PLANT OF THE WEEK
If you used to plant busy Lizzies but gave up because of downy mildew, then you weren’t alone. The fungal disease caused havoc, but breeders have been creating disease-resistant varieties – and the busy Lizzie is now back in business.
It’s long been a favourite bedding plant for its bright profuse flowers and ability to thrive in sun or semi-shade, and now Thompson &Morgan are selling plug plants for despatch at the end of March of ‘Imara’, a mix of pink, white and red. It sells 24 plants for £11.99 and describes them as strong growing and resilient “with better disease resistance than we’ve ever seen”.