The Garden Angels look at new and exciting varieties to tempt any gardener.
Petunia 'Raspberry Blast'
This fantastic new release, is bred for its heat tolerance and as it is a perennial, it will last for many years. The rose-pink flowers edged with violet are long lasting and create a beautiful display from early spring into autumn. It performs as living mulch in a garden bed as it can spread up to 80cm. After flowering, cut it back and fertilise. It prefers full sun or part shade, and is great for use in hanging baskets or pots.
Living Mulch - Plant this variety on mass and weeds won't stand a chance of getting through.
Hemizygia 'Candy Kisses'
Sprays of pink flowers for most of the year, coupled with its striking variegated foliage, this plant looks spectacular mass-planted. It is also suitable for pots, growing to 1m by 30cm. It is dry-tolerant and can be grown in full sun or part shade.
Lomandra 'Silver Grace'
This new variety of lomandra has beautiful weeping, silvery grey foliage with plumes of fragrant yellow flowers in summer. It is best planted in drifts as it looks great blowing in the wind or can be used a border. It also does well in pots as it grows to 50cm, and requires little water. It is low maintenance and can tolerate extremes of heat and cold.
Tulbaghia 'Fairy Star'
The ‘Fairy star’ has only been released earlier this year. It flowers from spring through to late summer, with dainty, shell-pink, star-shaped blooms. The fine needle-like foliage that reaches 40 cm x 20 cm is half the size of a normal tulbaghia (Society Garlic). This also requires minimal watering and is extremely hardy. Fertilising in spring will ensure maximum flowering.
This feature plant for modern gardens has glossy dark-chocolate leaves that only grow 1m. It is a clumping form and has strongly scented cream coloured flowers from spring until summer. It makes a dramatic statement in pots or is a great contrast plant in the garden. It tolerates dry periods and frost and prefers a sunny or partly shaded position, with well-drained soil.