Thompson & Morgan focus on a favourite to back Year of the Cosmos
Cosmos are always a favourite option with Thompson & Morgan customers. Easy to grow, free flowering in beds and containers, a wide colour range and an excellent cut flower. Cosmos are an obvious choice for beginners and established gardeners alike.
The mail order seed and plant specialist sold more than 117,000 packets of Cosmos, across some 40 varieties, during the 2014- 2015 season. It is looking to take that further this season by showing support for the industry-wide Fleuroselect Year of the Cosmos marketing campaign. The firm’s 2016 Seed Catalogue contains a dedicated inspirational spread to this popular genus, and will champion new Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ as the Thompson & Morgan Flower of the Year 2016.
Horticultural Director, Paul Hansord, said: “New cosmos are always popular with our customers – we struggled to meet demand for our exclusive Cosmos ‘Cupcakes’ last season, and we’re expecting big things from ‘Xanthos’ in 2016. Yellow is a much sought after colour in the genus. With all eyes on these easy to grow summer performers thanks to the Fleuroselect campaign, we hope to see even more gardeners adding Cosmos to their schemes in 2016.”
Comsos ‘Xanthos’ seed is available from Thompson & Morgan at £2.49 for 30 seeds or £11.99 for 25 plug plants and £16.99 for 50 plug plants
Other popular varieties from the Thompson & Morgan range include ‘Sweet Sixteen’, ‘All Sorts Mixed’, ‘Brightness Mixed’ and the all new ‘Rubenza’ – an unusual type admired for its colour changing petals . Flowers start of a rich ruby-red turning to a traditional rose shade as they mature. With a mass of flowers all at different stages, the overall effect is stunning. (£2.99 for 60 seeds).
Kris Collins works as Thompson & Morgan’s quality control manager, making sure customers new and old are kept up to date on the latest plant developments and company news via a wide range of media sources. He trained in London’s Royal Parks and has spent more than a decade writing for UK gardening publications before joining the team at Thompson & Morgan.