This list of Thompson & Morgan’s top 10 best-selling plants is quite a mix – from cottage garden favourites to new and unusual flowers – and shows that customers really do like variety when it comes to their gardens!
1. Apple Cox’s Orange Pippin
Regarded to be the finest tasting dessert apple, the rich aromatic flavour and crisp, juicy texture set this apple apart from other varieties. Apple ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ produces medium sized, orange-red fruits with thin skins. Although not considered to be the easiest variety to grow, it is well suited to the temperate UK climate. It will produce a good crop that can be harvested from September for immediate use and store for a short period too.
2. Busy Lizzie ‘Divine’ (New Guinea)
Unlike ‘traditional’ busy lizzies, ‘Divine’ is resistant to downy mildew, so you’ll have a constant disply of colour from June to November! The strong, spreading plants are perfect in pots, beds and borders, quickly filling empty spaces. Also available from seed.
3. Begonia semperflorens ‘Organdy Mixed’ F1 Hybrid
Best in class for begonia semperflorens
A striking combination of a range of flower colours and contrasting rounded foliage in bronze and green. Begonia ‘Organdy’ Mixed F1 creates a fantastic array of blooms for a perfect display in the garden. These fabulous Begonia plants are drought and wet tolerant, thriving in all weather conditions. Superb in Flower Pouches® baskets, beds and containers. Height and spread: 20cm (8″).
4. Foxglove ‘Illumination Pink’
The superstar of 2012 in our eyes, ‘Illumination Pink’ is the plant that shouldn’t have been. Experts thought that it couldn’t possibly be produced, but our plant breeders proved them wrong – and the plants won the coveted RHS Chelsea Show Plant of the Year 2012 award! This rare perennial foxglove, from Thompson & Morgan’s own breeding gives an exotic display of densely packed blooms on sturdy stems and looks stunning in summer borders.
5. Tree Lily Collection
Tree lilies are the breathtaking result of years of painstaking breeding; these incredible varieties of oriental lily can grow as tall as 2.5m (8ft) in as little as two years. One single Tree Lily bulb can produce up to thirty 20cm (8”) trumpet blooms and will take on a shrub-like appearance over the years.
6. Petunia ‘Easy Wave Union Jack Mix’
Create a spectacular, patriotic display for your hanging baskets, Flower Pouches™, window boxes and patio pots. Vigorous Petunia ‘Easy Wave Union Jack Mixed’ is great value – you can even use it for ground cover. These fast-growing Petunia plants tolerate both heat and cooler conditions, blooming freely without the need for cutting back.
7. Begonia x tuberhybrida ‘Apricot Shades Improved’ F1 Hybrid
Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ is as versatile as it is beautiful! Large, cascading double blooms in sunshine shades of apricot and lemon will pour from your containers from July to October. These tuberous begonias will perform whatever the weather, in sun or semi shade.
8. Fuchsia ‘Giants Collection A’
Turbo-charged trailing fuchsias, that are guaranteed to give a stunning display. Giant frilled flowers of up to 10cm (4″) across are produced throughout summer. The enormous blooms will leave your baskets, window boxes, Flower Pouches™ and containers literally dripping in a carnival of colour.
9. Buddleja ‘Buzz’™ Collection
A new twist on a much-loved garden favourite, ‘Buzz’™ is the world’s first patio buddleja! These attractive, compact plants are loved by bees and butterflies, but won’t take over your garden. Buddleja ‘Buzz’™ is easy to grow and perfectly proportioned for patio pots and smaller gardens.
10. Dianthus ‘Strawberry Cream’
These look good enough to eat – in fact you can! White petals swirled with strawberry pink centres form double flowers which make a delightful addition to the front of cottage garden borders. The spectacular blooms of Dianthus ‘Strawberry Cream’ indulge the senses with their deliciously sweet fragrance, and make superb cut flowers.
Rebecca works in the Marketing department as part of the busy web team, focusing on updating the UK news and blog pages and Thompson & Morgan’s international website. Rebecca enjoys gardening and learning about flowers and growing vegetables with her young daughter.