New Fuchsias for 2016!

We have several Fuchsias that are new to Babyplants for Spring 2016.

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Jack Shahan is a trailing fuchsia with pink sepals and a pink single corolla. Jack Shahan has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

 

 

fuchsia-red-sunriseRed Sunrise is a trailing fuchsia with red sepals and a purple single corolla on a backdrop of yellow/green leaves with red veins. Great for adding interest to mixed hanging baskets or containers.

 

 

fuchsia-alwinAlwin is a trailing fuchsia with stunning pink sepals and a double corolla which is white with pink veins. Great for planting in mixed baskets or plant 5 in a 12”/30cm hanging basket to create an amazing display.

 

 

fuchsia-dark-eyesDark Eyes is a trailing fuchsia with pink sepals and a purple double corolla. Dark Eyes has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

 

 

fuchsia-maximaMaxima is a trailing fuchsia with red sepals and a deep purple double corolla. Plant 5 in a 12”/30cm hanging basket for a stunning display.

 

 

 

fuchsia-ringwood-marketRingwood Market is a trailing fuchsia with cerise sepals and a lilac double corolla. Great in mixed hanging baskets.

 

 

 

fuchsia-moody-bluesMoody Blues is an upright fuchsia with white sepals and a blue/lilac corolla. Perfect as a centrepiece for mixed hanging baskets.

 

 

 

Browse the full range of Fuchsias here. Available to pre order now for Spring delivery.

10 Brand New Varieties for 2016!

We are pleased to announce that we have 10 brand new varieties for 2016!

bacopa-double-lavenderBacopa Double Lavender has lovely pale purple double flowers on a backdrop of green foliage. Bacopa spreads as well as trails, giving you full hanging baskets and containers from just 5 plug plants.

 

 

 

fuchsia-pink-fizz1Fuchsia Climbing Pink Fizz can reach a height of 5-6 feet and makes a stunning display of flowers with red sepals and cerise corolla.

 

 

 

Amy is a new variety of trailing double geranium with gorgeous cerise double flowers. Geranium Double Trailing Polly is another new variety with lovely red double flowers.

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We have three new varieties of Upright Geranium – Appleblossom, Chocolate Rose and Chocolate Salmon. This stunning new range has large double flowers. These would make a great centrepiece to pots and containers or plant 3 plugs together to give the appearance of one large plant.

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petunia-giant-dijonPetunia Trailing Giant Dijon has large mustard yellow flowers. For stunning results plant with Petunia Trailing Back to Black.

 

 

 

petunia-damson-ripplePetunia Double Tumbelina® Damson Ripple has beautiful purple and white rippled double flowers. The Tumbelina® range looks great when planted in baskets of single flowers. Create lovely full hanging baskets with just 3 plug plants.

 

 

bidens-taka-tukaBidens Taka Tuka has gorgeous lemon yellow flowers on a backdrop of soft, green foliage. Bidens can be a very vigorous grower so is best planted with other vigorous growers such as Surfinias®, trailing Geraniums or giant Fuchsias to prevent it from dominating a basket or container.

 

Browse the full range here. Available to pre order now for Spring delivery.

Non-flowering plug plants

non-flowering-blog-thumbnailWhen planning your summer planting, it is often easy to overlook non-flowering plug plants in favour of more colourful blooms.  But in many ways non-flowering plants are essential to mixed tubs and baskets.  We have a range of non-flowering plug plants that are grown for their interesting foliage.  These plants add interest and texture to mixed arrangements, and provide a contrast to more colourful blooms.

For hanging baskets, Nepeta is perhaps the most popular non-flowering trailing plant, grown for its variegated leaves and long downward trails.  Nepeta can trail up to 100cm, creating a stunning effect.  Helichrysum is also very well known.  The traditional Silver variety is an extremely vigorous trailer with furry, grey leaves.  To prevent it from dominating a mixed basket, plant with other vigorous trailers such as Surfinias®, Giant Fuchsias or Lobelia.  Helichrysum can also be trimmed to keep it at a manageable size.  We also have other varieties of Helichrysum, these being Gold, Variegated and Micro Silver.  These varieties are less vigorous than the traditional Silver variety and so are less likely to dominate your baskets.  Lysimachia Aurea is a lesser-known trailing plant with small, bright yellow/green leaves that provides a lovely contrast in baskets.

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From left to right, top to bottom: Nepeta, Helichrysum Silver, Helichrysum Gold, Helichrysum Variegated, Helichrysum Micro Silver, Lysimachia Aurea

If you are stuck for ideas for your hanging baskets, have a read of our hanging basket inspiration article.  You can also have a read through our step-by-step guide to planting a basket here.

For garden borders or patio containers consider our Cineraria Silver Dust or Coleus Fairway Mixed mini-plugs.  Cinereria is a bushy plant with silver/grey leaves that creates a striking effect in contrast to other plants.  Coleus Fairway Mixed is a compact plant with brightly coloured foliage.

