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Two new plant varieties to be launched at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show


Plants For Europe Limited (PFE) is working with Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants to launch two new varieties at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show which opens next week.

Gaillardia Apricot Honey (pictured above) is a new perennial which flowers throughout summer. It produces many warm apricot coloured daisy flowers from May onwards. It has been bred by Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants and makes an excellent plant for a border or large container in a sunny position.

Salvia Kisses and Wishes is the fourth in the Wish series of Salvia and has been developed by Sarah Knott of Southwater, West Sussex. It flowers continuously from May until frost with bright warm pink flowers and makes an excellent container plant for a sunny patio or balcony. It is a companion for the existing varieties in the Wish series, Wendy’s Wish, Embers Wish and the award-winning Love and Wishes.

Both plants have been long-listed for the Chelsea Plant of the Year Award.

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants will be offering both varieties for sale from Chelsea week onwards.

Wholesale availability for the Gaillardia is from Rijnbeek Export Perennials.

For the Salvia, wholesale availability is from Florensis and Jaldety Plant Propagation.

Graham Spencer, director of Plants For Europe said: “We are delighted to be working with Rosy Hardy and the Hardy’s team again at Chelsea – we have worked together over recent years on several successful launches, including Eryngium Neptune’s Gold, Geum Totally Tangerine and Nepeta Summer Magic. This year is particularly special, as Rob and Rosy Hardy celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and 30 years in the industry – to have a plant named Kisses and Wishes to launch seems very appropriate!”.