and cu­cum­bers. A packet of 20 seeds costs £2.99; www.thomp­son-mor­ or 0844 573 1818.

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