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From left to right: Cineraria Silver Dust, Coleus Fairway Mixed

Also worth a mention here are our Coleus jumbo plugs.  Whilst these plants are not generally well know for their looks, they do have another interesting feature!  Coleus Canina Green gives off a scent from its leaves that should deter cats from the surrounding area.  Coleus Canina Variegated deters dogs.  Plant these in garden beds and borders or patio containers if you are having cat and dog problems!

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From left to right: Coleus Canina Green, Coleus Canina Variegated

For more information on how to care for your plug plants, have a read of our guide.

Focus on Fuchsias – Happy Wedding Day

wedding-ring-thumbnailSummer is fast approaching, and that means one thing – wedding season!  If you know somebody who is getting married this summer, why not give them a special and thoughtful gift?

 

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Happy Wedding Day

 

Happy Wedding Day is a beautiful trailing Fuchsia which produces large flowers with pale pink sepals and a white double corolla.  Plant 5 plug plants in a 30cm or 12″ hanging basket for an amazing display that will last all summer, and will be the perfect present for the happy couple.  Hang the basket above head height to appreciate the stunning flowers from underneath.

For more information on how to grow plug plants, have a read through our guide.

Fuchsias grow well in sun or partial shade.  Water them regularly to prevent them from drying out, and feed them once a week when they are in flower with a good quality multi-purpose feed.  Remove faded flowers before they go to seed to encourage new flower growth.  For further information on Fuchsias, have a look at our guide.

Mini Famous® Double Dark Red – New for 2014!

MF-DD-Red-ThumbnailMini Famous® is a range of Calibrachoa plants with double flowers.  Calibrachoas are trailing plants with mini petunia flowers.

The Mini Famous® range produces masses of fully double flowers that are about the size of a ten pence piece.  They look amazing in hanging baskets are they produce a neat ball of colour.  The picture below shows a hanging basket which we planted with Mini Famous® Double Amethyst plug plants last year.  We think you’ll agree it looks lovely!  We would recommend planting 5 Mini Famous® plug plants to fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket.  You can read our step by step guide to planting a hanging basket here.

Mini Famous® Double Amethyst

Mini Famous® Double Amethyst

This year Double Dark Red has been added to the Mini Famous® range.  For more information on growing Mini Famous® plug plants, have a read of our guide.

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What do you think?  Leave your comments below!

 

All about Million Bells

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Million Bells® is the brand name given to a particular range of trailing petunias with mini flowers.  Million Bells® have been bred to produce branching plants which are neat trailers.  They produce masses of flowers which are about the size of a ten pence piece.  They are not as vigorous as full size trailing Petunias, and a result produce a very neat ball of colour in hanging baskets.  They can also be used in patio containers.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket you will need 5 plug plants.  You can read our step by step guide to planting a hanging basket here.  Be careful of using Million Bells® in mixed baskets with vigorous plants such as Giant Fuchsias or Lobelia, as the Million Bells® will get lost!  Trailing Million Bells® are available in Blue, Fuchsia, Ice White, Red and Yellow.

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From left to right: Million Bells® Trailing Fuchsia, Million Bells® Trailing Ice White, Million Bells® Trailing Yellow

The Mini Famous® range is similar to Million Bells® but has double flowers.  They also look wonderful in hanging baskets, producing a ball of colour.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket use 5 plug plants.

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From left to right, top row: Mini Famous® Double Pink, Mini Famous® Double Dark Red, Mini Famous® Double Yellow. Bottom row: Mini Famous® Double Amethyst

Million Bells® can be difficult to get established as they have fine roots.  Plant the plug plants into small 9 or 10cm pots to allow the roots to establish.  When growing your Million Bells® plugs, be really careful not to overwater them as they will become waterlogged.  Keep the compost moist not soaking wet.  We’ve found that our Million Bells® have grown well when we have added a handful of ericaceous compost into the multipurpose compost.  Once your Million Bells® are ready to plant out in the garden, position them in sun or partial shade.  Feed them weekly whilst in flower with a multipurpose feed.  Watering is best done in the mornings or evenings rather than when the sun is at its strongest, to avoid scorching the leaves.

New Guniea Impatien Harmony® Radiance Pink – New for 2014!

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New Guniea Impatiens are upright summer bedding plants.  They are compact plants with masses of large bright flowers.  The Harmony® range flowers early in the season and has resistance to Downy Mildew.

 

Radiance Pink is a beautiful new colour for 2014!

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New Guniea Impatien Harmony® Radiance Pink

New Guniea Impatiens are ideal in garden beds and borders and patio containers.  They also make a nice centrepiece in mixed hanging baskets.  New Guniea Impatiens prefer a position in full sun.  Feed them weekly whilst they are in flower with a good quality feed.  Don’t allow the plants to completely dry out but also be careful of overwatering as they can tolerate dry conditions.  Remove faded flowers to keep your displays looking their best.

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A wonderful display of New Gunieas

Verbena Lanai™ Blue Twister – New for 2014!

Blue-Twister-ThumbnailTrailing Verbena is a fantastic basket plant with vibrant coloured flowers and a good trailing habit.  The Lanai™ range is particularly good as it has strong resistance to downy mildwew.  Blue Twister is a new addition to the range for 2014!

 

Blue Twister has white flowers with a ring of blue/purple colour around the centre of the flower.  Blue Twister’s unique flowers  will look amazing in hanging baskets!  We would recommend planting 4 or 5 plugs in a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket for a wonderful display.  You can read our step by step guide to planting a hanging basket here.

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To learn more about growing Verbena from plug plants have a read of our guide.  In the garden trailing Verbena plants prefer a position in full sun or partial shade. They need feeding weekly whilst flowering, and must not be allowed to dry out. It is best to water in the mornings or evenings instead of when the sun is at its strongest, to avoid scorching the leaves.

You can find all of our plugs online here.

What do you think of Blue Twister? Leave your comments below!

All about trailing Petunias

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Trailing Petunias are another popular summer bedding plant.  Trailing Petunias produce masses of flowers all summer long so are perfect for adding colour to your summer garden.

 

 

Trailing Petunias are ideal in hanging baskets and patio containers.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket we would recommend using 4 or 5 plug plants.  You can read our step by step guide to planting a hanging basket here.  Trailing Petunias can also be planted in garden borders for ground coverage.  Plant them 12″/30cm to 18″/45cm apart.  Our trailing Petunias have striking flowers.  We love the deep velvet flowers of Back to Black.  Or why not try Pink Ice Variegated with its beautiful pink flowers and variegated leaves.

From left to right, top row: Back to Black, Banoffee Pie, Candy Wheels. Bottom row: Pink Ice Variegated, Pink Star

From left to right, top row: Back to Black, Banoffee Pie, Candy Wheels. Bottom row: Pink Ice Variegated, Pink Star

Surfinia® is the brand name given to a particular range of trailing Petunias.  The Surfinia® range has been specifically bred to produce strong branching plants that are vigorous trailers which produce masses of flowers.  They have good weather tolerance and a long flowering period.  Surfinias® are a great value plant as they grow rapidly and a few plants can fill a hanging basket.  To fill a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket we would recommend using 3 or 4 Surfinia plugs to create a lovely display.  Because they are so vigorous, if you are planting Surfinias® in a mixed basket plant them with other vigorous trailers such as giant Fucshias, Lobelia and Helichrysum, so that they don’t dominate the basket.  The Surfinia® range is available in a wide range of colours and so is ideal for any colour scheme!

An amazing display of Surfinias®

An amazing display of Surfinias®

Tumbelina® is a range of trailing Petunias with stunning double flowers.  Plant them in hanging baskets as you would with trailing Petunias.  Tumbelinas® are avilable in a range of pretty colours.  Look out for Belinda, Melissa and Priscilla which have lovely scented flowers.

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From left to right: Tumbelina® Clara, Tumbelina® Priscilla, Tumbelina® Susanna

We also stock a range of trailing Petunias with mini double flowers about the size of a ten pence piece.  The Mini-Me® range is not as vigorous as full size Petunias so we would recommend planting 5 in a 12″ or 30cm hanging basket.

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From left to right: Mini-Me® Double Purple Picotee, Mini-Me® Pink, Mini-Me® Soft Pink

For more advice on growing trailing Petunias from plug plants, have a read of our guide.  When your trailing Petunias are ready to plant in the garden, they prefer a position in full sun or partial shade.  They will need feeding weekly whilst in flower, with a good quality all purpose feed such as Miracle Gro, and they must not be allowed to dry out!  It is best to water in the mornings or evenings instead of when the sun is at its strongest, to avoid scorching the leaves.  Remove faded flowers to keep your display looking at its best.

All of our Petunia plants can be found here.

For all other plant varieties, you can checkout our plug plants page.

Geraniums – New for 2014!

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Global Merlot is a trailing Geranium with double flowers, in a beautiful deep colour.  Gerainbow™ Magenta is a new addition to the popular Gerainbow™ range of trailing Geraniums with single flowers.  These trailing Geraniums will be ideal in hanging baskets or window boxes, where they will provide cascades of colour.

From left to right: Global Merlot, Gerainbow™ Magenta

From left to right: Global Merlot, Gerainbow™ Magenta

Rosita is a new upright Geranium with lovely pink flowers.  Maestro™ Cherry is a new addition to the Maestro™ range of upright Geraniums.  It has vivid deep pink/red flowers.  These upright Geraniums will be perfect in patio containers or garden borders.

From left to right: Rosita, Maestro™ Cherry

From left to right: Rosita, Maestro™ Cherry

For more information on growing Geraniums, have a read our our guide.

What do you think of our new Geraniums?  Leave your comments below!